Saturday, 7 October 2017

Is the buy-to-let market a property bubble waiting to burst?

GLC's Principal Solicitor, Mike Dailly writes: "SCOTLAND’S private rented sector is a phenomenon. It has trebled in size over the last 15 years and now makes up over 15 per cent of all Scottish households. For our cities the story is more profound.  

Scottish Government figures published last month show that private lets represent 19 per cent of all homes in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth. For Dundee the figure rises to 23 per cent and peaks at 26 per cent in Edinburgh.

How did this happen? Almost half a million homes have been lost from Scotland’s social rented sector since the right to buy was introduced in 1980. While the Scottish Parliament ended that right last July, the impact coupled with the growth of the buy-to-let mortgage market has fuelled the private let sector".  Read the full column in The Herald here (Saturday, 7 October 2017).
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Friday, 6 October 2017

GLC's Principal Solicitor appointed to Scottish Government's Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group

A panel of homelessness experts from across Scotland met for the first time yesterday (5 October 2017)  as work to address the challenges of rough sleeping, and how temporary accommodation can best be utilised, officially got underway.

Announced as part of the Programme for Government last month, the short-term Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group came together with the immediate task of outlining urgent recommendations to minimise rough sleeping this winter.

The group, which draws on expertise from across the sector, will examine how the Scottish Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping can be achieved and how best a new £50 million fund can support this.  Membership of the Action Group includes:
  • Jon Sparkes, chief executive, Crisis (chair)
  • Russell Barr, former moderator, Church of Scotland
  • Maggie Brunjes, Glasgow Homelessness Network
  • Mike Dailly, Govan Law Centre
  • David Duke, Street Soccer Scotland
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot Watt University
  • Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite
  • Lorraine McGrath, Simon Community Scotland/Street Wise
  • Susanne Miller, Glasgow City Council
  • John Mills, Fife Council & ALACHO
  • Shona Stephen, Queens Cross Housing Association
  • Alison Watson, Shelter Scotland
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: "The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group will be recommending immediate steps we can take to minimise rough sleeping, both this winter and for good, as well as ways to transform temporary accommodation. The members bring a wide range of expertise, experience and enthusiasm and I know they will provide invaluable advice".

"The group will be engaging with all partners who deal with homelessness, including in local authorities and the third sector, so we can harness the wealth of knowledge available. We are committed to ending rough sleeping, preventing homelessness, and transforming outcomes for those who experience it. The action group and the new £50m fund are important steps in achieving this."
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Civil court & tribunal solicitor vacancy at Govan Law Centre

GOVAN LAW CENTRE seeks a qualified solicitor to join our legal team in Glasgow.  Competitive salary. We are seeking a qualified solicitor with good civil court and, preferably, tribunal experience.  Experience in the legal fields of housing, homelessness, employment, equalities and public law would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will work from our main office in Orkney Street in Govan.  Regular court appearances will be required.  This is a full time post, however, job sharing will be considered.

This position is in our general court and legal team and will include provision of legal advice and representation for clients in terms of mainly housing, homelessness, employment, debt, public law, community care and disability rights and welfare rights. It will also involve providing legal representation at court and tribunals.

There will be an opportunity to become involved in some of our public interest litigation, test case work, law reform and social policy work.
The successful candidate MUST:
1.     Hold a degree in Scots Law
2.     A diploma in legal practice
3.     An unrestricted Law Society of Scotland practising certificate
4.     Have good research and analytical skills
5.     Ability to work well under supervision
It would be desirable if the candidate had:
1.     Knowledge and experience of issues relating to social welfare law
2.     Experience in appearing in court or tribunal settings
3.     Experience in dealing with vulnerable clients
4.     Experience in handling a large and varied workload
5.     Experience in working within a team setting
Please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in this post to: Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate, Govan Law Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow, G51 2BX or m@ govanlc.comCLOSING DATE: Friday 6th October 2017 at 4pm.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Second trainee solicitor opportunity at Govan Law Centre in 2017

Due to the expansion of our services, this is an exciting opportunity to join the largest community led law centre in Scotland as a trainee solicitor.

The position would be based in our offices in Govan and the successful candidate would work with a dedicated team of solicitors and caseworkers assisting the most vulnerable client groups to assert their legal rights. 

The work would include – preventing evictions in the social rented sector and the PRS sector, homelessness improving living conditions, illegal evictions, mortgage arrears, employment, debt, discrimination and court and tribunal appearances.

Application details are here. Closing date, 4pm on Friday 15 September 2017. 

Please note this new post is addition to our Justice Fellowship trainee solicitor post (the details of which are here: https://jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/host/govan-law-centre-2017/)
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GLC manages 54% of housing debt in Glasgow in 2016/17 under GCC Financial Inclusion Partnership

Figures for Glasgow's Financial Inclusion Partnership confirm that Partnership advice agencies managed almost £11m of housing debt for clients across the City in 2016/17.

Of that total, Govan Law Centre (GLC) managed 54% of all housing debt in the City for its clients (homeowners and tenants in both the social and private rented sectors) - £5,920,241.93 of an overall City-wide figure of £10,949,317 in 2016/17.

This represents an 8% increase on GLC's managed housing debt figure for last year (2015/16); with housing debt across Glasgow (under Financial Inclusion Partnership agencies) having increased by almost 13.5%.
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