Housing and social security have a central role to play in the Scottish Government’s programme for government 2015-16, published this week. CIH Scotland policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell takes a look at the detail. The Scottish Government’s legislative programme for 2015/16 acknowledge
Nicola Sturgeon First minister Nicola Sturgeon has laid out plans to introduce new bills to improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ as early as possible.
An annual report into the tenure of Scottish households has renewed calls from across the sector for an “urgent need” for more affordable homes. Results from the Scottish Household Survey 2014 found that the social rented sector has declined from 32 per cent of all households in 1999 to 24 per c
The vital work that housing professionals and organisations carry out is to be celebrated at an annual awards ceremony. Nominations are now open for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland Excellence Awards.
CIH Scotland is considering how the Scotland Bill can be used to reflect Scottish public spending priorities, writes Annie Mauger, director of CIH’s national business units.
CIH Scotland is seeking input from its members on how they think new powers in the Scotland Bill can improve social security in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has launched a call for evidence on the practical implementation of powers relating to social security covere
Ian Brennan The Scottish Housing Regulator has welcomed a new report contributing to the debate on what value for money means for tenants, social landlords and the housing sector in Scotland.
Annie Mauger Social landlords in Scotland should consider future tenants when analysing the value for money of what they do, according to a new report.
Norman Kerr says the Scottish Government could do more to improve the energy efficiency of homes The debate raged on at the CIH Scotland Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Renewables event, supported by Forster Energy, as to whether the carrot or the stick is best at lifting Scotland’s households
Tenant scrutiny is increasingly a ‘talking point’ for housing in Scotland with the country having its own unique history in respect of the development of tenant engagement, tenant involvement and tenant participation. The Scottish Social Housing Charter, the regulatory regime and existing requir
CIH Scotland has expressed its concerns over the inclusion of the Scotland Bill in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech. Under the new plans, the Scottish Parliament is to receive new devolved powers to raise 40 per cent of taxes and decide about 60 per cent of public spending.
David Ogilvie Moves by the Scottish Government to make private renting more secure for tenants have been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland.
Keith Anderson Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland board chair Keith Anderson has called on politicians to recognise the central role housing plays in society.
Investment in housing should be seen as a preventative measure to seriously address the growing crisis in health and inequality in Scotland, the annual Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Glasgow will hear today. Speaking at the conference in his capacity as the chair of the Housing and Wel