Blogs



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

Rodney White: Build back infrastructure

Rodney White suggests that Westminster and Holyrood should "step up to the plate" and fund infrastructure specifically for housebuilding projects.

Published 5 March 2021

David Bookbinder: Notice periods and the evictions ban - a sense of not being trusted? 

The Scottish Government's decision to opt for a six month notice period for social sector arrears cases will not protect the people it is intended to, argues Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder.

Published 4 March 2021

Rosie Gollan: Building and fire safety regulation post-Grenfell

Rosie Gollan, an Edinburgh-based solicitor at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks at the Building Safety Bill and its implications in Scotland.

Published 24 February 2021

Gordon MacRae: Do we risk diluting the rights of homeless people?

Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communication & advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said last week's report from the Homelessness Prevention Review Group will not necessarily safeguard and enhance existing homelessness rights and protections.

Published 22 February 2021

Hazel Davies: How tomorrow’s homes will incorporate green energy solutions

Growing awareness of environmental issues will encourage builders and developers to make new homes ever greener in the coming years and decades. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, identifies four main areas by which tomorrow’s homes will reduce their environmental footprint through innovative green energy solutions.

Published 22 February 2021