Blogs



Blog: Poverty is not inevitable

Councillor Matt Kerr believes that by working together we can challenge the stigma of poverty.

Published 15 March 2017

Blog: Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. Worryingly, these regulations are due to be implemented incredibly swiftly and will be in force from the beginning of April 2017, less than a month after the initial laying of regulations.

Published 14 March 2017

Blog: Changing the dialogue on homelessness

Ewan Aitken of homelessness charity Cyrenians blogs ahead of Shelter Scotland’s Homelessness Conference 2017

Published 3 March 2017

Blog: Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit after receiving disturbing evidence of the problems encountered by tenants from councils. Heather Spurr believes the UK government should use the opportunity to listen to the concerns of tenants and landlords who are dealing with the worrying fallout of the once ‘flagship’ welfare reform.

Published 1 March 2017

Blog: Have your say on how disputes are settled between you and your private landlord

Shelter Scotland’s Nora Uhrig encourages tenants to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation into its proposed private rented sector dispute tribunal.

Published 1 March 2017

Blog: Scotland’s Housing Festival 2017

Published 28 February 2017

Blog: Scotland’s approach to social security

"Social security is a human right". Social security minister Jeane Freeman blogs about Scotland's approach to its new agency.

Published 28 February 2017

Blog: New thinking needed to tackle fuel poverty

Castle Rock Edinvar’s Richard Jennings asks how do we innovate to solve the problem of too many people living in cold homes?

Published 23 February 2017

Blog: Getting build to rent off the ground shouldn’t mean ditching affordable housing requirements

Shelter Scotland’s James Battye blogs on why affordable housing must be the priority in Scotland’s housebuilding programme.

Published 23 February 2017

Blog: Process of A-listing drives you bananas

The decision to award Grade A-listed status to Edinburgh’s ‘Banana Flats’ was a bold move, but time will tell whether it will be a positive one for Leith and its residents, writes Richard Jennings, managing director at Castle Rock Edinvar.

Published 17 February 2017

Blog: Consultation on Universal Credit regulations

Private landlords representative John Blackwood encourages people to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Universal Credit regulations.

Published 17 February 2017

Blog: Creating a fairer, wealthier and healthier society – defining the role of the Scottish RSL in the 21st century

Calum Macaulay from Albyn Housing Society flies the flag for housing associations in Scotland

Published 16 February 2017

Blog: Government should seize the chance to provide new older people’s housing

McCarthy & Stone managing director, Jonathan Fair, reflects on the Scottish and UK government planning consultations and the growing need for older people’s housing.

Published 14 February 2017

Rising to the challenges and seizing the opportunities in active asset management

Experienced housing practitioner Jim Rooney has been working in asset management for the past 25 years and this year will chair HouseMark Scotland’s new Active Asset Management Specialist Club. He considers the main challenges currently facing registered social landlords in asset management and the key ingredients for success.

Published 10 February 2017

Blog: Linking health and fuel poverty – new catalogue of schemes shares what’s happening throughout Scotland

What support is available to help those in fuel poverty? Lisa Glass blogs on Shelter Scotland’s new guide with Energy Action Scotland.

Published 9 February 2017