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Scotland’s pathway to Zero Emissions Heating

A move to cleaner heating systems in Scotland’s homes and buildings is a key priority for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and help combat climate change.   With around 2.45 million homes in Scotland, all varied in type, use, size, age, construction, and energy efficiency, this work brings many challenges.   According to the Scottish Government, “Transforming…

Money Worries and Mental Health Workshop

We’ve all been there; not enough money to pay the bills or pay for our weekly shop, which can lead to stress and affect our mental health.  And when our mental health is bad, we may not be able to manage our finances.   Increasing cost-of-living pressures can lead to more financial stress, so knowing…

TPAS Scotland AGM – Communities having their Say

Friday 31st May 11am   This year’s AGM is just around the corner, and we are delighted to have Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay joining us to record a Scottish Housing News Podcast debating the topic of ‘What are the benefits of Community Involvement?”   As we all know the community is at the core…

Food and Mood Workshop

Food has a direct impact on our physical health, but it also plays a significant role in our mental and emotional well-being. The foods we eat can influence our mood, energy levels and brain power.  Food is fuel. Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy life. Food impacts our weight and energy levels, but…

Tackling Stigma and Future-Proofing for our Ageing Population

Our ageing population is resulting in many challenges for Scotland, from creating higher pressure on the NHS to finding solutions to help people live in their homes longer.  Stigma is a huge barrier to services, exclusion and negative experiences and we need to find solutions, particularly in housing, to remove these barriers where possible.  …

Regulator announces programme of annual assurance visits to social landlords

The Scottish Housing Regulator today announced a programme of visits to social landlords to discuss their Annual Assurance Statement. Each year by 31 October every social landlord must prepare and publish an Annual Assurance Statement which confirms whether it meets Regulatory Standards and Requirements. The Regulator will visit 13 landlords to understand their approach to…

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes factsheets on raising serious concerns about a landlord

The Scottish Housing Regulator has today published two updated factsheets for tenants and landlords about raising serious concerns about a landlord. The Regulator’s updated factsheets follow the launch of its new Regulatory Framework this month which enhanced the clarity of what issues tenants can bring to the Regulator and when and how this fits with…

Regulator publishes further update on reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in social housing

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published updated information on the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in social housing. Earlier this month the Regulator asked social landlords to provide an update where they were continuing to investigate the presence of RAAC in homes they provide for tenants.  The updated position shows that thirteen landlords…

Chris McShane from Ochil View Housing Association shares his thoughts on the TPAS Tenant Participation Certificate

Tell us a little bit about yourself I am Chris McShane and I am the Tenant Engagement & Communications Officer at Ochil View Housing Association. We provide housing across Clackmannanshire and West Fife. I have worked within the housing sector for nearly 20 years and started in this role in April 2021.   Where did…

The TPAS Board is representative of everyone involved in TP across Scotland

Catherine Stoddart joined the board of TPAS Scotland in 2019 and her contribution as a tenant voice has been invaluable ever since.   Catherine is a tenant representative on the TPAS Scotland board and an active tenant of Highland Council where she is involved in several groups and forums including the Scrutiny Group, Value for…

A new approach to tenant participation

Jacqui Fleming recently joined the team at Angus Housing Association in the role of Tenant Engagement Assistant.   We spoke to Jacqui about how excited she was about her new role and how her previous experience will be useful in engaging with young people to participate using a community learning and development (CLD) approach .…

What attracts young people to join the Board of a Housing Association?

Robyn Inglis, a tenant of Home Group Scotland is a 36-year-old final year university degree student living in Dundee.  A busy Mum to three children (one of whom is disabled), Robyn was invited to join the Board of Home Group Scotland as a customer board member.   Robyn didn’t jump straight into the role.  During…

Stirling Tenants Assembly (STA) is a member of TPAS, and we are grateful for the support and advice which TPAS are always willing and able to provide. Last year our group had the benefit of training given by TPAS, particularly of use to newer members. The TPAS Annual Conference is an excellent learning opportunity. It is also a superb way to meet people from all areas of Scotland and to hear of their experiences with scrutiny and other activities. This is very helpful. TPAS keeps members continually aware of any events, training, study visits, etc. which members may find of interest.

Anna Johnston
Stirling Tenants Assembly

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