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Short Term Lets

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 7 Apr

REPORT REVEALS SHORT-TERM LET PROBLEMS FACING THE CAPITAL

Today I have published a Briefing detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Edinburgh. 

The Briefing reveals that there are more than 6200 properties available in Edinburgh for short term letting and that more than half of these are entire homes where the owner is not present.

Scotland's Choice Debate

gma16133 Thu 30 Mar

"We can puts as much power in the hands of the Scottish people to decide for themselves what path they choose."

On Tuesday the 28th of March Andy spoke in the Chamber during the Scotland's choice debate on behalf of the Green MSPs. Below is a link to the official report.

Official Report: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.asp . . .

Local Government Finance Order

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Mar

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2017 [draft] debate. 

He said, 'Not only is it important to have more transparent reporting... we need a completely new approach to local government finance' 

The link to the Official Report is below. 

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10830  

Social Enterprise Debate Closing Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Above is his closing speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Social Enterprise Debate Opening Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Below is his opening speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Planning Debate

gma16133 Thu 9 Feb

On the 26th of January Andy spoke on behalf of the Green MSPs in the 'Improving Scotland's Planning' debate.

Andy said 'we support a third party right of appeal in order to equalise the power relationship in the planning process' and that the existence of any right of appeal is an anachronism hanging over from the 1947 Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act. 

Forestry Debate- Opening Speech

gma16133 Wed 1 Feb

On Tuesday the 24th of January Andy spoke in the debate on Forestry and tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government motion.

Government motion:

Forestry Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 27 Jan

On Tuesday Andy spoke in the debate on Forestry and tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government motion.

Government motion:

General Questions: Short term holiday lets

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 19 Jan

Today during General Questions Andy asked the Scottish Government whether it will take action to regulate growth in short-term letting of residential property.

The Minister for Local Government and Housing gave the following answer: 
The Scottish Government has no plans to regulate the growth in short-term letting. However, we recognise that some concerns exist and we welcome the opportunity to engage further with stakeholders on the matter.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 19 Jan

Yesterday MSPs voted to oppose the Scottish Government's plans to abolish the board of Highlands and Islands enterprise.

Andy asked 3 critical questions of the Government, these are below along with the Minister's response.

1.Can the Cabinet Secretary explain how scrapping the board and amalgamating it with other agencies will ensure a continued focus on the Highlands and Islands?