Scottish Labour

'No time to waste' on tenant hardship grant, says Labour’s Mark Griffin

Scottish Labour’s housing spokesperson Mark Griffin has written to housing secretary Shona Robison to demand that the Scottish Government move faster to get the Tenant Hardship Grant Scheme up and running.

Published 23 August 2021

Government urged to help tenants in arrears avoid eviction

Scottish Labour has called for immediate support to be given to tenants in rent arrears to avoid a "tidal wave of evictions" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of court actions recovering properties for non-payment.

Published 16 August 2021

Scottish Labour highlights 'shameful' mental health and homelessness link

The number of people with mental health problems assessed as homeless or at risk of it has almost doubled since 2013-14, according to new statistics.

Published 27 July 2021

Council homelessness services 'at breaking point' as casework rises 10% 

Homelessness services provided by local authorities may be unable to cope with a future spike in homelessness when pandemic restrictions are lifted, housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 30 June 2021

Scottish Government announces £10m grant fund for tenants in arrears due to COVID-19

The Scottish Government has announced a £10 million grant fund to support tenants who have fallen into rent arrears as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 June 2021

New fund required to support first time buyers, says Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour has called for a new fund to support people on buying their first home, after new figures exposed growing challenges in the housing market.

Published 21 June 2021

Eviction ban extension to levels 1 and 2 'imperative', says Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour has added its voice to calls for the Scottish Government to extend the eviction ban now that the whole of Scotland is in either level 2 or level 1.

Published 8 June 2021

Election: Housing forms key part of Scottish Labour's Climate Recovery Plan

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has today revealed his Climate Recovery Plan which sets out measures to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 including upgrading all homes to at least an energy efficiency rating of C or higher by 2030.

Published 8 April 2021

Heat Networks Bill set for Stage 3 debate

Proposed legislation to encourage greater deployment of heat networks in Scotland in order to help reduce emissions from heating homes and buildings will be debated at Stage 3 in the Scottish Parliament today.  

Published 23 February 2021

Huge spike in child homelessness sparks call for more homes and temporary accommodation limit

The Scottish Government has been urged to make a commitment to end the scandal of thousands of children living in temporary accommodation for months on end.

Published 9 February 2021

Housing minister urged to act now to prevent unfair evictions

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to revisit the Private Rented Tenancy regime to prevent landlords evicting tenants on unfair grounds following an award of the first wrongful termination order.

Published 26 January 2021

Scottish Labour unveils housing charter to protect and empower students

Students will be empowered to form tenants' unions and protected from unfair housing practices under new proposals unveiled by Scottish Labour.

Published 17 December 2020

Pauline McNeill calls for political support for Fair Rents Bill

Pauline McNeill MSP has stressed the 'urgent' need for rent controls as the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee completes its consultation into the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill.

Published 10 December 2020

GHA pays tribute to Maria Fyfe

One of GHA's first and longest-serving board members, Maria Fyfe, made a "huge and lasting contribution" to the transformation of housing in Glasgow, the Association has said.

Published 7 December 2020

Govan Law Centre increases pressure over Fair Rents Bill

Govan Law Centre has continued judicial review proceedings against the Scottish Parliament over the tabling of a Bill on rent increases.

Published 11 August 2020