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Scottish Housing Market Needs More Homes

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The Housing market in Scotland continues to show signs of recovery, according to a residential market survey undertaken by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), which showed an increase in new buyer enquiries. Further, 46% of respondents to the survey predicted an increase in sales over the next three months.

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Brits more positive about putting homes up for sale

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Confidence in the housing market is leading to an increase in positive selling sentiment, according to the latest quarterly Halifax Housing Market Confidence tracker.

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Glasgow Council approves development plan

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The Executive Committee of Glasgow City Council has apparently given its approval to the proposed Glasgow City Development Plan, which will now be published for public comment.

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Offensive weapons crime down 60%

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Crimes of carrying an offensive weapon in Inverclyde have fallen by 60% since the No Knives Better Lives campaign began in 2009, said Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, earlier this week.

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February gross mortgage lending up 43%

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Interesting new data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending was £15.2 billion in February. This is 6% lower than January’s figure of £16.1 billion, but 43% higher than the £10.6 billion lent in February last year and the highest total for a February since 2008.

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Trends in drug-related crime and other offences

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A number of reports have been published recently that give an insight into the level of drug related crime and other offences throughout Scotland.

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New human trafficking bill for Scotland

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A dedicated Human Trafficking Bill for Scotland is to be introduced in the current parliamentary session, the Scottish Government announced earlier this week.

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Issues facing first-time buyers

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An interesting piece of research from TSB has revealed that around a quarter (22%) of first-time buyers are failing to take stamp duty costs into account when putting in an offer on their new home.

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Property market improves across Scotland's seven cities

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As the housing market across Scotland shows signs of recovery, all seven cities have seen substantial increases in the numbers of properties sold, according to recent statistics by Registers of Scotland.

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EU makes cross-border crime investigations easier

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Judicial authorities asking their colleagues in another EU country to carry out investigations there, e.g. by searching houses or interviewing witnesses, should get a faster and more favourable response thanks to the new "European Investigation Order" (EIO) rules approved by European Parliament at the end of last week.

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First time buyers set their sights high

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A three bedroom home tops the wish list for the largest percentage of first time buyers, according to recent research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

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Property sales still increasing

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New figures show that the number of property sales in Scotland is still increasing, with a 26.1% rise in the number of residential property transactions in the third quarter of 2013/14, compared to the same period in the previous year.

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Over £100,000 recovered as proceeds of crime

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In a good example of the powers available to the Crown Office's Civil Recovery Unit, a recovery order for £105,115 has been made at the Court of Session against an Edinburgh man.

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Glasgow Leads Small Business Revival

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A SURGE has been recorded in the number of Scots starting their own business.

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Abolishing corroboration – where are we now?

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When Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced that he intended to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials, he started a controversial debate that is still being hotly contested today.

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Lack of homes holds back property market

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A shortage of homes coming onto the nation’s housing market is seriously hampering growth and pushing prices higher in many parts of the country, according to the RICS January Residential Market Survey.

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Dramatic increase in shoplifting

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An interesting report by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of theft in store.

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Scottish housing market goes from strength to strength

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Adding to a general sense of optimism spreading to all sectors of the Scottish housing market, recent figures released by Solicitor Property Centres Scotland (SPC Scotland) have revealed a 36% increase in house sales in the final three months of 2013 compared with the same period last year, reports the BBC.

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Forced marriage to be a crime

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Following a debate earlier this week, the Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of making forced marriage a criminal offence.

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Tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland

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A recent report from the Scottish Parliament has highlighted the lack of an effective strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Scotland.

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