by Ciaran Roarty
One in three households in East Renfrewshire live in fuel poverty and one in ten live in extreme fuel poverty. At the same time, almost half of the homes in our area – 45% – fail the Scottish Housing Quality Standard ‘Energy Efficient’ criteria. There’s clearly a lot of work to be done to bring our housing stock’s energy efficiency up to scratch!
The Scottish Green Party will introduce a new programme of housing improvements to deliver warm homes for all: increasing energy efficiency and retrofitting to ensure that all properties have an Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2020.
But there’s more to good homes than heating. In East Renfrewshire, 31% of households have one or more members of the household who are Long Term Sick or Disabled. In 5% of those households a Long Term Sick or Disabled person is restricted in their lifestyle by their dwelling with 4% of households requiring adaptation.
Scotland Can provide good quality homes for all
In addition to pledging to build 60,000 socially rented homes over the course of the next parliament, we have policies designed to increase the amount of land that’s available to build on, make sure councils get more for their money by making it cheaper for them to purchase this land, and to attract investment from pension funds.
We have also proposed to create a watchdog to protect the rights of private tenants, and will push for apprenticeships in retrofitting new homes in order to improve the quality of the housing stock we have and provide job opportunities for the next generation.
If you have an issue with your home and you feel the East Ren Greens could help make your voice heard, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org