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Homelessness must not be seen in isolation, argues GWSF

New recommendations to be made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) must avoid looking at homelessness in isolation from the wider housing system, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 18 June 2020

Royston COVID Response Group leads the way in supporting the community

The strong and unwavering community spirit of Royston has moved to a whole new level since the coronavirus outbreak thanks to the work of local housing associations and other community organisations.

Published 28 May 2020

‘Huge relief’ as MSPs reject plans to ‘extinguish’ rent liability

Holyrood’s COVID-19 committee has rejected amendments aimed at ‘extinguishing’ rent liability for social housing tenants during the current pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020

Colleen Rowan: Vital role of community anchors recognised by Supporting Communities Fund

Colleen Rowan, policy and research lead at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), discusses the Supporting Communities Fund and why its recognition of community anchors is so important.

Published 12 May 2020

David Bookbinder: Why HSE's approach to landlord gas checks is so exasperating

David Bookbinder takes aim at the Health and Safety Executive’s “stubborn” and “unrealistic” approach to gas safety checks.

Published 9 April 2020

Social Housing Resilience Group convened to tackle coronavirus

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has convened a group of key organisations in order to respond to the evolving and significant challenges which the social housing sector is experiencing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  

Published 27 March 2020

David Bookbinder: No rent holidays, but landlords will take a hit anyway

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder argues that the conversation should be moved away from rent holidays and focussed instead on the loss of income members facing housing associations and co-operatives.

Published 26 March 2020

GWSF: Start reshaping housing system but keep housing as an investment priority

The Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040 process needs to combine radical, new approaches with what is already known to work, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 2 March 2020

Report highlights local housing associations' innovative use of social media

A new report has highlighted how community-controlled housing associations (CCHAs) are using a variety of social media platforms to provide a range of information to their tenants and to give tenants more choice in how they communicate with the association.

Published 20 February 2020

David Bookbinder: Another perspective on the ‘big can be beautiful’ debate

After Wheatley Group chief executive Martin Armstrong outlined the advantages which can be gained if social landlords grow in size, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director David Bookbinder offers an alternative view.

Published 30 January 2020

GWSF: New funding approach badly needed for private tenements

The condition of Scotland’s private tenements will continue to deteriorate unless the Scottish Government adopts a new funding approach as part of its overall housing investment programme, argues the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 20 November 2019

GWSF urges First Minister to commit to future housing investment

The Scottish Government must make a commitment as soon as possible to a robust housing investment programme from 2021, the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has said.

Published 15 November 2019

Local still beautiful when it comes to tenant services, finds GWSF Charter report

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

Published 7 November 2019

Living Rent begins campaign against Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has called on housing associations in Glasgow to commit to no evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit.

Published 6 November 2019

David Bookbinder: Social housing rents – let’s keep things in perspective

Rents matter – a lot. But things might be getting a bit out of proportion, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 28 October 2019