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Greens remind voters of key plans
broken window on housing estate
Tackling poverty is a key Scottish Green Party pledge
Improving the energy efficiency of homes and tackling the issue of poverty have been on the agenda for the Scottish Green Party.

During the final weekend of the campaign, the party reiterated its seven key election pledges.

The party said it wanted to see an end to homelessness through the increased availability of social rented homes.

The Greens want to see binding targets to improve the overall energy efficiency of housing by 40% by 2020.

It would also enhance building standards for improved energy efficiency and would apply the "passive house" standard to ensure that new buildings are zero-carbon in use from 2011.

Energy efficiency is a must - and this will tackle both fuel poverty and climate change
Patrick Harvie
Green Party

Patrick Harvie, Green candidate for Glasgow region, said: "No-one in Scotland today should want for a warm, decent home. We need many more homes for social rent, but this alone will not resolve housing problems.

"We also need a change of culture to ensure that social rent is no longer seen as a last resort and that better use is made of existing stock.

"Energy efficiency is a must - and this will tackle both fuel poverty and climate change.

"Greens also want to see more family homes for rent and new ways of helping people own or part-own their home. Good homes lead to good health, and help everyone, especially the young and vulnerable, lead fuller lives.

"A truly participative planning system, and land value tax replacing council tax, would help address the problems of land supply, bringing disused building and land back into use."




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