We believe nobody should be forced to leave their home during this pandemic, especially during the coldest months of the year. It would have been grossly unjust and downright dangerous to have people losing their homes during a lockdown.
Working with Shelter, Living Rent and trade unions, we managed to secure an extension to the pandemic evictions ban through to 31 March 2021 to give protection and peace of mind to those at risk of homelessness this winter.
Scotland is decades behind many of our neighbours on tenants’ rights. Protections like a winter eviction bans are common across Europe. Putting people out of their homes in the cold of winter should be unacceptable whether there’s a pandemic raging on or not. We want to go further, ensuring winter evictions are permanently banned.
We can do better, we can ensure that everyone feels secure with a place to call their home, no matter what hard times they face. Every Green vote this year can get us closer to that future.