Election: Scottish Greens pledge more empty property powers for councils

Patrick Harvie

Scottish Greens have pledged to give councils more powers to improve local services and bring vacant properties back into use.

The party wants local authorities to be given more support to take bus companies in-house and introduce local taxation reforms.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The Scottish Greens have worked hard to grant councils new ways to raise revenue but it’s clear Scotland remains too centralised.

“Greens will oppose ministerial vetoes over locally-made decisions, but we need to give councils more power too.

“For example, Highland council is responsible for an area the size of Belgium but is offered far too few opportunities to make decisions based on local needs.

“Local authorities should be supported to set up local bus companies and tackle local energy needs. They need more powers to bring empty properties into use, and make sure developments are on vacant or derelict brownfield sites rather than on green belts.”

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