Begbies Traynor: Why the housing market is protected during lockdown 3.0

As mainland Scotland entered the third coronavirus lockdown under national guidelines, the housing market braced itself for another slowdown following attempts to catch up due to the four-month shut down which commenced in March 2020. To restart the housing market, encourage vendors to increase their selling appetite and push buyers to continue interacting with estate agents, special guidance and legislative changes were unveiled.

Published 22 January 2021

Katy Syme: Meeting the challenges of fuel poverty and climate change

In this guest blog for CIH Scotland, Katy Syme talks about how Changeworks is supporting the housing sector to deliver on challenging targets and juggle competing priorities.

Published 21 January 2021

Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes – dissemination events

The Scottish Government's Building Standards Division on the latest changes to sprinkler regulations.

Published 21 January 2021

Martin Gavin: Learn to spot ‘red flags’ – help prevent homelessness

As the new year gets underway the Everyone Home Collective of organisations in Scotland concerned about homelessness has called on community groups and local decision-making structures to look out for the ‘red flags’ that might help prevent homelessness before it starts. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, recaps what was achieved in 2020 and what still needs to be done to prevent homelessness.

Published 14 January 2021

Stacey Cassidy: Development of modular a key step on the road towards sustainable housing

Stacey Cassidy on modular housing in Scotland and its role in creating a more sustainable housing sector.

Published 14 January 2021

Gavin Yates: Eviction ban extended – still more action needed

In the wake of a further extension to the ban on evictions, Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates argues that increased government support for those with a genuine reason for an inability to pay rent should be embedded in law.

Published 12 January 2021

Janette Speed: Property sector primed to help UK recover from Covid crisis

Real estate can lead the way in shaping how we want to live and work in the post-pandemic future, write Janette Speed, head of real estate and head of office in Scotland at law firm Shoosmiths.

Published 12 January 2021

Aileen Campbell: Protecting women experiencing domestic abuse

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell outlines how the Scottish Government is improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 23 December 2020

Stephen Tucker: Planning is more than a vote winner

In an exclusive feature for Scottish Housing News, Stephen Tucker, Glasgow-based partner at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, outlines his strong opposition to the Scottish Government’s consultation on removing the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Published 22 December 2020

Housing minister and chief planner issue end-of-year update

The minister for local government, housing and planning Kevin Stewart and chief planner John McNairney have written to stakeholders about progress and next steps for major planning workstreams including NPF4, Scottish Planning Policy, Scotland's Digital Strategy for Planning, Permitted Development Rights and implementation of the 2019 Planning Act.

Published 21 December 2020

Caroline Gillespie: Proposed domestic abuse powers – what you need to know

Caroline Gillespie considers proposed additional powers to tackle domestic abuse and recent statistics on charges for, and prosecution of, domestic abuse.

Published 21 December 2020

Aileen Campbell: Housing vital to achieving Scotland’s climate change aspirations

Following the publication of the Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan update, communities secretary Aileen Campbell reflects on progress so far, and opportunities to build a greener future as part of Housing to 2040 plans.

Published 17 December 2020

Nick Waugh: New communities need more than lip service from developers

Shawfair LLP director Nick Waugh on the importance of community engagement when building a new town.

Published 16 December 2020

Professor Glen Bramley: Can Edinburgh build its way out of poverty?

In a guest blog for the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Professor Glen Bramley from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University, writes that there is no pathway to ending poverty in Edinburgh without resolving the city’s housing and homelessness crisis.

Published 7 December 2020

Iain Marley: Good to give this Christmas

hub West Scotland's chief executive Iain Marley discusses the launch of this year's Winter Warmer appeal.

Published 3 December 2020