Craig Sanderson, former chief executive of Link Housing and member of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, addresses some key issues regarding the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) document. He highlights the lack of attention paid to infrastructure and the need for a red
Crisis senior best practice officer Niamh Kerr on adopting gender-informed practices to end homelessness for women in Scotland.
Jimmy Black warms to the government’s plans for passive houses. I may have groaned when I heard that all new homes are to be ‘passive houses’, complying with a strict standard covering airtightness and energy use. I thought… here’s another green inspired policy lunge w
Salmon farmers are doing their bit to tackle the lack of accommodation in rural Scotland but Tavish Scott has an idea that will help immeasurably. The lack of affordable housing is stopping the Highlands and islands from becoming a northern powerhouse.
In the UK, LGBTQ+ people continue to face significant challenges when it comes to finding safe and secure housing. Despite progress in policy and legislation, discrimination and inequality persist. In this blog, CaCHE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, Gareth Young, gives an overvie
Nick Pollard, Group Finance Director of the Link Group, writes here in his personal capacity. Is the social housing insurance market on the verge of collapsing, what will this mean and what are the solutions?
Scottish Housing News correspondent Jimmy Black chuckles his way around the first day of CIH Scotland's Housing Festival in Glasgow which grappled with the very serious issue of innovation within the social housing sector. Housing events can be cheerful, and the final session at yesterday’s CI
Jimmy Black on ALACHO’s efforts to tackle damp, homelessness and the need to house refugees.
Ollie Gray, business development director at Charis, asks whether we are better off or worse off this spring when it comes to our energy bills. Unfortunately, despite falling wholesale costs, the average household bill is still set to rise to £3000 in April, and many will need to be tight
In this month's SFHA TECH column, Steph Elliot considers digital inclusion and what it means for the social housing sector. With the Analogue to Digital telephone switch off on its way, it is important for landlords to consider the impact the switch off will have on their tenants, how
Following the UK Government's announcement of mandatory qualifications for social housing managers, CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk asks what this means for colleagues north of the Border. At the weekend, the UK Government announced its decision to introduce a qualificatio
Mhairi Donaghy, associate director at Scottish Futures Trust, highlights a new report out today that looks at why town centre living (TCL) is important and the reasons investment has been limited. Scottish society was built around towns and villages. From the traditional clan system to to
With Scotland and the rest of the UK continually missing housebuilding targets, Fraser Mitchell, partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn's Property and Infrastructure team, asks: what are the roadblocks to building?
Callum Chomczuk, national director, CIH Scotland, illustrates the challenges that may make meeting the ambitious target of 110,000 affordable homes over 10 years unattainable, as set out in Scotland's National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). That sound you didn’t hear was Parliament agreeing on t
Black’s Blog: Housing Champion Bill Banks calls for a new RSL governance and compliance organisation
Bill Banks is retiring as chief executive officer of Kingdom Group, but he still has plenty to say about Scottish housing, writes Jimmy Black. I interviewed Bill Banks in Glenrothes for our Housing Champions series, featuring Kingdom’s achievements in areas like employability, zero carbon home