Scottish Green Party

Report reveals short-term let problems facing Edinburgh

A report detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Scotland’s capital has been published by a Green MSP.

Published 7 April 2017

Quarterly housing statistics stir debate on focus of tenure for housing delivery

Housebuilders have called for the Scottish Government to adopt an all tenure approach to housing delivery after new figures revealed a fall in the number of new homes getting underway.

Published 15 March 2017

£160m budget boost for Scotland’s councils

Scotland’s local authorities are to benefit from an additional £160 million investment to spend on local priorities over the next year as part of the Scottish budget process.

Published 3 February 2017

More affordable housing and closer joint working needed to end homelessness

Scotland’s social housing sector has said that more affordable housing is desperately required to reverse the 17 per cent increase in the number of children living in temporary accommodation.

Published 18 January 2017

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months since it was introduced, a report has found.

Published 19 December 2016

Greens disappointed at vote on fuel poverty budget increase

Scottish Green Party MSPs have expressed disappointment after Holyrood's other main parties voted against proposals to allocate more than the proposed £125 million per year to eradicate fuel poverty.

Published 17 November 2016

Blog: Eight tools to tackle fuel poverty

Ahead of yesterday’s Scottish Parliament debate on fuel poverty, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman says it’s time to consider what more can be done to steward our housing wealth as a public asset into homes that are warm, watertight and fit for the future.

Published 17 November 2016

Coalition calls for an end to scourge of Scotland’s cold homes

A coalition is urging the Scottish Government to substantially increase the funding available to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes ahead of a debate today in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 16 November 2016

Councils spend ‘hundreds of millions’ servicing £11.5bn of long-term debt

Scotland’s councils are spending more than half of the money they bring in from Council Tax simply to pay interest on debts, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 16 November 2016

Call to use disposed army bases for affordable housing

Scottish Ministers have been urged to intervene in the proposed sell-off of Scottish defence sites to ensure the land is used to help tackle the country’s affordable housing shortage.

Published 10 November 2016

Continued growth in PRS indicative of ‘dysfunctional’ housing supply

Statistics showing that the Scottish private rented sector has almost tripled since Holyrood was established show how “dysfunctional” the country’s housing supply has become, according to the Scottish Greens housing spokesperson.

Published 28 September 2016

Scottish Greens call for action on cost of land

Andy Wightman MSP, housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, used the debate on housing at Holyrood to urge Scottish ministers to stop developers inflating the cost of land.

Published 14 September 2016

Crisis hails progress on homelessness in Scotland but warns rough sleepers could be ‘falling off radar’

Crisis, a national charity for homeless people, has questioned whether the statistics published yesterday show the real extent of homelessness in Scotland.

Published 29 June 2016

Greens propose housing and tenant rights commissioner

The Scottish Green Party has revealed plans to appoint a housing and tenant rights commissioner to provide a more co-ordinated approach to housing.

Published 3 May 2016