Blogs



Kevin Stewart MSP: Putting people and places at the heart of future planning

As the Planning (Scotland) Bill reaches the final phase of the Parliamentary process, local government, housing and planning minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, outlines the reasons behind his Stage 3 amendments.

Published 28 May 2019

Jim MacDonald: Can design help save the planet?

Jim MacDonald, chief executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, explains why a design-based approach is an effective way of getting to people to work collaboratively, which will make a difference both to the quality of our places and the future of our planet. 

Published 27 May 2019

Beyond the Planning Bill: How can we deliver more, well-designed homes in the right places?

Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.

Published 24 May 2019

Managing the ‘disruptive’ transition towards Housing First

Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay interviews communities secretary Aileen Campbell and reflects on his day at the Housing First Scotland Annual Conference.

Published 23 May 2019

Callum Chomczuk: Why Housing First really matters for Scotland

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on the importance of getting Housing First right in Scotland.

Published 22 May 2019

Black's Blog: Technology First … then Housing?

Jimmy Black highlights the importance of bridging the technology gap if people who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are to access vital services.

Published 21 May 2019

David Bookbinder: Housing First – a wee word of caution

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder responds to Friday’s special Housing First edition of Scottish Housing News with a warning that the policy will not be without its challenges.

Published 20 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart on Housing First on how we move to embed Housing First as the default response in Scotland.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: A normal wee place to call home

In the last of four blogs leading up to the Housing First Conference, Maggie Brünjes, Chief Executive of The Homeless Network, sums up.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Why does Housing First work?

Prof. Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University describes four key ingredients that make Housing First work.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Aye We Can deliver a fairer way by listening to lived experience

Claire Frew, Policy and Impact Manager at The Homeless Network, reflects on a ground-breaking report by people with lived experience that helped to shape homelessness policy in Scotland. Housing First and Fast was the number one recommendation.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Kick-started by Social Bite

Social Bite provided a catalyst and funds that got a cross-city Housing First Pathfinder in Scotland underway. Here they explain why and thank their supporters.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Homelessness at the Centre of Housing Policy

Ahead of the launch of Housing First guidance for Scotland’s Social Housing Professionals, Jim Strang, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, calls for the ambitions of Housing First to be matched by funding and support.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Scotland’s leading housing group is backing Housing First

Wheatley Group’s Homelessness Lead, Catherine Wilkie, explains how the Housing First partnership is helping the most vulnerable people off the streets.

Published 17 May 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Wellbeing, Health & Housing First

Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at The Homeless Network makes the connection between health and homelessness.

Published 17 May 2019