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Right to buy notice period cut to two years
The notice period on right to buy will be cut from three years to two years after the bill receives royal assent, Margaret Burgess has announced today.
Inside Housing - Posted 24/04/2014

Right to buy's demise a step closer
Calls to reduce the timescale for abolishing the right to buy have been answered by Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.
24 Housing - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon End in sight for Right to Buy
Calls to reduce the timescale for abolishing Right to Buy social housing have been answered by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess during the Stage 1 debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill.
The Scottish Government - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Allocations age group change will help to sustain tenancies and communities
In response to opposition to the proposal in the Housing (Scotland) Bill which would see age considered when allocating a tenancy, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that the rule change would enable social landlords to make sensible allocations and help to sustain tenancies and communities.
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Housing bill endangers the vulnerable
While it is right and proper that much of our political focus has been on the forthcoming independence referendum, we must not forget that the Scottish Parliament is currently reviewing and shaping laws that will affect our own and our children’s future.

The Scotsman - Posted 24/04/2014

Councils get tough on living wage
Local authority contractors will be evaluated by their ability to pay the living wage as part of the bidding process.
Third Force News - Posted 24/04/2014

SFHA comment on Housing (Scotland) Bill debate
Ahead of today’s (Thursday 24 April) Scottish Parliament Stage 1 debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill, Andy Young, Policy and Membership Manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said: “We are delighted that the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has listened closely to the evidence put forward by the SFHA and agreed with us that the implementation of a one year notice period, as opposed to three, strikes a fair balance between giving tenants a reasonable opportunity to exercise their right to buy if they so wish and allowing landlords and their lenders a degree of certainty about their stock levels fairly quickly.
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations - Posted 24/04/2014

Vulnerable people could lose benefits in an independent Scotland, warns minister
Iain Duncan Smith warns that vulnerable people could lose their benefits if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 24/04/2014

Scottish independence: Governments clash over pension costs
An independent Scotland would have to fund pension costs of an additional £450 per working-age adult each year, the UK government has claimed.
BBC - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Scottish independence: Oxfam adviser calls for 'radical alternative'
The Scottish government's White Paper on independence does not offer a "radical alternative" to UK policies, a senior adviser to Oxfam has said.
BBC - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Councils 'too distant from communities', report claims
Scottish councils have too little power and are too distant from the communities they serve, according to a report.
BBC - Posted 24/04/2014

Welfare plans 'risk well-being'
The British Government has raised more concerns about the future cost of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland.
Belfast Telegraph - Posted 24/04/2014

Councils must make further savings on £5 billion spend
Scotland's local authorities have improved how they manage procurement but they can achieve further benefits and savings on their £5.4 billion spend, according to the Accounts Commission.
24 Housing - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Regulator refuses request to use homes as pensions security
Two Scottish housing associations have been blocked from using homes as security against their pension deficits.
Inside Housing - Posted 24/04/2014

An independent Scotland would be unable to support its own welfare system, Government insists
Vulnerable people would be put at risk in an independent Scotland because they would lose the safety net of a UK-wide welfare system, Coalition ministers have warned.
The Independent - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges
Work and pensions secretary says Scottish government has not explained how independent Scotland would afford spending.
The Guardian - Posted 24/04/2014

Chartered surveyors warn of construction skills shortages
Skills shortages are threatening the pace of recovery of Scotland's construction industry, according to a survey.
BBC - Posted 24/04/2014

Yes vote 'boon' for northern England claims Salmond
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has insisted Scottish independence would be a boon for the north of England because it would rebalance the UK economy.
BBC - Posted 24/04/2014

Housing Bill: Ministers should stand firm on the age issue - David Bookbinder
Today’s Stage One debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill is a pre-cursor to the detailed examination of the provisions at its (Committee) Stage Two next month. Much of the Bill is uncontentious. Alas, though, not Section 5, which removes the current prohibition on taking age into account in allocations.
HousingNet - Posted 24/04/2014

Sixty Icon SNP: Expert highlights opportunity to develop fairer welfare system and tackle poverty
The SNP has welcomed an intervention in the referendum debate highlighting Scotland’s potential to tackle poverty –as more evidence of the devastating impact of Westminster’s welfare reforms was revealed in a new report.
Politics Home - Posted 23/04/2014

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