It was back in December that the Scottish Government agreed to progress legislation proposed by Scottish Labour MSP Alex Rowley that will, they said, “introduce new minimum environmental design standards for all new-build housing to meet the Passivhaus standard, or a Scottish equivalent, in or
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Neale Bisset, co-chairman of Aberdeenshire-based company PMC Property Management & Lettings, has been elected as president of Property Managers Association Scotland (PMAS). PMAS is the leading trade association representing professional property factor firms in Scotland. The Association promotes
Caledonia Housing Association (CHA) has appointed Megan Crossan as community anchor covering projects across Dundee, Perth, Angus, and Fife. The new role is jointly funded by CHA and The Gannochy Trust which funds charities, both in Perth and Kinross and across Scotland, and provides nearly 300 high
Indigo House Group, a housing and regeneration consultancy team operating throughout the UK, has recently expanded its directorate by inviting Nicola Thom to join its senior team as director, and Lesley Baird as an associate. Nicola Thom has taken up her role as Indigo House director alongside the f
Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, has today announced a significant strengthening of its senior management team as the organisation engages in an ‘unprecedented’ range of legislative issues. Two new appointments have been made at executi
Housemark Scotland has welcomed Dan Blake as chair of its Scotland Advisory Board (SAB). This appointment comes at an exciting time for Housemark, with new innovations launching imminently that aim to improve the homes and lives of all residents across the country.
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
Fanchea Kelly has been at the centre of events in Scottish housing since the 1980s, and will soon leave Blackwood after a stellar career. Jimmy Black asked her to share some memories with Scottish Housing News. Over 9,000 miles from Scotland, Fanchea Kelly was sitting in an Australian radio studio i
In the second instalment of his Housing Champion interviews, Jimmy Black speaks to housing veteran Tony Cain. You would think Tony Cain would understand how housing works. He’s been head of housing in a council, an inspection manager with Communities Scotland and a policy officer working in go
Launching our new monthly feature of Housing Champion interviews, Jimmy Black profiles Kirsty Wells, director of consultancy and partnership at Housemark and the newly appointed chair of WISH Scotland. Kirsty Wells began plunging into the chilly waters of reservoirs and the North Sea during COV
For the next edition of Our Housing Heritage, journalist and digital history specialist Chris Holme shares the story of how First World War servicemen came to reside in the rural village of Longniddry. Unlikely as it sounds, the Longniddry Piggery provided Britain’s first purpose-built homes f
In the latest article in the ongoing Our Housing Heritage series, Scottish Housing News discusses the Glasgow Rent Strikes of 1915. In the absence of social housing, families across the UK in 1915 were at the mercy of private landlords who could hike rents and evict tenants at will with little restr
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
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
Jimmy Black warms to the government’s plans for passive houses. I may have groaned when I heard that all new homes are to be ‘passive houses’, complying with a strict standard covering airtightness and energy use. I thought… here’s another green inspired policy lunge w
Scottish Housing News correspondent Jimmy Black chuckles his way around the first day of CIH Scotland's Housing Festival in Glasgow which grappled with the very serious issue of innovation within the social housing sector. Housing events can be cheerful, and the final session at yesterday’s CI
Jimmy Black on ALACHO’s efforts to tackle damp, homelessness and the need to house refugees.
Black’s Blog: Housing Champion Bill Banks calls for a new RSL governance and compliance organisation
Bill Banks is retiring as chief executive officer of Kingdom Group, but he still has plenty to say about Scottish housing, writes Jimmy Black. I interviewed Bill Banks in Glenrothes for our Housing Champions series, featuring Kingdom’s achievements in areas like employability, zero carbon home
The ongoing regeneration of Dalmarnock and the surrounding area has long fascinated Jimmy Black, both from a personal and professional point of view. He trails the latest episode of the Scottish Housing News Podcast and more.
The Energy Price Guarantee, which caps typical energy bills at £2,500, will be maintained at the same level for a further three months over April, May, and June, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday as part of his Spring Budget.
One-third of domestic energy consumers did not manage well financially during the winter, new research shows.
Harbour Homes has received an award from The National Lottery Community Fund to help tenants of seven housing associations with fuel poverty and energy efficiency during the cost of living crisis. Harbour Homes, along with six other landlords that make up the ARCHIE alliance, own and manage 6,000 so
Organisations share £9.7m to support people through energy crisis and boost carbon reduction initiatives
The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme has awarded £9.7 million in grants to 33 organisations across England, Scotland and Wales in its latest funding round.
The Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) should be maintained at its current level for a further three months, Consumer Scotland has said.
Glasgow City Mission has marked the 100th night since this season's Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) opened on 1 December.
In the UK, LGBTQ+ people continue to face significant challenges when it comes to finding safe and secure housing. Despite progress in policy and legislation, discrimination and inequality persist. In this blog, CaCHE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, Gareth Young, gives an overvie
A charity has praised two young people for their valiant efforts in raising awareness and money to support socially excluded people in the North-East. Aberdeen Cyrenians supports people in crisis who are affected by homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, mental ill-health, and complex needs. Their
A number of housing options aimed at providing affordable solutions to help tackle homelessness in West Lothian have been considered by the council, with a modular housing option ruled out.
On Friday, 24th March, individuals and communities across Scotland will leave the comfort of their beds to take part in the Big Bethany Sleep Out. Their goal: to bring awareness and raise funds to support people experiencing homelessness in Scotland.
Private rent increases will be capped at 3% and restrictions on the enforcement of evictions will remain in place under measures approved yesterday by MSPs.
Guidance setting out private rented sector landlords’ responsibilities for ensuring their property meets updated standards has been published by the Scottish Government. From 1 March 2024, all private rented properties will be required to have central heating, a kitchen with adequate space and
The residential property letting market in Glasgow and its surrounds remains remarkably healthy, with continuing strong demand for accommodation, property professional Riccardo Giovanacci has revealed on an influential investment podcast. Despite fears of UK-wide recession and concerns over tax disp
A Glasgow-based business recently became the first specialist letting agent in the UK to be awarded ‘We Invest in People’ at the highest level of Platinum, demonstrating a high commitment to developing and supporting their people. Western Lettings, which was established in 2008, currentl
A judge of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland has quashed an eviction order following an appeal by the tenants of a property in Armadale after finding that the First-tier Tribunal had wrongly classed the tenancy as a private residential tenancy.
More than £3.2 million of funding has been made available to help support people in Dundee struggling with housing costs.
Support for community groups bringing people and communities together to tackle isolation has been launched.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has urged the UK Government to use next week’s Spring Budget to address the growing income shortfall faced by many households who rely on benefits after its upcoming UK Housing Review highlighted the impact of decisions over the pas
Midlothian’s share of the Scottish Welfare Fund has received a boost with the news that Midlothian Council is to top it up by £100,000 to help meet the growing demand resulting from the cost of living crisis. The extra money will come from protected funding the council has been awarded t
Help with heating costs is on its way to around 400,000 people on low incomes through a new Scottish Government benefit, with the first payments processed this week.