GWSF



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

Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

The Scottish Government’s Bill aimed at reversing the autumn 2016 reclassification of housing associations as public bodies has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 6 September 2017

Blog: Dispossession documentary misrepresents the Glasgow housing landscape

Following Harry Woodward’s blog on Tuesday, Helen Moore offers her reflections on Paul Sng’s documentary Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle.

Published 24 August 2017

Fire safety information requests may be diverting landlords, says GWSF

The extremely tight deadlines attached to Scottish Government requests to local authorities for information on high rise stock, following last week’s tragic fire in West London, may be diverting landlords from even greater priorities over fire safety, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 19 June 2017

Some social sector evictions ‘unavoidable’ due to political and economic climate

Social landlords can’t immunise themselves against the impact of the political and economic landscape, and this means some evictions are unavoidable, the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has said.

Published 27 April 2017

Succession planning being taken very seriously, says GWSF

A new report has revealed how community controlled housing associations are working hard to ensure that their boards are strong and fit for the future in the light of demographic and other challenges.

Published 20 April 2017

Smaller housing associations 'perform better than larger ones'

Smaller housing associations across Scotland perform much better than larger ones on key Charter indicators, according to a new report from Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 3 April 2017

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening', says GWSF

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 22 March 2017

Glasgow City Council to scrap sheltered housing fund completely

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely rather than reduced by third, the council has been forced to admit.

Published 6 February 2017