Blogs



Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood: Why landlord loans need to be extended

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), argue that further support is required for private landlords, who have a significant role to play in the housing sector’s response to coronavirus.

Published 18 May 2020

Neil Clapperton: COVID-19 vs social housing?

In a guest blog for CIH Scotland, Grampian Housing Association chief executive Neil Clapperton shares what his organisation has been doing to support the current national emergency.

Published 15 May 2020

Martin Gavin: A housing-led approach to homelessness will guide us out

Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, looks at how to frame discussions about what happens next, so that the best ideas surface quickly.

Published 14 May 2020

Fraser Campbell: Planning for and managing ‘sticky’ cashflow

As Scotland gets set for another three weeks of lockdown what practical measures can businesses take to protect cashflow and ensure they can progress to the recovery stage – whenever that comes. Reviewing and putting in place a flexible business plan is an essential first step to ensure the business can tackle the ‘new normal’. “New normal” will be a diminished version of normal business with extra challenging variables.

Published 14 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: Ned Donaldson and the battle for Merrylee

The Springburn office of ng homes is named after Ned Donaldson. But who was Ned Donaldson? Kieran Findlay recalls the contribution of the activist and the post-war battle to stop the privatisation of council housing at Merrylee.

Published 13 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Sally Thomas

It is almost three years since Sally Thomas left her role at Teesside-based North Star Housing Association to become chief executive of membership organisation the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA). Having spent her entire career in the English social housing sector she made the move north, she says, because she was “becoming increasingly frustrated by the financial, social and economic environment in England in terms of what social housing could do and the value it could bring”.

Published 12 May 2020

Colleen Rowan: Vital role of community anchors recognised by Supporting Communities Fund

Colleen Rowan, policy and research lead at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), discusses the Supporting Communities Fund and why its recognition of community anchors is so important.

Published 12 May 2020

Heads of Planning Scotland: COVID-19 and the planning system

A fall in the number of planning applications combined with the postponement of the expected fee increase in June may result in longer-term effects on the planning system, writes Heads of Planning Scotland.

Published 11 May 2020

Martin Gavin: Checking the progress of Housing First

Today would have been the annual Housing First Scotland conference in Edinburgh, an event that last year attracted 350 delegates and speakers from across the world. The theme was going to be a celebration of the first full year of the Housing First Pathfinder, and today Homeless Network Scotland, which manages the programme, will publish the first 12-month Check Up Report on progress. Martin Gavin, head of external relations, pulls out some key points.

Published 7 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: George Gibson – the man who built Paisley

Duncan Smith, who works in the social housing sector, has contributed this piece as part of his quest for more information about housing architect George Gibson.

Published 6 May 2020

Andrew Fyfe: The care home conundrum

Andrew Fyfe argues that retirement villages are set up in such a way that helps to insulate and protect in the case of a pandemic.

Published 4 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: 100 years on and Scotland’s first council scheme stands the test of time

Next month marks the centenary of Scotland’s first council housing estate, the Logie Estate in Dundee. Lauren Brown reports.

Published 29 April 2020

Duncan Smith: How EnerPHit can be a catalyst for change

Duncan Smith draws on his experience in Scotland's social housing and construction sectors to outline the potential for post-COVID change and how EnerPHit could be a solution at scale.

Published 29 April 2020

Jim Hayton: Coronavirus webinar with Under One Roof

Scotland’s Housing Network private sector housing officer Jim Hayton discusses the resources available for people living in flats during the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 29 April 2020

Megan MacInnes: Shaping our futures - communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place last weekend, land commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

Published 28 April 2020