Scottish Labour

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

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