‘Unacceptable’ new fuel poverty figures spark Budget warm homes call

The Scottish Government’s draft budget must show significant investment in energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority to end the scourge of cold, leaky homes, according to a number of organisations.

Published 15 December 2015

CIH Scotland hosts Westminster housing reception

Scottish parliamentarians from the House of Commons and House of Lords joined representatives from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland for a special Scottish housing reception at the Palace of Westminster this week.

Published 11 December 2015

SFHA: Housing must be involved in health and social care integration

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for housing to be fully involved in the future integration of health and social care services in Scotland.

Published 4 December 2015

Social housing completions up 10 per cent but sector calls for more

The Scottish Government has surpassed its target of delivering 30,000 affordable homes in this parliamentary term thanks to a 10 per cent increase in the number of social sector homes completed in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Published 2 December 2015

Decision on subsidy rates critical to building affordable homes, says GWSF

Capacity to help deliver the Scottish Government’s new target of 50,000 social and affordable homes over between 2016 and 2020 will depend on what ministers decide to do with new build subsidy rates, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 30 November 2015

50,000 new homes target is official – focus is now on sector’s capacity to deliver, says GWSF

The Scottish Government’s new target for social and affordable housing supply for the next five years means the focus will now turn quickly to the sector’s capacity to deliver, says the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations.

Published 20 November 2015

SFHA urges political parties to commit to 12,000 affordable homes per year

Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Government that it has exceeded its five-year target of delivering 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that this is very welcome news, but highlighted the recent research report commissioned jointly by the SFHA, Shelter Scotland and CIH Scotland which found that at least 12,000 affordable homes need to be built each year for the next five years in order to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis.

Published 19 November 2015

Glasgow top for bedroom tax cases -- SFHA says: new powers could consign ‘bedroom tax’ to history

Commenting on the DWP’s Housing Benefit caseload statistics which show that the City of Glasgow Area has the highest number of ‘bedroom tax’ cases in the UK at 12,443, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that it hoped the new powers offered in the Scotland Bill to vary the level of the ‘bedroom tax’ to zero will, once enacted, be used by the Scottish Parliament to consign it to history.

Published 13 November 2015

Regulator stresses key role for auditors

The Scottish Housing Regulator has stressed the key role of auditors in registered social landlords' (RSL) risk management and compliance with regulatory standards.

Published 11 November 2015

First Minister makes £3bn pledge to build 50,000 affordable homes

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has made an early election commitment to embark on a £3 billion programme to build 50,000 new affordable homes in Scotland if the SNP were to win a third term next May.

Published 15 October 2015

Sector calls for 12,000 new affordable homes a year in Scotland

The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered, according to a new report published today by three of Scotland’s leading housing organisations.

Published 5 October 2015

Sector calls for Scottish Government to increase affordable homes target

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for Scotland’s affordable housing target to be increased in order to meet housing need across the country.

Published 9 September 2015

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants’ lives though sections of the it fail to meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 3 September 2015

Scottish Household Survey shows continued decline in social rented sector

An annual report into the tenure of Scottish households has renewed calls from across the sector for an “urgent need” for more affordable homes.

Published 27 August 2015

Overcrowding Statutory Notices ‘could increase risk of homelessness’

Homelessness levels in Scotland could rise as part of a Scottish Government drive to crack down on overcrowded houses, charities and housing chiefs have warned.

Published 24 July 2015