Scottish Green Party



Government questioned over ‘abandoned’ empty homes pledge

The Scottish Government has been criticised for abandoning its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

Published 5 September 2019

Government outlines green commitments in 2019-20 Programme for Government

A £3 billion Green Investment Portfolio and a vow to end polluting gas heating in new homes within five years are part of the Scottish Government’s next steps to tackle climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in Parliament yesterday.

Published 4 September 2019

Greens showcase need for ‘housing revolution’ in Scottish Green New Deal

A “housing revolution” to ensure warm and affordable homes forms part of a new campaign to transform Scotland’s economy unveiled by the Scottish Greens.

Published 30 August 2019

Greens in urgent call for change in way homes are heated

Urgent action is required to transform the way Scottish homes are heated amid the climate emergency, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 12 August 2019

Government urged to address ‘housing emergency’ as homeless applications rise to 100 a day

Homelessness applications in Scotland rose by 3% to 100 a day in the past year while the number of households and children in temporary accommodation also increased, new figures have revealed.

Published 27 June 2019

New benefit to tackle child poverty fast-tracked

The Scottish Government has brought forward a new benefit aimed to tackle child poverty by giving extra cash to low-income families.

Published 27 June 2019

Greens and Scottish Land & Estates draw battle lines for ‘fairer’ planning system

Scottish Green MSPs will stage a series of bids to overhaul Scotland’s planning system over three days of debate in the Scottish Parliament this week.

Published 17 June 2019

Green MSP blasts 'watering down' of Planning Bill amendment

Green MSP Andy Wightman has accused the SNP and Scottish Conservatives of attempting to "sabotage" his proposals to tighten controls over short-term lets.

Published 22 May 2019

Green MSP to lead land transparency debate

Andy Wightman MSP will today lead a debate calling for information on the ownership, use and value of land to be made more easily, openly and transparently available to the public.

Published 12 March 2019

Greens welcome report highlighting mental health and social security concerns

A report highlighting the difficulties faced by people with mental health conditions accessing social security support has been welcomed as “crucially important” by the Scottish Greens.

Published 11 March 2019

MSP questions legality of key boxes on tenement doors

An MSP has cast doubt on the legality of key safe deposit boxes often installed on tenement doors in areas with a high proportion of short-term lets.

Published 30 January 2019

MSPs agree to greater regulation of short-term lets in Planning Bill

Landlords will be forced to acquire full planning permission to lease homes by the night on websites including Airbnb after changes to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill were agreed by MSPs.

Published 26 October 2018

Land Value Capture measures added to Planning (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Greens have welcomed changes to the Scottish Government’s planning bill which they say will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for housebuilding more affordable, however housebuilders have called the measures “premature”.

Published 25 October 2018

Affordable housing programme ‘on target’ at halfway point

The Scottish Government is on track to meet its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the duration of this Parliament, according to statistics in two newly published reports.

Published 25 September 2018

Greens publish Planning Bill amendments to limit growth of holiday homes

A Scottish Green Party MSP is proposing changes to the law to help local councils tackle Scotland's housing crisis by controlling the growth in private homes being used as holiday accommodation.

Published 24 July 2018