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Inverness-based investment group GEG Capital Ltd has acquired Highland construction company WGC (Scotland) Ltd. Following the acquisition - which will see WGC continue as a standalone entity within the group - GEG Capital will support the existing management team to target growth in the social housi

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Ardenglen Housing Association has appointed David Byfield as its new CEO. Mr Byfield has more than 20 years’ experience in social housing and joined Ardenglen as the director of finance, digital and corporate services in February 2019. He has played a pivotal role in supporting positive and pr

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Housing and care specialist Bield has hired a director of people and organisational development (OD) as it looks to deliver a new strategy around staff wellbeing and performance. Nikki Ritchie has been appointed to help position Bield as the employer of choice in the sector, while targeting increase

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Energy regulator Ofgem is looking to update the price cap on energy bills every three months instead of twice a year to help households see the benefit of price falls much sooner. The watchdog will publish a ‘minded-to’ consultation into the proposal.

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Professor Ken Gibb and Professor Alex Marsh have published a new briefing paper that provides examples of the range of contemporary international rent control or rent regulation practice as operated in the private rented sector (PRS), highlighting a small number of European examples in a little

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Reforming Scotland’s rented sector is a vital way to tackle the cost of living crisis, net zero buildings minister Patrick Harvie has said, calling for greater collaboration to support people in hardship. Speaking ahead of the CIH Scotland's Housing Festival today, Mr Harvie outlined reforms i

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More than £3.25 million has been issued in disability payments to children and young people since the launch of the Child Disability Payment. It is estimated that as of 31 March 2022 a total of 3,050 children and young people were in receipt of the payment.

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Plans to remove all income thresholds from Best Start Foods by 2023-24 have been announced by the Scottish Government as part of the second Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, ‘Best Start, Bright Futures’. This will increase eligibility to all people in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

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Plans have been announced to automatically pay the Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payments to parents and carers who already receive Scottish Child Payment when their children become eligible. The change will be introduced later this year when Scottish Child Payment is extended to un