Blogs



Blog: It’s complicated: How we could do better for people with complex needs

By Emma Dore, senior policy officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 July 2016

Blog: From Postcards to Postings – dodgy digital ‘To Rent’ ads are here

By Bryan Powell, private landlord support officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 8 July 2016

Blog: Viewpoint’s Dementia Tour experience

On Wednesday 29 June, Viewpoint managers Anne and Julia took part in the Virtual Dementia Tour at Cameron Toll - here’s what they thought.

Published 5 July 2016

Blog: Time to ensure that life at the hard end does not get worse

By James Battye, policy officer with Shelter Scotland

Published 5 July 2016

New public artwork unveiled for the Gorbals and Laurieston

A new permanent public artwork by artist Liz Peden of Gorbals Arts Project was unveiled last week in the Gorbals.

Published 27 June 2016

Anti-vandalism artwork spreads across the city

Castle Rock Edinvar’s community art project with Edinburgh College of Art’s Graphic Design department has completed three further installations. This initiative will see four vandalism hotspots and a neglected area of grass across Castle Rock Edinvar sites transformed with new artwork.

Published 24 June 2016

Blog: If the housing need is to be met, priorities have to be set

Bryan Finlayson outlines the consensus seen in Holyrood, that social housing has a large role to play in lifting Scotland out of the housing "crisis". 

Published 22 June 2016

Blog: Energy Plans

Danny Lafferty highlights the problems arising from the complexity for landlords of new carbon and energy performance regulations to be introduced this year.

Published 22 June 2016

Blog: Major changes to the private rented sector

James Jack, Associate at law firm Burness Paull has produced a detailed briefing note on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Published 17 June 2016

Blog: Why supported housing matters

North Star Housing Group’s Angela Lockwood remembers a meeting between an MP and supported housing service user that crystallises the importance of these services.

Published 16 June 2016

Blog: Implementing ‘Right to Rent’ immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

There is fear that the UK government’s latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law.

Published 14 June 2016

Blog: Priorities for addressing youth homelessness in Scotland

After addressing the international youth homelessness conference organised by The Rock Trust, Dr Beth Watts summarises her take on what the priorities should be in developing services for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Published 13 June 2016

Blog: Reclassification of RSLs

Patrice Fabien, a partner at BTO Solicitors specialising in social housing, details the implications of Scottish RSLs being reclassified as public sector bodies.

Published 10 June 2016

Blog: Scotland needs comprehensive fuel poverty strategy – not unrealistic targets

With November's fuel poverty targets set to be missed, pressure needs to be applied to the Scottish Government to deliver a Warm Homes Bill to tackle Scotland's 1.5m cold homes, says Sean McLaughlin, managing director of Matilda’s Planet.

Published 9 June 2016

Blog: What the Scottish Housing sector can expect in 2016/17

After winning most seats in the Scottish parliamentary election, but not a majority, the Scottish National Party (SNP) have decided to form a minority administration. Mike Basquill, UK residential associate director at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimates what the housing sector in Scotland can expect over the next year.

Published 7 June 2016