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'.
The talk will be at Biggar Snooker and Social Club, Howieson Square, Biggar (next to Arcadia Music).
Our Speaker will be Sarah Beattie-Smith, lead candidate for South of Scotland.
councillor Mark Ruskell, Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for Mid-Scotland and Fife, responds to a CommonSpace column by Calum miller calling for more debate on fracking. He convincingly argues that energy efficient housing is the only way to address fuel poverty and reduce GHG emissions.
Plannning Democracy campaigns for a fair and inclusive planning system in Scotland. They are a small but impressive charity with a strong belief that a robust, democratic planning system in crucial for shaping fairer and more sustainable places. They are currently campaigning for an Equal Right of Appeal as part of the Scottish Government's review of the planning system.
This annual publication is an accessible reference document which covers a wide range of enivronmental topics including: public attitudes and behaviours, global atmosphere, air quality, water quality, green space, waste and recycling; and is a helpful starting point for more detailed local research on the environmental impacts of energy, housing and transport policies.
Shelter Scoland campaign to prevent homelessness and improve housing policy across all strategic areas. There are a number of ways you can get involved and learn more about how homelessness, housing and inequalities are interlinked.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. In the last couple of years, they have done some insightful and challenging work on housing, poverty and climate justice in the UK.
A small, fairly prosperous rural town like Biggar probably isn't the sort of place which immediately springs to mind in the context of Land Reform. However, just one afternoon walking around a identified several issues where Land Reform would bring improvements to the community.