Scottish Green Party



CIH Scotland issues policy solution for government and landlords to avoid post-COVID spike in evictions

CIH Scotland has published new proposals as part of an urgent call to action to avoid a potentially disastrous spike in evictions once the current coronavirus protections end.

Published 1 June 2020

Evictions can still be carried out during lockdown, Greens warn

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has warned that tenants served eviction notices may still be cast out during the coronavirus lockdown after the party’s proposals to strengthen an emergency eviction ban were rejected by MSPs.

Published 3 April 2020

FOI emergency law ‘goes too far’

Proposed changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of emergency laws to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic go too far, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Published 2 April 2020

SFHA welcomes evictions measures in Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

Adjustments to the law on evictions to protect those renting their homes in the private and social sector have been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) while the Scottish Greens said they will attempt to strengthen the evictions ban even further.

Published 1 April 2020

Chancellor announces UK Government will pay workers wages amid coronavirus outbreak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement that the UK Government will pay the wages of employees unable to work due to the COVID-19 outbreak has been roundly welcomed.

Published 23 March 2020

MSP launches tool for reporting short-term lets

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has launched an online tool which allows people to report and track short-term let properties operating in their community.

Published 24 January 2020

Green MSP raises £10,000 for eviction legal challenge

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has successfully raised £10,000 to defend a constituent who is being evicted from the home he has lived in for 27 years.

Published 10 January 2020

Councils empowered to introduce short-term lets control areas

Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities, under measures to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 January 2020

Government questioned over ‘abandoned’ empty homes pledge

The Scottish Government has been criticised for abandoning its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

Published 5 September 2019

Government outlines green commitments in 2019-20 Programme for Government

A £3 billion Green Investment Portfolio and a vow to end polluting gas heating in new homes within five years are part of the Scottish Government’s next steps to tackle climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in Parliament yesterday.

Published 4 September 2019

Greens showcase need for ‘housing revolution’ in Scottish Green New Deal

A “housing revolution” to ensure warm and affordable homes forms part of a new campaign to transform Scotland’s economy unveiled by the Scottish Greens.

Published 30 August 2019

Greens in urgent call for change in way homes are heated

Urgent action is required to transform the way Scottish homes are heated amid the climate emergency, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 12 August 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

New benefit to tackle child poverty fast-tracked

The Scottish Government has brought forward a new benefit aimed to tackle child poverty by giving extra cash to low-income families.

Published 27 June 2019

Greens and Scottish Land & Estates draw battle lines for ‘fairer’ planning system

Scottish Green MSPs will stage a series of bids to overhaul Scotland’s planning system over three days of debate in the Scottish Parliament this week.

Published 17 June 2019