Blogs



Dr Lisa Garnham: Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic - the central role of home

Dr Lisa Garnham from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) reflects on research around the importance of ‘home’ for mental health and how this evidence could shape our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 27 May 2020

Hazel Davies: How open-plan living became the norm

The current vogue for open-plan living has been with us for a while and shows no sign of diminishing through familiarity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the background to what has become a cornerstone in residential property design.

Published 27 May 2020

Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus, social landlords and General Meetings – proposed legislation for companies, registered societies and SCIOs

Harper Macleod’s senior associate Kelly Fraser highlights some of the key proposed provisions in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill ahead of its next reading in June.

Published 26 May 2020

Prof Ken Gibb: Housing policies and the COVID-19 pandemic

CaCHE director, Prof Ken Gibb, introduces a major 15-month multi-strand research project on UK housing policies and the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 May 2020

Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

Sally Thomas: We will always do everything in our power to protect our members and their tenants

SFHA chief executive Sally Thomas gives her account of the amendments lodged by Andy Wightman MSP this week and the unintended impact they could have had on social landlords.

Published 22 May 2020

Martin Armstrong: The new norm

Martin Armstrong, chief executive of Wheatley Group, outlines what the new norm for will look like in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 22 May 2020

Jane Devine: We can’t go back to how it was before

As part of yesterday’s Everyone Home joint plan to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic, FourSquare chief executive Jane Devine said the sector needs to capitalise on the steps taken so far with giant leaps.

Published 22 May 2020

Adam McVey: How we can work together to support anyone facing homelessness

Adam McVey, leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, outlines how people in the city can work together to support anyone facing homelessness.

Published 22 May 2020

Tom Marshall: When is a factor not a factor?

The recent decision of the Inner House in Proven Properties (Scotland) Limited, reported in Scottish Housing News on May 15, raises questions about the effectiveness, or at least the scope, of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, writes Tom Marshall.

Published 22 May 2020

Everyone Home: Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at Homeless Network Scotland

Today, Thursday 21 May, 19 organisations that care about homelessness in Scotland will present a plan to the Scottish Government setting out what they believe needs to be done to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness in Scotland. Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s Head of External Relations, looks at the proposals and the impact of getting it right.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Grant Campbell, Director at Crisis in Scotland

This outbreak has shown how crucial it is to tackle homelessness.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Charles Maasz, chief executive at Glasgow City Mission

People require homes, somewhere in which they feel secure and safe. It is not hard to grasp that not all accommodation is suitable to be called ‘home’.  

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Annika Joy, Project Director at Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers

We tell it like it is as Glasgow Night Shelter; there isn’t enough accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and what there is, isn’t good enough.

Published 21 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Fiona McPhail on how Shelter Scotland’s legal team is fighting for homeless people during the COVID crisis

If anything positive can be taken from the coronavirus pandemic it is that, almost overnight, accommodation was found for large numbers of Scotland’s street-homeless population. As soon as the lockdown was announced charities and local authorities mobilised, hotel rooms were acquired and rough-sleepers were given safe and secure rooms in which to isolate.

Published 19 May 2020