Blogs



Heads of Planning Scotland: Resourcing the Planning System

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) offers to help the Scottish Government better understand the true costs of delivering planning reform and quality services in communities.

Published 25 March 2019

Kevin Stewart: Politicians must work together to avoid damage to Scotland’s economy

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart blogs about the need for Scottish Parliament to amend the Planning Bill to ensure it supports economic growth.

Published 21 March 2019

Stephen Henesy: Housing associations must not be put off by Our Power fallout

The collapse of energy supplier Our Power sent a shockwave through the Scottish housing sector. Prop-tech entrepreneur Stephen Henesy of Helpthemove believes technology and utilities are still key to unlocking new revenue streams for housing associations looking to benefit their tenants.

Published 18 March 2019

Aoife Deery: Reflections on women in the housing sector for International Women’s Day

Every day Shelter Scotland fights for the right to safe, secure and affordable housing and to mark last week’s International Women’s Day, Aoife Deery took the opportunity to reflect on the work of the women, past and present, who have helped to improve housing for other women in Scotland.

Published 11 March 2019

Neil Clapperton: Our Power – a eulogy

Neil Clapperton, CEO of Grampian Housing Association, reflects on the collapse of Our Power, the housing association-backed energy provider.

Published 21 February 2019

Lisa Glass: Housing is a human right – but what does this mean in Scotland?

With human rights once again on the domestic and international agenda, Shelter Scotland wants to ensure that any new legislation puts good housing right at its heart, writes Lisa Glass.

Published 15 February 2019

TC Young: Nine months and counting until Freedom of Information comes to the RSL sector

In light of the announcement by the Scottish Government regarding the implementation date for Freedom of Information (FOI) applying to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), Eileen Barr and Len Freedman outline the areas covered by the new regime.

Published 12 February 2019

Madeline Cross: We need to talk about renting… again

Madeline Cross, events and communications co-ordinator at youth homelessness charity the Rock Trust asks why it is so hard for young people to rent privately, and what needs to change.

Published 8 February 2019

Phil Wray: Working together to tackle rough sleeping

In the first in a Scottish Government series of guest blogs, Phil Wray provides an insight into the progress Glasgow City Mission has made this winter, helping more people into settled accommodation.

Published 7 February 2019

Russell Munro: Winchburgh Village plan can provide blueprint for housing delivery

A model agreement between the Scottish Government, West Lothian Council and a newly-created joint venture could help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis if replicated in other regions, writes Russell Munro.

Published 6 February 2019

David Bookbinder: Flat broke? How private landlords are destroying our tenements

David Bookbinder tackles the thorny issue of tenement repairs and offers workable solutions which he believes could save this vital part of Scotland’s community and heritage.

Published 5 February 2019

Blog: Homelessness numbers and policy changes – what does this mean for people experiencing homelessness?

Lisa Glass responds to the latest Scottish Government statistics on homeless applications and households in temporary accommodation.

Published 1 February 2019

Blog: Universal Credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to Universal Credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

Published 1 February 2019

Opinion: Empowering the masses not the few to improve housing in Scotland

Planning consultant Colin Lavety makes the case for housing land allocation decisions to be made at a national level which he argues would standardise the process and increase the number of homes being delivered.

Published 30 January 2019

Blog: Housing sector's role in helping to keep victims of domestic abuse safe

CIH President Jim Strang and chief executive of Scottish Women's Aid Marsha Scott examine the role of housing in helping to protect people experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 18 January 2019