The Scottish government has announced a series of regeneration and housing measures.
Its discussion document Firm foundations - the future of housing in Scotland sets out plans to improve the current housing system - which health and wellbeing secretary Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), said was not meeting needs - by:
Challenging councils, developers and builders to increase the rate of new housing to at least 35,000 a year by the middle of the next decade
Offering financial incentives to councils that have the capacity to fund new council housing
Ending the right to buy on new social housing built by councils and housing associations
Establishing a Scottish sustainable communities initiative to encourage councils and their partners to bring forward proposals for sustainable new settlements
COSLA 'Missed opportunity'
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' community wellbeing and safety spokesman Harry McGuigan (Lab) cautiously welcomed the announcement.
He said: "It's absolutely right that in a democratic Scotland, all policy and funding decisions over housing and regeneration should clearly and directly lie with local and national government, not an unelected intermediary."
But he added: "The government talk of empowering communities but in the same breath centralise powers away from local government. If this is not to be yet another lost opportunity to revitalise housing from the bottom up, we need to see some significant transfer of powers from the centre."