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Chamber and committees

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • local government (including councils)
  • the planning system in Scotland 
  • housing and housing strategy
  • building standards

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Euan Donald, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Twitter: @SP_LocalGov

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Current Members

Burgess, Ariane

Ariane Burgess

Convener

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Coffey, Willie

Willie Coffey

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley (Constituency)

Briggs, Miles

Miles Briggs

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Griffin, Mark

Mark Griffin

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

McLennan, Paul

Paul McLennan

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Lothian (Constituency)

McNair, Marie

Marie McNair

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Clydebank and Milngavie (Constituency)

Wells, Annie

Annie Wells

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Substitute Members

Boyack, Sarah

Sarah Boyack

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Fraser, Murdo

Murdo Fraser

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Maguire, Ruth

Ruth Maguire

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Cunninghame South (Constituency)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

At its meeting on 14 June 2022, the Committee agreed a programme of future work.

Understanding Barriers to local elected office

The Committee previously held sessions looking at the barriers to local elected office. The Committee agreed to pause this work until after the local elections in May 2022. The Scottish Government will shortly be publishing an analysis of the diversity of the councillors elected. The Committee has agreed to look at this analysis and consider what progress may have been made in the diversity of candidates returned in May’s elections.

Local Governance Review

The Committee will also return to scrutinise the local governance review progress in the coming months. The local governance review intends to ensure Scotland’s diverse communities and places have greater control and influence over decisions that affect them most. The local governance review was launched in 2017, and last year the Committee urged the Scottish Government to make progress on the review. To inform further work on this issue, the Committee has commissioned research looking at other local government funding models.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 – post-legislative scrutiny

The Committee expects to begin the second phase of its post-legislative scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 later this year. This second phase will focus on community planning. The Committee will agree its approach to this inquiry in September.

Pre-legislative scrutiny of private rented housing legislation

The Scottish Government has said it will introduce legislation concerning private rented housing. The Committee has agreed to do some work before that legislation is introduced to understand the key issues for tenants and landlords.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Letter from the Minister 5 October 2022

Letter from the Minister on understanding barriers to elected office 5 October 2022

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Local Governance Review 13 July 2022

A letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government to the Convener, 13 July 2022

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Rent Freeze and Evictions Moratorium, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Subordinate Legislation, Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24

Reports

Committee reports

05 October 2022

Allotments and community growing: the impact of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment Act

The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee's report on its post-legislative scrutiny of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment Act (the 'Act') about the provision of allotments by local authorities, and its exploration of wider food growing opportunities.

30 May 2022

Annual Report of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee for 2021-22

This report covers the work of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee during the parliamentary year from 13 May 2021 to 12 May 2022.

Remit

To consider and report on matters relating to local government, housing and planning falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, and matters relating to the Local Government Boundary Commission and local governance review and democratic renewal within the responsibility of the Deputy First Minister.