Blogs



Fraser Mitchell: Planning tilts away from sustainable development

Fraser Mitchell writes about proposed technical changes to Scottish Planning Policy and the relevant Scottish Government consultation.

Published 22 September 2020

Kevin Stewart: Green infrastructure and sustainable development 

The need to include social justice and green infrastructure in our housing developments has only been increased by the onset of the current health pandemic, says housing minister Kevin Stewart.

Published 21 September 2020

Professor Ken Gibb: Celebrating the value of social housing

To mark Scottish Housing Day 2020, Professor Ken Gibb highlights the findings from the recent CaCHE research project on the impact of social housing in Scotland, which provides valuable insights that can be applied around the UK.

Published 17 September 2020

Callum Chomczuk: Why everyone should understand the value of social housing

The onus is on everyone in the Scottish housing sector to reflect on our success and achievements while driving the message that there is still more work to do, writes Callum Chomczuk for Scottish Housing Day.

Published 16 September 2020

David Alexander: English landlords seeking advice from Scottish market as eviction deadline approaches

David Alexander, joint managing director of property management firm Apropos, details why an increasing number of English landlords are seeking advice from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches.

Published 15 September 2020

Gavin Yates: There may be trouble ahead – a report from the Homeless Prevention Strategy Group

Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates reports back from the Homeless Prevention Strategy Group (HPSG) and warns that despite worrying homelessness statistics this year, potentially yet more bad news is on the horizon.

Published 11 September 2020

CIH Scotland: Improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse

CIH Scotland has provided an update of the work of the group it is co-chairing with Scottish Women's Aid on improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 10 September 2020

Deborah Hay: Tenants’ Hardship Loan Funds - an effective anchor?

Last week the Scottish Government announced a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund, available from November. But, asks Deborah Hay, will it help people under pressure and struggling to pay their rent?

Published 9 September 2020

Elizabeth Leighton: Taking the green route to recovery

The Scottish Government must apply the same focus in driving a vibrant green recovery as it is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic, says Elizabeth Leighton.

Published 9 September 2020

Nicola Thom: The positives of hosting a virtual SGM and AGM

Interim director Nicola Thom shares Hunters Hall Housing Co-operative’s experience of hosting its AGM, as well as an additional SGM, via Zoom.

Published 7 September 2020

Sally Thomas: Programme for Government has much to commend but could increase costs for members

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) chief executive Sally Thomas outlines the organisation's reaction to this week's Programme for Government.

Published 4 September 2020

Sarah Stewart: Heat Networks Bill - will housebuilders warm up to it?

Sarah Stewart from Burness Paull considers the Scottish Government's Heat Networks Bill and its impact on the housing and heating industries.

Published 4 September 2020

Janet Haugh: Meeting the challenges of the post-lockdown world

Ypeople CEO Janet Haugh discusses meeting the challenges of this year, and how the charity plans to keep the support of those who need it most as its priority.

Published 4 September 2020

Colleen Rowan: Supporting communities through COVID - the response from community controlled housing associations

A new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has highlighted the crucial local role played by Community Controlled Housing Associations (CCHAs) during the coronavirus health crisis, says Colleen Rowan.

Published 28 August 2020

Scott Macphail: Road Bonds and their impact on construction's recovery

Road Bonds are well-intentioned and have a purpose, but their levels are now starting to pose a threat to the place of construction SMEs in the recovery, argues Scott Macphail.

Published 26 August 2020