Jennifer Harris: Innovating to improve access to advice for renters

Jennifer Harris, senior research associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), looks at how new UK-wide research highlights examples of how services are adapting to improve access to advice and information for people living in the private rented sector. This is part of a wider programme of work funded by TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 April 2021

Ashley Campbell: Why should the housing sector take on dementia?

CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on the small changes housing associations can make to help tenants who are living with dementia.

Published 1 April 2021

Barry Johnstone: Caledonia's People team has stepped up over the last year

Caledonia Housing Association's Barry Johnstone reveals how his team supported the organisation last year so that staff could do their job to support tenants.

Published 30 March 2021

Ken Gibb: Stepping out on to the road - the Housing to 2040 roadmap

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) director Ken Gibb welcomes the launch of the Housing to 2040 roadmap and, after reading it several times, reflects on its intent, actions and aims for positive change.

Published 25 March 2021

Bill Banks: A year on from the first lockdown, a personal reflection

It's been a year this month since we entered lockdown for the first time in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and I’m sure none of us imagined this would be the case when we left our offices to work from home in March 2020. Many of us who are able to are still working from home.

Published 23 March 2021

Gordon MacRae: When great isn’t good enough

While there is much to commend in the Scottish Government's Housing to 2040 strategy, Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communications and advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said its stated goals represent a shortfall in the minimum number of social homes required to address housing.

Published 23 March 2021

Paul Harper: Scotland’s first wrongful termination order

Private residential landlords would be wise to take notice of Scotland’s first wrongful termination order. It establishes the fact that the law has teeth and can bite, writes Paul Harper.

Published 23 March 2021

Will Goodwin: What the new fire safety regulations mean for Scottish social landlords

Head of business development at Plumis, Will Goodwin, gives his view on new fire safety regulations for Scottish housing providers. This month marked

Published 19 March 2021

Kevin Stewart MSP: Housing to 2040 is never more needed

In the week that the Scottish Government published Scotland’s first long-term housing strategy, housing and planning minister Kevin Stewart tells Scottish Housing News about the background of Housing to 2040, the principles behind the strategy and what is required to achieve its aims.

Published 17 March 2021

Professor Sarah Johnsen: The strong evidence base for Housing First

With all of Holyrood’s political parties now supporting Housing First ahead of May’s election, Professor Sarah Johnsen, an expert in homelessness policy based with I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University, explains why the approach is attractive to politicians looking for an effective, evidence-based response to some of the toughest homelessness experiences.

Published 17 March 2021

Garry Burns: Rehab and housing – A practical solution

Following the tragic news that a young man died of a drug overdose days after leaving his rehabilitation placement, Homeless Action Scotland communications and engagement manager Garry Burns offers a practical housing solution to help prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.

Published 16 March 2021

Shaheena Din: Council employees key to bringing Scotland’s 47,000 empty homes back into use

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership national project manager Shaheena Din outlines the benefits of employing an empty homes officer and argues that bringing empty homes back into use can a key pandemic recovery strategy for Scotland's councils.

Published 16 March 2021

Gavin Smart: The new standards of professionalism for housing

CIH’s role as the professional body is to champion the role that housing professionals play in making a difference to people's lives every day and to unite housing professionals across the whole sector. Or as we put it formally in our mission statement “to support housing professionals to create a future in which everyone has a place to call home”.

Published 15 March 2021

Phil O’Brien: Scottish Government announces continued investment in affordable housing

Phil O’Brien reflects on the affordability of housing as an ongoing issue in Scotland and how the Scottish Government have recently announced future plans to tackle the issue of affordable housing.

Published 12 March 2021

Alastair Keatinge: Charity mergers – change may be necessary for continuity

Mergers are often a topic that charity trustees would rather avoid. Yet it’s one that some in Scotland are now considering as they look to a future shaped by the legacy of Covid-19, writes Alastair Keatinge.

Published 9 March 2021