Blogs



Alex Orr: Draft proposal published for capital’s development

As the City of Edinburgh Council publishes its plan for the sustainable development of the city until 2030, Alex Orr outlines what the proposals mean for greenbelt development, affordable housing, short-term lets and more.

Published 17 January 2020

Blog: Why are an increasing number of people in housing talking about TECH?

Technology Enabled Care in Housing (TECH) programme co-ordinator Geraldine Begg and engagement officer Graeme Hamilton discuss the TECH programme and how it can help your organisation.

Published 17 January 2020

Lorna Wilson: The future’s housing

As the SFHA reveals Housing Futures as the fourth strand of its Innovation and Future Thinking programme, Lorna Wilson shares her thoughts on the announcement.

Published 16 January 2020

Jehan Weerasinghe: Putting customers at the heart of digital services

Digital channel shift in the housing sector gives us a huge opportunity to offer our customers a far more personalised approach to services, writes GHA’s new managing director Jehan Weerasinghe.

Published 16 January 2020

Jon Sparkes: Progress made on tackling homelessness

CEO of Crisis and chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group Jon Sparkes marks the progress made since the launch of the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.

Published 15 January 2020

John Clark: Questions for the Regulator

Retired housing professional John Clark believes that following its statement last week, the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) still has some questions to answer.

Published 14 January 2020

Letter to the Editor: Scottish Housing Regulator chair George Walker

I would like to address the matters raised in the recent Scottish Housing News coverage of the Scottish Housing Regulator’s work.

Published 10 January 2020

Blog: National Planning Framework 4 – Early Engagement now under way

In this blog, the Scottish Government reveals that the early engagement period for the 4th National Planning Framework is now under way.

Published 10 January 2020

Mike Dailly: We need spirit of Mary Barbour to reform rents

People living in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) need greater protection, argues Mike Dailly.

Published 6 January 2020

Martin Crewe: Filling the gap for care leavers

Barnardo's Scotland director Martin Crewe talks about the charity’s Gap Homes development for young people leaving care. 

Published 24 December 2019

Blog: Homelessness prevention in the UK – emerging impact of CaCHE analysis

Following the publication of the policy briefing on homelessness prevention in the UK early this year, Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Dr Peter Mackie, and Dr Jenny Wood reflect on the emerging impact of this CaCHE analysis.

Published 23 December 2019

Doug Gibson: Rapid rehousing in Scotland

Doug Gibson, programme manager at Housing First Scotland Pathfinder, discusses the moves made by local authorities and their partners in the move towards a system of rapid rehousing in Scotland.

Published 20 December 2019

Kevin Stewart: A home for life, not just for Christmas

A year on from the publication of the Scottish Government's Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, housing minister Kevin Stewart reflects on the progress which Scotland has made.

Published 20 December 2019

Blog: Participation, activism and empowerment for private tenants

Dr Lisa Garnham from Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Dr Steve Rolfe from the University of Stirling give an overview of an evidence review exploring tenant participation in the private rented sector, which was funded by the CaCHE Knowledge Exchange Fund. 

Published 19 December 2019

Bruce Forbes: Time for SHR to end the 'toxic' atmosphere around regulation

Last week's article in Scottish Housing News highlighting the lack of adequate governance at the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) will be of concern to many in the sector. Effectively, we have a case of "Do as I say, not as I do", writes Bruce Forbes.

Published 17 December 2019