Blogs



National Planning Framework 4 – extension to Call for Ideas deadline

The Scottish Government’s Planning and Architecture Division explains its decision to extend the National Planning Framework 4 Call for Ideas deadline until 30 April.

Published 20 March 2020

Simon Allison: Coronavirus – a guide for employers

Simon Allison looks at common issues for employers during the coronavirus outbreak such as whether an employer can lay off staff and what happens if they are forced to close their premises.

Published 20 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Taskforce needed to coordinate coronavirus impact on homelessness

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected ministerial statement on the Scottish Government’s eviction measures, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown outlines immediate actions required to assist rough sleepers and help prevent further homelessness.

Published 18 March 2020

Kevin Stewart: COVID-19 and those experiencing homelessness

Housing minister Kevin Stewart details his meeting with public health minister Joe FitzPatrick to discuss COVID-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Published 17 March 2020

Mark McLintock: What is the magic number?

After reading articles from Martin Armstrong and David Bookbinder about the relative merits of large and small housing associations, Mark McLintock from MainStreet Consulting carried out some analysis and details his findings.

Published 16 March 2020

Graeme Hamilton: TECH: We’re on a roll

Nineteen organisations have now signed up to the TEC in Housing Charter this year, pledging to support tenants to be able to live longer at home using digital technology, writes SFHA TECH engagement officer Graeme Hamilton.

Published 12 March 2020

Michael McLaughlin: Housing Service Design Champions

SFHA’s social insight lead Michael McLaughlin on the recent Housing Service Design Champions Training.

Published 11 March 2020

Professor Ken Gibb: Carbon reduction, older tenements and the retrofit challenge

CaCHE director Professor Ken Gibb gives an overview of its exciting new Scottish Funding Council project, 'Evaluating options & outcomes in the retrofit of pre-1919 Glasgow tenement housing', which was launched last week.

Published 10 March 2020

Ben Rick: How social investment will create new wave of social landlords to alleviate housing crisis

Social and Sustainable Capital founder and CEO, Ben Rick, discusses housing issues in the Scottish market and how social investment could provide an alternative solution.

Published 6 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Hidden homelessness: Hidden from sight, from evidence, and hiding yourself

Hidden homelessness can mean being hidden from sight, it can mean hidden from evidence, and it can also mean hiding your true self in order to access services, explains Shelter Scotland’s policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands.

Published 5 March 2020

Blog: Resolving disputes in the UK Private Rented Sector

Dr Gareth James and Dr Jennifer Harris provide an overview of new research from the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence which illustrates the role and potential of alternative dispute resolution in the UK private rented sector. This is part of a wider piece of work funded by the TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 28 February 2020

Katrina Reid: Building Foundations for Allocating Healthy Homes

Katrina Reid, health improvement manager, health and housing at NHS Health Scotland, provides a summary of the Building Foundations for Allocating Healthy Homes seminar held in Glasgow in November.

Published 27 February 2020

Oliver Wilson: Mixed-use changing the shape of Scottish cities

Architect Oliver Wilson on the changing residential neighbourhoods being created in Scottish city centres.

Published 25 February 2020

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