Kevin Stewart MSP

Kevin Stewart MSP

Written 17 posts

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

Collaboration over conflict – the only way for a modern Scottish planning system

30th October 2018

As stage 2 of the Planning Bill continues, the Local Government and Communities Committee will soon be looking at rights of appeal in planning.  This is about whether any person should have a right to have the decision reviewed, in the same way that the applicant can. This might sound simple, but it is not….

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Transforming Scotland’s Homes and Buildings

6th October 2018

We want everyone in Scotland to have access to good quality, warm and affordable housing. This will help to create a fairer country for everyone, with health and wellbeing improved. However, we know that some people can struggle with paying their fuel bills. Earlier this year, through the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland)…

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Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group

12th September 2018

Last week, the First Minister reiterated our commitment  to prevent, tackle and end homelessness with the publication of the Programme for Government. Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is now tasked with taking forward the 70 recommendations made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Myself and…

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Improving planning

12th September 2018

We can, and must, work together to improve planning in Scotland. Planning is sometimes characterised as a dry, technical pursuit with planners debating complex regulations and policy intentions in their own mysterious language and jargon. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.  People and planners really care about their places and every day, for…

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Winter actions on rough sleeping – Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

16th August 2018

I want Scotland to be a place where no-one needs to sleep rough and where everyone has place they can call home. This holds true no matter what time of year. But as we publish a summary report on the 2017-18 Winter Initiative and the improved outcomes this achieved for people at risk, my thoughts…

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Learning from others: Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

20th July 2018

It is unacceptable that anyone in a country like Scotland should find themselves homeless and I believe everyone needs a safe place they can call home. Everybody found to be homeless in Scotland is entitled to settled housing, yet still too many people struggle to access the accommodation and the services they need. That’s why…

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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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