Blogs



Professor David Clapham: Houses, homes and nature

The links between houses, homes and the natural and physical world are far-reaching. In this blog, Professor David Clapham explains that the COVID-19 crisis has underlined our limited understanding of these links.

Published 5 June 2020

Ashley Campbell: How can we keep allocating homes safely during the coronavirus pandemic?

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), discusses how social landlords can allocate homes safely during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 4 June 2020

Dr Jenny Preece: Exploring the realities of living in a small home

Dr Jenny Preece introduces a new CaCHE research project which will consider why homes are so small in the UK and explore experiences of those who live in these kinds of properties.

Published 4 June 2020

Kelly Fraser: New model complaints handling procedure from the SPSO – what RSLs need to know

Kelly Fraser, senior associate at Harper MacLeod, highlight some of the key amendments to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman's model complaints handling procedures that registered social landlords (RSLs) should be aware of.

Published 4 June 2020

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán: Introducing the Housing Costs Calculator to support effective COVID-19 planning

Guillermo Rodríguez-Guzmán from the Centre for Homelessness Impact introduces the newly developed Housing Costs Calculator which aims to help city leaders plan for the transition from emergency homelessness accommodation.

Published 2 June 2020

Daradjeet Jagpal: Time to review your DPO appointment?

A recent decision issued by the Belgian Data Protection Authority has some ramifications for RSLs who appoint a member of staff as their Data Protection Officer (DPO), says Daradjeet Jagpal.

Published 2 June 2020

Ashley Campbell: Don’t forget about dementia!

For Dementia Awareness Week which starts today, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell says everyone who works in housing has the opportunity to make a difference.

Published 1 June 2020

Dr Lisa Garnham: Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic - the central role of home

Dr Lisa Garnham from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) reflects on research around the importance of ‘home’ for mental health and how this evidence could shape our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 27 May 2020

Hazel Davies: How open-plan living became the norm

The current vogue for open-plan living has been with us for a while and shows no sign of diminishing through familiarity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the background to what has become a cornerstone in residential property design.

Published 27 May 2020

Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus, social landlords and General Meetings – proposed legislation for companies, registered societies and SCIOs

Harper Macleod’s senior associate Kelly Fraser highlights some of the key proposed provisions in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill ahead of its next reading in June.

Published 26 May 2020

Prof Ken Gibb: Housing policies and the COVID-19 pandemic

CaCHE director, Prof Ken Gibb, introduces a major 15-month multi-strand research project on UK housing policies and the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 May 2020

Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

Sally Thomas: We will always do everything in our power to protect our members and their tenants

SFHA chief executive Sally Thomas gives her account of the amendments lodged by Andy Wightman MSP this week and the unintended impact they could have had on social landlords.

Published 22 May 2020

Martin Armstrong: The new norm

Martin Armstrong, chief executive of Wheatley Group, outlines what the new norm for will look like in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 22 May 2020

Jane Devine: We can’t go back to how it was before

As part of yesterday’s Everyone Home joint plan to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic, FourSquare chief executive Jane Devine said the sector needs to capitalise on the steps taken so far with giant leaps.

Published 22 May 2020