Scottish Green Party

Sector calls for increased ambition on fuel poverty

A new bill which will set targets to reduce fuel poverty in Scotland is “too narrowly focused” and will fail to address the “scandal” of cold, damp homes, according to campaigners.

Published 28 June 2018

CIH Scotland interviews Andy Wightman MSP

CIH Scotland deputy director Callum Chomczuk caught up with Scottish Green Party MSP Andy Wightman to get his views on the party's vision for housing, land and planning reform.

Published 7 June 2018

Greens urge action on Scotland’s ‘hundred thousand' empty underused homes

The Scottish Government needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes and second homes if it is to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 6 June 2018

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 12 February 2018

Greens secure Budget increase for councils and housing improvements

Extra money to insulate homes and a real terms increase in revenue investment for local authorities were amongst the amendments made to the Scottish budget yesterday as finance secretary Derek Mackay reached an agreement that will see the financial plan passed at all stages by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 1 February 2018

MSP proposes social security amendments to guarantee payments

Green MSP Alison Johnstone has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government's Social Security Bill which are designed to ensure that everyone receives the payments they are due.

Published 22 January 2018

Airbnb boom ‘heaping pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock’

More than 30 landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Scotland’s capital which is adding to the pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock, new research has found.

Published 4 January 2018

Half of Scotland’s homes need repaired to tackle fuel poverty, say Greens

Fuel poverty will not be eliminated in Scotland until the government takes action to fix the one in two homes that have issues with weather-tightness and structural stability, a Green MSP has warned.

Published 3 January 2018

Scottish Greens launch Homes First campaign to control unregulated growth of short-term lets

A new campaign has been launched to control the “rapid and unregulated growth” of short-term lets which sees owners of residential properties offer them as holiday accommodation.

Published 7 November 2017

Edinburgh should be first city to be declared a rent pressure zone, say Greens

The City of Edinburgh Council should be at the head of the queue to use new legal powers to tackle soaring rents in the private rented sector, the city’s Green councillors have argued.

Published 3 October 2017

Tax derelict land to tackle housing crisis, finds Scottish Greens report

Giving local councils the power to tax the 20,000 football pitches’ worth of vacant and derelict land in Scotland could generate £200 million a year to build affordable homes and tackle the housing crisis, according to research by the Scottish Greens.

Published 19 September 2017

Landlords ‘avoid paying millions in tax’ with short-term Edinburgh festival lets

Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival, according to an MSP.

Published 4 August 2017

Scottish Green Party launches general election manifesto

The Scottish Green Party launched its general election manifesto yesterday, promising to fight for the principles of truly affordable homes, with rent controls and better rights for tenants.

Published 30 May 2017

Greens call for regulation to halt rise of holiday lets in Edinburgh city centre

Around half of the homes in Edinburgh city centre will be holidays lets by 2050 if current trends continue, the Scottish Green Party has suggested.

Published 8 May 2017

Greens council manifesto makes affordable homes a priority

The Scottish Green Party has launched its national manifesto for the local council elections, prioritising new homes that are affordable, low-carbon and connected to local services.

Published 12 April 2017