Professor Glen Bramley Urban studies professor Glen Bramley is among four leading housing scholars to have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences following nomination by the Housing Studies Association (HSA).
Health experts from across the UK have called for Commissioners for Ageing to be introduced in England and Scotland to help place housing at the heart of service integration for older people. A new report led by researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Heriot-Watt and Stirling has found that the U
A ‘supported lodgings’ model must be introduced in Scotland to urgently address youth homelessness and reduce reliance on hostel and B&B accommodation, a new report has found. While levels of youth homelessness have been falling in recent years in Scotland, 16-24 year olds remain heavily ove
The number of homeless households in hostel accommodation in Scotland has increased by 43% since 2010, a new report has found. The study into local authorities’ use of temporary accommodation revealed that close to a third of homeless households are temporarily housed in either B&B or hostel a
Effective approaches for Scotland to use publicly created increases in land value to help finance the infrastructure needed to deliver new housing and other development have been highlighted in a report published today. Written for the Scottish Land Commission by a team from Heriot-Watt University,
Prof Sarah Johnsen reflects on the question of why Housing First seems to be so much more effective than mainstream provision for the majority of homeless people with multiple and complex needs. I was genuinely delighted to receive an invitation to speak about ‘why Housing First works’ at Homele
The Urban Society of Heriot-Watt University will be launching the first annual Scottish Urban Students Forum networking and speakers event on April 6 at the Scottish Poetry Library. The theme for the inaugural networking and speakers event will be Perspectives in Placemaking: The future of Planning
New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government. Set out by the government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, the full recommendations cover actions to prevent rough sleeping; empower front
Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners. Tammy Swift-Adams, director of planning, Homes for Scotland, Jenny Hogan, deputy chief executive, Scot
Heriot-Watt University is exploring the potential of a new way to provide housing for young people at risk of homelessness. The spare room scheme would match 16-25-year olds in need of accommodation with a host’s spare room, with rent paid for the room and support provided to the young person and
In a new blog for the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the process of recommending a new definition of fuel poverty in Scotland. The Scottish Government recently announced a new consultation on a Fu
A new publication from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) explores the concept of Housing First and the principles behind it and looks at how it is being put into practice across the UK and Ireland as a one of a range of approaches to tackling homelessness. Housing First offers permanent accom
Social Bite has published a new study focussed on eradicating homelessness in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. The report by researchers at Heriot-Watt University gives a detailed breakdown of homelessness statistics in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee and a clear roadmap of how to co
The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group A panel of homelessness experts from across Scotland met for the first time on Thursday as work to address the challenges of rough sleeping, and how temporary accommodation can best be utilised, officially got underway.
People who have lived through homelessness, including some who still don’t have a permanent home, are to offer advice and support to others thanks to new funding for an innovative project in Dundee. The ‘Time for Change’ volunteers will be trained by housing and homelessness charity Shelter Sc