Blogs



Heads of Planning Scotland: COVID-19 and the planning system

A fall in the number of planning applications combined with the postponement of the expected fee increase in June may result in longer-term effects on the planning system, writes Heads of Planning Scotland.

Published 11 May 2020

Martin Gavin: Checking the progress of Housing First

Today would have been the annual Housing First Scotland conference in Edinburgh, an event that last year attracted 350 delegates and speakers from across the world. The theme was going to be a celebration of the first full year of the Housing First Pathfinder, and today Homeless Network Scotland, which manages the programme, will publish the first 12-month Check Up Report on progress. Martin Gavin, head of external relations, pulls out some key points.

Published 7 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: George Gibson – the man who built Paisley

Duncan Smith, who works in the social housing sector, has contributed this piece as part of his quest for more information about housing architect George Gibson.

Published 6 May 2020

Andrew Fyfe: The care home conundrum

Andrew Fyfe argues that retirement villages are set up in such a way that helps to insulate and protect in the case of a pandemic.

Published 4 May 2020

Our Housing Heritage: 100 years on and Scotland’s first council scheme stands the test of time

Next month marks the centenary of Scotland’s first council housing estate, the Logie Estate in Dundee. Lauren Brown reports.

Published 29 April 2020

Duncan Smith: How EnerPHit can be a catalyst for change

Duncan Smith draws on his experience in Scotland's social housing and construction sectors to outline the potential for post-COVID change and how EnerPHit could be a solution at scale.

Published 29 April 2020

Jim Hayton: Coronavirus webinar with Under One Roof

Scotland’s Housing Network private sector housing officer Jim Hayton discusses the resources available for people living in flats during the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 29 April 2020

Megan MacInnes: Shaping our futures - communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place last weekend, land commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

Published 28 April 2020

Maggie Brünjes: An unfair pandemic

Maggie Brünjes, Homeless Network Scotland’s chief executive, looks at an unfair pandemic and the reasons why they are today publishing a new framework* to help redress this across homelessness policy and services.

Published 27 April 2020

Bill Banks: Kingdom’s key workers in focus

As staff across the Kingdom Group adjust to new ways of working to ensure they deliver vital services to tenants and customers, Bill Banks highlights the great work that different teams are doing in these challenging times.

Published 24 April 2020

Arturo Dell: Cyber security now – adapting approaches across the housing sector

HouseMark’s director of data and business intelligence, Arturo Dell, discusses cyber security in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 24 April 2020

Gillian Reid: Time for Change? Now more than ever!

Shelter Scotland’s Time for Change peers have helped shape the charity’s work at a local and national level, and bring invaluable lived experience to help its clients, according to national services manager Gillian Reid.

Published 24 April 2020

Amy King: Homelessness is a feminist issue

Amy King, digital officer for Ypeople’s sister organisation YWCA Scotland - The Young Women's Movement, looked after the digital channels at Ypeople for the month of March. Here she shares some thoughts on how homelessness is a feminist issue. 

Published 24 April 2020

Martin Gavin: High hopes for drug policy after COVID-19?

This week, Martin Gavin, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations, looks at the impact of COVID-19 on people who take drugs and what can be learned from what has been put in place so far.

Published 23 April 2020

Our Housing Heritage: John Wheatley - Red Clydesider and founding father of social housing

As part of Scottish Housing News’ new Our Housing Heritage series, Lauren Brown considers the impact of John Wheatley on social housing.

Published 20 April 2020