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Accountant and business adviser CT has promoted social housing sector specialist Stuart Beattie, who moves into the role of director. Stuart, who is also the firm’s head of RSLs, joined CT in 2005 as a trainee and has since developed his expertise within the Scottish social housing sector, sup

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Paul Lawrence has been recommended for appointment as the new chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council. Following a competitive selection process, overseen by a cross-party panel of senior councillors, a final decision will be taken on the appointment at Thursday’s meeting of Full Coun

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Ian Phillips has become the new managing director of Robertson Construction Northern. Following the retirement of Frank Reid after 43 years of service, Ian Phillips has become the regional managing director of Robertson Construction Northern. With over three decades of experience in the industry, Ia

Housing Champions

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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

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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

Scottish Housing News Podcast

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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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The bosses of two of the UK’s biggest energy companies have called for the introduction of a social energy tariff to help low-income households who are struggling to pay the bills.

Homelessness

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A homelessness charity has ended its contract with the City of Edinburgh Council to provide critical housing in three locations for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The project run by Right There provides two accommodation units in Pilton and one in Broomhouse, supportin

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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

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Pensioners in five Scottish local authorities will be the first in the country eligible for a new disability benefit, subject to parliamentary approval of regulations. From 21 October, Pension Age Disability Payment – the replacement for Attendance Allowance - will be piloted in Argyll & B