A Scottish Labour MSP is to launch a consultation on legislation that would see all new-build housing meet the internationally recognised ‘Passivhaus’ standard. Fife MSP Alex Rowley is drawing up a proposal for a private member’s bill that would see all new housing constructed in S
Age Scotland has welcomed a Scottish Labour proposal calling for an increase in this year’s Winter Fuel Payment.
Scottish Labour’s housing spokesperson Mark Griffin has written to housing secretary Shona Robison to demand that the Scottish Government move faster to get the Tenant Hardship Grant Scheme up and running. The Tenant Hardship Grant Fund was announced on June 22, during a Holyrood debate on Cov
Scottish Labour has called for immediate support to be given to tenants in rent arrears to avoid a "tidal wave of evictions" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of court actions recovering properties for non-payment. The eviction ban, which doesn’t apply to evictions
The number of people with mental health problems assessed as homeless or at risk of it has almost doubled since 2013-14, according to new statistics. Analysis by Scottish Labour of the Scottish Government’s 2020-21 report on Homelessness in Scotland showed that measures introduced during
Homelessness services provided by local authorities may be unable to cope with a future spike in homelessness when pandemic restrictions are lifted, housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned. New figures published yesterday show that councils have seen a 10% increase in th
The Scottish Government has announced a £10 million grant fund to support tenants who have fallen into rent arrears as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Announcing the fund, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: "The Scottish Government has taken action from the outset to support
Scottish Labour has called for a new fund to support people on buying their first home, after new figures exposed growing challenges in the housing market. The Scottish Government’s housing statistics quarterly update, published last week, highlighted the impact the pandemic has had on house b
Scottish Labour has added its voice to calls for the Scottish Government to extend the eviction ban now that the whole of Scotland is in either level 2 or level 1. The current temporary regulations, which have been extended until the end of September, are in place only to protect tenants in level 3
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has today revealed his Climate Recovery Plan which sets out measures to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 including upgrading all homes to at least an energy efficiency rating of C or higher by 2030. In addition to reducing wasted energy when heating homes, M
Proposed legislation to encourage greater deployment of heat networks in Scotland in order to help reduce emissions from heating homes and buildings will be debated at Stage 3 in the Scottish Parliament today.
The Scottish Government has been urged to make a commitment to end the scandal of thousands of children living in temporary accommodation for months on end. Scottish Labour leadership candidate Anas Sarwar made the call after new analysis revealed the number of homeless children in Scotland has
Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to revisit the Private Rented Tenancy regime to prevent landlords evicting tenants on unfair grounds following an award of the first wrongful termination order. At present, there are concerns the standard of proof for evictions to be granted rema
Students will be empowered to form tenants' unions and protected from unfair housing practices under new proposals unveiled by Scottish Labour.
Pauline McNeill MSP has stressed the 'urgent' need for rent controls as the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee completes its consultation into the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill. The Bill, which was rejected by the committee earlier this year, was resurrected following pres