Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process. MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee voted against a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s
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. A total of 46% of homelessness applications were made due to either rent arrears or defaulting on payments come from the PRS, despite private-rented
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. Scottish Government data has revealed that 160,000 people in the sector were living in relative poverty during the three year period between 20
Richard Leonard 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.
Monica Lennon 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.
Image by Brandon Leon – Flickr: Day 25: Fire Sprinkler, CC BY-SA 2.0 Proposals for mandatory fire sprinklers in new-build social housing have been met with overwhelming public support, Scottish Labour has revealed.
Pauline McNeill MSP 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.
The number of overcrowded households in the private rented sector has more than doubled since 2012, according to new analysis from Scottish Labour. A property is considered overcrowded if there are insufficient bedrooms to meet the occupants’ requirements.
Pauline McNeill MSP 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.
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.
Homes delivered through the NHT initiative 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.
An MSP is proposing to bring forward legislation to make the installation of sprinklers mandatory in all new-build social housing. David Stewart, a Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, is bringing in a member’s bill which would place a duty on local authorities and Registered Social Landlords
Image courtesy of the Rock Trust 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.
The Scottish Government is set to miss its own targets for building affordable housing by thousands of homes, according to the Scottish Labour Party. Using its own analysis of the latest figures, the party said rates of home completions are far below what is needed to reach targets set just last yea
Sally Thomas 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.