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Blog: Bedroom Tax 2 – DWP’s warped logic must be challenged

It might seem trite to term the proposed LHA limits on social housing as ‘Bedroom Tax 2’ but it’s completely legitimate, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 January 2017

New welfare cuts will cause increase in debt and homelessness, housing sector warns

Westminster's plans for a fresh round of welfare cuts, dubbed ‘Bedroom Tax 2’, threatens to undermine housebuilding projects, increase homelessness, and weaken public sector finances across Scotland, it has been claimed.

Published 4 January 2017

Glasgow Jobcentres must be kept open, says GWSF

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) must reconsider its plans to close eight of the sixteen Jobcentres in Glasgow, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 22 December 2016

Glasgow sites made available for housing associations to build 750 homes

Glasgow City Council has approved the disposal of 16 sites across the city to allow for the construction of approximately 750 new social homes.

Published 8 December 2016

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to RSLs in Scotland.

Published 1 December 2016

Scottish RSLs pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable Syrian families

Housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland have shown an overwhelming act of solidarity and humanity as they pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme run by the UK government.

Published 25 November 2016

Local associations often ‘squeezed out’ of development, warns GWSF

Community controlled housing associations are often losing out on the chance to develop new social housing because local authorities are giving priority to larger regional and national associations, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 25 November 2016

GWSF highlights success of community controlled housing associations

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 15 November 2016

Bill Sharkey: A tribute

Bill Sharkey died on the 27th October 2016 after a short illness at QEU Hospital. Bill, aged 83, was a founding and long serving committee member of New Gorbals Housing Association.

Published 8 November 2016

Housing associations issue warning over Universal Credit payments

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has warned that the direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022.

Published 1 November 2016

Prized community regeneration fund should be spending priority, says GWSF

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) has praised the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund (PCF) for reaching local communities directly and has called for it to be a priority in the forthcoming Spending Review.

Published 27 October 2016

New website for GWSF

A modernised website has been launched by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 11 October 2016

New booklet launched to showcase community-driven place making

Four housing and community organisations have collaborated to produce a booklet showcasing six examples of community led place making.

Published 5 October 2016

Muirhouse emerges stronger from regulatory intervention

Muirhouse Housing Association has made “significant improvement” following the appointment of statutory manager and is now in a much stronger position to continue that improvement, according to a new report by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Published 3 October 2016

ONS reclassification: Bill to ensure RSLs are deemed private bodies to be introduced

The Scottish Government has moved to provide reassurance to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) by committing to new legislation that will ensure they can continue to borrow money privately.

Published 30 September 2016