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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

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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

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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.

Housing Champions

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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

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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

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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

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

Black's Blog

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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

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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.

Fuel Poverty

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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

Homelessness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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