Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour to consider targeted replacement for Help to Buy

A report from Scottish Labour’s Housing Commission has recommended the party scrap and replace Help to Buy with a more targeted scheme to help first time buyers of lower incomes.

Published 11 March 2019

Number of Scots still renting their home when retired has doubled

The number of people still privately renting their home after they have retired has doubled in the last decade, according to new figures.

Published 4 January 2019

Labour launches Christmas campaign to tackle fuel poverty

One in four Scottish households will spend Christmas in fuel poverty, according to a new campaign launched today by Scottish Labour.

Published 3 December 2018

Average rents increase in all but four areas across Scotland

The average rent for a two bedroom property rose in the past year in all but four areas across Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

Published 28 November 2018

Holyrood committee votes against planning appeal amendments

Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process.

Published 8 November 2018

Almost half of people made homeless due to rent arrears lived in private sector

Almost half of people made homeless in Scotland due to rent arrears in the last year lived in the private rented sector (PRS), new analysis has shown.

Published 20 August 2018

Private rented sector tenants living in poverty up 75% in a decade

The number of people in the private rented sector (PRS) who are living in poverty has increased by 75% over the past decade, according to new analysis.

Published 16 August 2018

12,000 new social homes needed every year to tackle poverty and inequality, says Labour

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard will visit Parkhead Housing Association today to announce his party’s pledge to build at least 12,000 homes for social rent a year.

Published 14 August 2018

Bid to introduce new public right to appeal planning decisions

Scottish Labour is to put forward plans to introduce new rights for communities over planning decisions, in a bid to “level the playing field” between developers and the public.

Published 24 May 2018

Social housing sprinkler plan receives overwhelming support

Proposals for mandatory fire sprinklers in new-build social housing have been met with overwhelming public support, Scottish Labour has revealed.

Published 23 May 2018

Private rents rising faster than wages, Scottish Labour warns

Scottish Labour is maintaining its recent push for the cost of private renting to be controlled with new analysis which reveals that the cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers’ wages over the last five years.

Published 16 April 2018

Private renters increasingly squeezed into overcrowded properties, finds Scottish Labour

The number of overcrowded households in the private rented sector has more than doubled since 2012, according to new analysis from Scottish Labour.

Published 3 April 2018

Consultation to be launched on ‘Mary Barbour Law’ on private renting

Scottish Labour’s proposed plans to introduce a ‘Mary Barbour Law’ to protect people renting in the private sector will be put out for public consultation within weeks.

Published 26 March 2018

Labour would boost council housebuilding and enforce ‘fair rents’ – Richard Leonard

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has pledged to bring forward legislation at Holyrood to further reform the private rented sector and build more new council homes.

Published 12 March 2018

National Housing Trust scheme criticised for ‘reviving Right to Buy’

The Scottish Government has been accused of “reviving the Right to Buy” policy after it was revealed that homes delivered through its National Housing Trust (NHT) scheme can be sold off and removed from public ownership.

Published 16 February 2018