As South Lanarkshire's housing strategy closed for comments describing East Kilbride's situation as 'chronic', Greens support its call for consultation on 'Pressured Area Status'. This would protect existing social housing by cancelling the right to buy for new tenancies. With housing budget cuts greater than ever, SLC's strategy predicts that we cannot afford to build enough housing to meet anywhere near the demand in East Kilbride.
The strategy also highlights the challenge of increasing fuel poverty. The council was awarded grants under the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, negotiated by Green MSPs in a previous budget, where every home, no matter if owned or rented, gets energy improvements.