Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law on the regulation of social landlords and to reduce the influence of local authorities over registered social landlords.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, on 4 September 2017.

Read the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill and its accompanying documents

The Scottish Parliament's Information Centre has produced a summary guide to what the Bill does and why.

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Parliamentary Bureau designated the Local Government and Communities Committee as the lead committee for the Bill.

Call for Views

The Committee launched a call for views on Friday 8 September 2017 as part of its scrutiny of the Housing Amendment (Scotland) Bill. Organisations and individuals were invited to submit written views to the Committee.

Further details on the Committee's call for written evidence are available at the link below.

Read the call for evidence.

Written Submissions

The following written submissions were received:

Read the written submissions received.

Oral Evidence

Wednesday 29 November 2017

The Committee took evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from:

  • George Walker, Chair, and Michael Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator;
  • Sally Thomas, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;
  • David Bookbinder, Director, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations;
  • Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner;
  • John Marr, Senior Policy Adviser, UK Finance.

Link to Papers for meeting on 29 November 2017
Link to Official Report of meeting on 29 November 2017

The organisations who gave evidence on 29 November 2017 were invited to provide any further written evidence they felt may assist the Committee as part of its scrutiny of the bill. The following responses were received:

Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Committee took evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, William Fleming, Head, Housing Services Policy Unit, Yvonne Gavan, Senior Policy Officer, Housing Services Policy Unit, and Heike Gading, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

Link to Papers for meeting on 13 December 2017
Link to Official Report of meeting on 13 December 2017

Stage 2

The Committee considered the bill at Stage 2 on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

The Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 can be found at:

Committee Meeting of Wednesday 9 May 2018

The Bill as amended can be found at:

Stage 3

The Stage 3 debate on the Bill took place on 31 May 2018:

Link to Official Report of 31 May 2018



The Committee's Stage 1 report was published on 1 February 2018:

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's Stage 1 report on 21 March 2018:

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