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Innovation And Future Thinking Update

Read up on the latest developments surrounding our Innovation and Future Thinking programme.

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Request for Feedback on Self-Assurance Toolkit

SFHA has forwarded a survey to all member Chief Executives asking for feedback on the Self-Assurance Toolkit.   This is with a view to making any necessary revisions to the Toolkit to make it more user friendly.   

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SFHA Engagement with SIC and Scottish Government Regarding Subsidiaries

We recently surveyed members about communications with the Scottish Information Commissioner relating to subsidiaries.  Many thanks to all of those who responded, and we have since met with the Scottish Information Commissioner and written to Scottish Government regarding the application of the act to care subsidiaries in particular.   

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Scottish Government Consultation on Further FOI Extension

Scottish Government is consulting on potential further extension of FOI to other bodies.   Whilst this consultation is not directly about our sector and is extremely broad, the consultation paper makes reference to care and potentially extending to bodies who are contracted by public bodies.   

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Showing Support: Veterans

As poppies are put away for another year, Zhan McIntyre, Policy Lead encourages social housing providers to think about what they can do to support

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SFHA submits evidence to benefit take-up inquiry

SFHA has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee Inquiry on benefit take-up.

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Work and Pensions Committee calls for reversal of benefit freeze

Ahead of the dissolution of Parliament, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published two reports highly critical of welfare policy and has called for the reversal of the benefit freeze by increasing levels by CPI + 2% for the next four years.

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Supreme Court: Human Rights trumps Bedroom Tax rules

The Supreme Court has ruled where there was a ‘transparent medical need for an additional bedroom’, which was not catered for in regulation B13 (5) and (6), there was unjustified discrimination on the ground of disability, contrary to article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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We must seize this opportunity and demonstrate our value

This Housing Day, SFHA Head of Policy and Innovation Lorna Wilson says that there is only one sector that can deliver the economic and social value and boosts that our country and people are so desperately needing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Work begins on 131 affordable Paisley homes

The project in Glenburn will provide 131 new homes.

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New approach to housing design could meet people’s needs throughout their lives

The new design concept aims to meet people’s physical and social needs throughout their lives.   

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Supplemental Covid-19 Guidance to the SFHA Self-Assurance Toolkit now available

Supplemental Covid-19 Guidance to the SFHA Self-Assurance Toolkit now available.  

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Investment in social housing reduces poverty, improves health and drives economic growth

The Impact of Social Housing: Economic, Social, Health and Wellbeing was written by UK Collaborative Centre of Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and HACT for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), Public Health Scotland, and the Rural and Islands Housing Associations Forum (RIHAF). 

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Forthcoming update to Model Code of Conduct for Governing Body Members

SFHA is currently updating the hyperlinks and references in its existing governance documents 

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SFHA reaction to Programme for Government

By Sally Thomas, SFHA Chief Executive.

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SHR updates regulatory approach and associated guidance

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes updated guidance to take into account ongoing Covid-19 situation. 

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HACT Social Insight Lead

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Technology Enabled Care in Housing (TECH) Programme Co-ordinator

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