Blogs



Michael Tornow: Healthy Homes for Scotland

Michael Tornow, senior health improvement officer with Public Health Scotland (PHS), introduces ‘Healthy Housing for Scotland’ – a briefing paper published by PHS which outlines evidence for how housing impacts on health and wellbeing and makes recommendations for further research.

Published 8 July 2021

Ashley Campbell and Lesley Palmer: Making housing and dementia a national priority

National Housing and Dementia Forum co-chairs Ashley Campbell and Lesley Palmer detail the outcomes from the Forum's first evidence session and meeting.

Published 7 July 2021

Scottish Renewables: Our work on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

Having engaged in the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act since its earliest days, working with civil servants and ministers to provide the views of the renewables sector, Scottish Renewables highlights the work that was carried out and the teamwork that was necessary to achieve these wins.

Published 1 July 2021

John Kerr: Rising to the challenge of ending youth homelessness in Scotland

John Kerr, housing development and homelessness manager at West Dunbartonshire Council and a member of CIH Scotland’s Board, discusses what can be done to end youth homelessness in Scotland.

Published 24 June 2021

Shirley Wyles: Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes

Four years after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, BLM partner Shirley Wyles lays out the legal landscape regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

Published 14 June 2021

Paul Murphy: It takes a sector to raise a housing professional

CIH Scotland board member Paul Murphy outlines the advantages RSLs can gain by recruiting a blend of experience and raw talent onto their boards.

Published 10 June 2021

Sue Shone: Coronavirus – a view from the housing frontline

CIH Scotland board member Sue Shone details her experience of managing a team and having to adapt to new challenges during the pandemic.

Published 10 June 2021

David Bookbinder: Offices or public buildings? The Covid conundrum for housing associations

Given the public nature of many housing association offices, David Bookbinder suggests they should be subject to the same coronavirus restrictions as libraries and community centres.

Published 7 June 2021

Robina Qureshi: The Aspen card crisis

Ten days have now passed with thousands of asylum seekers, including several hundred in Glasgow, being left without working payment cards due to a Home Office contract changeover, writes Robina Qureshi.

Published 7 June 2021

Adriana Mihaela Soaita: The experiences of private tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Great Britain

In this blog, Adriana Mihaela Soaita from the University of Glasgow looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the importance of a good neighbourhood and a comfortable home to peoples’ health and wellbeing. They have also brought under the spotlight home’s vulnerabilities, which take a particular intensity in the private rental sector (PRS). It is thus timely and relevant to understand private tenants’ renting experiences during the pandemic, which I explored through the experiences of 60 respondents from Great Britain.

Published 3 June 2021

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston: After Grenfell, who pays to make high-rise buildings meet fire safety standards?

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston outline the current legal landscape in Scotland regarding who pays the remedial works necessary to bring residential buildings into line with new fire safety standards.

Published 2 June 2021

Ellie Wagstaff: Homeless Scots failed at the end of life

Following a report in which Marie Curie calls for more palliative care support for those experiencing homelessness and terminal illness, Ellie Wagstaff outlines the main issues and the charity's recommendations.

Published 2 June 2021

Miles Briggs: Ending homelessness by 2023

The Covid crisis has shown that Scotland can end homelessness and rough-sleeping in two years, writes Scottish Conservatives' social justice, housing and local government spokesperson Miles Briggs.

Published 28 May 2021

Maggie Brünjes: An open letter to the new Scottish cabinet and ministers

Homeless Network Scotland helps grow the policy and system change needed to resolve homelessness in Scotland. It connects people and places, learning from evidence and shared experiences and acting on what works and what matters. Chief executive, Maggie Brünjes, with an open letter to the new government.

Published 27 May 2021

Kevin Reid: Meeting the challenge of green energy in new homes

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, looks at meeting the challenges of using more green energy and sustainable building in new homes.

Published 25 May 2021