Blogs



Janet Haugh: Meeting the challenges of the post-lockdown world

Ypeople CEO Janet Haugh discusses meeting the challenges of this year, and how the charity plans to keep the support of those who need it most as its priority.

Published 4 September 2020

Colleen Rowan: Supporting communities through COVID - the response from community controlled housing associations

A new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has highlighted the crucial local role played by Community Controlled Housing Associations (CCHAs) during the coronavirus health crisis, says Colleen Rowan.

Published 28 August 2020

Scott Macphail: Road Bonds and their impact on construction's recovery

Road Bonds are well-intentioned and have a purpose, but their levels are now starting to pose a threat to the place of construction SMEs in the recovery, argues Scott Macphail.

Published 26 August 2020

Callum Chomczuk: Should the housing sector worry about the UK Single Market?

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk on the potential impact of the Single Market legislation on the housing sector.

Published 25 August 2020

Ann Leslie: The unintended consequences of government’s eviction policy proposals

LAR Housing Trust chief executive Ann Leslie gives her thoughts on the ongoing debate surrounding evictions.

Published 21 August 2020

Robert Kennedy: Housing First support lets people move on

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling after a ramping-up period from August 2018, two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. The Salvation Army has been providing Housing First support in the city since then and today continues alongside partner organisations in the Housing First Consortium in Glasgow. Robert Kennedy – Housing First support worker with The Salvation Army, describes his experience over the past two years.

Published 21 August 2020

Allan Jones: Housing First still working in the North East

The Housing First Scotland Pathfinder programme launched officially in April 2019 in Aberdeen/shire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. This was following a ramping-up period that began in August 2018, exactly two years ago this week, when the first tenants moved into properties in Glasgow allocated to the fledgeling Pathfinder. Allan Jones, housing manager (options and homelessness) with Aberdeenshire Council, explains the impact Housing First has had on someone his team works with.

Published 20 August 2020

David Bookbinder: Eviction protections hit the wrong target in social housing, and its tenants who’ll pay the cost

A blanket ban on evictions makes no provision for anti-social tenants and those who choose not to pay their rent, says David Bookbinder.

Published 18 August 2020

John Toms: Will converting empty offices into residential properties be the new normal?

John Toms on the implications for city centres if the transition of properties from commercial to residential becomes commonplace.

Published 12 August 2020

Deborah Hay: JRF joins the Everyone Home Collective

Deborah Hay, Scotland policy officer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains why JRF have joined the Everyone Home Collective.

Published 6 August 2020

Alan Gordon: Getting back into the office will be different, but it will benefit the health and social fabric of Scotland

Alan Gordon, senior partner at DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses the importance of getting back to the office after the coronavirus pandemic. 

Published 30 July 2020

Cade Wells: Sensor-led smart technology could transform Scotland’s approach to housing

Cade Wells, business development manager at CENSIS, discusses the role sensor-led smart technology could play in transforming housing in Scotland. 

Published 27 July 2020

Dan Donald: Building blocks to successfully tackle homelessness

Former Cruden Estates director Dan Donald, now a trustee for homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland, reveals how a career in construction is shaping a few of the charity’s recent successes.

Published 27 July 2020

Jon Kiddie: Homelessness and judicial review – a missed opportunity for reform

Jon Kiddie, an advocate at Terra Firma Chambers, analyses concerns over the suitability of judicial review for challenging local authority decisions on homelessness.

Published 27 July 2020

Martin Gavin: Deciding how to help might be ignoring the obvious

Homeless Network Scotland recently made over 1,000 cash payments of £100 to people affected by homelessness, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, supported by SCVO and the Hunter Foundation. The one-off payment was available to households in temporary homelessness accommodation, or people who have recently taken on a Housing First tenancy. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, explains how it came about.

Published 22 July 2020