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Margaret with other board members. From left to right , Brian Connelly MBE, Gordon Campbell (behind), Chairperson Calumn MacKay (Barney), Margaret Dymond, Catherine Coutts (behind) and Vice Chairperson, Janet Strang.

Join the TPAS board and work with people like Margaret

A tenant of Renfrewshire Council, Margaret Dymond has been on the board of TPAS Scotland for over 10 years.  Margaret is passionate about giving tenants a voice and loves the opportunity to give a tenant perspective on discussions and decisions during board meetings. An active volunteer in her local Paisley region, Margaret is involved in…

Janet Strang speaks about her time as Vice Chair of TPAS Scotland

As Vice Chair of the TPAS Scotland board, Janet Strang plays an extremely important role in governance, shaping the strategy of TPAS and supporting the Chairman, Calum MacKay (Barney).   A busy lady, Janet is also Chair of Cunninghame Housing Association, having been re-elected in the Summer of 2023.  Cunninghame Housing Association with properties to…

SAMH share strategies for people struggling with their mental health

In a recent TPAS webinar, Emma Straughan, Let’s Talk Project Facilitator from the Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH), allayed many of myths around mental health.  In this highly interactive webinar, Emma shared the reasons why some individuals don’t let others know they are suffering with poor mental health.  In her talk, Emma noted discriminatory…

A Direct Works approach is better for Cunninghame Housing Association

The last few years has seen Cunninghame Housing Association adopt an inhouse approach to repairs and maintenance, and the organisation are reaping the rewards.   We spoke with Jacqueline Cameron, Executive Director of Housing and Property Services at Cunninghame Housing Association, recently to find out why their Direct Works service is enhancing tenant engagement across…

Continuing rent protection for private tenants

Regulations to protect tenants concerned about rent increases following the ending of the emergency rent cap have been laid in the Scottish Parliament. From 1 April onwards, subject to parliamentary approval, the process for rent adjudication will temporarily be modified for one year. Any tenant who wishes to dispute a rent increase notice can apply…

Engaging with 12 – 25 year olds; how Aberdeen City Council are making it a success!

We all ask the question – how do we communicate and engage young people to get involved and shape the thinking of our organisation?   Brian Webb heads up Young Engagement and Participation, within the youth work team as part of the cities Community Learning and Development offer at Aberdeen City Council and has been…

Regulator publishes further update from Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) survey

The Scottish Housing Regulator is today sharing further analysis of social landlords’ responses to its survey on Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in social housing.       Last week, the Regulator’s survey identified that to date nine landlords have identified the presence of RAAC in some of the homes they provide to tenants, with 953 homes…

Scottish Housing Regulator publishes social landlords Annual Assurance Statements

The Scottish Housing Regulator has today published the Annual Assurance Statements submitted by social landlords at the end of October.  The Regulator requires all social landlords to submit a Statement each year to confirm that they meet regulatory standards and requirements or to set out how they will address any areas of non-compliance. Michael Cameron,…

TPAS helps Aberdeen City Council tenants and residents consider the future of their homes

As part of their tenant and residents’ improvement strategy, Aberdeen City Council engaged the services of TPAS Scotland in Spring 2023 to consult with tenants and residents living in 8 city centre tower blocks across the city.  The aim of this consultation was to understand what tenants and residents liked about the accommodation, what they…

Designing Innovative, Adaptable, Smarter Homes

Professors Alison Bowes, Vikki McCall, and Alasdair Rutherford in the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Stirling will be giving a talk and workshop at this year’s TPAS Housing Professionals Conference exploring how we can design homes to support us all as we get older.  They will introduce the ambitious UKRI-funded research project, Designing…

Consultation on regulation of social housing in Scotland

Scotland’s regulatory authority for social housing has unveiled their consultation on the future of social housing regulation. Drawing from extensive stakeholder feedback, the proposal emphasises the need for landlords to provide explicit assurances in their Annual Assurance Statement. It also advocates for heightened landlord-tenant communication and clear compliance standards. The final framework, based on this…

Housing Regulator strengthens security of social landlord portal

The Scottish Housing Regulator is strengthening the cyber resilience of the secure password-protected area that social landlords use to submit data returns and notifiable events. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has recently been introduced as a requirement of the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme and the Regulator is now implementing this for its social landlord portal, which allows…

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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