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David Bookbinder: Social housing rents – the nightmarish task of squaring the circle

As social landlords gear up to calculate rent proposals for the year ahead, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director David Bookbinder outlines why the post-lockdown landscape could be the most difficult yet.

Published 23 November 2021

Social housing and COP26 feature launched with new podcast

Today we launch our COP26 feature showcasing the efforts of Scotland’s dynamic affordable housing sector with the first episode of our new Scottish Housing News Podcast - a scene-setting round table discussion featuring David Bookbinder, director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), Teresa Bray from the Existing Homes Alliance and chief executive of ChangeWorks, former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black along with Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay.

Published 1 November 2021

Mandatory measurement concerns raised as government confirms affordable housing investment benchmarks

The Scottish Government’s review of affordable housing investment benchmarks has resulted in a “welcome” increase in investment, but “significant concerns” remain regarding the government’s decision on continuous improvement and procurement.

Published 1 November 2021

Affordable housing investment benchmark levels 'could undermine' delivery ambitions

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) have raised concerns over the grant funding available to deliver affordable homes following the publication of the report on the work of the 2021 Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks Working Group.

Published 14 September 2021

New guide published to support social landlords with equality data collection

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has published a new guide to support social landlords with equalities data collection.

Published 20 August 2021

Landlords reaffirm commitment to avoiding evictions

Private and social landlords have signed new joint statements reaffirming their commitment to only take eviction action as a last resort.

Published 28 June 2021

GWSF bemoans market volatility and supply shortages as developments are delayed

The combined impacts of Brexit and Covid, and a general overheating of the market, are leading to materials shortages and consequent delays in progressing developments, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 16 June 2021

GWSF Regeneration Conference highlights why local housing associations remain at heart of place-making

Practical applications of place-making were in the spotlight as GWSF hosted a zoom version of its annual summer regeneration conference last week, with more than 70 participants.

Published 10 June 2021

David Bookbinder: Offices or public buildings? The Covid conundrum for housing associations

Given the public nature of many housing association offices, David Bookbinder suggests they should be subject to the same coronavirus restrictions as libraries and community centres.

Published 7 June 2021

GWSF: Moving of responsibility for policy on communities is a worry

A focus on communities, and the contribution they make to overall wellbeing, must continue to be a central plank of the Scottish Government’s housing and wider social justice agenda, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF). 

Published 25 May 2021

Covid eviction ban extension 'under close consideration'

Further measures to protect people from eviction proceedings are “under close consideration” by the Scottish Government, John Swinney has said.

Published 21 May 2021

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