Blogs



Adam McVey: How we can work together to support anyone facing homelessness

Adam McVey, leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, outlines how people in the city can work together to support anyone facing homelessness.

Published 22 May 2020

Tom Marshall: When is a factor not a factor?

The recent decision of the Inner House in Proven Properties (Scotland) Limited, reported in Scottish Housing News on May 15, raises questions about the effectiveness, or at least the scope, of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, writes Tom Marshall.

Published 22 May 2020

Everyone Home: Martin Gavin, Head of External Relations at Homeless Network Scotland

Today, Thursday 21 May, 19 organisations that care about homelessness in Scotland will present a plan to the Scottish Government setting out what they believe needs to be done to end rough sleeping and tackle homelessness in Scotland. Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s Head of External Relations, looks at the proposals and the impact of getting it right.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Grant Campbell, Director at Crisis in Scotland

This outbreak has shown how crucial it is to tackle homelessness.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Charles Maasz, chief executive at Glasgow City Mission

People require homes, somewhere in which they feel secure and safe. It is not hard to grasp that not all accommodation is suitable to be called ‘home’.  

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Annika Joy, Project Director at Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers

We tell it like it is as Glasgow Night Shelter; there isn’t enough accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and what there is, isn’t good enough.

Published 21 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Fiona McPhail on how Shelter Scotland’s legal team is fighting for homeless people during the COVID crisis

If anything positive can be taken from the coronavirus pandemic it is that, almost overnight, accommodation was found for large numbers of Scotland’s street-homeless population. As soon as the lockdown was announced charities and local authorities mobilised, hotel rooms were acquired and rough-sleepers were given safe and secure rooms in which to isolate.

Published 19 May 2020

Ainslie McCrone: Why our homes are still our – virtual - castles

Briar Homes marketing manager Ainslie McCrone on managing buyer interest as the housebuilding sector awaits the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Published 19 May 2020

Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood: Why landlord loans need to be extended

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), argue that further support is required for private landlords, who have a significant role to play in the housing sector’s response to coronavirus.

Published 18 May 2020

Neil Clapperton: COVID-19 vs social housing?

In a guest blog for CIH Scotland, Grampian Housing Association chief executive Neil Clapperton shares what his organisation has been doing to support the current national emergency.

Published 15 May 2020

Martin Gavin: A housing-led approach to homelessness will guide us out

Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, looks at how to frame discussions about what happens next, so that the best ideas surface quickly.

Published 14 May 2020

Fraser Campbell: Planning for and managing ‘sticky’ cashflow

As Scotland gets set for another three weeks of lockdown what practical measures can businesses take to protect cashflow and ensure they can progress to the recovery stage – whenever that comes. Reviewing and putting in place a flexible business plan is an essential first step to ensure the business can tackle the ‘new normal’. “New normal” will be a diminished version of normal business with extra challenging variables.

Published 14 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: Ned Donaldson and the battle for Merrylee

The Springburn office of ng homes is named after Ned Donaldson. But who was Ned Donaldson? Kieran Findlay recalls the contribution of the activist and the post-war battle to stop the privatisation of council housing at Merrylee.

Published 13 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Sally Thomas

It is almost three years since Sally Thomas left her role at Teesside-based North Star Housing Association to become chief executive of membership organisation the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA). Having spent her entire career in the English social housing sector she made the move north, she says, because she was “becoming increasingly frustrated by the financial, social and economic environment in England in terms of what social housing could do and the value it could bring”.

Published 12 May 2020

Colleen Rowan: Vital role of community anchors recognised by Supporting Communities Fund

Colleen Rowan, policy and research lead at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), discusses the Supporting Communities Fund and why its recognition of community anchors is so important.

Published 12 May 2020