Blogs



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

Fraser Mitchell: Infrastructure levy a chance to clarify planning process

Fraser Mitchell, planning partner at law firm Shoosmiths in Edinburgh, warns that the Scottish Government must act on new legislation or an opportunity might disappear into the sunset.

Published 3 September 2019

Kate Campbell: Council intervenes to ease pressures in private rented sector

Housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Cllr Kate Campbell, writes about how the City of Edinburgh Council is intervening to help those living in the private rented sector.

Published 29 August 2019

Lisa Borthwick: Are you with us? The campaign for housing rights in Scotland

Shelter Scotland’s Lisa Borthwick on the charity’s new campaign for housing rights in Scotland, including the launch of a public petition to embed the human right to housing fully in Scottish law.

Published 29 August 2019

Paul Taylor: Landlords must do less, not more, to offer a good service

Keeping things simple and focusing on doing a few things well is the way to keep your residents happy, writes Paul Taylor.

Published 23 August 2019

Professor Isobel Anderson: Inappropriate housing causing disabled people physical and emotional distress

The Match Me research project explores the effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland. Here, Professor Isobel Anderson from the University of Stirling discusses findings from the project’s final report, together with recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.

Published 22 August 2019

Ashley Campbell: A new Framework for supporting people living with dementia

CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell, outlines a new framework, developed in partnership with CIH Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub and Alzheimer Scotland, which aims to help housing organisations record the work they are already doing to support people living with dementia and identify areas where they need to do more.

Published 21 August 2019

Caroline Kennedy: Scottish Child Payment must be flexible to keep families afloat

Caroline Kennedy, a member of the Poverty Truth Community based in Glasgow and former member of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Commission, reflects on how the new Scottish Child Payment could make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Published 16 August 2019