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Welcome to The Sunday Politics. The Conservative Party is at war

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this morning over gay marriage. More than half their MPs are

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expected to vote against it in the Commons on Tuesday. This lunchtime,

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Tory constituency chairmen will hand in a letter of protest to 10

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Downing Street. The Prime Minister described Mali

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as part of a "generational struggle" against extremism in

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North Africa, but is it one Britain is equipped to fight? Foreign

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Secretary William Hague joins us for the Sunday Interview.

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Hillsborough, phone hacking, Plebgate - three reasons why the

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government is right to reform the police? I will be asking the

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organisation that represents rank and file officers.

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And coming up on Sunday Politics Scotland... Holt, Diamante

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Edinburgh today and they will be with you later today to talk about

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2037 seconds

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I am joined now by Steve White, Vice Chairman of the Police

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Federation, which represents police officers in England and Wales. The

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police have been rocked by scandal in recent years. Only an Friday, an

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officer was jailed for 15 months for trying to sell information to a

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tabloid newspaper. Do you accept that this is damaging public

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confidence? There is absolutely no doubt about that. But the

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underlying support that the public give the police is still there.

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Clearly, there had been mistakes in the past which have to be corrected.

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But now there is Plebgate will, where for three officers have been

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arrested. The inquiry into Plebgate is still ongoing, so I do not want

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to comment too much on that. By it whatever happens, the police are

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not going to come out well from this, are they? We will, we will

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have to wait and see. Now, does this not mean that experts have

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said there was a great need to have police reform, but you're

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organisation it has suddenly come out straight against it. I have

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been with the police for 25 years and seen what we have to do to

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operate correctly. The job has changed between all recognition.

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But police riot the Police Federation will continue to play a

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part in that. He said that without the reforms, we were on the verge

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of destroying the police force. lot of the reforms, when you talk

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about reforms, it is not so much the change about as doing our work,

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but changing the pay and conditions of a lot of officers. If you are

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talking about wholesale reform to make us more responsible to our

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communities, then we are quite behind that, but it is the other

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aspects of this. Now, police pay has come late linked to the years

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surfed and the idea is that this is not, but is more linked to their

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value in the job, such as rewarding frontline officers. Why are you

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against that? The starting point there was that police constable pay

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got up by �4,000 a year and these are the people who are in the front

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line. He has still going to get over time and one of the best

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pensions going and get paid more than other emergency services. You

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may not like the reforms, but they are Harley destroying the police

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service. Our biggest thing is that we give the best service possible

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to the public. I have to say it, that police officers contributions

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go up to 30 %, we more than anyone else. We have a date public sector

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pay freeze for two years. Some officers have actually taken a pay

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cut. Let me take you back to Plebgate. Do you not regret that

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this was used as part of your argument against reforms? The clue

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of our organisation is an inane -- it is the federation. Sometimes we

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have disagreements over how we do things. Do you regret police

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officers wearing Plebgate T-shirts. The federation was demanding the

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resignation of Andrew Mitchell. Do you not feel it is time to

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apologise? I want to make it absolutely clear that the Police

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Federation accepted the apology from Andrew Mitchell and wanted to

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move on. But there were calls for him to resign? There were members

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of the Federation who felt there were still questions to be answered

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by him. One of the senior members of the federation are urged members

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to fill me e-mail in a box of Andrew Mitchell scarf with demands

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for him to resign. Is it not now time for the Police Federation to

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apologise to Andrew Mitchell? is absolutely not the case. We are

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a federation. To you condemn those who were wearing the Plebgate T-

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shirts and those demanding his resignation without knowing the

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full facts fils? Do you can get mmac? That is the personal choice

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on their part. A I have said that we accepted the apology from Andrew

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Mitchell. If you were here a few months ago, you would have been

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calling for his resignation. I are Good morning and welcome to Sunday

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Politics Scotland. Coming up on the programme....

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Tenants in housing associations properties or council houses have

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just eight weeks left before their housing benefit could be cut by up

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to 25%. Have you got a spare room? If the answer is yes, you are about

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to be hit with a bedroom tax. And if you are feeling like a

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Saturday night has lost all meaning, now that series two of Borgen has

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finished, fear not. Sisse Babet Knuusen - or Statesminister

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Birgiteh Newbor, as we all know her - joins us on Sunday Politics

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Thank you for joining us this morning.

