Social Housing news in Scotland

Scotland specialist

Senior reporter, Inside Housing

Sophie Barnes

Senior reporter

E-mail: sophie.barnes@insidehousing.co.uk

Phone: 020 7772 8436

Fax: 020 7772 8591

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Scottish regulator intervenes after association breaches loan covenant

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator will continue its intervention at a Glasgow-based housing association after it breached a loan covenant last year.

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UK government refuses Scottish Government's social security proposals

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish and UK governments are in a dispute over abolishing the bedroom tax and removing housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

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Scottish ministers warn against bedroom tax 'clawback'

20/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish ministers have urged the UK government not to cap claimants’ benefits when the Scottish Government abolishes the bedroom tax.

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Eight Scottish councils plan to deliver 110,000 homes

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Eight councils in Scotland have joined forces to attempt to see 110,000 homes built in and around Glasgow by 2035.

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Scottish Government launches new data on social rented sector

14/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a new publication into social tenants and social rented housing in the country.

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Housing association slammed by regulator after £2.3m site failures

13/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A Scottish housing association has been slammed by the regulator for “failing to progress” a site bought in 2010 with £1m of public money.

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Scottish Government to reduce time children spend in temporary housing

09/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Children and pregnant women will spend no longer than one week in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation, the Scottish Government has pledged.

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Children spending too long in temporary accommodation, says Shelter Scotland

06/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Families with children in Scotland are spending too long in temporary accommodation, risking their health and well-being, a report from Shelter Scotland has concluded.

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Scottish regulator appoints board members at association 'as matter of urgency'

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has appointed a manager and three new board members at Arklet Housing Association “as a matter of urgency”.

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Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of Discretionary Housing Payments to cover tenants’ rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap.

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Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

17/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year, the latest government statistics reveal.

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Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.

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Scottish Government calls for simplified planning system

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.

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Scottish Government announces £1.65m funding for housing support

09/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has announced the recipients of £1.65m of funding for homeless services and housing providers working with vulnerable people.

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Scottish Government announces rental income guarantee scheme

15/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will develop a rental income guarantee scheme to kick-start delivery of private rented sector homes “at scale”, it has revealed in its draft budget for 2017/18.

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Social housing increases, but private sector stalls in Scotland

14/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Social housing starts and completions increased while private sector building fell in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

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Scottish Government proposes planning fees hike

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.

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FOI extension will lead to cost burden, Scottish landlords warn

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The Scottish Government’s U-turn on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs, the sector has warned.

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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.

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Scottish landlords 'lack capacity to meet target'

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.

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Scottish regulator ends intervention at housing association

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Housing Regulator has ended its intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association after nearly two years.

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Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

17/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter.

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'Community-controlled associations outperform larger counterparts'

16/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Landlord services provided by community-controlled housing associations outperform those of other social landlords in Scotland, a report has suggested.

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Aberdeen Council issues £370m bond

03/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Aberdeen City Council has issued a £370m bond to fund its capital and infrastructure programme.

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SFHA calls for more ambitious welfare policy

02/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government is not ambitious enough in its social security plans and should use its powers to create a new benefit to mitigate against welfare reforms.

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Scottish investment vehicle shelved 'due to lack of interest'

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Plans for an innovative investment vehicle for housing associations in Scotland have been shelved because of a lack of interest from the sector.

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Scottish landlords enter merger talks

31/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

Two Scottish housing associations have entered merger talks.

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Aberdeen City Council eyes bond issue

26/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Aberdeen City Council is looking to become the first Scottish local authority to issue a bond as it seeks funds for its £1bn capital programme.

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Glasgow Council consults on major housing plans

25/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Glasgow City Council has launched a consultation into its plans to deliver 12,500 new homes over the next five years.

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Development plan will not meet assessed housing need

19/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A regional plan for Edinburgh and South East Scotland will deliver significantly fewer affordable homes than assessed demand requires, partly because of funding constraints.

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Nationwide to axe Scottish lending team

19/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The second-largest lender to the Scottish social housing sector will scrap its dedicated team north of the border and merge its functions with its operation based in England.

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Scottish housing minister criticises 'rigid' planning decisions

13/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish housing minister has said there is sometimes a “rigidity” and a lack of “common sense” in planning decisions, ahead of a White Paper on proposed changes to the system.

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Aberdeen City Council in credit rating first

10/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Aberdeen City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to be assigned a credit rating as it seeks funding to build 3,000 homes over 15 years.

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Scottish PRS triples in size

27/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The private rented sector in Scotland has almost tripled in size as a proportion of total stock over the past 16 years, the latest Scottish Household Survey has revealed.

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SFHA chief announces retirement

22/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced she will leave the organisation next year.

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Date set for ONS Home Nations decision

20/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

The classification decision on housing associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on 29 September.

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Lending faces 'challenges' following deregulation

16/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish Housing Regulator has pledged to work with the government and lenders to head off any negative impact because of deregulation.

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Scottish Government 'must state supported housing position'

15/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government must make its position clear on the future of supported housing funding, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

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Number of homes built in Scotland drops by 2%

13/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

There has been a 2% decrease in the number of new homes built in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

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Sturgeon announces association deregulation bill

06/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has announced measures to weaken the power of the regulator if housing associations are re-classified as public sector bodies.