Scottish Labour want ‘Mary Barbour’ law for the PRSMake Text Bigger
The Scottish Labour party want to bring in far reaching rent control laws using a Private Members bill based around the early campaigning of Mary Barbour.
“Mary Barbour first became politically active after joining and becoming an active member of the Kinning Park Co-operative Guild. Her political activism began in earnest leading the South Govan Women’s Housing Association during the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, when she actively organised tenant committees and eviction resistance. The protestors became known as Mrs Barbour’s Army.” Wikipedia
On top of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act which restricts rent rises to once a year the proposals in the Bill would include:
- Linking rents to average wages
- Giving tenants the power to challenge rents and submit claims for rent reductions
There would need to be a consultation in addition, but Pauline McNeill, Labour housing spokesperson, said: “There is a housing crisis in Scotland. There is a lack of affordable public housing and so people are forced to rent privately and as a result are paying rip-off rents which stops them saving for a deposit to buy their own home.
“Rent controls are vital to stop this happening and to give people hope that they can have secure, affordable tenancies.”
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