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The Margaret Taylor Interview: Lorna Walker - Park Inn tragedy highlights the need for asylum seeker justice

When news broke in June that a Sudanese asylum seeker had been shot dead after stabbing six people in a Glasgow hotel there was an immediate public outcry. How, people wanted to know, could a system that is supposed to protect the vulnerable have allowed a man with obvious mental health difficulties to be put in a situation where his problems were sure to escalate.

Published 9 July 2020

David Kidd: Lived experience takes a seat at top table

Services supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s biggest city will be transformed as the new Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness takes the lead role in co-ordinating services and prevention work. One of the most important parts of the approach to many is that its work will involve, as equal partners, people with their own lived experience of homelessness. Change lead at Homeless Network Scotland, David Kidd, explains the process.

Published 9 July 2020

Callum Chomczuk: Housing providers must do more to support victims of domestic abuse

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Scottish Knowledge Exchange Hub session on June 30 focused on the forthcoming domestic abuse and COVID-19 project. The participants in this subgroup had a range of backgrounds from across policy and practice, all with experience and interest in issues relating to domestic abuse. Callum Chomczuk captures some of what the participants discussed, particularly the challenges in domestic abuse policy before the pandemic, the current landscape and what the necessary policy inventions are coming out of the pandemic for landlords and policymakers.

Published 9 July 2020

Charles Maasz: Hospitality, asylum and distress

Charles Maasz, chief executive of Glasgow City Mission, reflects on the recent tragic events in Glasgow which saw a stabbing attack take place at the Park Inn Hotel.

Published 8 July 2020

Sabir Zazai: Stop treating people like pieces on a chessboard

Scottish Refugee Council CEO Sabir Zazai reveals anger over ‘abject failures’ of the Home Office and discusses how hostile asylum policies are out of touch with Scottish public opinion.

Published 7 July 2020

Sean McGinness: COVID-19 impact on land sales – way forward for landowners becoming clearer

Following the reopening of construction sites in Scotland, Sean McGinness believes the picture should start to become clearer for rural landowners who are in discussions with housebuilders and developers regarding potential new developments and land sales.

Published 7 July 2020

Letting Agent Code of Practice: New study reveals subjective approach to compensation

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Legal Services Agency seeks to examine the valuation of compensation awards in the two years following the introduction of the Letting Agent Code of Practice. LSA volunteers and Glasgow School of Law graduates Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson detail its findings.

Published 2 July 2020

Lorna Wilson: Social housing’s impact goes far beyond delivering housing

Lorna Wilson shares initial findings into research from SFHA, JRF, Public Health Scotland, and RIHAF into the social, economic, health, and wellbeing impact of social housing.

Published 30 June 2020

Dr Philip O’Brien and Dr Richard Dunning: More than ever, Scotland needs affordable housing

Having contributed to a report by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Shelter Scotland, and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland which called for the Scottish Government to commit to delivering 53,000 affordable homes, Dr Philip O’Brien and Dr Richard Dunning reflect on the research findings.

Published 30 June 2020

Gillian Thomson: Better understanding of fire rating standard needed for powder coated cladding

A poor understanding of the updated Euroclass fire rating standard is bringing additional cost, confusion and quality issues to a sector faced with recladding up to 700 high rise building in Scotland alone, says Gillian Thomson.

Published 30 June 2020

Kevin Stewart MSP: What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown?

In the first in a series of blogs about how planning can respond to new and old challenges, planning minister Kevin Stewart offers some thoughts about recent events and what the future might bring for our places and people.

Published 29 June 2020

Jon Sparkes: HARSAG – what next?

Jon Sparkes provides a summary of progress from the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) meeting last Thursday. Proposals for how to end homelessness in response to the coronavirus pandemic are now currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.

Published 25 June 2020

Martin Gavin: Ending the need for night shelters in Scotland

Today, 21 third sector organisations that care about ending homelessness in Scotland, known collectively as Everyone Home, (SHN 21/05/20) publish their first route-map to help guide the sector out of lockdown and the emergency measures put in place during March to accommodate people sleeping outside. Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, Martin Gavin, explains more.

Published 25 June 2020

Derek Logie: Post-COVID rural Scotland needs a post-war style ‘blood transfusion’

Derek Logie details the needs of Scotland's rural locations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 24 June 2020

Rodney Whyte: Scotland needs to build homes and communities for its ageing population

The Scottish Government needs to encourage investment in Later Living and, in turn, provide a boost for the construction industry, says residential property specialist Rodney Whyte. 

Published 23 June 2020