Scottish Labour

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

MSP to consult on law for mandatory sprinklers in all new social housing

An MSP is proposing to bring forward legislation to make the installation of sprinklers mandatory in all new-build social housing.

Published 16 January 2018

Kezia Dugdale to donate funds from I’m a Celebrity stint to homelessness charity

Kezia Dugdale, who is appearing on this year’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! series, is to donate her MSP salary to the Rock Trust, which supports young people at risk of or affected by homelessness in Scotland.

Published 23 November 2017

Scottish Government ‘on course’ to miss affordable housing targets

The Scottish Government is set to miss its own targets for building affordable housing by thousands of homes, according to the Scottish Labour Party.

Published 14 November 2017

SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

Calls for tougher energy targets for PRS homes

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to introduce tougher targets to make private rented homes more energy efficient.

Published 8 August 2017

Government accused of ‘underestimating’ scale of Scottish housing crisis

The Scottish Government is underestimating social housing demand in Scotland by around 30%, according to new analysis from Scottish Labour.

Published 4 August 2017

Help to Buy isn’t helping working people, claims Scottish Labour

Scottish Labour has criticised the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy scheme for only providing a boost to the affluent after new figures revealed that the average income of households participating in the scheme was £46,000.

Published 10 July 2017

Labour-run councils can ‘lead the way’ in delivering the homes Scotland needs

Scottish Labour has called for a co-ordinated approach to be brought forward across the country to support the delivery of affordable housing and to tackle homelessness.

Published 19 April 2017

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour.

Published 4 January 2017

Scottish Labour makes plea for new fuel poverty elimination target

Scottish Labour is to use an upcoming Holyrood debate to call for a new target to eliminate fuel poverty after the Scottish Government failed to meet its pledge to eradicate the problem.

Published 14 November 2016

Scottish Labour vows to end the housing crisis in manifesto

Scottish Labour has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election, pledging to end the housing crisis by helping first-time buyers to save for a deposit, tackling rip-off rent rises and building 60,000 affordable homes.

Published 28 April 2016