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Responding to last week's News spotlight on East Kilbride's housing crisis, local Green candidate Kirsten Robb (East Kilbride East) is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to introduce private sector rent controls to help tackle poverty. The Private Housing (Tenancies) Act, introduced last year, permits local authorities to do this by declaring areas as 'rent pressure zones'.
An extreme lack of housing for social rent has led to a decades long waiting list, and forced people to...

David McClemont, Green campaigner for Cambuslang, is calling for local authority debt to be written off after a report revealed the scale of the problem.
South Lanarkshire Council has £1,083,722,000 (over £1 billion) amount of long-term debt, including loans from the UK Treasury and private banks, and spends 56% of the money it brings in from Council Tax simply...

 
Last week the Scottish Parliament backed a Green MSP amendment (1) which supported raising £100 million extra for public services by tweaking the council tax bands of those who can most afford it. The amendment also, however, put on record the serious concerns about the council tax expressed across the political parties, local government itself and the public service unions.
East Kilbride Green campaigner, Kirsten Robb, said
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Mon, 2016-11-07

South Lanarkshire Greens are calling on the council tax to be scrapped and replaced with a system that helps build a fairer, more equal community and hands power back to local government and local people, here in East Kilbride.
Last week the Scottish Parliament backed a Green MSP amendment (1) which supported raising £100 million extra for public services by tweaking the council tax bands of those who can most afford it. The amendment also, however, put on record...

In the light of revelations that 10 South Lanarkshire Secondary Schools built under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Finance model have had to make repairs due to structural defects (1), South Lanarkshire Greens reveal information which questions the construction quality and are calling on the council to undertake an independent inquiry to look into how the problems occurred, similar to that Green Councillors in Edinburgh asked for after the Edinburgh schools debacle earlier this year (2...