Blogs



Blog: Scottish council housing services are improving – but budget cuts require more radical action

A new report published in March by Audit Scotland provided encouraging evidence that Scotland’s local authorities have made important progress in the levels of service they provide in housing, even in the face of ongoing cuts to funding.

Published 12 April 2016

Blog: Housing’s voice in the integration agenda

As the integration of health and social care comes into effect in Scotland, a new blog from Wheatley Group and Stirling University details their project to fund a PhD studentship titled 'Getting housing and health talking'.

Published 12 April 2016

Black’s Blog: Jimmy Black is puzzled about sheltered housing

Sheltered housing generally involves a warden call system. If tenants press their buttons when the wardens have gone home, the alarm may go through to the council’s community alarm system. Two systems? Why does there need to be two systems which effectively do the same thing?

Published 31 March 2016

Blog: Joining forces with the health sector to tackle cold homes

By Lisa Glass, partnership officer for health at Shelter Scotland

Published 31 March 2016

Blog: A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland’s private renters

Shelter Scotland policy officer, James Battye, reflects on last week’s passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 23 March 2016

Blog: Five steps to tackling homelessness in Scotland

Crisis Scotland policy manager, Beth Reid, on the charity’s Manifesto to End Homelessness which it launched yesterday.

Published 22 March 2016

Blog: Aberdeen’s largest council house development for more than a decade

By Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing

Published 16 March 2016

Blog: Making sure everyone has a say about their home

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 16 March 2016

Blog: Tax changes will harm rental market in rural areas

The current combination of tax changes will hurt small investors, leading to an insufficient supply of suitable rental accommodation to meet demand in Angus, says Amanda Wiewiorka, company director at Wardhaugh Property.

Published 3 March 2016

Blog: New advice: Will Scotland get the homes it needs?

Marc Giles, planning consultant at Ryden, on the part planning plays in delivering housing and infrastructure.

Published 1 March 2016

Blog: The Private Tenancies Bill: one step closer to a genuine housing market failure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves toward Stage 3 of scrutiny at the Scottish Parliament, PRS 4 Scotland is urging providers and businesses in the PRS to let their MSPs know what they think of the proposed legislation.

Published 26 February 2016

Blog: Scottish housing – let's focus on the big strategy

Scotland needs development to be understood as a net benefit to local communities, says Blair Melville, director at Turley Edinburgh.

Published 26 February 2016

Blog: Support for private landlords in Lochaber

Shelter Scotland’s private landlord support officer, Bryan Powell, details how he works to improve the private rented sector in Lochaber.

Published 24 February 2016

Blog: Success – Housing at the heart of Community Justice

Emma Dore, senior policy officer at Shelter Scotland, considers the role housing plays in delivering Community Justice.

Published 23 February 2016

Blog: A New Year, a new Trust to benefit the PRS

A New Year is a time for new ideas, and we are now looking for yours. As Scotland’s only not-for-profit tenancy deposit scheme, we are in a unique position to give something back to the private rented sector and so we are delighted to announce the launch of the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust.

Published 22 February 2016