Blogs



Ashley Campbell: Our housing system should provide a safe haven for people seeking protection

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, discusses why the Scottish housing system should provide a safe space for those most in need.

Published 23 July 2021

Fiona McLeod: Update – revised property factors code of conduct

Fiona McLeod provides a brief overview of the changes introduced by the Scottish Government's revised code of conduct for property factors.

Published 22 July 2021

Hazel Davies: The importance of local amenities

As society resumes some of its former rhythms, people are keener than ever to embrace the benefits of local amenities. In this article, Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, takes a closer look at the enduring popularity of urban living.

Published 22 July 2021

Hannah Green: Real experiences are vital in the evidence-led transformation of the field

Centre for Homelessness Impact communications and lived experiences specialist Hannah Green discusses the important role of storytelling in the evidence-led battle to end homelessness.

Published 20 July 2021

Ivan McKee: Scottish government pushing forward with agenda of recovery

Ivan McKee MSP, the Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and chair of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum, considers the priorities for building recovery from Covid-19.

Published 14 July 2021

Michael Tornow: Healthy Homes for Scotland

Michael Tornow, senior health improvement officer with Public Health Scotland (PHS), introduces ‘Healthy Housing for Scotland’ – a briefing paper published by PHS which outlines evidence for how housing impacts on health and wellbeing and makes recommendations for further research.

Published 8 July 2021

Ashley Campbell and Lesley Palmer: Making housing and dementia a national priority

National Housing and Dementia Forum co-chairs Ashley Campbell and Lesley Palmer detail the outcomes from the Forum's first evidence session and meeting.

Published 7 July 2021

Scottish Renewables: Our work on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

Having engaged in the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act since its earliest days, working with civil servants and ministers to provide the views of the renewables sector, Scottish Renewables highlights the work that was carried out and the teamwork that was necessary to achieve these wins.

Published 1 July 2021

John Kerr: Rising to the challenge of ending youth homelessness in Scotland

John Kerr, housing development and homelessness manager at West Dunbartonshire Council and a member of CIH Scotland’s Board, discusses what can be done to end youth homelessness in Scotland.

Published 24 June 2021

Shirley Wyles: Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes

Four years after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, BLM partner Shirley Wyles lays out the legal landscape regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

Published 14 June 2021

Paul Murphy: It takes a sector to raise a housing professional

CIH Scotland board member Paul Murphy outlines the advantages RSLs can gain by recruiting a blend of experience and raw talent onto their boards.

Published 10 June 2021

Sue Shone: Coronavirus – a view from the housing frontline

CIH Scotland board member Sue Shone details her experience of managing a team and having to adapt to new challenges during the pandemic.

Published 10 June 2021

David Bookbinder: Offices or public buildings? The Covid conundrum for housing associations

Given the public nature of many housing association offices, David Bookbinder suggests they should be subject to the same coronavirus restrictions as libraries and community centres.

Published 7 June 2021

Robina Qureshi: The Aspen card crisis

Ten days have now passed with thousands of asylum seekers, including several hundred in Glasgow, being left without working payment cards due to a Home Office contract changeover, writes Robina Qureshi.

Published 7 June 2021

Adriana Mihaela Soaita: The experiences of private tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Great Britain

In this blog, Adriana Mihaela Soaita from the University of Glasgow looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the importance of a good neighbourhood and a comfortable home to peoples’ health and wellbeing. They have also brought under the spotlight home’s vulnerabilities, which take a particular intensity in the private rental sector (PRS). It is thus timely and relevant to understand private tenants’ renting experiences during the pandemic, which I explored through the experiences of 60 respondents from Great Britain.

Published 3 June 2021