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Scottish Liberal Democrats: Rent increases underpinned by housing crisis

November 14, 2017 1:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said SNP ministers should re-establish social renting as a long term option for people and introduce new Help to Renovate loans after it was revealed that rents continue to soar in parts of Scotland.

New Scottish Government statistics showed there has been a 4.4% increase in average 2 bedroom monthly rents in the last year. The average rent increases in Lothian and Glasgow have been more than twice the rate of inflation since 2010, adding around £200 a month to the rent on these properties.

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

"These statistics show private rent increases continue to outstrip the growth in people's paypackets. Far too many families are struggling to get by.

"There is little prospect of this changing until the SNP delivers on its housing promises."

"That is why ministers must now re-establish social renting as a long-term option by increasing the supply of these homes. A Help to Renovate loan could also encourage people to bring the tens of thousands of empty homes back into use."