Blogs



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

Mike Bruce: Not all Scottish RSLs are resistant to paying Board members

Mike Bruce suggests an alternative headline for Scottish Housing News, and offers an informative look at the question of board remuneration in the process.

Published 18 April 2019

Karen Campbell: Options for affordable home ownership

This is the final blog in a series reflecting on approaches to delivering alternative tenures in Scotland. In the first post, Professor Moira Munro reflects on the discussion from a recent roundtable; in the second post, Dr Richard Jennings shared his experience of delivering mid-market rent; and in the third blog, Dr John Boyle reflected on the small but growing Build to Rent market in Scotland. This blog, by Karen Campbell (Scottish Futures Trust), focuses on emerging options for affordable home ownership for households across Scotland.

Published 16 April 2019

Dr John Boyle: Build to rent is here to stay

This is the third in a series of blog posts reflecting on approaches to delivering alternative tenures in Scotland. In the first post, Professor Moira Munro reflects on the discussion from a recent roundtable; and, in the second post, Dr Richard Jennings shared his experience of delivering mid-market rent. In this post, Dr John Boyle (Rettie & Co.) reflects on the small but growing Build to Rent market in Scotland.

Published 15 April 2019

David Alexander: England to follow Scotland’s lead on ‘no fault’ evictions

The announcement by the UK Government that they will end no fault evictions is welcome news and long overdue and follows the path that already exists in Scotland, writes David Alexander.

Published 15 April 2019

Dr Richard Jennings: Flexibility and Adaptability – Mid-market rent and the supply of affordable housing

This is the second in a series of blog posts reflecting on approaches to delivering alternative tenures in Scotland. In the first post, Professor Moira Munro reflects on some of the main points of discussion from a recent roundtable hosted by Shelter Scotland. In this post, the second in the series, Dr Richard Jennings reflects on the role of mid-market rent – a form of affordable housing where tenants generally pay a lower rent than the market rent level in a given area, but more than local social housing tenants. Starting rents are usually similar to the Local Housing Allowance and are usually suitable for people on incomes that are not quite enough to afford home ownership or private sector rents.

Published 12 April 2019

Professor Moira Munro: Approaches to delivering alternative tenures

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) recently co-organised a roundtable with Shelter Scotland, SFHA, ALACHO, Scottish Futures Trust, and Rettie & Co., to discuss the role of alternative tenures (build-to-rent, mid-market rent, shared ownership) and delivery/funding models, and how best to provide choice of tenure, within the wider context of delivering more affordable housing in Scotland. Attendees heard from three speakers whose presentations will be summarised in a series of blog posts over the course of this week. In this post, the first in the series, Professor Moira Munro reflects on the discussion that took place on the day.

Published 11 April 2019

Paul Nelis: Not the usual suspects in Maryhill

Paul Nelis considers the value of having young people take control in their communities… why not! Maryhill Housing Association and YOMO took the bold step to enable young people to lead the PB process for Ruchill and Maryhill. The participatory budgeting (PB) event attracted lots of people, it was well planned and without a doubt our young adults ensured that lots of much older adults got the opportunity to express their democratic right to have their say. We need more of this!

Published 9 April 2019

Stephen Cowan: Summary Warrants – could you get bitten?

Stephen Cowan, managing director of Yuill + Kyle, looks at summary warrants and the powers and effects they can have.

Published 5 April 2019

Callum Chomczuk: UK Housing Review highlights Scottish supply challenges

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland’s national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on some of the Scottish findings from CIH’s UK Housing Review 2019.

Published 4 April 2019

Colin Lavety: Time to banish the green belt taboo?

Relaxing green belt restrictions will make it easier for developers to build on green belt land, writes Colin Lavety, planning director with Barton Willmore.

Published 4 April 2019

Caroline Gillespie: Domestic abuse law makes strides with new act

Caroline Gillespie reflects on the development of the law on domestic abuse as new legislation comes into force.

Published 2 April 2019

Lynda Ross: The demolished development and the silent clock

A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish Government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited.

Published 28 March 2019

Kevin Stewart MSP: Breaking down barriers to end homelessness

As the Scottish Government launches a consultation on homelessness legislation, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP issues a call for views from people with experience of homelessness, those working in local authorities and the wider homelessness and housing sector.

Published 28 March 2019

Blog: Val McDermid, Karyn McCluskey and Professor Alan Miller speak at Shelter Scotland’s Home Truths event

Debbie King looks back on Shelter Scotland’s #HomeTruths debate last month.

Published 28 March 2019