Generation Rent – supporting reform to the private rented sector

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Generation Rent event at Hillhead Library, 20 March 2015.

I co-hosted an event with Mike Dailly from the Govan Law Centre on  Friday 20 March at Hillhead Library, Byres Road, to promote the  issues facing ‘Generation Rent’.

Since 2010, average weekly earnings have dropped dramatically for  the under 30’s. 18-20 year olds have experienced a 10.3 per cent real  terms drop in their weekly earnings and 22-29 year olds’ weekly  income has suffered a similar 9.4 per cent fall.

Generation Rent is about the choice facing those who have been  acutely affected by the cost of living crisis. It is about tackling income  insecurity across the UK and promoting decent, affordable, and secure  housing for those who need it most.

For many in this generation renting is not an option but the only choice available. The failure of government to tackle rip-off rental markets is making this choice an increasingly unaffordable one as well.

I strongly believe that everyone deserves decent, affordable housing and that is why I have joined forces with my Scottish Labour parliamentary colleagues in pledging my support to reform the private rented sector.

With the number of people in private rented housing continuing to grow the need for greater regulation and longer tenancies was a clear priority in today’s dialogue with Mike Dailly. With thanks to the constituents who came along, Drew Smith MSP, Hanzala Malik MSP, Councillor Pauline McKeever and representatives from The Living Rent campaign.

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