Scottish Labour

Sarah Boyack named local government spokesperson in Scottish Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ former head of public affairs Sarah Boyack has been named Scottish Labour's spokesperson on local government on her return to parliamentary politics.

Published 3 September 2019

Government urged to address ‘housing emergency’ as homeless applications rise to 100 a day

Homelessness applications in Scotland rose by 3% to 100 a day in the past year while the number of households and children in temporary accommodation also increased, new figures have revealed.

Published 27 June 2019

Scottish Labour set to vote against Planning Bill

Scottish Labour has said that it will vote against the Planning (Scotland) Bill at its final stage today, warning that it has become "a missed opportunity to deliver transformative change".

Published 20 June 2019

Ministers face Planning Bill headache as legislation reaches final stage of scrutiny

Ministers are being urged to go further in its attempts to deliver change to Scotland’s planning system but have also faced calls that last minute amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill could “derail” the system altogether.

Published 18 June 2019

Scottish Government urged to 'fully commit' to housing co-ops

The Scottish Government should "fully commit" to housing co-operatives to help tackle Scotland's housing crisis, opposition MSPs have said.

Published 13 June 2019

Scottish Labour brings forward private rent reform bill

A proposal for a Bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases and to increase the availability of information about rent levels has been introduced by Scottish Labour.

Published 15 May 2019

Call for direct landlord payments of Universal Credit amid low take-up figures

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to use the new powers over social security to ensure automatic payment of the Universal Credit housing element to landlords.

Published 15 April 2019

Number of children in PRS living in severe poverty doubles in a decade

Scottish Labour has condemned a lack of affordable homes and “rip-off” private rents it said are driving more families into poverty.

Published 11 April 2019

Scottish Labour amendments to bring forward fuel poverty elimination target

Amendments to the Scottish Government’s Fuel Poverty Bill to set a target to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland by 2032 will be tabled this week by Scottish Labour.

Published 25 March 2019

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