New round of £2m Social Housing Fuel Support Fund opens

A new round of a £2 million fund that will help social landlords to support tenants who are struggling with fuel poverty has now opened for applications.

Published 22 November 2021

Link Group talks sustainability at SFHA finance conference

Link Group featured prominently at this week’s SFHA finance conference, with staff delivering sessions on the housing and support organisation’s approach to sustainability in relation to funding.

Published 19 November 2021

Over two-thirds of Scotland’s housing associations are using sustainable construction methods

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) writes in our COP26SHN feature that its members are working to tackle climate change by using sustainable and highly energy efficient methods to build homes.

Published 11 November 2021

Sally Thomas: Social housing’s role in tackling climate change cannot be underestimated

SFHA chief executive Sally Thomas spoke at an official COP26 UN System Side Event yesterday to discuss how to decarbonise homes in an inclusive and affordable way. In her contribution to our #COP26SHN feature, she highlights how the housing sector is already working on this. 

Published 5 November 2021

Mandatory measurement concerns raised as government confirms affordable housing investment benchmarks

The Scottish Government’s review of affordable housing investment benchmarks has resulted in a “welcome” increase in investment, but “significant concerns” remain regarding the government’s decision on continuous improvement and procurement.

Published 1 November 2021

Housing and homelessness organisations issue joint response to National Care Service Consultation

Proposals for a National Care Service in Scotland could signal an opportunity to join up services and responses for some of society’s most excluded groups, according to a joint consultation response submitted to the Scottish Government today by organisations representing the housing and homelessness sectors.

Published 1 November 2021

SFHA chief executive to speak at COP26 event

The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Sally Thomas will speak at an official COP26 UN System side event this week.

Published 1 November 2021

Cairn Housing Association to join Community Enterprise in Scotland innovation webinar

Do you have an innovative idea to address a social or environmental problem and need help to develop it?

Published 11 October 2021

Government paves way for warmer homes with £1.8bn Heat in Buildings Strategy

The Scottish Government has set out the actions it will take in the buildings sector to deliver on climate change commitments, support economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

Published 8 October 2021

Sustainability Reporting Standard updated to align with regulatory framework

The Sustainability for Housing Board has published a revised version of the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing (SRS) to incorporates changes proposed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) after consultation with registered social landlords.

Published 8 October 2021

Board election results and Covid reflections at SFHA AGM

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) reflected this week on the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic and looked to the social housing sector’s crucial role in the country’s recovery, during its 46th annual general meeting.

Published 24 September 2021

Minister for zero carbon buildings Patrick Harvie speaks at pre-COP26 social housing energy summit 

Housing associations and the Scottish Government must work together to ensure that tackling climate change and achieving net zero emissions homes doesn’t lead to increased levels of fuel poverty, a pre-COP26 energy summit, led by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and addressed by the minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants’ rights Patrick Harvie, heard yesterday.

Published 22 September 2021

Melville tenants transform unloved Midlothian garden

A green fingered couple have teamed up with Melville Housing Association to transform an unloved patch of communal space behind their Penicuik home into a fabulous community garden.

Published 21 September 2021

Home completions fall by 28% as lockdown measures take toll

The number of homes completed across all sectors in Scotland in the year to end September 2020 decreased by 28% on the previous year, with activity levels being affected by the introduction of lockdown measures in mid-March to late June 2020, according to the latest quarterly housing statistics from the Scottish Government.

Published 15 September 2021

Affordable housing investment benchmark levels 'could undermine' delivery ambitions

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) have raised concerns over the grant funding available to deliver affordable homes following the publication of the report on the work of the 2021 Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks Working Group.

Published 14 September 2021