Mary Fee MSP has blasted the Scottish Government for failing to back plans to make private rents in Scotland fairer during the recent passing of the Housing (Scotland) Bill in the Parliament.
The West of Scotland MSP supported Scottish Labour proposals to limit rent reviews to once a year and to cap how much rents could rise by, however the proposals were voted down by the SNP and Conservatives.
Mary Fee, also Scottish Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, said the proposals would have offered relief to the 7,000 private renters in Renfrewshire struggling with spiralling housing costs.
The West Scotland MSP has pledged to continue campaigning to reform the market, and insisted that the Scottish Government had got it wrong by ignoring the concerns of private renters.
Mary Fee MSP said;
“This was a bitterly disappointing move from the Scottish Government; they had no interests in listening to the concerns of private renters and have no plan in place to tackle poverty in the sector.
“Rents are rising fast in Scotland, racing ahead of inflation. The challenge of the cost of living is placing a tremendous burden and our proposals would have helped thousands of families across Renfrewshire and more across Scotland.
“There are 7,000 private renters Renfrewshire these proposals would have offered some relief to people who are struggling with housing costs. People are choosing between heating their homes and the weekly shop to pay rent, it was absolute madness to ignore their concerns.
“The Scottish Government, including Derek Mackay, was wrong to vote with the Tories rather than in the interests of families renting in Renfrewshire North & West.
“I will not give up on renters as local SNP MSP’s have, and will continue to make the case for fair rents in Renfrewshire and across Scotland.”