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Housing bodies concerned infrastructure investment plan will not address demand for homes

The Scottish Government’s £24 billion infrastructure investment plan could fall short of providing the affordable housing need facing Scotland over the next five years, a collection of housing organisations have warned.

Published 1 October 2020

Programme for Government: Scottish Government 'disappoints' on social housing and renter support

The Scottish Government is to establish a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help those struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 2 September 2020

Colleen Rowan: Supporting communities through COVID - the response from community controlled housing associations

A new report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has highlighted the crucial local role played by Community Controlled Housing Associations (CCHAs) during the coronavirus health crisis, says Colleen Rowan.

Published 28 August 2020

David Bookbinder: Eviction protections hit the wrong target in social housing, and its tenants who’ll pay the cost

A blanket ban on evictions makes no provision for anti-social tenants and those who choose not to pay their rent, says David Bookbinder.

Published 18 August 2020

Homelessness must not be seen in isolation, argues GWSF

New recommendations to be made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) must avoid looking at homelessness in isolation from the wider housing system, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 18 June 2020

Royston COVID Response Group leads the way in supporting the community

The strong and unwavering community spirit of Royston has moved to a whole new level since the coronavirus outbreak thanks to the work of local housing associations and other community organisations.

Published 28 May 2020

‘Huge relief’ as MSPs reject plans to ‘extinguish’ rent liability

Holyrood’s COVID-19 committee has rejected amendments aimed at ‘extinguishing’ rent liability for social housing tenants during the current pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020

Colleen Rowan: Vital role of community anchors recognised by Supporting Communities Fund

Colleen Rowan, policy and research lead at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), discusses the Supporting Communities Fund and why its recognition of community anchors is so important.

Published 12 May 2020

David Bookbinder: Why HSE's approach to landlord gas checks is so exasperating

David Bookbinder takes aim at the Health and Safety Executive’s “stubborn” and “unrealistic” approach to gas safety checks.

Published 9 April 2020

Social Housing Resilience Group convened to tackle coronavirus

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has convened a group of key organisations in order to respond to the evolving and significant challenges which the social housing sector is experiencing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  

Published 27 March 2020

David Bookbinder: No rent holidays, but landlords will take a hit anyway

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder argues that the conversation should be moved away from rent holidays and focussed instead on the loss of income members facing housing associations and co-operatives.

Published 26 March 2020

GWSF: Start reshaping housing system but keep housing as an investment priority

The Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040 process needs to combine radical, new approaches with what is already known to work, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 2 March 2020

Report highlights local housing associations' innovative use of social media

A new report has highlighted how community-controlled housing associations (CCHAs) are using a variety of social media platforms to provide a range of information to their tenants and to give tenants more choice in how they communicate with the association.

Published 20 February 2020

David Bookbinder: Another perspective on the ‘big can be beautiful’ debate

After Wheatley Group chief executive Martin Armstrong outlined the advantages which can be gained if social landlords grow in size, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations director David Bookbinder offers an alternative view.

Published 30 January 2020

GWSF: New funding approach badly needed for private tenements

The condition of Scotland’s private tenements will continue to deteriorate unless the Scottish Government adopts a new funding approach as part of its overall housing investment programme, argues the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 20 November 2019