Blogs



Stephen Cowan: Summary Warrants – could you get bitten?

Stephen Cowan, managing director of Yuill + Kyle, looks at summary warrants and the powers and effects they can have.

Published 5 April 2019

Callum Chomczuk: UK Housing Review highlights Scottish supply challenges

In this new opinion piece, CIH Scotland’s national director Callum Chomczuk reflects on some of the Scottish findings from CIH’s UK Housing Review 2019.

Published 4 April 2019

Colin Lavety: Time to banish the green belt taboo?

Relaxing green belt restrictions will make it easier for developers to build on green belt land, writes Colin Lavety, planning director with Barton Willmore.

Published 4 April 2019

Caroline Gillespie: Domestic abuse law makes strides with new act

Caroline Gillespie reflects on the development of the law on domestic abuse as new legislation comes into force.

Published 2 April 2019

Lynda Ross: The demolished development and the silent clock

A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish Government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited.

Published 28 March 2019

Kevin Stewart MSP: Breaking down barriers to end homelessness

As the Scottish Government launches a consultation on homelessness legislation, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP issues a call for views from people with experience of homelessness, those working in local authorities and the wider homelessness and housing sector.

Published 28 March 2019

Blog: Val McDermid, Karyn McCluskey and Professor Alan Miller speak at Shelter Scotland’s Home Truths event

Debbie King looks back on Shelter Scotland’s #HomeTruths debate last month.

Published 28 March 2019

Heads of Planning Scotland: Resourcing the Planning System

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) offers to help the Scottish Government better understand the true costs of delivering planning reform and quality services in communities.

Published 25 March 2019

Kevin Stewart: Politicians must work together to avoid damage to Scotland’s economy

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart blogs about the need for Scottish Parliament to amend the Planning Bill to ensure it supports economic growth.

Published 21 March 2019

Stephen Henesy: Housing associations must not be put off by Our Power fallout

The collapse of energy supplier Our Power sent a shockwave through the Scottish housing sector. Prop-tech entrepreneur Stephen Henesy of Helpthemove believes technology and utilities are still key to unlocking new revenue streams for housing associations looking to benefit their tenants.

Published 18 March 2019

Aoife Deery: Reflections on women in the housing sector for International Women’s Day

Every day Shelter Scotland fights for the right to safe, secure and affordable housing and to mark last week’s International Women’s Day, Aoife Deery took the opportunity to reflect on the work of the women, past and present, who have helped to improve housing for other women in Scotland.

Published 11 March 2019

Neil Clapperton: Our Power – a eulogy

Neil Clapperton, CEO of Grampian Housing Association, reflects on the collapse of Our Power, the housing association-backed energy provider.

Published 21 February 2019

Lisa Glass: Housing is a human right – but what does this mean in Scotland?

With human rights once again on the domestic and international agenda, Shelter Scotland wants to ensure that any new legislation puts good housing right at its heart, writes Lisa Glass.

Published 15 February 2019

TC Young: Nine months and counting until Freedom of Information comes to the RSL sector

In light of the announcement by the Scottish Government regarding the implementation date for Freedom of Information (FOI) applying to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), Eileen Barr and Len Freedman outline the areas covered by the new regime.

Published 12 February 2019

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