Blogs



#HousingFirstScot: Keeping Track

Doug Gibson, Programme Manager for Housing First Scotland Pathfinder on the latest figures.

Published 17 May 2019

Kate Berry: Scotland’s changing housing landscape

As part of the programme to mark 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) looks at how Scotland's housing landscape has changed over the last 20 years. This article was originally published on the SPICe website.

Published 16 May 2019

Martyn Evans: A new housing policy narrative can drive both economic growth and increase fairness

Martyn Evans shares some of the key themes from last month’s Scottish Housing Policy Conference 2019, co-hosted by CaCHE and Policy Scotland, the theme of which was ‘Housing and Inclusive Growth: Revitalising Connections’.

Published 14 May 2019

Lisa Kinroy: New rules for FOI – what Scottish housing associations need to know

Lisa Kinroy on the upcoming extension of Freedom of Information legislation to registered social landlords.

Published 13 May 2019

Harry C Smith: Laying the foundations for new-build homes legislation

With less than two months to respond to Graham Simpson MSP’s Proposed New-Build Homes (Buyer Protection) (Scotland) members Bill, Harry C. Smith, partner and head of housebuilder & construction at Gillespie Macandrew LLP, shares his views.

Published 13 May 2019

A Relay not a Sprint – Ramping up Housing First

Martin Gavin, head of external relations at the Homeless Network, provides the third of four blogs in the lead up to Scotland’s Housing First Conference on 22 May 2019. 

Published 9 May 2019

Graeme Brown: 20 years of housing and homelessness in the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown reviews progress on housing and homelessness since 1999.

Published 8 May 2019

Tuning Up Housing First: Scotland’s Top 100

Doug Gibson, Business & Innovation Manager at the Homeless Network, provides the second of four blogs in the lead up to Scotland’s major Housing First conference on 22 May 2019.

Published 2 May 2019

Melanie Rees: Housing allocations – is it time for a rethink?

Melanie Rees from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) reflects on a social housing research project by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and introduces new research on social housing allocations.

Published 1 May 2019

Carole Ewart: Capitalising on the human right to housing

RSLs must embrace the opportunity provided by the new Regulatory Framework to comply with human rights legislation, writes Carole Ewart.

Published 30 April 2019

Aoife Deery: Why local connection and intentionality homelessness tests need to change

Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer, Aoife Deery, discusses the Scottish Government’s consultation on its plans to change the rules around local connection and intentionality with regards to homelessness.

Published 26 April 2019

Laura Brennan: Greater awareness needed of tactics of quick home buy companies

Laura Brennan, trainee solicitor at Govan Law Centre, explains the pitfalls of giving equity away to a quick home buy company in times of financial distress.

Published 26 April 2019

David Bookbinder: Nothing old-fashioned about voluntarism

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder issues a defence of volunteer-based governance models.

Published 25 April 2019

Housing First Scotland: Sizing it Up

Claire Frew, policy & impact manager at the Homeless Network, provides the first of four blogs in the lead up to Scotland’s major Housing First conference on 22 May 2019.

Published 25 April 2019

Dr Graham Paterson: The need to entice young people into construction

City Building’s executive director, Dr Graham Paterson, on how education must work with employers to encourage more young people and women into construction.

Published 24 April 2019