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

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.

Homes should be affordable for all

14 June, 2016 - 12:20

Responding to figures showing that 33,490 affordable homes were built during the last Parliamentary term, Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, highlighted the need to make all housing affordable.

House prices in Scotland increased 61 per cent between 2004 and 2014, while increasing rental costs have seen 210,000 Scots fall into poverty.

A real prospect of taking land reform forward in new and exciting directions

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 9 Jun

Following the Scottish election in May, the thoughts of those of us who want to see radical land reform in Scotland turn to the question of what next. As someone who has campaigned on the land question for over twenty years, my perspective is now utterly changed as a newly-elected MSP. This new Parliament is one of minorities with the initiative in the hands of any party that can develop, promote and secure agreement to take the next steps on the way to comprehensive land reform.

A great result for communities across Scotland at risk of fracking

1 June, 2016 - 17:36

Mark Ruskell, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, tonight welcomed the vote in Parliament in support of a ban on fracking.

Two years ago a ban was proposed in a debate brought by the Scottish Greens but all other parties voted against it.

Tonight SNP MSPs abstained on amendments from the Greens and Labour opposing fracking, resulting in a majority of MSPs in support of those amendments. The Green amendment also called for radical and ongoing reform to democratise land.