Tony Cain: Achieving zero carbon in social housing - it’s haste we need, not speed

With next week's Scottish Housing Day set to explore the challenges for the social housing sector to meet net zero carbon emissions, ALACHO policy manager Tony Cain argues that evidence-based solutions are more important than quick ones.

Published 6 September 2021

Steven Tolson: Developer contributions in Scotland

On 9 July 2021, the Scottish Government published a report on The Value, Incidence and Impact of Developer Contributions in Scotland. The report is an independent piece of research on Section 75 planning obligations – the equivalent of Section 106 in England – and other developer contributions mechanisms. It draws on quantitative and qualitative evidence to assess the scale, use, spread, and effectiveness of existing mechanisms, and inform the Scottish Government’s wider review of developer contributions. The research concludes that the system is generally accepted as working well, albeit more so for affordable housing than for infrastructure contributions; but it could be improved if, among other things, 1) participants were better informed on performance and delivery through a coordinated and comprehensive monitoring system; and 2) local planning authorities shared good practice more widely. The report also highlights questions of equity in the provision of planning obligations between areas with high land values and those with low land values. At a recent meeting of the CaCHE Housing and Place Delivery Forum, we were joined by three of the report’s authors, Dr John Boyle, Prof Kath Scanlon and Stefano Smith, to discuss the key implications of their research. This blog, written by the chair of the HPDF, Steven Tolson, offers some reflections on the research and discussion.

Published 6 September 2021

Catherine Hall: The whole housing sector needs to face up to the climate emergency

Outlining CIH Scotland's support for Scottish Housing Day’s climate emergency focus, Catherine Hall argues that the sector must act to decarbonise homes across all tenures if it is to play a meaningful part in tackling the crisis.

Published 1 September 2021

Making housing and dementia a national priority: third update from the National Housing and Dementia Forum

Ashley Campbell and Lesley Palmer, co-chairs of the National Housing and Dementia Forum, are continuing to gather evidence on what needs to be done to ensure that people with dementia are able to live well in their own homes for as long as possible. This blog summarises the discussions of the third evidence session focussing on the support that is available for people living with dementia.

Published 1 September 2021

Andrew Garraway: Housing First and harm reduction in Highland

Homeless Network Scotland hosted a webinar on Housing First and Harm Reduction this week to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. By bringing together a range of contributors from third sector, Health and Social Care Partnerships, the NHS and the Scottish Government, the webinar offered an opportunity to reflect on the realities of delivering on the principle of harm reduction against the backdrop of increasing drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Published 1 September 2021

Craig Sanderson: Let’s all work together to ensure there is enough truly ‘affordable’ housing in Edinburgh

Former Link chief executive and member of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Craig Sanderson, outlines how housing can help overcome poverty in Edinburgh.

Published 30 August 2021

David Alexander: Don't lock market into rent control 'straight-jacket'

David Alexander, managing director of property firm DJ Alexander, discusses the potential setbacks of introducing rent-controlled areas in Scotland.

Published 27 August 2021

Garry Burns: More action required to help avoid social housing evictions

Garry Burns from Homeless Action Scotland calls on the Scottish Government to extend the eviction ban until they can convene a short life action group on eviction protocols while we exit the COVID pandemic and return to normality.

Published 24 August 2021

David Stewart: Land & Housing – Why land for housing matters

In the fifth in the Scottish Land Commission's ‘Land &’ blog series, senior policy officer David Stewart explores why land for housing matters for much more than homes – it has an impact on the economy, the environment, and the wellbeing of everyone in Scotland.

Published 24 August 2021

Nick Waugh: New towns meet housing need and changing property demands 

Nick Waugh, commercial director at Buccleuch Property, which is jointly developing Shawfair, argues that new towns are best placed to adapt to residents' changing needs.

Published 24 August 2021

Ian McMonagle: The tax pitfalls that await COP26 landlords

Chartered tax adviser Ian McMonagle warns opportunistic landlords of HMRC's interest in letting property to accommodate delegates at forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Published 19 August 2021

Debra Campbell: Are you Dementia aware?

Debra Campbell, learning and development officer at SHARE, provides an insight into her own experience of Dementia.

Published 11 August 2021

Cllr Kenny Mclean: Collaboration can help solve the problem of empty homes

On behalf of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, Cllr Kenny Mclean highlights the partners working to tackle empty homes in Glasgow and the benefits the work is bringing throughout the city. 

Published 5 August 2021

John Rodger: New cladding tax threatens housing progress

John Rodger, partner and property specialist at accountants Chiene + Tait, discusses the potential consequences of the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT).

Published 5 August 2021

Malcolm Combe: Are landmark laws failing those tricked out of their homes by landlords?

Scotland introduced a new private sector residential letting vehicle, known as the private residential tenancy (PRT), when the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force in December 2017.

Published 4 August 2021