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Euan McLaughlin and Darren MacKay have bolstered the land team at the regional arm of Persimmon Homes. Persimmon North Scotland has appointed Euan McLaughlin as planning manager and Darren MacKay as land manager. The pair will be working on strengthening the land bank at the home builder’s hea

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The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has welcomed Tahmina Nizam as its new national manager. The partnership is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland with the aim of bringing empty homes back into use as affordable housing where possible.

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North-east social inclusion charity Aberdeen Cyrenians has appointed Donna Hutchison as its chief executive officer (CEO). Donna joined the organisation in 2022 as head of corporate and business services and, with a passion for social justice, has been working closely with key stakeholders to raise

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Laura Nacyte, development and engagement worker at Women’s Support Project, shares information about a national project focused on the needs of women who sell or exchange sex - and details how the housing sector can get involved. At CSE Aware – a national awareness raising and

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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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

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Below is a full transcript of episode 56 of the Scottish Housing News Podcast titled 'The Housing Bill part 3: Domestic abuse with Michelle Meldrum, Eileen McMullan and Sophie Berry'. Listen to the episode here.

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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North-east social inclusion charity Aberdeen Cyrenians has appointed Donna Hutchison as its chief executive officer (CEO). Donna joined the organisation in 2022 as head of corporate and business services and, with a passion for social justice, has been working closely with key stakeholders to raise

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A study into the impact of Scottish charity Right There has revealed it generates over £300 million of savings every year for the public purse, through its unique approach to preventing and tackling homelessness. As Scotland’s national housing crisis deepens, the report, entitled “

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Col. Sylvia Hinton, secretary for Scotland with The Salvation Army, provides insight into the charity's new report that champions access to addiction and mental health support to prevent repeat homelessness. It is said that when our founder William Booth saw men sleeping under the bridges of Lo

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Scotland’s largest provider of housing industry training and accreditations has expanded its offering to support landlords and letting agents facing increased regulation and challenges. The move into the private sector is a major development for Share, which since being founded in 1985 has bec

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An ethical letting agency launched last year by local homeless charity Trust in Fife has unveiled its new website. Fife Private Rental Solutions will focus on the prevention of homelessness and assistance to access and sustain accommodation in the private rented sector, as well as problem-

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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