SNP MP for
Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, has signed Shelter Scotland’s petition
to enshrine the right to a decent home in Scots Law and backed calls from tenants’
union, Living Rent, for rent controls on private lets.
campaign was launched after research conducted by YouGov for Shelter Scotland
found that 88% of people surveyed agreed that everyone in Scotland should have
a legal right to a safe, secure and affordable home and that 76% support a new
law being created in Scotland for adequate housing for everyone in the country.
has also backed calls from Scotland’s tenants’ union, Living Rent, to introduce
rent controls on the private sector which was backed by 12,000 petitioners in
March this year.
says that while the Scottish Government pledged to build 50,000 affordable
homes over the course of this Parliament, 35,000 of which would be for the
social rented sector, access to housing can be widened and household incomes
can be increased if the cost of rents in the private sector are made affordable
with rent controls.
from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that families living in
private rented accommodation and receiving Local Housing Allowance were
struggling to find and afford homes in their area after the UK Government froze
LHA in 2016.
19.5 per cent of the market was available to Scottish families – 10.5 per cent
lower than what is supposed to be.
Mrs Fellows said:
twenty-first century country is able to provide the bare necessity of a home to
everyone. We have civil rights such as the right to vote, free speech and
assembly. Social rights – like a right to a home – must be equally protected.
struggle under Tory austerity, Universal Credit, stagnating incomes and high
costs of living, rent controls can ensure the people with the broadest
shoulders take weight off people without homes and renters who tend to have low
incomes and take part in precarious work.
Scottish Government is leading the way in building thousands of affordable
homes, but people are still struggling to afford the private sector. We can do
more to tackle homelessness and financial inequality with rent controls and
ensure the human right to a home is realised.”
for Living Rent said:
Rent warmly welcomes Marion Fellows’ endorsement of our proposal for the rent
controls that Scotland needs. It is heartening to see that in conjunction with
Shelter Scotland’s proposal to solidify housing as a human right, there is
proper consideration being given for the number one impediment to a decent
home: the cost.
“We would encourage other SNP MP’s and MSP’s to follow Marion’s lead and begin the process for implementing a system of rent controls that ensures the private rented sector meets the housing rights of tenants across Scotland.”E