Kevin Stewart MSP

Kevin Stewart MSP

Written 11 posts

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

Delivering high-quality, efficient homes for all – Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

15th June 2018

Everyone deserves to live in a home that is high-quality, efficient and affordable, and this is why we are committed to delivering suitable homes for communities across Scotland. Since 2007 we have delivered more than 76,500 affordable homes and are also on track to reach our target of at least 50,000 affordable homes over the…

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Transforming the use of Temporary Accommodation: Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart

1st June 2018

Ending rough sleeping and homelessness are national priorities for this Government as part of our drive to create a fairer Scotland. There has been a 40% fall in homelessness applications since 2010 and that is largely due to the innovative and person centred approaches being taken across the country. Where homelessness does occur, Scotland has…

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Changes in the Private Rented Sector – May 2018

23rd May 2018

It’s just over six months since the Scottish Government introduced the new Private Residential Tenancy and it’s important that everyone renting privately, or thinking about it, knows about these changes and their new rights. Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies (existing short assured tenancies…

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Eradicating fuel poverty: Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart

21st May 2018

Eradicating fuel poverty is crucial to making Scotland fairer and that is why we will shortly introduce the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill, which many will know as the Warm Homes Bill, will enshrine in legislation our long term ambition to eliminate fuel poverty. Of course, fuel poverty is about…

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Ending homelessness

29th March 2018

This week I chaired the first meeting of our newly refreshed Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group (HPSG). The group has been re-convened to oversee the work of the Scottish Government, local government and partners to end homelessness in Scotland for good. I am looking forward to taking action through this forum in partnership with colleagues…

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Registered property factors- consultation on a draft revised Code of Conduct

21st December 2017

Property factors play an important role in housing in Scotland. They help many homeowners ensure that the shared spaces connected to their property- roofs, communal stairways, shared gardens and so on are properly maintained. The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 established a framework to better protect homeowners who use factoring services. The 2011 Act created…

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We’re changing private renting for the better

22nd November 2017

From 1 December a new private residential tenancy will be introduced, giving greater security to tenants and safeguards for landlords. This new type of tenancy will have no end date and can only be ended either by a tenant giving written notice to their landlord or by the landlord using one of 18 grounds for…

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Housing has the power to change lives

21st September 2017

As Housing Minister I have seen first-hand the difference the right home in the right place can make to an individual, a couple or a family. Last month I opened a new housing association development and one of the families I spoke to, whose child has autism, told me their new home and its garden…

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Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

5th September 2017

Legislation will support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes I’m delighted that legislation to support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes and protect the Scottish Government’s budget has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill responds to last year’s decision by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that Registered…

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Polnoon – a model for housing development

11th May 2017

I appreciate that a blog about a new housing development might not initially seem the most exciting of topics, but after my visit last week to the Polnoon housing development in East Renfrewshire, I hope as you read on you’ll be as enthused as I am about it! As we all know, good-quality, well-planned housing…

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