GWSF



Fire safety issues in common stairs not policed, says GWSF

Existing duties on residents to avoid blocking stairwells and other common areas aren’t policed or enforced and so are ineffective, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 17 July 2019

Glasgow housing associations urged to take action against asylum seekers accommodation providers

Housing associations have responded to calls for them to take action against the private housing contractors providing accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Published 11 July 2019

GWSF event throws spotlight on how housing providers tackle social isolation

The many ways in which community controlled housing associations help tackle loneliness and social isolation are being showcased today at the Annual Regeneration Conference of Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 21 June 2019

Tenement maintenance working group’s final recommendations report calls for change in legislation

Regular building inspections, the establishment of compulsory owners’ associations and Building Reserve Funds must be written into legislation to protect the future of Scotland’s tenement buildings, according to a new report.

Published 5 June 2019

David Bookbinder: Housing First – a wee word of caution

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder responds to Friday’s special Housing First edition of Scottish Housing News with a warning that the policy will not be without its challenges.

Published 20 May 2019

David Bookbinder: Nothing old-fashioned about voluntarism

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder issues a defence of volunteer-based governance models.

Published 25 April 2019

Housing bodies to develop Self-Assurance Toolkit

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO), and the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) are to work together on the development of a Self-Assurance Toolkit.

Published 24 April 2019

Glasgow to pilot changes to asylum process

Glasgow could become the first city in the UK to pilot changes to the asylum process after a multi-agency taskforce recommended a number of proposed reforms.

Published 6 March 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

GWSF: Future housing policy must tackle poor privately owned housing

A much more proactive approach to tackling poor privately owned housing must feature in the Scottish Government's vision for housing in the next 20 years, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 13 December 2018

Community controlled housing associations are ‘evolving to prosper’, says GWSF

Community controlled housing associations (CCHAs) are evolving and adapting to ensure they are well equipped to face future challenges and protect their independence, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 23 November 2018

Local services are the best for tenants, finds GWSF Charter report

Services for tenants provided by local community controlled housing associations have again outperformed those of other social landlords, according to a new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 8 November 2018

Helping people understand rent challenges is crucial, says GWSF

At the same time as demands on rental income grow, external scrutiny of rents and rent increases is growing too, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 23 October 2018

GWSF raises alarm over community-based housing associations surrendering independence after statutory intervention

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has written to Housing Minister Kevin Stewart to raise the alarm over a "recent trend" of community-based housing associations being taken over by larger regional or national associations following statutory intervention by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Published 5 September 2018

Housing sector condemns Serco eviction plans as home secretary faces mounting pressure to intervene

The firm behind “crude and cruel” plans to change locks and evict up to 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow who have been told they have no right to stay in the UK is under increasing pressure to suspend the action.

Published 31 July 2018