GWSF



GWSF: Jury out on who’ll pay for new-style heating systems

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has urged incoming ministers to provide a cast-iron guarantee that social housing tenants won’t end up footing the bill for replacing existing heating with renewable systems such as heat pumps.

Published 29 April 2021

#SHN20years: GWSF

Rounding up our testimonials to mark the 20th anniversary year of Scottish Housing News is Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director, David Bookbinder.

Published 6 April 2021

Housing associations receive £200,000 from Glasgow City Council to help tackle community impacts of Covid

A total of 34 local and community controlled housing associations (CCHAs) across the Glasgow area have accessed £200,000 from the Scottish Government's Addressing Future Needs (AFN) fund to help tackle the impact of Covid on their communities.

Published 17 March 2021

David Bookbinder: Notice periods and the evictions ban - a sense of not being trusted? 

The Scottish Government's decision to opt for a six month notice period for social sector arrears cases will not protect the people it is intended to, argues Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder.

Published 4 March 2021

Councillors call for review into local authority subsidy arrangements

Councillors in East Renfrewshire have called for parity between councils and housing associations when it comes to the funding provided by the Scottish Government for the supply of affordable housing.

Published 3 February 2021

GWSF: Next Scottish Government must follow the ‘keep it local’ principle

The value of keeping things truly local should be a key plank of the new Scottish Government’s programme after the election, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 27 January 2021

GWSF: Housing associations working intensively to limit COVID arrears damage

Intensive efforts from community-based and other housing associations have resulted in significantly slowing the rise in arrears since COVID hit, a new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has found.

Published 15 December 2020

Glasgow hosts Housing First information event for RSLs

Glasgow housing associations are being invited to join the city's Housing First revolution which is providing homes for people with long term, complex issues.

Published 25 November 2020

Housing bodies concerned infrastructure investment plan will not address demand for homes

The Scottish Government’s £24 billion infrastructure investment plan could fall short of providing the affordable housing need facing Scotland over the next five years, a collection of housing organisations have warned.

Published 1 October 2020

Programme for Government: Scottish Government 'disappoints' on social housing and renter support

The Scottish Government is to establish a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help those struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 2 September 2020

Colleen Rowan: Supporting communities through COVID - the response from community controlled housing associations

A new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has highlighted the crucial local role played by Community Controlled Housing Associations (CCHAs) during the coronavirus health crisis, says Colleen Rowan.

Published 28 August 2020

David Bookbinder: Eviction protections hit the wrong target in social housing, and its tenants who’ll pay the cost

A blanket ban on evictions makes no provision for anti-social tenants and those who choose not to pay their rent, says David Bookbinder.

Published 18 August 2020

Worst arrears are from ‘won’t pay’ tenants, not ‘can’t pay’, says GWSF

Evidence is emerging that Scottish Government action to lengthen notice periods in arrears cases leads to a significant number of tenants believing they do not need to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 30 July 2020

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