Scottish Green Party



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

New research highlights increasing affordability of improving Scotland’s coldest homes

Basic improvements to Scotland’s draughtiest private homes can be made for as little as £1,000 per property, new figures have revealed.

Published 6 November 2015

Ending fuel poverty will take 28 years at current pace, warn Greens

The Scottish Greens are urging ministers to dramatically increase investment in energy efficient housing to help the near-one million families unable to keep their homes warm.

Published 2 November 2015

Green Party calls for more government commitment to warm homes

The Scottish Green Party has described yesterday’s ministerial statement on Scotland’s greenhouse gas emission targets as a missed opportunity to show real commitment to energy efficient housing as part of efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty.

Published 28 October 2015