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Councils must have powers on non-domestic rates

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 7 Aug, 2019

Consultation on Non-Domestic Rates

7 August 2019


Today, I have published a consultation that that will help inform the Scottish Greens’ scrutiny of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill 

The Scotsman and Press Freedom

Andy Wightman MSP Tue 23 Jul, 2019

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms associated with living in a democracy governed by the rule of law. In the UK we have long traditions of free speech and a free press. With the growth of social media platforms, unprecedented numbers of people have the ability to tell the world their stories.

Licensing of Short term Lets

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 12 Oct, 2018

On 12 September 2018, Ruth Davidson MSP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and myself wrote to Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local government and Housing to urge him to introduce a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) to Parliament that would provide local authorities the powers to licence short term lets. We attached a draft SSI to our letter.

Our letter together with draft SSI can be read here.

Today (12 October 2018), the Minister replied to us.

Legal challenge to short-term lets regulation

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 22 Aug, 2018

This week the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) launched Phase 3 of a crowdfunding campaign to fund litigation against the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Ministers in the Court of Session. The case follows an enforcement notice served by the council on the owner of 3F1, 14 Chancelot Terrace for an unapproved change of use from a flat to a short-term let. The owner appealed to Scottish Ministers who upheld the Council’s decision and the decisions of both the Council and Scottish Ministers are now being challenged in the courts.

Member's Bill Consultation Launched

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 29 Jun, 2018

I have launched a consultation on a proposal to introduce a Members’ Bill to the Scottish Parliament that would incorporate the European Charter on Local Self-Government into Scots law.


The European Charter of Local Self-Government is an international treaty of the Council of Europe which enshrines basic rules guaranteeing the political, administrative and financial independence of local authorities. It was ratified by the United Kingdom in 1998 and it came into force on 1 August 1998.


Ministerial Statement on FOI

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 13 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Information Commissioner today published a report [ ] [on the Scottish Government’s handling of Freedom of Information requests. It was highly critical and made nine recommendations  which the Government has accepted.


Shelter Report on Rent Regulation

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 7 Jun, 2018

Shelter report on Rent Regulation

A review of empty and second homes in Scotland

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 6 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Government needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes and second homes if it is to tackle the housing crisis, according to Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

Publishing a major new report on the issue, Mr Wightman reveals that over the last decade as homelessness has worsened, the proportion of empty homes in Scotland has risen, from 2.76 per cent to 3.05 per cent - a situation he describes as "incredulous".

Planning Bill - Existing Use Value

Andy Wightman MSP Tue 15 May, 2018

The Planning (Scotland) Bill is currently being scrutinised and debated within Parliament. I am proposing to table amendments to enable local authorities to acquire land for public-interest development at existing use value. Amendments will be considered at Stage 2 of the Bill in the latter part of June 2018. Because this proposal does not form part of the Bill, I am consulting on it in order to inform the drafting of the amendment and to establish views on the merits or otherwise of the proposition.

Article 50 January 2018

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 2 Feb, 2018

Article 50

This morning in the Court of Session, there will be a hearing on whether to give permission to proceed with a petition lodged by Andy Wightman MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Alyn Smith MEP, David Martin MEP, Catherine Stihler MEP, Christine Jardine MP and Joanna Cherry MP. The petition concerns a question in law - can Article 50 be unilaterally revoked by the UK Parliament? It asks the Court to refer this question to the Court of Justice of the European Union - the only Court than can provide an answer. Key documents are linked below.