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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Latest Campaign Updates

Progress on common land law

23 September, 2016 - 12:43

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Law Commission will consider the repeal of an archaic piece of legislation which allowed landowners to divide and privatise vast swathes of common land.

In January this year Green MSPs lodged amendments to the Land Reform Bill seeking to repeal the Division of Commonties Act 1695, resulting in ministers announcing a review of common land legislation.

Homelessness can happen to anyone

5 September, 2016 - 14:09

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today backed the call from Shelter to tackle levels of homelessness the charity describes as a "national badge of shame".

A poll commissioned by the charity found 54 per cent of Scots believe government could do more to address the problem. 

Where we expect to push Scottish Ministers to be bolder

5 September, 2016 - 10:09

With the Scottish Parliament returning from Summer Recess this week (w/b 5 Sep), the Scottish Greens are highlighting areas such as benefit sanctions, standardised testing in schools and local and national tax policy where they expect to push Scottish Ministers to be bolder.

With a minority Government and an enlarged group of 6 Green MSPs, the legislation and budgets brought forward in the coming months will present opportunities for cross-party working.