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SHR Enquiry into Repairs Finds Improved Performance

A thematic enquiry into repairs by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has found that tenants place a significant emphasis on repairs. It has also found that social landlords’ performance is improving.

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Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill Reaches Stage 3

Following some minor amendments logged by Scottish Government at Stage 2 (see here), the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill has reached Stage 3 in the Scottish Parliament.   

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Welfare Benefit Update

A number of changes to Universal Credit came into effect this month. 

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Supporting Better Futures For All

Demonstrating impact of housing support services

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SFHA jointly commissioned research into 50,000 affordable homes target now published

A report into councils’ Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIPs) commissioned by SFHA, Shelter Scotland and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has now been published.

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Planning Bill Laid in Scottish Parliament

A new Planning Bill was laid in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 5th December.  The SFHA has been active during the development of the bill, giving written and oral evidence to the Planning Review which preceded the bill and taking part in a number of consultation events run by the Scottish Government.

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Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill Stage 2 Amendments

As anticipated, Scottish Government has lodged two amendments at Stage 2 of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.    These were to take account of recommendations made by the Local Government and Communities Committee report at Stage 1.   

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GDPR guidance from SFHA & GWSF Now Available

The SFHA and GWSF commissioned TC Young to develop some model documents to aid in members as they look to implement the requirements of the General Data Protection regulations (GDPR).   This guidance is now available for SFHA and GWSF members.

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Briefing on Scottish Government Proposals for post-2020 Energy Efficiency Standards

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for challenging Energy Efficiency Standards for Social Housing (EESSH) to be introduced in 2020. The standards would require to be met by 2032, in line with climate change targets.  

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U-Turn: 18 – 21 year olds HB Axe

SFHA members will be delighted to hear that after years of campaigning by SFHA, ministers have u-turned on the housing benefit axe for 18 – 21 year olds.

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DWP guidance on Universal Credit

SFHA update of round-up of DWP guidance.  

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Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland

Figures show a marked increase in approvals for new housing association homes.

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Your Tenants' Views of Potential FOI Extension?

SFHA has been contacted by a number of its members about collecting the views of their tenants on the potential extension of Freedom of Information legislation to Scottish RSLs.   SFHA has prepared an impartial briefing that SFHA members can use to inform tenants about the pros and cons of extension.

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