Blogs



Blog: Towards a digital nation: the switch to smart meters

As the national rollout of digital smart meters gets underway, Susanne Webster, policy and practice co-ordinator at CIH Scotland blogs about the potential impact and how the new meters can help us all make smarter energy choices.

Published 12 May 2016

Blog: Empty Homes Advice Service – One year on

By Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 May 2016

Blog: The cost of being poor

By Big Issue Invest Scotland manager Michelle Davitt

Published 11 May 2016

Black’s Blog: Jimmy Black thinks about stairs… and how to avoid them

Stairs. A complete nuisance if you have furniture to shift, babies to carry, shopping to bring home. That’s all of us at one time or another. And they’re a nuisance for disabled people too.

Published 10 May 2016

Blog: Making the most of your intelligence

My partner is an avid Boden shopper. She likes the design of their clothes for herself and the kids. Boden know this – and they understand her. A new catalogue arrives in the post seemingly every week. She also receives a constant stream of emails. Boden’s real trick is understanding what level of discount will entice her to shop. A miserly 10 per cent won’t do it. But offer closer to 20 per cent (especially on kids’ clothes) and she’s hooked, even if she ends up buying more and un-discounted goods into the bargain.

Published 10 May 2016

Blog: Homes must be at the heart of Scotland’s new social security system

By Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland

Published 6 May 2016

Blog: New premises offer a ‘fresh start’ for Moray charity

Alastair Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action, comments after opening a new distribution centre for Moray Fresh Start in Elgin.

Published 6 May 2016

Letter from HouseMark Scotland

An independent report highlighting Eildon Group’s significant economic impact should give confidence and inspiration to the housing sector to continue to innovate and improve, writes Kirsty Wells, head of HouseMark Scotland.

Published 4 May 2016

Blog: Where now for service user involvement?

Debbie King, campaigns & public affairs officer at Shelter Scotland blogs on the charity’s recent #CoProWhereNow event with The Scottish Co-production Network.

Published 4 May 2016

Blog: It’s time to deliver a home for everyone in Scotland

By Rosemary Brotchie, policy and research manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 20 April 2016

Blog: Regeneration is more than bricks and mortar

Real economic and social benefit is the key, writes Martin Armstrong chief executive of Wheatley Group.

Published 19 April 2016

Blog: Unanimous support for a new homelessness strategy secured at Scotland’s Housing Hustings

By James Battye, policy officer with Shelter Scotland

Published 15 April 2016

Blog: #useyourvote!

In the build up to the 2016 Scottish elections, Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations at CIH, blogs on what we are asking of the election candidates in our Agenda for Change and what housing questions you might want to ask your local candidate too.

Published 13 April 2016

Blog: Scottish council housing services are improving – but budget cuts require more radical action

A new report published in March by Audit Scotland provided encouraging evidence that Scotland’s local authorities have made important progress in the levels of service they provide in housing, even in the face of ongoing cuts to funding.

Published 12 April 2016

Blog: Housing’s voice in the integration agenda

As the integration of health and social care comes into effect in Scotland, a new blog from Wheatley Group and Stirling University details their project to fund a PhD studentship titled 'Getting housing and health talking'.

Published 12 April 2016