Homes for Scotland

Help to Buy disproportionately helping larger housebuilders, analysis reveals

Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.

Published 5 December 2017

Builders vow to ensure Scots not left behind following Budget for housing

With the Chancellor yesterday announcing a raft of measures aimed at significantly increasing levels of home building and “reviving the British dream of home ownership”, Scotland’s home building industry vowed to continue to hold the Scottish Government to account to ensure those living north of the border were not left behind.

Published 23 November 2017

Housebuilders look to sustain growth at annual Fife forum

Lochgelly, last year’s winner of Scotland’s Most Improved Town, was the venue of the 11th Fife House Builders Forum this week.

Published 15 November 2017

Homes for Scotland boss heads builders’ housing rallying cry

Senior representatives from the home building industry, registered social landlords, local authorities and other housing stakeholder groups totalling 200 people met in Edinburgh last week to reflect on the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Government’s ‘Firm Foundations’ discussion document and to consider what can be done to address Scotland’s housing crisis.

Published 6 November 2017

Letter to the Editor: Homes for Scotland clears up ‘anti social housing’ claims

Further to an interview in The Sunday Times in which I emphasised that solving Scotland’s housing crisis required a whole-system all-tenure approach, it appears that some people may have misinterpreted my remarks (indeed some misrepresenting them completely), framing them as being “anti social housing”.

Published 25 October 2017

Homes for Scotland’s anti-social housebuilding agenda ‘out of touch with reality’

Homes for Scotland’s view that a focus on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, according to a think-tank.

Published 24 October 2017

Social housing focus ‘will not solve Scotland’s housing crisis’

The Scottish Government’s “political focus” on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development, according to Scotland’s house builders.

Published 23 October 2017

New income guarantee scheme launched to boost PRS investment

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced the launch of the UK’s first Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS) to support investment in private rented housing.

Published 12 October 2017

Homes for Scotland appoints Ken Gillespie as chair

Homes for Scotland has today announced the appointment of Ken Gillespie as chair on a three year term with immediate effect.

Published 9 October 2017

Scottish Housing Day: New poll shows mixed housing experience across Scotland

Around 83% of Scots are satisfied with their current housing situation while 16% are not, according to an exclusive new opinion poll commissioned to coincide with Scottish Housing Day, which takes place today.

Published 21 September 2017

Builders urge Scottish Government to guard against housing complacency

Scotland’s home building industry is urging the Scottish Government to guard against complacency over housing as new statistics show a marginal increase of just 251 homes (1%) completed in 2016-17 compared to the previous year.

Published 14 September 2017

New working group to make urgent recommendations to end rough sleeping

The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good.

Published 6 September 2017

Scottish National Investment Bank to be established

A Scottish National Investment Bank will be established to take a “new approach” on capital investment, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday.

Published 6 September 2017

Homes for Scotland boss named CEO of the Year at Scottish Women’s Awards

The boss of trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS), Nicola Barclay, won CEO of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

Published 4 September 2017

Less than one month to go until Scottish Housing Day 2017

With just under a month to go until Scottish Housing Day, the organisers behind the event are encouraging as many housing organisations as possible to get involved and consider hosting an event to raise public awareness of housing options and the great work people in housing do.

Published 31 August 2017