In this thought provoking article, Professor Jim Hunter calls for action to address the housing crisis of the Highlands and Islands. At at a time when many young people want to live and create careers here, it’s getting progressively more difficult to find affordable housing. You can read it here:
Jim Hunter is a Highland writer and historian, award-winning author and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Professor Hunter asks for politicians to engage more substantially on the issue by developing specific policies to provide solutions. He makes some suggestions as to what these could be: legislation to give protection against existing homes being removed from local use, to make land available at lower prices for building and to fund construction of homes for rent.
He further suggests that it could be better to give local authorities more power and resources to tackle this issue. He also makes the point that in the past, there have been regional programmes to address depopulation and poverty in the Highlands. Now, improvements achieved from these are at risk from the increasing lack of affordable accommodation.
What do you think about this article? What needs to be done to tackle the Highlands and Islands housing crisis? Let’s start a discussion below.