“Whereas austerity slashed the bonds of reciprocity between the state and the citizen, the extension of debt obligations into private households with collapsing incomes creates new relations of domination.”
Living Rent members are petitioning to strip cleaning giant ISS of its contract with Edinburgh City Council after low-rise flats are not cleaned for the duration of the lockdown.
Hygiene in Low-Rise Flats Poses High Risk During Pandemic
Nicola Sturgeon announced that the eviction ban in Scotland is to be extended until March 2021, however there have been 350 eviction orders applied for already, with many more expected.
Evictions Ban Extended, but Renters Still Left Unprotected
“The latest side-stepping of protections for tenants comes at a time when they are suffering through the lockdown economy.”
Analysis: Rentier Parliament? How Scots’ demands for fairer rents were locked-out
“It’s hard to see now what is going to prevent a tidal wave of evictions sweeping people into homelessness services” – Director of Shelter Scotland.
The Battle Against Homelessness Post-Coronavirus
It is a grim irony that on the day it was announced that Heriot-Watt University had removed the Salmond “rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scotland’s students” stone, the Scottish Parliament had one of its most dire day’s on historical record. Many university Principals are now […]
A grim day in Holyrood
An important set of housing proposals will go before the Scottish Parliament today. Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman is proposing a number of amendments to the Coronavirus Bill to support tenants, including a hardship fund, that rent arrears accrued during the crisis can’t be used as grounds for eviction when the eviction ban is lifted, […]
A housing test of the Scottish Parliament
Here is the plain reality of the economic situation. The economy is going to be to one extent or another shutdown for months. We don’t know to what extent, and we don’t know how many months. But we know that the economy we have is sufficiently fragile that it can’t go on like that for […]
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay
“The Scottish Government must seriously consider how much of the nation’s welfare it is prepared to endanger in an effort to keep those who profit from the private rented sector sweet”