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GWSF raises alarm over community-based housing associations surrendering independence after statutory intervention

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has written to Housing Minister Kevin Stewart to raise the alarm over a "recent trend" of community-based housing associations being taken over by larger regional or national associations following statutory intervention by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Published 5 September 2018

Housing sector condemns Serco eviction plans as home secretary faces mounting pressure to intervene

The firm behind “crude and cruel” plans to change locks and evict up to 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow who have been told they have no right to stay in the UK is under increasing pressure to suspend the action.

Published 31 July 2018

Local housing associations ‘minding the gap’ as public services decline, says GWSF

Community based housing associations are increasingly stepping in to provide environmental and other services which may be replacing services previously carried out by the local authority, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 3 July 2018

Young people centre stage at GWSF regeneration conference

Rapper and best-selling author Darren McGarvey (aka Loki) is among those who will tell GWSF’s Regeneration Conference in Glasgow today about their experiences of growing up in Scotland.

Published 15 June 2018

Housing associations keen to see improvements in Glasgow’s temporary accommodation, says GWSF

There is significant scope for transforming the use of temporary accommodation for homeless people in Glasgow with local housing associations keen to play their part, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 30 May 2018

GWSF urges caution on mandatory sprinklers plan

The benefits and costs of installing sprinklers in social housing need to be weighed against the many other pressures on the rents tenants pay, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 17 April 2018

Blog: The good old days of municipal housing – thanks but no

An article painting a bleak picture of housing associations in Scotland appeared recently in Bella Caledonia and was republished on the Scottish Community Alliance website. Here the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations offers a defence of local community-controlled housing associations and co-operatives.

Published 6 April 2018

Snowfall highlights local associations’ focus on vulnerable tenants

Community-based housing associations have come to the fore to ensure vulnerable people in their community were able to cope with the impact of the heavy snowfall, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 5 March 2018

New guidance on financial management for housing association committee members

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) and SHARE have joined forces to produce practical guidance on financial management for housing association committee members.

Published 14 December 2017

Plan to extend FOI legislation to housing associations from April 2019

Housing associations in Scotland could be subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) laws from April 2019, subject to a parliamentary vote, it has been announced.

Published 7 December 2017

Chancellor announces £1.5bn package to improve Universal Credit

The UK government has announced significant changes to Universal Credit including scrapping the seven day waiting period before a person can apply.

Published 23 November 2017

Local services are the most responsive, finds GWSF Charter report

Landlord services provided by local community controlled housing associations outperform those of other social landlords, according to the latest Charter comparison report from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 16 November 2017

Blog: Good riddance to the mad, bad LHA cap

The UK government’s U-turn on imposing the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector is to be welcomed but we are not out of the woods yet, says David Bookbinder.

Published 27 October 2017

Scottish Housing Day: New poll shows mixed housing experience across Scotland

Around 83% of Scots are satisfied with their current housing situation while 16% are not, according to an exclusive new opinion poll commissioned to coincide with Scottish Housing Day, which takes place today.

Published 21 September 2017

Hawthorn Housing Co-operative to mark Scottish Housing Day with 30th anniversary celebration

Members of Hawthorn Housing Co-operative in Possilpark will mark their 30th anniversary with a community cinema experience during Scottish Housing Day next week.

Published 15 September 2017