Local councils now take a less direct role in housing provision with some of the responsibility taken up by housing associations and private providers. Planning consent for housing developments in Scotland sometimes depends on the provision of affordable housing. Housing associations now account for nearly 40 per cent of public sector rented housing.
What other areas have seen a reduction in state involvement? What organisations are now responsible for the provision of housing and what effect has there been on accountability? Ask students to examine council housing provision in their area and research local housing trusts. Are pupils able to suggest ways of improving housing in the area?