Govan Law Centre



Asylum seekers entitled to backdated child tax credits as Govan Law Centre wins landmark case

HMRC was wrong to refuse a backdated claim for child tax credits for asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled in the first successful social security test case for asylum seekers and tax credits in the UK.

Published 17 June 2021

Covid eviction ban extension 'under close consideration'

Further measures to protect people from eviction proceedings are “under close consideration” by the Scottish Government, John Swinney has said.

Published 21 May 2021

Calls for Covid eviction measures to be extended to level 2 areas

The Scottish Government has been urged to extend its temporary ban on evictions as the move to level 2 lockdown measures for most of Scotland sees thousands of tenants unprotected by the current legislation.

Published 18 May 2021

New debt navigator project at Govan Law Centre

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has been awarded funding from the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) to improve its free debt and money advice service.

Published 18 March 2021

Scottish Housing Regulator marks retirement of board member Mike Dailly

Mike Dailly has retired after eight years on the board of the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR).

Published 25 February 2021

Call to extend eviction ban until April

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer and the Govan Law Centre (GLC) have called on the Scottish Government to extend the winter eviction ban until April to bring it in line with the end of the furlough scheme. 

Published 5 January 2021

Pauline McNeill calls for political support for Fair Rents Bill

Pauline McNeill MSP has stressed the 'urgent' need for rent controls as the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee completes its consultation into the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill.

Published 10 December 2020

Govan Law Centre welcomes 'parliamentary U-turn' on Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

With Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee now seeking views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill, having previously dropped the proposed legislation due to a heavy workload, Govan Law Centre (GLC) has welcomed the "unprecedented" move as a "victory for open democracy".

Published 15 October 2020

Govan Law Centre increases pressure over Fair Rents Bill

Govan Law Centre has continued judicial review proceedings against the Scottish Parliament over the tabling of a Bill on rent increases.

Published 11 August 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Lorna Walker - Park Inn tragedy highlights the need for asylum seeker justice

When news broke in June that a Sudanese asylum seeker had been shot dead after stabbing six people in a Glasgow hotel there was an immediate public outcry. How, people wanted to know, could a system that is supposed to protect the vulnerable have allowed a man with obvious mental health difficulties to be put in a situation where his problems were sure to escalate.

Published 9 July 2020

Scottish Labour launches petition to ‘save Bill to protect renters’

A petition has been launched calling on the Scottish Government to formally adopt the Fair Rents (Scotland) Members Bill after the proposed legislation was dropped by the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee.

Published 7 July 2020

Holyrood committee drops rent controls bill

A bill to control rent levels is unlikely to be debated in Holyrood after the Local Government Committee decided there was not enough time to scrutinise it.

Published 1 July 2020

Charities issue joint call for extension of moratorium on evictions

The current moratorium on evictions in Scotland must be extended beyond the current timeframe and include those who are actively trying to ensure their rent arrears are dealt with, according to a number of charities.

Published 26 May 2020

‘Mary Barbour Bill’ lodged by Scottish Labour

A Bill to limit private sector rent rises and to increase the availability of information available to tenants has been lodged by Scottish Labour’s housing spokesperson Pauline McNeill.

Published 24 April 2020

‘Deep disappointment’ as Supreme Court refuses appeal in Serco case

Home Office asylum accommodation provider Serco can legally carry out lock-changes evictions on refused refugees in Glasgow after an appeal case was rejected by the UK Supreme Court.

Published 7 April 2020