John Toms: Will converting empty offices into residential properties be the new normal?

John Toms on the implications for city centres if the transition of properties from commercial to residential becomes commonplace.

Published 12 August 2020

Regulator publishes updated coronavirus advice for RSL governing bodies

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated advice for RSL governing bodies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 10 August 2020

Additional £50m funding for social care sector

The social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding from the Scottish Government to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus, health secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.

Published 4 August 2020

79% of Scottish landlords plan to use pandemic as a catalyst to improve services

According to the latest data from HouseMark Scotland, 79% of landlords in Scotland plans to use the pandemic as a catalyst to improve services.

Published 31 July 2020

Worst arrears are from ‘won’t pay’ tenants, not ‘can’t pay’, says GWSF

Evidence is emerging that Scottish Government action to lengthen notice periods in arrears cases leads to a significant number of tenants believing they do not need to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 30 July 2020

River Clyde Homes residents receive activity packs and cooking equipment during COVID-19

Following a successful bid to the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund led by River Clyde Homes (RCH), residents of Inverclyde are benefitting from a variety of activity packs and cooking equipment.

Published 29 July 2020

Lockdown restrictions eased for Aberdeen sheltered housing residents

Aberdeen City Council and adult social care provider Bon Accord Care have sent a joint letter to sheltered housing residents outlining the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions which have been in place over the four months.

Published 24 July 2020

MSPs to investigate impact of COVID-19 on financial stability of local government

The Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee has launched a call for views on the impact of coronavirus on the financial sustainability of local government in Scotland.

Published 23 July 2020

Regulator reports increase in homeless applications and use of temporary accommodation

Applications for homelessness assistance and the use of temporary accommodation by local authorities both saw increases during June, the Scottish Housing Regulator has found.

Published 22 July 2020

Bield celebrates day care centre staff

Bield staff at a day care facility in East Dunbartonshire are being commended by their employers after going above and beyond to support customers throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 22 July 2020

One million UK workers at risk of unemployment when furlough scheme ends in October

An estimated one million furloughed UK workers are at risk of unemployment when the UK Government's furlough scheme ends in October, according to the latest analysis by the Resolution Foundation.

Published 22 July 2020

Another £100,000 to aid Govan community’s fight against effects of coronavirus

More community groups in Govan have been given a cash lifeline of £100,000 to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Published 21 July 2020

Regulator consults on temporary changes to its regulatory framework

The Scottish Housing Regulator is consulting on temporary changes to its regulatory framework to enable it to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 20 July 2020

Bield tenants take up new hobbies during lockdown

Tenants at a Bield housing development in Edinburgh have been kept busy with a new hobby during lockdown, creating a ‘Garden of Hope’ to bring fellow tenants together while remaining socially distant.

Published 20 July 2020

Scottish Government announces £100m fund for employment support and training

The Scottish Government has announced that people looking for work or those at risk of redundancy will benefit from £100 million of additional assistance to move into work or retrain.

Published 17 July 2020