Press release: soaring rents shows need for rent controls

Rising private rents across Scotland reveal the failure of the SNP’s flagship rent pressure zones policy and the need for proper rent controls, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has said. New stats published by the Scottish Government  show that…

Pentland Hills Regional Park: outdoor infrastructure survey

In September 2020, the Scottish Parliament held a debate on ‘dirty camping’. Many MSPs spoke out against the poor behaviour their constituents had witnessed over the summer. This behaviour was caused not only by a lack of understanding about how…

Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019

Reading time: 5 minutes The Scottish Parliament is being asked to delay the implementation of regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This follows an upswell in public concern over ‘new rules’ about fire alarms in privately owned homes. But…

European Charter of local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

In May 2020, I introduced the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The Local Government and Communities Committee is currently consulting on the Bill as part of the Stage One scrutiny process.