Scottish Green Party

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

Scottish Greens pledge to build 12,000 affordable homes and end fuel poverty

The Scottish Greens have launched their 2016 election manifesto, vowing to build more homes, make rent fairer and end fuel poverty.

Published 13 April 2016

Private Tenancies Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation that will modernise the private rented sector (PRS) was passed last night by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 18 March 2016

UK Budget: SFHA welcomes LHA cap delay for supported tenants

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the reiteration by the UK government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year.

Published 17 March 2016

Majority of Scots want next Scottish Government to make renewables a priority

Renewables has come out top of a new poll that asked people in Scotland which energy source the next Scottish Government should prioritise.

Published 1 March 2016

Majority of Scots support points-based rent controls, Green survey reveals

The Scottish Green Party has stepped up its calls for action on the cost of renting a home as a new poll revealed most Scots support a points-based system of rent controls.

Published 17 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill amendments ‘welcome, but not enough’, say campaigners

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.

Published 10 February 2016

Minister agrees to explore case for vacant land assessment

Land reform minister Aileen McLeod has agreed to investigate the options for bringing Scotland's 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict land into use for housebuilding.

Published 4 February 2016

Support surge for Green plan to tax vacant land ahead of Land Reform debate

A Scottish Green party petition to bring Scotland's derelict and vacant land back in use for housebuilding has gathered over 1,300 signatures in just one week.

Published 27 January 2016

Greens make amendments to land reform bill in effort to boost housebuilding

The Scottish Greens have lodged amendments to the Scottish Government's Land Reform Bill which the party believes will toughen the legislation and help increase housebuilding.

Published 18 January 2016

Scottish Budget: £90m increase to affordable housing fund and tax on second homes

The Scottish Government has announced a year-year increase of £90 million to its affordable housing budget to help it achieve its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes during the next parliament.

Published 17 December 2015

Greens call for empty homes to be used to aid homelessness

Patrick Harvie, MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has called on the Scottish Government and local authorities to use all their powers to ease Scotland's housing and homelessness crises by putting empty properties back in use.

Published 2 December 2015

Plight of Lorne St tenants raised in Scottish Parliament

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian region, has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament calling for financial support for the 200 tenants of Lorne Street in Leith who face being evicted from their homes by the charity that owns their flats.

Published 10 November 2015