Homes for Scotland

Homes for Scotland ‘encouraged’ by increase in first-time buyer activity

The number of loans issued to first-time buyers in Scotland has increased by 5%, according to latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Published 23 February 2017

First-time buyers ‘£860 a year better off’ than renters

New research from Bank of Scotland has concluded that first-time buyers in Scotland are on average £860 a year better off than those who rent.

Published 20 February 2017

Female home builders raise £10,000 building home for vulnerable family in Mumbai

Two leading female figures from Scotland’s home building industry have returned from building a home for a vulnerable family in Mumbai, raising over £10,000 in the process to support charity Habitat for Humanity.

Published 9 February 2017

Plans to tackle housing shortage in England ‘throw spotlight on Scottish crisis’

Scotland’s housing crisis was thrown into the spotlight yesterday as long-term plans to tackle the same problem south of the border were announced by the UK government, industry body Homes for Scotland has said.

Published 8 February 2017

Homes for Scotland welcomes two new team members

Trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed two new members of staff for 2017, as industry figures David Ogilvie and Dan Cookson join the team to provide maternity cover for director of policy Karen Campbell.

Published 3 February 2017

Scottish home builders ‘face double apprenticeship levy’

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has warned that the country’s home builders face the prospect of paying a double levy to support apprenticeship training unless funds are ring-fenced to support the sector.

Published 26 January 2017

Call for ‘silver sellers’ to be offered downsize incentives to free up homes

Older homeowners looking to downsize should not have to pay the Scottish Government’s Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) on their purchase in a bid to free up homes for younger buyers and re-energise the country’s flagging property market, housing experts have claimed.

Published 24 January 2017

Home builders prepare for Mumbai Women Build

Two of the best known female faces in Scotland’s home building industry are in the midst of final arrangements as they prepare to fly to India later this month to help some of the country’s most marginalised communities build their own homes.

Published 16 January 2017

Scottish Government opens consultation on planning system modernisation

Keenly-awaited proposals for transforming the planning system have been positively received by the country’s home builders.

Published 11 January 2017

Budget broadly welcomed by housing sector but fuel poverty funding ‘falls short’

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its target to build 50,000 affordable homes and pledged more funding to offset the ‘bedroom tax’ though campaigners have criticised the Draft Budget for failing to provide the ambition required to crack the problem of Scotland’s inefficient homes.

Published 16 December 2016

Planning statistics prove system ‘is still slowing housing delivery’

Trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has said that the latest statistics on Scotland’s planning decision times further substantiates its claims that builders are finding it harder than ever to make a start on new sites and get much needed homes out of the ground.

Published 15 December 2016

New build housing completions up but ‘stable levels of investment still required’

Almost 16,000 new homes were built in the 12 months leading up to June 2016, an increase of four per cent on the same period the previous year, according to new figures.

Published 14 December 2016

Homes for Scotland launches 2017 awards scheme

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) is inviting entries from across a variety of categories for its 2017 awards scheme.

Published 13 December 2016

Builders welcome lending figures with note of caution

Homes for Scotland has welcomed new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) showing more loans advanced to first-time buyers in Scotland during the third quarter of 2016 than any other since 2007.

Published 24 November 2016

Autumn Statement: £800m boost to Scottish Government’s capital budgets

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced an £800 million increase in capital spending for Scotland over the next five years.

Published 24 November 2016