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Appointments

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The Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) has strengthened its business team after joining forces with a renowned industry veteran. With 19 years of experience and expertise in managing high-value contracts, Ross Barty steps into the role of regional business manager at the framework specialist.

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Housebuilder Lovell has brought Tony Rankin on board as its new regional managing director in Scotland. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the house building industry, plus over a decade working in local government, Tony will take the helm to help drive the businessforward.

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The Kingdom Group has appointed James Hudson as its new asset management director. A passionate social housing professional and current chair of the CIH North East Regional Board, James has a proven track record of providing strategic leadership in the development and delivery of corporate objective

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Liz Hamilton, senior land and planning manager at AS Homes Scotland, highlights the current housing crisis and the need for change within Scotland's planning system to support the delivery of new homes. We’ve recently seen Scotland’s largest cities - Edinburgh and Glasgow - declare housi

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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Black's Blog

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Jimmy Black ponders on placemaking, and a 20 minute neighbourhood which is 864 years old When I think about it, I grew up in a perfect ‘place’. In our burgh of 2,000 people there were shops … an ironmonger, draper, newsagent, three butchers, two bakers, one fishmonger, one shoe sh

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Jimmy Black thinks the rest of us have a lot to learn from Perth & Kinross, and Aberdeenshire. Let’s ask a hard question. Why is homelessness so low in Perth & Kinross when over in West Dunbartonshire it’s very high? Why are the figures in Aberdeenshire so much better than they a

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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Ruchazie Housing Association is to continue to support its residents by helping cut the costs of fuel bills for their tenants after it received funding from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) for two separate rounds of funding.

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A charity has welcomed a predicted fall in the cost of energy bills in April but warned that it will “do nothing” to address soaring levels of debt faced by households.

Homelessness

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Right There CEO Janet Haugh marks the homelessness charity's 200th anniversary with a look at the charity's journey and today's wider issues of homelessness and the housing crisis. Scotland’s housing crisis is intensifying. Three local authority areas have now declared themselves to be in a ho

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As part of a series of planned visits, members of Aberdeen City Council's Anti-Poverty and Inequality Committee visited Aberdeen Cyrenians last week to hear from staff and volunteers.

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A team of experts with personal and professional experience of homelessness is touring Scotland to find out what’s happening in services against a backdrop of unprecedented housing pressures. The All in For Change team will hold free events in Aberdeen, Greenock, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy and Clydeba

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People who receive Universal Credit, tax credits and certain benefits and are responsible for paying for a funeral are being urged to apply for help from the Funeral Support Payment. The Funeral Support Payment provides eligible people with financial support to help pay for a partner, child, pa

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More than 43,000 payments have been paid automatically to help parents and carers with the cost of living and starting school, latest official figures show. The introduction of automatic payments means that tens of thousands of people getting Scottish Child Payment have been awarded Best Start Grant