Jimmy Black responds to a report produced by a team of researchers from the University of Dundee’s Dental Health Services Research Unit which uncovered a geographical disparity in support services available to those who find themselves homeless in the city.
Published 31 May 2019
Jimmy Black highlights the importance of bridging the technology gap if people who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are to access vital services.
Published 21 May 2019
Jimmy Black, former Housing Convener at Dundee City Council, has been campaigning to stop the demolition of historic tenements in Blackness Road. Previously he wrote that a consultation exercise had been misreported to councillors. Now he says Freedom of Information has thrown up new contradictions.
Published 21 March 2018
Architect Malcolm Fraser did the impossible at the first Andrew Nicoll Lecture (September 22). He made some revolutionary ideas seem sensible.
Published 25 September 2017
Getting the creative digital sector together with charities was the theme of Shelter Scotland’s Building Digital Communities Event on July 19. I went to hear more about the new Shelter ‘I Need Help’ button, which will link homeless people and others in need to Shelter’s extensive information resources.
Published 20 July 2017
In sheltered housing you get a pendant to call the warden. Outside sheltered housing, you get telecare. Two very different things, bought by two very different departments, under two very different procurement regimes?
Published 3 April 2017
Former convener of housing at Dundee City Council, Jimmy Black muses about Shelter Scotland’s recent "hackathon".
Published 3 August 2016
Stairs. A complete nuisance if you have furniture to shift, babies to carry, shopping to bring home. That’s all of us at one time or another. And they’re a nuisance for disabled people too.
Published 10 May 2016
Sheltered housing generally involves a warden call system. If tenants press their buttons when the wardens have gone home, the alarm may go through to the council’s community alarm system. Two systems? Why does there need to be two systems which effectively do the same thing?
Published 31 March 2016
Councillor Black reflects on self inflicted silly season stories...
Published 13 August 2015
You are looking for your first rented flat, and a landlord says "give me £200 and I'll keep this flat for you. But back out and the money's mine". Would you know this was an illegal premium? If the landlord then said: "Leave the place in good order and I'll give you back a month's rent", would you know this was an illegal deposit?
Published 26 June 2015
Cllr Jimmy Black counts his profits
Published 20 May 2015
Cllr Black looks back to 1947
Published 30 April 2015
Cllr Jimmy Black reflects on the death of a housing officer
Published 21 April 2015
Published 15 April 2015