Mon 4 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has called on the Scottish Government to extend the winter eviction ban, which is currently set to end on 22nd January.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon the West of Scotland MSP said that evicting people during a lockdown would be “downright dangerous” and called for the First Minister to extend the ban until April. This would bring it in line with the end of the furlough scheme.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“The winter evictions ban was introduced after pressure from tenants’ groups such as Living Rent and discussions between the Scottish Government and Green MSPs, but this will expire on 22nd January. It would be grossly unjust and downright dangerous to have people losing their homes during a lockdown and with the virus once again out of control. The Government must extend the evictions ban now and ensure it remains in place until at least the end of April.”

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