A Scottish Labour government would create a scheme that would acquire empty homes and sell them to future homeowners for just £1, party leader Anas Sarwar has revealed. Labour estimates around 27,000 homes in the country are considered to be empty, and Anas Sarwar used the first day of th
All new-build homes in Scotland will soon have to meet the internationally recognised ‘Passivhaus’ standard after the Scottish Government agreed to progress legislation proposed by Scottish Labour MSP Alex Rowley. The Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bil
Scottish ministers have been accused of “dragging their heels” over the removal of Grenfell-style cladding on public buildings as the bulk of the removal work is earmarked for 2025. The Scottish Government’s spending review pledged £180 million over three years to remove
Almost £20 million has been lost in tax breaks for short-term lets like AirBnBs in a single year, according to new figures. Many short-term let operators register to pay Non-Domestic Rates rather than Council Tax – but few have to pay this in full, with more than 80% receiving a full dis
Podcast: Evictions and the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Act with Daryl McIntosh, Mercedes Villalba MSP and Alison Bavidge
From 1 October, the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Act abolishes mandatory grounds for repossession and the First Tier Tribunal will only evict where the members believe it to be reasonable in the circumstances. Given these significant changes, Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay interviewe
Abolishing mandatory evictions is the subject of the latest episode of the SHN podcast. Co-host Jimmy Black predicts dramatic change will result ... A cynic might think that decades of rent controls, different rent controls, no rent controls and better tenancies have made little difference …
The Scottish Government has agreed to explore ways it can recover a cost-of-living rebate given to owners of second homes.
Scottish Labour has accused the Scottish Government of “damaging incompetence” as figures show years of decline in a flagship energy efficiency scheme. Open to certain pensioners, parents and pregnant women, disabled people, carers and veterans, the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme offe
A law to limit the number of acres that rich landowners are allowed to own in Scotland is to be proposed by an MSP.
Scottish Labour has published its manifesto for the upcoming Local Government elections with a pledge to make housing a national priority. According to the party, affordable housing “helps tackle poverty, improves health and wellbeing, and provides the stability and security people need for a
Cala Homes (West) has outlined its continuing commitment to investing in Glasgow’s city after welcoming Glasgow MSP and leader of the Scottish Labour Party Anas Sarwar to its Princes Quay site yesterday. Cala is delivering 203 high specification homes, including one-, two- and three-bedroom ap
Shelter Scotland has welcomed Scottish Labour’s commitment to eliminate homelessness but has urged politicians in both Holyrood and councils to “focus on delivery.” In his address to the party’s conference last week, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said ensurin
People over the age of 65 will receive free residential care under a new proposal to be unveiled by Scottish Labour today. Party leader Anas Sarwar will use today's Scottish Labour conference in Glasgow to announce the policy that he said will "transform" social care in Scotland.
Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to delay new heat and smoke alarm regulations amid mounting problems with grant support for the scheme.
An estimated 256 people died while experiencing homelessness in Scotland in 2020, according to new figures published by National Records of Scotland, with more than half of the deaths being drug-related.