Blogs



Katherine Metcalfe: Scottish Government risks falling behind on post-Grenfell safety

Katherine Metcalfe compares building safety regulations north and south of the border.

Published 24 February 2020

Matt Downie: Strides made towards a new framework for improving homelessness prevention

Crisis director of policy and external affairs Matt Downie MBE writes about progress towards recommendations for the Scottish Government regarding wide-ranging legal requirements to prevent homelessness.

Published 21 February 2020

Yoric Irving-Clarke: Making better use of evidence to end homelessness

Dr Yoric Irving-Clarke from the CIH policy and practice team takes a look at the launch of the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s updated SHARE framework.

Published 19 February 2020

James Palmer: Shawfair’s ambitions to bring green power to its people

Highlighting the energy strategy behind making Shawfair as sustainable as possible, James Palmer said the project can become an exemplar for others to follow.

Published 18 February 2020

Shirley-Anne Somerville: Investing in Scotland’s social security system

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, cabinet secretary for social security and older people, discusses how the Scottish Government is creating the new infrastructure for a new public service for Scotland.

Published 14 February 2020

Will Scarlett: Don’t take huge potential of build to rent for granted

While the build to rent (BTR) pipeline continues to grow in Scotland, Will Scarlett from Scarlett Land and Development said the sector’s viability should not be taken for granted.

Published 14 February 2020

Alex Marsh and Ken Gibb: Reviewing rent control

Professor Alex Marsh and Professor Ken Gibb introduce the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) project which will review the rent control literature produced over the last thirty years. 

Published 13 February 2020

Mike Dailly: Rent law must change to prevent profiteering at expense of poor

A new law is required to tackle high rents in Scotland because actions to date have failed to make an impact, argues Mike Dailly.

Published 12 February 2020

Malcolm Thomson: Collective action by housebuilders to target climate change

Malcolm Thomson, sales and marketing director of Scotframe, details the need for collective action from the housebuilding industry to tackle climate change.

Published 11 February 2020

Jessica Husbands: New homelessness statistics show continued failure to meet statutory duties

Shelter Scotland's policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands offers an in-depth analysis of the latest homelessness statistics from the Scottish Government.

Published 6 February 2020

Graeme Hamilton: Is TECH really for me?

SFHA TECH engagement officer Graeme Hamilton tackles one of the frequently asked questions surrounding technology enabled care in housing.

Published 6 February 2020

Geraldine Begg: What are the benefits of signing up to the TEC in Housing Charter?

SFHA’s Technology Enabled Care in Housing programme co-ordinator, Geraldine Begg, explains what organisations can gain by signing up to the TEC in Housing Charter.

Published 4 February 2020

Nicola Barclay: Marking 20 years of Homes for Scotland

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of trade body Homes for Scotland, chief executive Nicola Barclay considers the changes that have (or more significantly haven’t) taken place on what is her own 4th year anniversary in the job.

Published 3 February 2020

Euan Leitch: Scottish House Condition Survey & Tenement Maintenance

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) director Euan Leitch reflects on the Scottish Government’s response to recommendations from the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance and the recent Scottish House Condition Survey 2018 findings.

Published 31 January 2020

David Bookbinder: Another perspective on the ‘big can be beautiful’ debate

After Wheatley Group chief executive Martin Armstrong outlined the advantages which can be gained if social landlords grow in size, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director David Bookbinder offers an alternative view.

Published 30 January 2020