Restricted service not a restricted effort from Home Fix Scotland

The work of Home Fix Scotland (HFS) is not going unnoticed as its teams are becoming more visible around Inverclyde with the gradual easing from lockdown.

Published 10 July 2020

Living Rent issues ‘notice’ that tenants will fight evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent issued ‘notice’ to letting agents, landlords and courts that evictions will be met “with resistance” as the First Tier Housing Tribunal reopened yesterday.

Published 10 July 2020

Hillcrest and Abertay awarded £175k to support local community through COVID challenges

Hillcrest Homes and Abertay Housing Association have been awarded £175k to help support the local communities along with key partners Dundee City Council through challenges that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 10 July 2020

LBTT threshold increased to £250,000 and £50m added to First Home Fund

The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Published 10 July 2020

'Wellbeing' central to assessing business case for developing vacant or derelict land

Guidance published this week by the Scottish Land Commission argues that wellbeing should be a central consideration when assessing the business case for developing vacant or derelict land.

Published 10 July 2020

David Kidd: Lived experience takes a seat at top table

Services supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s biggest city will be transformed as the new Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness takes the lead role in co-ordinating services and prevention work. One of the most important parts of the approach to many is that its work will involve, as equal partners, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Change lead at Homeless Network Scotland, David Kidd, explains the process.

Published 9 July 2020

Property tax cut must be matched in Scotland 'to prevent market collapse'

The cut to stamp duty land tax (SDLT) announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak must be matched in Scotland to avoid a housing market collapse, according to property firm apropos.

Published 9 July 2020

Queen Mary boost welcomed by Govan housing associations

Housing associations have welcomed news of a huge donation to help keep a future Govan landmark afloat.

Published 9 July 2020

Date set for Scottish Housing Day 2020

Scottish Housing Day will return for its fifth year of celebrating housing in Scotland with this year’s focus being the value of social housing.

Published 9 July 2020

Callum Chomczuk: Housing providers must do more to support victims of domestic abuse

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Scottish Knowledge Exchange Hub session on June 30 focused on the forthcoming domestic abuse and COVID-19 project. The participants in this subgroup had a range of backgrounds from across policy and practice, all with experience and interest in issues relating to domestic abuse. Callum Chomczuk captures some of what the participants discussed, particularly the challenges in domestic abuse policy before the pandemic, the current landscape and what the necessary policy inventions are coming out of the pandemic for landlords and policymakers.

Published 9 July 2020

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