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Environmental charity the Green Action Trust has appointed Tom Campbell as its new chief executive officer. Working with local authorities and private and third sector partners, the charity addresses climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequality through delivering environmental rege

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Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association has appointed Lowri Richards as its new chief executive. Following its recruitment process, the panel reached a decision to appoint Ms Richards to the post. Throughout the process she demonstrated that she possessed the necessary skills, abilities, and qualities

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Newton Property Management has appointed Vincent Goldie as chief executive officer and Rachel Littlejohn as business development director. The firm said the strategic move underscores its commitment to raising customer service standards and driving change within the property management sector.

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Zander Muego discusses the complexities of decarbonising the UK's existing housing stock, particularly social housing, in the pursuit of net zero targets while addressing fuel poverty and ensuring wider community benefits. The importance of decarbonisation is becoming increasingly well understo

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The Scottish government is seeking to address some of the overly restrictive aspects of the short-term let licensing rules, but the measures may not be enough to tackle “unnecessary” regulation and financial burdens faced by the Scottish tourism industry, writes Kirsty Gallacher. In

Housing Champions

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Jimmy Black relives a few housing decades with Laurie Naumann, a campaigner on single homelessness, and a founder of Kingdom Housing Association. This is a story about Laurie Naumann, who recently retired after 44 years as a board member at Kingdom Housing Association. But it’s also a step bac

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Jimmy Black cycled to Stornoway to meet Calum (Barney) MacKay, chair of TPAS Scotland and long-standing tenant activist. Barney is a trade unionist, and that explains a lot. Trades unions teach their active members how to do many useful things, including basic skills, like how to run a meeting or th

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Jimmy Black meets the energetic Evie Copland, multi-award-winner and housing evangelist. “The biggest problem is … how do I change the world with this?” Evie Copland is finishing her Master's in Housing Studies, and she has been a distinguished student. In 2021 she won the Malcolm

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Jimmy Black meets Bill Banks, retiring CEO of the multi award-winning Kingdom Group. Bill Banks looks relaxed, calm and entirely at home in his relatively modest office at Kingdom Housing Association. He’s a man at the height of his powers with a very solid track record of achievement. But Bil

Scottish Housing News Podcast

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Below is a full transcript of episode 58 of the Scottish Housing News Podcast titled 'Communications during a crisis with Sally Thomas and Chris Fairbairn'. Listen to the episode here.

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Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay conclude their series on the Scottish Government’s new Housing Bill with an interview with the minister responsible for bringing the legislation through Parliament, housing minister Paul McLennan. The wide-ranging discussion centred on measures in the proposed le

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Housing minister Paul McLennan has told Scottish Housing News that he intends to share details on an action plan to tackle Scotland's housing emergency next week. Speaking to Kieran Findlay and Jimmy Black for the Scottish Housing News Podcast, the minister said the statement had to wait until a Hou

Black's Blog

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Jimmy Black reflects on the domestic abuse provisions in the current Housing (Scotland) Bill, and picks up themes from the latest episode of the SHN podcast which spotlights good practice for landlords.

Our Housing Heritage

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The Springburn office of ng homes is named after Ned Donaldson. But who was Ned Donaldson? Kieran Findlay recalls the contribution of the activist and the post-war battle to stop the privatisation of council housing at Merrylee. It was a cold sleety December day in 1951. Slum landlordism and sublett

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Duncan Smith, who works in the social housing sector, has contributed this piece as part of his quest for more information about housing architect George Gibson. Several years ago, just after starting my current job, I undertook some research on the properties we were refurbishing at the time. I fou

Fuel Poverty

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Southside Housing Association is set to launch a new advice project funded through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme. The project will provide two energy advisers for a period of two years. The award of £178k includes 400 pre-payment meter fuel vouchers that will be ringfenced for t

Homelessness

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A new free eye care clinic for people experiencing homelessness opened this week at Crisis Skylight Centre in Edinburgh, the first such clinic outside of England. The clinic, run by eye health charity Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP), will operate from the new Wellness Floor at the Skylight in

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Housing minister Paul McLennan will today outline measures in the Housing Bill aimed at preventing domestic abuse survivors from becoming homeless. He will tell the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security committee that the legislation, if passed, would require all social land

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ESPC has announced that it will dedicate its charity fundraising efforts to the Scottish youth homelessness charity Rock Trust for its 2024/25 business year. Rock Trust aims to end youth homelessness in Scotland by ensuring that every young person can access specific services to assist them in avoid

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The families of more than 329,000 children under 16 are benefitting from Scottish Child Payment, the latest statistics show. The weekly payment of £26.70, which is unique to Scotland, is helping families with the cost of living crisis, with over £677 million paid since the payment launch

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Thousands more unpaid carers in Scotland will be eligible for a new benefit, if regulations laid this week in the Scottish Parliament are approved. Carer Support Payment is the replacement for Carer's Allowance in Scotland. It was first launched in November 2023 in three pilot areas, Perth & Kin

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Parents of disabled children are being urged to make sure they’re not missing out on vital financial support from the Scottish Government. Child Disability Payment is money to help families cover the extra costs of looking after a child or young person who is disabled, has a long-term health c