Housing Options Scotland: Is there enough provision for people with learning difficulties

Housing Options Scotland is a charity helping people with disabilities to find the best possible accommodation for their needs. Working with a large cross-section of society, the charity has noticed that - despite doubling their caseload in the past year - people with learning difficulties still only represent 1-2% of their client base. Troubled by these figures and wanting to learn more about it, charity volunteers conducted some rudimentary research into provisions in the housing sector for those with learning difficulties and how they could be better equipped to help. 

Published 20 April 2021

Steven Tolson: Housing to 2040 – a dream or promise for real deeds?

Steven Tolson, who chaired the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Housing’s sub-group, shares his thoughts on the publication of the final vision for Housing to 2040.

Published 16 April 2021

Jade Wallace: All In For Change team want to hear from you

All In For Change bridges the gap between homelessness policy, planning and action on the ground. It includes people from across Scotland committed to ending homelessness who each bring unique knowledge to the table, either from working in the housing, social care or homelessness sectors or through living it. During April and May the ‘Change Team’ are leading off a National Conversation on ending homelessness. Jade Wallace has been part of the AIFC programme and the Change Team since day one.

Published 15 April 2021

Amy Wimpenny: The rise of 20-minute neighbourhoods could reinvigorate local communities

Clyde Gateway's project manager Amy Wimpenny details the introduction of a 20-minute neighbourhood scheme in the area.

Published 14 April 2021

Doug Gibson: Scaling up Housing First across Scotland

Doug Gibson has been involved in the adoption and scaling up of Housing First through his role as programme manager for the Housing First Pathfinder. As the approach extends across most council areas in Scotland from this week, he considers how it could help end large scale homelessness for good.

Published 7 April 2021

Jennifer Harris: Innovating to improve access to advice for renters

Jennifer Harris, senior research associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), looks at how new UK-wide research highlights examples of how services are adapting to improve access to advice and information for people living in the private rented sector. This is part of a wider programme of work funded by TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 April 2021

Ashley Campbell: Why should the housing sector take on dementia?

CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell on the small changes housing associations can make to help tenants who are living with dementia.

Published 1 April 2021

Barry Johnstone: Caledonia's People team has stepped up over the last year

Caledonia Housing Association's Barry Johnstone reveals how his team supported the organisation last year so that staff could do their job to support tenants.

Published 30 March 2021

Ken Gibb: Stepping out on to the road - the Housing to 2040 roadmap

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) director Ken Gibb welcomes the launch of the Housing to 2040 roadmap and, after reading it several times, reflects on its intent, actions and aims for positive change.

Published 25 March 2021

Bill Banks: A year on from the first lockdown, a personal reflection

It's been a year this month since we entered lockdown for the first time in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and I’m sure none of us imagined this would be the case when we left our offices to work from home in March 2020. Many of us who are able to are still working from home.

Published 23 March 2021

Gordon MacRae: When great isn’t good enough

While there is much to commend in the Scottish Government's Housing to 2040 strategy, Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communications and advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said its stated goals represent a shortfall in the minimum number of social homes required to address housing.

Published 23 March 2021

Paul Harper: Scotland’s first wrongful termination order

Private residential landlords would be wise to take notice of Scotland’s first wrongful termination order. It establishes the fact that the law has teeth and can bite, writes Paul Harper.

Published 23 March 2021

Will Goodwin: What the new fire safety regulations mean for Scottish social landlords

Head of business development at Plumis, Will Goodwin, gives his view on new fire safety regulations for Scottish housing providers. This month marked

Published 19 March 2021

Kevin Stewart MSP: Housing to 2040 is never more needed

In the week that the Scottish Government published Scotland’s first long-term housing strategy, housing and planning minister Kevin Stewart tells Scottish Housing News about the background of Housing to 2040, the principles behind the strategy and what is required to achieve its aims.

Published 17 March 2021

Professor Sarah Johnsen: The strong evidence base for Housing First

With all of Holyrood’s political parties now supporting Housing First ahead of May’s election, Professor Sarah Johnsen, an expert in homelessness policy based with I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University, explains why the approach is attractive to politicians looking for an effective, evidence-based response to some of the toughest homelessness experiences.

Published 17 March 2021