Blogs



William Anderson: Charity accounts work needs more than faith and hope

William Anderson, audit, accounts and charity partner, Meston Reid & Co, highlights the need for responsible governance, transparency, accountability and a professional approach when it comes to charity finances.

Published 11 May 2021

Paul Hillard: We need to build better homes more quickly to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis

Paul Hillard, managing director of Irvine Housing Association, reveals why better homes are needed to tackle Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 10 May 2021

Meet Catherine Hall, CIH Scotland’s new policy and practice officer

CIH Scotland’s new policy and practice officer Catherine Hall details her journey to working in Scotland's housing sector and her passion for environmental law.

Published 10 May 2021

Alan Long: The housing sector needs to take scrutiny more seriously

Following the report from the independent scrutiny board on Mears’ performance as a housing provider, executive director Alan Long discusses why the housing sector should be taking scrutiny more seriously.

Published 10 May 2021

Homeless Action Scotland calls for a minister for homelessness and housing

Having previously outlined the policy proposals Homeless Action Scotland believes should be adopted by the next Scottish Parliament, communications and engagement manager Garry Burns tackles each of those in detail, beginning with the introduction of a new homelessness and housing minister.

Published 4 May 2021

Catherine Hall: Scotland’s elections and the ever-growing importance of ‘home’

Ahead of this week's Scottish Parliament elections, new policy and practice officer at CIH Scotland Catherine Hall sets out why housing must remain at the heart of the political agenda.

Published 4 May 2021

Di Alexander: Extreme fuel poverty crisis in the Highland and Islands needs government action

Di Alexander, chairman of the Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth Group and former chair of the Scottish Government’s Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, details how extreme fuel poverty continues to affect far too many of Scotland's citizens.

Published 4 May 2021

Heat Networks: are things hotting up for housebuilders?

Heat networks have not been widely adopted in the UK due to a lack of regulation and resulting lack of consumer confidence. They also require significant upfront capital costs. As Scotland is the first nation within the UK to bring out legislation in this area, Sarah-Jane McArthur and Sarah Stewart outline the issues which need to be addressed.

Published 29 April 2021

Callum Chomczuk: What does Housing to 2040 say about our profession?

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on what is missing from Housing to 2040.

Published 28 April 2021

Kirsty Wells: Why now is the time for innovation in the devolved nations

Kirsty Wells, head of Housemark Scotland, highlights why now is the perfect time for innovation in the housing sector across all of the UK's devolved nations.

Published 28 April 2021

Hazel Davies: The value of effective marketing assets

Effective marketing materials are essential for buyers to make the biggest purchase of their lives, ideally combining digital and real-world resources. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the latest initiatives.

Published 27 April 2021

Cockburn Association ‘concerned’ as government grants permission for Old Town short-term-let conversion

After a Scottish Government Reporter reversed on appeal the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to refuse a Change of Use application to short-term holiday let at Johnston Terrace, heritage body The Cockburn Association shares its concerns regarding the events and their implications.

Published 23 April 2021

Housing Options Scotland: Is there enough provision for people with learning difficulties

Housing Options Scotland is a charity helping people with disabilities to find the best possible accommodation for their needs. Working with a large cross-section of society, the charity has noticed that - despite doubling their caseload in the past year - people with learning difficulties still only represent 1-2% of their client base. Troubled by these figures and wanting to learn more about it, charity volunteers conducted some rudimentary research into provisions in the housing sector for those with learning difficulties and how they could be better equipped to help. 

Published 20 April 2021

Steven Tolson: Housing to 2040 – a dream or promise for real deeds?

Steven Tolson, who chaired the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Housing’s sub-group, shares his thoughts on the publication of the final vision for Housing to 2040.

Published 16 April 2021

Jade Wallace: All In For Change team want to hear from you

All In For Change bridges the gap between homelessness policy, planning and action on the ground. It includes people from across Scotland committed to ending homelessness who each bring unique knowledge to the table, either from working in the housing, social care or homelessness sectors or through living it. During April and May the ‘Change Team’ are leading off a National Conversation on ending homelessness. Jade Wallace has been part of the AIFC programme and the Change Team since day one.

Published 15 April 2021