Scottish Greens West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer has hailed the party’s influence on the Scottish Government programme for the year ahead.

The First Minister laid out an agenda thought to be heavily influenced by the Scottish Greens in her first programme for government following the historic cooperation agreement between the Greens and the SNP. Greer was lead negotiator for the Scottish Greens during the talks which led to this agreement.

The transformational programme includes the delivery of a new strategy for the private rental housing sector. A national system of rent controls will be included in this strategy, delivering on a key Green manifesto commitment. Funding will also be increased for home energy schemes and to tackle fuel poverty, part of at least £1.8bn investment in net zero buildings contained in the cooperation agreement between Scottish Greens MSPs and government.

Both of these initiatives will be taken forward by Scottish Greens’ co-leader Patrick Harvie, who last week became Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights.

Mr Greer said: “This is a historic programme for government that will deliver huge benefits for communities in Renfrewshire.

“Investment announced today will allow us to massively scale up our efforts to tackle fuel poverty and lower emissions from Scotland’s buildings, an important measure as we bid to tackle the climate emergency.

“This Programme for Government paves the way for a just transition for workers too, as we move to a renewables powered future.

“I’m particularly proud of our new deal for tenants. This programme commits us to delivering a new strategy within the next year which will include a system of rent controls to tackle the spiralling costs for those renting a home in Renfrewshire.”