2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of empty homes. (S5O-03432)
Since 2010, only 4,340 homes have been brought back into use. At the current rate of progress, we will have to wait 173 years until all the empty homes in Scotland are in use. Local authorities have a role, but surely the minister must recognise that national leadership is key, that legislation might be required and that current funding may be insufficient to address the fact that more than...
I thank the cabinet secretary for providing advance sight of her statement. Across the board, means-tested payments have lower rates of take-up than universal payments. Child benefit, which is a trusted and well-known source of support, is claimed by around 95 per cent of eligible families. The Scottish Government’s own analysis suggests that it would achieve better coverage through child...
Green MSP for Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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