Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Responding to last week's News spotlight on East Kilbride's housing crisis, local Green candidate Kirsten Robb (East Kilbride East) is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to introduce private sector rent controls to help tackle poverty. The Private Housing (Tenancies) Act, introduced last year, permits local authorities to do this by declaring areas as 'rent pressure zones'.
An extreme lack of housing for social rent has led to a decades long waiting list, and forced people to pay sky-high rents in the private sector. Although there have been recent welcome commitments to build more social and affordable housing, these are insufficient to meet demand, and so private sector rent controls are needed to tackle poverty now.

Kirsten said, "I recently met a woman from Calderwood working two jobs just to cover the £450-a-month rent of her two bedroom flat. The cost of private renting is pushing people into poverty. That's why the Scottish Greens backed Living Rent's campaign for a national system of rent controls in our Holyrood manifesto last year."

"Until that is achieved, the recent government legislation allowing councils to introduce rent pressure zones should be used to control rents. I believe there is wider political support for this and, if elected as a local councillor in May, more social housing and improved conditions for private tenants, including rent controls, will be amongst my top priorities. I want to ensure no one is pushed into poverty by reckless rent increases."
Kirsten previously campaigned for South Lanarkshire Council to introduce pressured area status for East Kilbride which would have cancelled the right to buy for social housing at a local level so more homes would have been available for social rent. Labour-led SLC did not take this opportunity and it was eventually introduced nationwide by the Scottish Government last year.

For more information see the following:

Get involved

More like this


Wed 7 Mar, 2018

South Lanarkshire Greens have raised concerns after hearing complaints by SLC Facility staff that they have had to come in to work in schools on the recent severe weather warning days, despite police warnings stating that the public should only travel if absolutely essential, due to a risk to life. This is despite the fact that children and teachers throughout South Lanarkshire were given three 'snow days' off from Wednesday to Friday last week as schools closed.

Are the left wing of the SNP better aligned to the Scottish Green Party?

Brian Finlay Sun 28 Jan, 2018

Ask any Scottish Green Party (SGP) activist and they will tell you that we get the usual “I vote SNP so we can get independence” or “I support the Greens but we need to get independence first” rhetoric. The SNP receive the largest share of the pro-independence vote but a huge chunk of their voters are on the left of the party’s policies and political position of ‘centre-left’. It could be asserted that these voters would be better placed aligning themselves with the SGP who have ambitious policy to eradicate poverty and land ownership to name just two.

Universal Basic Income: tackling inequality and the automation of work….

Brian Finlay Thu 18 Jan, 2018

I am happy to read more positive coverage of Universal Basic Income (UBI) especially links with the current state of the economy and work as a solution to our problems. I write about this topic as it has had a huge amount of coverage mostly positive, apart from The Times writer Kenny Farquharson who labelled UBI as ‘state pocket money’, in most papers and political blogs.