There is a real need for new house building in Scotland. Housebuilding levels have remained stubbornly low since the global financial crisis and many thousands of people are still on waiting lists for secure, affordable homes.
The private rented sector’s growth in Scotland is well documented: the most up to date statistics show that the number of households renting in the sector has tripled since 1999. 350,000 households now rent from private landlords, with a quarter of these households containing children.
Two sets of statistics released by the Scottish government this week make for worrying reading, and question whether life for those at the very hard end of poverty in Scotland is getting worse.
There is fear that the UK government’s latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law.
As we edge closer to the Scottish parliamentary elections on the 5th of May how should political parties deliver tangible change for the 330,000 households renting privately across Scotland?