Scottish Liberal Democrats main housing promises:
To make homes more energy efficient and end fuel poverty
To build 60,000 affordable homes
To take forward Housing First and Rapid Rehousing principles
To bring neglected property and land back into use
To bring forward legislation to prevent homelessness.
In their manifesto, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have stated that their “intentions are to end homelessness, child poverty and fuel poverty”.
To do so, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have promised to:
Support rural areas by:
- Extending and expanding the Rural Housing Fund and the Island Housing Fund.
Make homes more energy efficient and warmer by:
- Bringing forward an Energy Efficiency and Zero Carbon Bill to underpin a new zero carbon homes strategy.
- Setting a target for all homes in Scotland to have insulation by 2030, accompanied by doubling fuel poverty budgets.
- Scaling up investment in energy efficiency and low carbon heating for Scotland’s homes.
- Switching a million from mains gas to heat pumps by 2030.
- Setting a target for all new social housing, including affordable homes to be built to Passivhaus standards by 2025.
“Tackle social and economic injustices that limit freedom” by:
- Establishing a programme to build 60,000 affordable homes. Aiming to build 40,000 homes for social rent in the next five years.
- Creating a new Help to Renovate loan scheme to bring neglected properties back into use, focussing on helping first-time buyers onto the market.
- Introducing permitted development rights that allow for urban derelict land and rural farm buildings to be used for zero emission homes.
- Bringing forward legislation which would strengthen the duties on public bodies to prevent homelessness.
- Giving powers to local authorities to manage the number of second homes in their area and introducing a short-term let licencing system.
- Ending homelessness by taking forward the Housing First and Rapid Rehousing principles.
- Establishing a Scottish Standard for Housing to apply across all forms of tenure.
- Introducing a new Scottish social security benefit to tackle fuel poverty.