Blogs



Madeline Cross: We need to talk about renting… again

Madeline Cross, events and communications co-ordinator at youth homelessness charity the Rock Trust asks why it is so hard for young people to rent privately, and what needs to change.

Published 8 February 2019

Phil Wray: Working together to tackle rough sleeping

In the first in a Scottish Government series of guest blogs, Phil Wray provides an insight into the progress Glasgow City Mission has made this winter, helping more people into settled accommodation.

Published 7 February 2019

Russell Munro: Winchburgh Village plan can provide blueprint for housing delivery

A model agreement between the Scottish Government, West Lothian Council and a newly-created joint venture could help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis if replicated in other regions, writes Russell Munro.

Published 6 February 2019

David Bookbinder: Flat broke? How private landlords are destroying our tenements

David Bookbinder tackles the thorny issue of tenement repairs and offers workable solutions which he believes could save this vital part of Scotland’s community and heritage.

Published 5 February 2019

Blog: Homelessness numbers and policy changes – what does this mean for people experiencing homelessness?

Lisa Glass responds to the latest Scottish Government statistics on homeless applications and households in temporary accommodation.

Published 1 February 2019

Blog: Universal Credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to Universal Credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

Published 1 February 2019

Opinion: Empowering the masses not the few to improve housing in Scotland

Planning consultant Colin Lavety makes the case for housing land allocation decisions to be made at a national level which he argues would standardise the process and increase the number of homes being delivered.

Published 30 January 2019

Blog: Housing sector's role in helping to keep victims of domestic abuse safe

CIH President Jim Strang and chief executive of Scottish Women's Aid Marsha Scott examine the role of housing in helping to protect people experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 18 January 2019

Blog: The Private Rented Tenancy Regime… one year on

Marking one year since the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act saw private rented civil cases transferred to the Housing and Property Chamber, BTO solicitor Lauren McLeod provides comment on how the tribunals have been working in practice.

Published 15 January 2019

Blog: New Year, New Approach to Homelessness

Shelter Scotland’s campaigns and policy officer Aoife Deery on why 2019 must be a year in which the momentum towards tackling homelessness continues.

Published 15 January 2019

Blog: Why we need a bold target on fuel poverty

As the Fuel Poverty Bill continues to make its way through Parliament, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell reflects on the need for cross party commitment to achieve real changes.

Published 10 January 2019

Blog: Tribunal wins for private tenants show powers of new rules

Several recent judgements by the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) show that tenants now have an effective way of making sure that their landlord or letting agent meet the minimum standards for the condition of their homes, writes James Mullaney.

Published 10 January 2019

Blog: When is a customer not a customer?

In this new blog for CIH Scotland, Linda Moir, former director of customer service at Virgin Atlantic and head of event services at the London 2012 Olympic Games, talks about the importance of delivering excellent customer service in your organisation.

Published 10 January 2019

Blog: Meeting affordable housing need through modern methods of construction

Scape Group chief executive, Mark Robinson, on the Scottish Government’s fresh investment into affordable housing and the barriers needed to overcome for delivery.

Published 19 December 2018

Blog: Fuel Poverty Bill

Housing minister Kevin Stewart says the Scottish Government’s world leading Fuel Poverty Bill will continue to transform people’s lives.

Published 18 December 2018