Homes for Scotland

Homes for Scotland chair Jim Mather steps down

Trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced that current chair Jim Mather is stepping down from the organisation with effect from its Annual General Meeting on May 12.

Published 3 May 2017

Homes for Scotland ‘extremely disappointed’ with planning reform proposals

Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the Scottish Government’s proposals for changes in planning policy which it argues will only “exacerbate Scotland’s chronic housing shortfall”.

Published 7 April 2017

Help to Buy scheme higher price cap retained for 2018/19

New changes to the maximum value of a property eligible for Help to Buy Scotland will help more families onto the housing ladder, housing minister Kevin Stewart has said.

Published 31 March 2017

2017 Scottish Housing Day aims to help public make informed housing choices

This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Thursday September 21, it has been announced.

Published 28 March 2017

Affordable housing developments recognised by Homes for Scotland

Development projects by Loretto Housing Association, West Lothian Council, Link Group and Places for People have been shortlisted for a home building industry award by Homes for Scotland.

Published 24 March 2017

Quarterly housing statistics stir debate on focus of tenure for housing delivery

Housebuilders have called for the Scottish Government to adopt an all tenure approach to housing delivery after new figures revealed a fall in the number of new homes getting underway.

Published 15 March 2017

Home builders oppose fee rise for ‘disastrously slow’ planning system

Home building industry body Homes for Scotland has opposed proposals by the Scottish Government to increase the maximum fee level for planning applications.

Published 2 March 2017

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