This Could Be Home

Tax owners of derelict land to build the housing Scotland needs

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What’s the problem?

Scotland is facing a housing crisis. Too many people pay far too much for their homes and the cost of renting keeps going up. Yet wealthy developers are holding on to derelict land that could be used to build hundreds of thousands of new homes.

Owners of derelict land are currently exempt from paying tax on it. That means they can hold on to it for years without paying a penny, while elsewhere, the cost of land keeps going up, pushing house prices and rents ever higher.

What’s the solution?

Scottish Greens want to get the best use out of land, including the 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict land, sitting unused in Scotland today.

We’re calling on the Scottish Government to tax owners of derelict land and use the taxes raised to build the extra housing that Scotland desperately needs, without building a single home on the greenbelt.

What can you do?

Online

• Sign the petition calling on the Scottish Government to tax derelict land and build the homes Scotland needs

• Take photos of unused land that could be homes and tweet your pics with the hashtag #thiscouldbehome

• Ask your local authority for information on where the derelict land is in your area and who owns it. 

On the streets 

• Hold a street stall on the need to turn our derelict land into homes

• Stage an action on or near derelict land in your community, highlighting that it could be homes

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In November, Mr Wightman challenged Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing to introduce emergency legislation to prevent tenant farmers losing their businesses and homes.

Yesterday the Court of Session ruled that tenant farmers who face eviction because of flawed legislation are entitled to Government compensation.

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Thu 24 Nov, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (24 Nov) expressed concern after the Islands Minister Humza Yousaf confirmed that the Scottish Government has retreated from its plans to give local authorities statutory rights to Crown Estate coastal revenues.

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