Find out about your rights if you rent your home from a private landlord or letting agency. If you are a private tenant, you'll probably have a short assured tenancy or an assured tenancy. You have certain legal rights, even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement. Check your tenancy type if you're not sure which kind of tenancy you have. For more information on tenants rights etc. visit this page.
Announced yesterday that SNP Councillor Alan Brown has been selected as the candidate for Kilmarnock and Loudoun in the Westminster elections. Alan is known for his hard work and integrity. Sorry about the quality of the image of Alan addressing the recent SNP conference.
In his bid to rip apart the social security safety net that has been in place since 1945, Cameron found the ideal lieutenant in Iain Duncan Smith. Administratively incompetent, vainly overambitious, barely comprehending his own department’s numbers, Duncan Smith was kept in place as secretary of state for work and pensions because he could say without blenching that the poor were skivers and scroungers who were overbreeding.
Remedies came in the form of the intrusive medical tests, the Work Programme, abolition of the emergency social fund and frozen benefits. We met a junior jobcentre manager, who wished to remain anonymous, in a railway hotel in a Midlands... [Read More]
CALLOUS benefits axewoman Esther McVey has again snubbed Scotland by refusing to visit Holyrood to defend her brutal policies. The Daily Record can reveal the Tory Employment Minister has now turned down THREE invitations to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee.
McVey sent civil service hatchetman Neil Couling to face the flak for her last April. This time, she said she was too busy preparing to give evidence to a Westminster committee. Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith has also turned down four invites, while Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud snubbed one. Last night, political opponents accused former GMTV presenter McVey – nicknamed “McVile” for her defence of the bedroom... [Read More]
Scottish rents have reached an all-time high while tenants' finances are "stuck in a rut", according to a new report. Lettings agent Your Move found the average monthly rent in Scotland rose to £539 in November - 2.2% up on a year ago.
Its buy-to-let index also showed the proportion of tenants in arrears rising by 0.3% to 6.6%. The total annual return for landlords on a typical rental property rose to 8.4% - up from 5.6% in November 2013. While tenants are paying out £6,324 a year - an annual rise of £144 - the average annual return for landlords now stands at £12,913.
This year has been an extremely challenging year for many disabled people and today is a perfect example of just some of those challenges. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that thousands of people are still waiting to be assessed for Personal Independence Payments and are struggling to access this vital benefit. Alongside this, an opposition debate on the bedroom tax is a reference to yet another policy that has had a hugely negative impact on disabled people.
Today sees the release of the latest personal independence payment (PIP) statistics, giving details of how many claimants are still waiting and how many new claimants and DLA transfer claimants are getting an award. Today also brings the first mandatory reconsideration statistics. These suggest that DWP dirty tricks have managed to cut the number of employment and support allowance (ESA) challenges by more than half. And they still won’t tell us how many of those challenges are successful.
We explain how to beat the dirty tricks, whether your mandatory reconsideration – the new first step in the appeals process – is for ESA, PIP or another benefit.
The DWP have also announced that a new ESA50 questionnaire is due out early next year which will place more onus on claimants to provide supporting evidence.
Meanwhile, it will come as no surprise to readers to... [Read More]