Category Archives: Housing

Failure to tackle fuel poverty

The number of people experiencing fuel poverty has increased since 2011 and it is not acceptable.   Rural off-grid fuel poverty is a particular challenge to be addressed. Adding to this, recent figures from StepChange Debt charity reveal that amongst their … Continue reading

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Debate on Fuel Poverty 

Last week I headed to the Chamber to debate the issue of fuel poverty. It is obvious now that the Scottish Government will not come close to meeting this year’s target to eradicate all fuel poverty, and the statistics on … Continue reading

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There is a housing crisis…

I am appalled by recent figures in Shelter Scotland’s report that children living in Scotland suffered nearly 1 million days of homelessness last year.  This is added to recent Local Authority figures which reveal that across South Scotland between 33% … Continue reading

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Review flood defence funding

My thoughts go out to all of those who have experienced the devastation caused by flooding over the last few weeks. As we have seen only too graphically, yet again, there are certain parts of South Scotland that are extremely … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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Shelter campaign highlights homeless children

In the build up to Christmas, housing charity Shelter Scotland is highlighting the impact of homelessness on young people across the country. The campaign draws attention to the fact that this year there will be 4,000 children waking up on … Continue reading

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Agreement reached to end bedroom tax in Scotland

As part of the budget passed in Parliament this week, the Scottish Government included additional funding to fully meet the cost of the bedroom tax. The decision follows more than a year of campaigning by Scottish Labour and others to … Continue reading

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Continuing calls to tackle the bedroom tax

I recently received an update from Loreburn Housing Association based in Dumfries & Galloway on its business plan for the years ahead. In common with social housing providers across the region and across the entire country, Loreburn acknowledge a number … Continue reading

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Concern as areas overlooked by flood warnings

Over the festive period and into the New Year, we have seen difficult weather conditions across the country with persistent high winds and rain. The weather has once again caused considerable disruption to households and businesses across South Scotland. Last … Continue reading

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Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

I have added my support to a new campaign from Shelter Scotland calling for action to protect people from the impact of the bedroom tax. The ‘Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster‘ sets out a six point action plan to help … Continue reading

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