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Podcast: Carbon neutral? I don’t see how!

Scottish Housing News Podcast co-host Jimmy Black gives his take on today's new episode in which Professor Douglas Robertson tells SHN… if we can’t fix leaky roofs in private flats, how will we ever make them carbon neutral? Meantime, Cllr Anne Rendall reflects on £4.4 million of faulty roofs, keeping rents down, and building new houses in Dundee.

Published 29 November 2021

Doug Gibson: A Housing First Scotland check-up

In Co-Production Week, Doug Gibson from Homeless Network Scotland explores the layers of partnership and collaboration sitting behind the scaling up of Scotland’s Housing First ambition.

Published 25 November 2021

Andrew Cowie: Assurance and scrutiny – reporting on the vital role of Scotland’s housing benefit services

Andrew Cowie, a member of the Accounts Commission, discusses future reporting on the performance of Scotland’s housing benefit services.

Published 25 November 2021

COP26: A new hope for Scotland’s future - brought to you by Scotland Excel

Hugh Carr, head of strategic procurement at Scotland Excel, explains why it’s important that the children have a voice during COP26.

Published 24 November 2021

David Bookbinder: Social housing rents – the nightmarish task of squaring the circle

As social landlords gear up to calculate rent proposals for the year ahead, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director David Bookbinder outlines why the post-lockdown landscape could be the most difficult yet.

Published 23 November 2021

Cllr Norman Hampshire: Draft NPF4 is a broadly welcome document

East Lothian Council leader Norman Hampshire outlines the local authority's reaction to the 4th draft National Planning Framework (NPF4).

Published 18 November 2021

Paul Ellis: Fighting climate change on the homes front

Paul Ellis, chief executive of Ecol­ogy Build­ing So­ci­ety Agenda, discusses how climate change can be fought on the homes front.

Published 16 November 2021

Black’s Blog: It’s the cost of change, not the price of heat pumps. And what’s ESG?

Jimmy Black writes about the latest episode of the Scottish Housing News Podcast, with Link Group’s finance director Nick Pollard.

Published 15 November 2021

Reader's letter: Gas/electricity/heat pump debate doesn't cover all the bases

Former Link Group chief executive Craig Sanderson responds to episode 1 of the Scottish Housing News Podcast and the corresponding Black's Blog via a conversation he had with an old school friend.

Published 15 November 2021

Catherine Hall: Equality, diversity & inclusion – breaking from the shackles of Covid

Catherine Hall, a member of the Policy and Practice Team at CIH Scotland before leaving to pursue a PhD in environmental law, discusses equality, diversity and inclusion in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Published 11 November 2021

Sarah Buchanan: Retrofitting Scotland’s built environment is key to reaching net-zero

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre innovation manager Sarah Buchanan writes in our COP26SHN feature that retrofit activity is going to ramp up significantly over the next 10-15 years as we head towards the government’s net-zero goals, with the affordable housing sector likely leading the way, but there is currently a gap in the sector’s capability and expertise to get us there.

Published 10 November 2021

Andrew Watson: Unwinding the pandemic rent arrears crisis

University of Glasgow researcher Andrew Watson highlights the findings from a report, published yesterday, that explores temporary legislation introduced by the UK and Scottish governments to prevent the pandemic leading to a surge in evictions in both the private rented sector (PRS) and the social rented sector.

Published 9 November 2021

Sally Thomas: Social housing’s role in tackling climate change cannot be underestimated

SFHA chief executive Sally Thomas spoke at an official COP26 UN System Side Event yesterday to discuss how to decarbonise homes in an inclusive and affordable way. In her contribution to our #COP26SHN feature, she highlights how the housing sector is already working on this. 

Published 5 November 2021

Andy Moseley: Empty homes and the climate emergency

Scottish Housing News' #COP26SHN showcase of the social housing sector's efforts to help tackle the climate crisis continues with Andy Moseley, senior policy officer at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, who makes the case for utilising empty homes as a critical tool in terms of minimising our environmental footprint.

Published 4 November 2021

Khadijah Naeem: How COVID-19 disproportionately impacts ethnic minorities in overcrowded households

PhD researcher Khadijah Naeem from Royal Holloway, University of London, highlights how the Covid-19 disproportionately impacts ethnic minorities in overcrowded households.

Published 4 November 2021