Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on housing

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at housing.


  • £3bn for 50,000 new affordable houses to be built over the next five years
  • at least 35,000 of these affordable houses will be for social rent
  • no cost to take a case before the new Housing and Property Tribunal - encouraging people to use the system and increasing access to justice
  • restore entitlement to housing support for 18-21 year olds

  • double the deposit of a first time buyer so that a couple each saving £100 per month can expect to have a £15,000 deposit after three years
  • build 60,000 affordable homes over the next five years, 45,000 of which will be for social rent through a council or housing association
  • protection for tenants in the private rented sector against bad landlords with tougher penalties and a ban on rip off rent rises
  • a Warm Homes Act to update regulations to ensure every home is warm and free from damp

  • ensure more than 100,000 new homes are built in Scotland over the course of the next parliament, about half of which would be classed as "affordable"
  • £1bn of funding to go towards meeting a fresh target for every home to have an energy efficiency rating of "C" or better by the end of the decade
  • reintroduce Right to Buy in Scotland and ring-fence all funds raised for future social house building

  • expand action to tackle fuel poverty and create warmer homes
  • increase the supply of affordable, rented housing
  • increasing the number of affordable homes by 50,000 over the next parliament
  • 40,000 of these would be for social rent rather than purchase

  • tax owners of derelict land and use the taxes raised to build the extra housing that Scotland desperately needs
  • enabling councils to buy land cheaply to "encourage the construction of more and better homes"
  • at least 12,000 new social rented homes to be built each year, and thousands more than that just to meet population growth and replace older housing
  • give councils the power to buy land for housing at 'existing use value', where land is valued according to its current use

  • target of 50,000 social and affordable houses to be built during the course of the next parliament
  • operate a "Brown Field First" policy, remove unnecessary barriers for building on brown field sites and accelerate the planning process
  • encourage local authorities to prioritise people with strong local connections when making housing allocations
  • support the principle of right to buy