Project Category: Featured

Community Regeneration & Wider Role

Background Nowadays, ‘community regeneration’, ‘community empowerment’ and ‘assets-based approaches’ are all high on the Scottish Government’s policy agenda.  Doing all of these things is part of the CCHA movement’s DNA. From the late 1970s onwards, as well as providing decent, affordable housing, community controlled housing associations and co-operatives have been providing an amazing array of services and facilities, all designed to make their local communities better places to live, and to offer opportunities to local people. The bigger picture Our members are involved in community regeneration and wider role activities in many different ways: As part of their core business as landlords Through partnerships,...

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New Build Investment

Development of new affordable housing in Scotland is at an exciting but challenging time, and no more so than for community controlled housing associations, many of which fell out of development in recent years as grant rates tumbled. Big changes at the national level The Scottish Government’s supply target of 50,000 social and affordable homes from 2016/17 to 2020/21 is a two-thirds increase on the previous 30,000 target, which was slightly exceeded. Each of Scotland’s local authorities will have its own targets for the five-year period. Many councils will divide up their overall programme between housing association and the...

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Regulation and the Charter

Housing associations in Scotland are regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator, whose regulatory framework was introduced in April 2012 following the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. The same Act introduced the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which has been in force (in terms of data collected by social landlords) from April 2013. Regulation GWSF maintains close and constructive links with the Scottish Housing Regulator at Board and particularly staff level. Our aim in working with SHR is to seek to influence the practical implementation of regulation in such a way as to ensure we have a robust and credible system of...

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Housing Management & Homelessness

Things are always moving and changing in the housing management and homelessness fields and GWSF has been active in a number of policy and practice issues lately. Housing management The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 contained a range of legislative changes to the allocations and tenancy provisions for social housing. These included changes to succession, assignation and joint tenancy rights, extended grounds for giving short Scottish Secure Tenancies to anti-social tenants and applicants, more flexibility around dealing with applications from home owners, and a new streamlined eviction process for people convicted of anti social behaviour. In recent months the Forum...

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