Scottish Housing News Podcast co-host Jimmy Black looks back on a conversation with Alistair McIntosh, CEO of Housing Quality Network.
Barry Johnstone explores the new approach to agile working being adopted post-Covid at Caledonia Housing Association including a move from large offices to smaller destination sites. I was interested to read recently that even City workers in London, are not rushing back to the square mile and old w
Lucie Dunn introduces a new guide to homelessness prevention published yesterday by Crisis which includes a compendium of projects, services and approaches with practical examples of homelessness prevention from Scotland and beyond. Yesterday Crisis published 75 Ways to Prevent Homelessnes
Aaron Hill, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations' (SFHA) director of policy and membership, announced the relaunch of SFHA members' forums and discusses how the changes will support members' needs. SFHA’s forums are a key part of our member offer – supporting us to engage directly
Fiona McPhail, principal solicitor at Shelter Scotland, highlights the implications of the Abdelwahab-Kaba Dafaalla v City of Edinburgh Council case. Abdelwahab-Kaba Dafaalla v City of Edinburgh Council concerns the issue of repeat or subsequent homeless applications, where a local authority has alr
Sally Thomas reflects on the SFHA's recent Annual Conference and how collaboration is key if the sector is to create the future it wants. It was so good to see so many of our members, associates and partner organisations, in person, at our recent Annual Conference. All SFHA conferences take a great
Craig Sanderson continues the recent discussion on procurement with a warning against a return to the dark days of ‘suicide bidding’. There has been much ado about procurement recently with:
Planning minister Tom Arthur and chief planner Fiona Simpson have written to update stakeholders on aspects of the work programme, heading into the summer recess period. For all of us, we have been working through what has been a particularly busy and important time for Scotland’s planning sys
After sitting down with Places For People Scotland’s managing director Tom Norris for the Scottish Housing News Podcast to discuss the stigmas that still surround social housing in Scotland, Jimmy Black reveals how his experiences have shaped his outlook to this day.
Susanne Flynn: Housing must be seen as a key partner in the delivery of social care for older people
Susanne Flynn from CIH Scotland considers the role of housing in the Scottish Government's forthcoming health and social care strategy for older people. Many of us will need support at some time in our lives to be able to live independently, whether through illness, a disability, or as we get older
Steven Simpson from Cruden Homes (East) examines what lies ahead for the housing market, the challenges faced and meeting changing customer needs. Just last month Cruden Homes was amongst the winners at the annual Homes for Scotland Awards. Awards are always welcome, but they mean even more during t
Moira Bayne: Are social housing allocation processes accessible for people with learning disabilities?
In a guest blog for the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities, Moira Bayne discusses the accessibility of social housing allocation processes used by councils across Scotland, and the impact on people with learning disabilities. Housing is an important issue for many pe
Investment in social housing targets poverty, homelessness, net-zero and education and employment, argues Homeless Action Scotland (HAS) CEO Gavin Yates. The Scottish Government’s Resource Spending Review has been well picked over. Launched on June 1, it attempted to square the circle of keepi
John Blackwood from the Scottish Association of Landlords considers the Covid Recovery Bill amendments and wider housing issues including the increase of landlords leaving the private rented sector. “We have had enough of experts” has become the mantra for poor policy decisions and
Ross Barty from PfH Scotland offers tips on how to deal with the volatile market conditions that are now having a very real impact on Scottish housing providers. Volatile market conditions are now having a very real impact on Scottish housing providers. Materials costs are climbing sharply, driven b