Blogs



Catherine Hall: Scotland’s elections and the ever-growing importance of ‘home’

Ahead of this week's Scottish Parliament elections, new policy and practice officer at CIH Scotland Catherine Hall sets out why housing must remain at the heart of the political agenda.

Published 4 May 2021

Di Alexander: Extreme fuel poverty crisis in the Highland and Islands needs government action

Di Alexander, chairman of the Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth Group and former chair of the Scottish Government’s Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, details how extreme fuel poverty continues to affect far too many of Scotland's citizens.

Published 4 May 2021

Heat Networks: are things hotting up for housebuilders?

Heat networks have not been widely adopted in the UK due to a lack of regulation and resulting lack of consumer confidence. They also require significant upfront capital costs. As Scotland is the first nation within the UK to bring out legislation in this area, Sarah-Jane McArthur and Sarah Stewart outline the issues which need to be addressed.

Published 29 April 2021

Callum Chomczuk: What does Housing to 2040 say about our profession?

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on what is missing from Housing to 2040.

Published 28 April 2021

Kirsty Wells: Why now is the time for innovation in the devolved nations

Kirsty Wells, head of Housemark Scotland, highlights why now is the perfect time for innovation in the housing sector across all of the UK's devolved nations.

Published 28 April 2021

Hazel Davies: The value of effective marketing assets

Effective marketing materials are essential for buyers to make the biggest purchase of their lives, ideally combining digital and real-world resources. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the latest initiatives.

Published 27 April 2021

Cockburn Association ‘concerned’ as government grants permission for Old Town short-term-let conversion

After a Scottish Government Reporter reversed on appeal the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to refuse a Change of Use application to short-term holiday let at Johnston Terrace, heritage body The Cockburn Association shares its concerns regarding the events and their implications.

Published 23 April 2021

Housing Options Scotland: Is there enough provision for people with learning difficulties

Housing Options Scotland is a charity helping people with disabilities to find the best possible accommodation for their needs. Working with a large cross-section of society, the charity has noticed that - despite doubling their caseload in the past year - people with learning difficulties still only represent 1-2% of their client base. Troubled by these figures and wanting to learn more about it, charity volunteers conducted some rudimentary research into provisions in the housing sector for those with learning difficulties and how they could be better equipped to help. 

Published 20 April 2021

Steven Tolson: Housing to 2040 – a dream or promise for real deeds?

Steven Tolson, who chaired the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Housing’s sub-group, shares his thoughts on the publication of the final vision for Housing to 2040.

Published 16 April 2021

Jade Wallace: All In For Change team want to hear from you

All In For Change bridges the gap between homelessness policy, planning and action on the ground. It includes people from across Scotland committed to ending homelessness who each bring unique knowledge to the table, either from working in the housing, social care or homelessness sectors or through living it. During April and May the ‘Change Team’ are leading off a National Conversation on ending homelessness. Jade Wallace has been part of the AIFC programme and the Change Team since day one.

Published 15 April 2021

Amy Wimpenny: The rise of 20-minute neighbourhoods could reinvigorate local communities

Clyde Gateway's project manager Amy Wimpenny details the introduction of a 20-minute neighbourhood scheme in the area.

Published 14 April 2021

Doug Gibson: Scaling up Housing First across Scotland

Doug Gibson has been involved in the adoption and scaling up of Housing First through his role as programme manager for the Housing First Pathfinder. As the approach extends across most council areas in Scotland from this week, he considers how it could help end large scale homelessness for good.

Published 7 April 2021

Jennifer Harris: Innovating to improve access to advice for renters

Jennifer Harris, senior research associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), looks at how new UK-wide research highlights examples of how services are adapting to improve access to advice and information for people living in the private rented sector. This is part of a wider programme of work funded by TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 April 2021

Ashley Campbell: Why should the housing sector take on dementia?

CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on the small changes housing associations can make to help tenants who are living with dementia.

Published 1 April 2021

Barry Johnstone: Caledonia's People team has stepped up over the last year

Caledonia Housing Association's Barry Johnstone reveals how his team supported the organisation last year so that staff could do their job to support tenants.

Published 30 March 2021