Homes for Scotland

Demand surges for new build homes while most people appreciate their home ‘more than ever’

With show homes and sales offices in Scotland now open again as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, builders are reporting strong levels of interest.

Published 2 July 2020

Help to Buy scheme extended as construction given all clear for gradual return to sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a return to construction work on sites in Scotland and a 12-month extension to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Published 12 June 2020

Homes for Scotland welcomes first step towards creation of New Homes Ombudsman scheme

Homes for Scotland has welcomed the appointment of an interim New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) as the first step towards the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman (NHO) scheme.

Published 28 May 2020

Households ‘still waiting on urgent clarity’ about moving home

Homes for Scotland has expressed its continuing frustration at what it views as an unnecessary further delay to a safe return to work for Scotland’s home building industry.

Published 22 May 2020

Video: Homes for Scotland makes case for return to work on The Nine

Homes for Scotland chief executive Nicola Barclay appeared on BBC Scotland’s The Nine this week to outline why she thinks the home building industry is uniquely placed to begin a safe, phased return to work and complete the 6,000 homes currently awaiting finishing touches.

Published 20 May 2020

First Minister asked to signal timescale for recommencement of home building amid increasing market divergence

A phased return to work would enable Scotland’s housebuilders to put the finishing touches to around 6,000 largely completed homes worth in excess of £1 billion to the economy, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 14 May 2020

Emergency £100m loan fund for SME housebuilders

Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 11 May 2020

Homes for Scotland working on plan to ‘build our way out of’ economic downturn

Following news that the economic impact of efforts to tackle coronavirus could see Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fall by around a third, industry body Homes for Scotland has said it is working on a recovery plan to kick-start the home building sector as soon as possible.

Published 22 April 2020

Home builders encouraged by finance secretary’s comments on anticipated first sectors to return to work

Scotland’s home building industry has welcomed comments from finance secretary Kate Forbes on which sectors she anticipates being first back to work once the lockdown is ended.

Published 17 April 2020

Moves made to lessen impact of coronavirus on Scottish housing market

Efforts are under way to help prevent further disruption to the buying and selling of homes across Scotland after Registers of Scotland (RoS) temporarily closed the application record and the UK Government advised home buyers and renters to delay moving unless the new property is empty.

Published 30 March 2020

Homes for Scotland: Political leadership, resourcing and infrastructure key to Housing to 2040

Political leadership, adequate resourcing and delivery of supporting infrastructure are all essential if Scotland is to have the volume and range of quality homes it requires to meet the diverse needs of its population in 20 years’ time, according to Homes for Scotland (HFS).

Published 3 March 2020

Nicola Barclay: Marking 20 years of Homes for Scotland

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of trade body Homes for Scotland, chief executive Nicola Barclay considers the changes that have (or more significantly haven’t) taken place on what is her own 4th year anniversary in the job.

Published 3 February 2020

HFS highlights ‘significant’ regional variations in housing starts and completions

Significant variations in housing starts and completions exist across regions and tenures in Scotland while major applications are still taking more than twice as long as the statutory timeframe, according to new analysis.

Published 31 January 2020

Urgent change in infrastructure approach required to deliver net zero carbon economy

The Scottish Government should put “place” at the heart of coherent, infrastructure prioritisation and planning to achieve an inclusive net zero carbon economy, according to a 30-year infrastructure blueprint published today.

Published 20 January 2020

Scottish Government launches £150m First Home Fund

A new national pilot scheme which aims to help thousands of first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home has opened for applications.

Published 18 December 2019