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Right To Buy abolished in Scotland, protecting more than 15,000 social homes

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Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said the move “marks a major milestone in the Scottish Government’s efforts to build a sustainable housing policy for the future”.

The UK Government’s highly controversial Right To Buy policy will be officially scrapped in Scotland from this Weekend (midnight on Sunday), protecting more than 15,000 homes available for social renting.

Between the years 1979-80 and 2014-15 a total of 494,580 council and housing association homes were sold under Right to Buy in Scotland, a policy that started with Margaret Thatcher before being revamped and extended by David Cameron, with only 163,000 being replaced.

read more here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/right-to-buy-abolished-in-scotland-protecting-more-than-15000-social-homes/

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The Trump-style border wall Theresa May will have to build – if she’s serious about Brexit

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The UK makes well over a billion pounds a month from EU migrant workers ….

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… and trade with the EU supports 4.2m UK jobs and is worth over £211bn.

But those are just the boring facts. Polling tells us the main reason most Brexiters voted to leave the EU is because they wanted the government to be able to control immigration and ‘take back control’ of our borders.

So it’s a bit strange few seem to have even noticed Theresa May has already declared there will be no border controls between the UK and the EU – specifically between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

If I was a Brexiter I would be up in arms. Because an open border with the Irish Republic would mean anybody in the EU would be able to travel to the UK without any immigration, passport or customs checks. Currently, it costs a mere £23 and takes just one hour…

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Important New Legal Judgement Rules That Walking Through Pain Is Not Acceptable For PIP

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With many thanks to Disability Rights UK.

A significant new legal judgment holds that while someone may ‘push through pain’ in order to continue walking this does not mean that they are walking to an “acceptable standard” for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) purposes.

The new judgment means that consideration should not only be given to whether a disabled claimant can reliably walk up to 20 metres or 50 metres in total.

In addition, consideration should also be given to whether they are walking through pain before reaching 20 metres or 50 metres.

In CPIP/665/2016, Upper Tribunal Judge Markus rejects the Secretary of State’s submission that if pain was not significant enough to prevent someone walking it is only at the stopping point at which the pain meant that walking was to an unacceptable standard.

While Judge Markus finds that while the appellant in this case had not succeeded in…

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