Blogs



Eric Curran: Why getting cladding right must not cause property blight

Well-meaning legislation put in place following Grenfell is proving a real challenge for the property/construction industry in practice, writes chartered surveyor Eric Curran.

Published 9 October 2019

Nick Pollard: Mid-Market Rent legislation in Scotland, a costly historical anachronism?

Kingdom Housing Association’s Nick Pollard discusses whether the law regarding Mid-Market Renting in Scotland is outdated, counter-productive and detrimental to the affordable housing sector and its tenants and participants.

Published 8 October 2019

Sally Thomas: Long-term investment is vital for delivering the housing Scotland needs

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) chief executive Sally Thomas speaks ahead of today’s Scotland Excel ‘Accelerating the delivery of affordable new homes’ conference.

Published 8 October 2019

Sustrans Scotland: New site to help businesses unlock the benefits of an active workplace

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland outlines how an active workforce can benefit your business.

Published 2 October 2019

Doug Gibson: Housing First going strong

Doug Gibson from the Homeless Network reports from the third Housing First Connect event which was held in Dundee earlier this month.

Published 30 September 2019

Paul Stevenson: Homelessness prevention - widening the focus by going upstream

After working for more than a decade in homelessness accommodation and addiction recovery centres in Scotland, India and Nepal; Bethany Christian Trust’s Paul Stevenson turned his focus upstream to Homelessness prevention

Published 30 September 2019

Jim Young: Getting good infrastructure to create a sense of place

ICE Scotland chair, Jim Young, gives his regional take on ICE's latest State of the Nation report on housing. 

Published 25 September 2019

Daradjeet Jagpal: FOI and the GDPR – Uncomfortable Bedfellows?

RSLs up and down the country are working hard to ensure that they are ready for freedom of information (FOI) for 11 November 2019. The interface between FOI and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an issue that is likely to come up frequently for RSLs when handling and responding to FOI requests involving personal data. In the first of a series of articles, Daradjeet Jagpal examines the interface and outlines some of the issues for RSLs.

Published 24 September 2019

Ashley Campbell: We need to talk about dementia

The focus of this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day was on breaking the stigma faced by people living with dementia. In this blog, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell, explores how the housing sector can support people to live well with the illness.

Published 23 September 2019

Kirsty Wells: Housing as a human right – celebrating Scottish Housing Day 2019

Kirsty Wells, head of HouseMark Scotland, discusses Scottish Housing Day 2019 and the theme of 'housing as a human right'

Published 18 September 2019

Kevin Reid: Building mixed tenure communities offers a blueprint for success

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, reflects on the theme of this year's Scottish Housing Day, "Housing as a Human Right".

Published 17 September 2019

Matthew Benson: Harbour Gateway sets the standard for build to rent future

Matthew Benson, director of development services at Rettie & Co, reflects on the Harbour Gateway development in Leith.

Published 16 September 2019

Ed Monaghan: Integrated housing is key to supporting the 2019 Scottish Housing Day theme ‘Housing as a Human Right’

In the lead up to Scottish Housing Day next week, Ed Monaghan, group CEO at Mactaggart & Mickel, highlights the importance of creating communities in its work.

Published 13 September 2019

Kirsty Wells: Supporting the sector to deliver better performance

HouseMark Scotland has updated its Scottish Social Housing Charter comparison tool to include new data released last week, writes Kirsty Wells.

Published 5 September 2019

Professor Ken Gibb: Progress, ambition and scope to improve

As the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence marks its second-anniversary director, Professor Ken Gibb, reflects on what we have achieved so far and highlights some areas we still need to work on. 

Published 3 September 2019