With the general election just two weeks away, the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) has revealed its five-point plan to reduce the damaging impact of welfare reforms. The membership body said welfare reforms have increased the vulnerability of tenants and impacted on the ability of
The UK government should scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates used for claimants in the private rented sector, according to a joint report by two House of Commons committees. The LHA cap limits the amount of support that can be give
David Stewart The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for a planning system that enables the provision of more quality affordable housing and the creation of better places.
A new report on the potential impact of leaving the European Union on Scottish housing associations and co-operatives has found that 80% of respondents foresee a possible negative impact while 70% think Brexit will decrease the capacity of the construction workforce to deliver new homes. The key are
Homelessness, housing and anti-poverty groups have called for “real and urgent” action to better tackle and prevent the “human tragedy” of homelessness in Scotland In an open letter to cabinet secretary for communities, social security and equalities, Angela Constance, twelve of Scotland lea
This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Thursday September 21, it has been announced. Following a successful launch in September 2016, this will be the second annual Scottish Housing Day and is led by CIH Scotland in partnership with a range of housing sector partners includin
Lesley-Anne-Junner A new director of finance and corporate services has been appointed at Linstone Housing Association.
Ian Brennan A new report which sets out ten principles of positive practice for social landlords considering developing new homes has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.
Mary Taylor A request by Scottish ministers for an immediate halt to the roll-out of the full service of Universal Credit “until problems with its implementation are fully resolved” has been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).
Maureen Cope 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).
(from left) Jamielee Daniel, Courtney McMahon, Diane Cooper, Kirsten Walker, Joy Henderson and Kimberley Fulton Housing apprentices, past and present, have given their views as to how the sector can increase its amount of young workers.
An independent panel of academic experts is to review the definition of fuel poverty after which a consultation will open on a new long-term fuel poverty strategy and statutory eradication target, the Scottish Government has announced. Last autumn the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group an
Mary Taylor The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Scottish Government have accused Chancellor Philip Hammond of failing to alleviate the welfare cuts that the UK government is directing at some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Jeremy Hewer The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has warned that the Scottish Government’s increase in funding for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) is likely to be “overwhelmed” by the further cuts in social security entitlement.
Sarah Boyack The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has appointed Sarah Boyack to the post of head of public affairs with effect from the end of this month.