Scottish RSLs pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families

Housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland have shown an overwhelming act of solidarity and humanity as they pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme run by the UK government.

Published 25 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

Widened scope of LHA cap ‘to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland’

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 23 November 2016

Rural and island communities issue call for fair share of 50,000 affordable homes

With the Scottish Government committing to building 50,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of the current parliament, a conference beginning today is to discuss how Scotland’s rural and island communities can ensure that a fair share of the homes are built in their areas.

Published 27 October 2016

Call to reset fuel poverty elimination target date

National fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland has urged Scottish Ministers to reset the target to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland.

Published 25 October 2016

New booklet launched to showcase community-driven place making

Four housing and community organisations have collaborated to produce a booklet showcasing six examples of community led place making.

Published 5 October 2016

Muirhouse emerges stronger from regulatory intervention

Muirhouse Housing Association has made “significant improvement” following the appointment of statutory manager and is now in a much stronger position to continue that improvement, according to a new report by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Published 3 October 2016

ONS reclassification: Bill to ensure RSLs are deemed private bodies to be introduced

The Scottish Government has moved to provide reassurance to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) by committing to new legislation that will ensure they can continue to borrow money privately.

Published 30 September 2016

SFHA and GWSF defend Freedom of Information position

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) have responded to claims that they are resistant to housing associations being included within Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.

Published 28 September 2016

SFHA condemns DWP’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ position on supported accommodation

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that proposed changes to its policy on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will apply to all tenants in supported housing, not only those with new tenancies.

Published 26 September 2016

Mary Taylor to retire as SFHA Chief Executive

After six years at the head of the organisation, Mary Taylor has announced that she will retire next year from her role as Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 22 September 2016

New £10m pilot loan scheme to increase energy efficiency and repair homes

More people will be able to make their homes warm and water-tight through a new £10 million fund.

Published 21 September 2016

Hebridean Housing Partnership’s effort to tackle fuel poverty recognised

As fuel poverty in the Western Isles continues to climb, a report to the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) board has highlighted the Association’s progress as it endeavours to provide tenants with the best opportunities possible to escape fuel poverty.

Published 20 September 2016

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood.

Published 16 September 2016

SFHA and GWSF publish new openness and transparency guidance

New guidance has been issued to help housing associations make the right amount of information available both to tenants and other stakeholders.

Published 15 September 2016