Scottish Green Party

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

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