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If you live in social housing and have a spare room, then you could

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be facing a cut in your housing benefit. Around 100,000 people in

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Scotland of working age could be affected by the under-occupancy

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penalty, or bedroom tax, when it comes into force in April. Homeless

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charities fear it could lead to a huge rise in evictions, if those

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who are not able to move to smaller homes cannot pay the rent. This

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two-bedroom flat is the lifeline for Nigel Smith, who until one year

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ago, was homeless. It means he can now see his three children every

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other weekend, but is now worried that could change. His housing

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benefit could be cut by �11 a week. I could maybe lose my house, not

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being able to afford to pay the rent. If I do that, the be kicked

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me out and then I do not have the chance to see my children. From

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April 1st, if you live in social housing and have the spare room,

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you could be affected. Children under 16 of the same sex will be

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expected to share, will as well all children under 10, regardless of

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gender. If you are separated, only one of the parents will get the

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spare room and if you have grown-up children who have left home, you

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will not be able to keep their run for them. Foster carers to taking

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children will be entitled and carers who need a separate room

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from their partners will lose out. Shelter's Colonsay many people in

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housing are already struggling to pay the bills. They say this could

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be to a rise in homelessness. At the no will see more and more

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people in Scotland getting into debt, getting into rent areas and

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we will see more people getting evicted. Therefore, we will see

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more people get getting homeless and ending up on the streets.

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are many people in private rented accommodation who do not have

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housing benefit who to cannot afford extra bedrooms. We have to

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get control of housing benefit. We are spending �23 billion a year on

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housing benefit and we need to get the budget under control. But a a

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Scottish government say this will have a knock-on effect on other

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services, taking millions of pounds out of the Scottish economy.

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terms of the housing benefit and what is proposed as regards the

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bedroom tax, this will add additional pressures on other

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services, such as health and social services. So are their homes

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available for those who want to downsize? They will have to join a

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queue of 90,000 people already waiting for social housing and

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Scotland. This houses being built as part of North Lanarkshire

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council's plan to expand their housing stock. It has three

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bedrooms, like all the other houses on this estate. But what about one-

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bedroom houses, which are not a priority? The authority plans to

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build 1,000 new homes by 2020, but they say there will not be enough

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smaller properties to go round. do you effect children? How do you

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break up a family? This is what this is about. This is to

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demoralise totally about the fabric of society in Scotland. He 52-year-

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old Betty does not want to move from a three-bedroom home. She has

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waited 20 years for her house. Now the children have little, she says

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she may have believe Foreman cannot afford the cut in benefits. I do

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not have the money to pay, the housing do not have the smaller

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house to give me, so where do we go from here? So sure landlords have

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begun to warm the hundred 1,000 or so people there who could be

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affected that they have been weeks before this bedroom tax begins.

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What all the short and long-term impact be?

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And joining me now in the studio is the SNP's Linda Fabiani, a member

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of the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Committee. Mike Dailly, the

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principal solicitor at the Govan Law Centre, the leader of the

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Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie and Pam Duncan from

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Inclusion Scotland. Good morning to you all and welcome to the

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programme. Firstly, Willie Rennie, what is sure position on the

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bedroom tax? Some of your MPs rebelled against this when it was

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going through? No change is not an option. We have the housing crisis,

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with about 187,000 people on waiting lists and a financial

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crisis. As David Cameron said, the Bill is �23 million. -- �23 billion.

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We need to make sure that people do not suffer. That is the most

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important thing. Does this not open up a near the ad of problems?

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looked at the social housing stock, it is estimated that one in not

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three of these houses are under occupied. You cannot have that at

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the same time as you have 187,000 people on the waiting list. I have

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got concerns. This week, I spoke to Danny Alexander about this very

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subject to see if we can implement this as fairly as possible. Linda

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Fabiani, what is the Scottish government doing to help in this?

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How well prepared are you? One we are try to do is help people with

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is immoral policy which is pit on them. We are now saying to people

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in their rented sector that you do not have a home any more, you have

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the House that you are allowed a shot of one of for a while. It is

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absolutely awful. We are at wanted to make things easier for people --

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we will put money into advice centres to give people the best

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possible advice. But in Scotland, we have been building homes for

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life so that when circumstances change, families can adapt. We do

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not have the houses for people to move into for this new change will

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stop it will plaster over the cracks. It will not really help

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people. Social landlords in Scotland are not quick to evict

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people from. Generally, they try and fix the situation before it

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gets to that point. But at the end of the day, until we have got

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control here, there is not an awful By $:/STARTFEED.

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What can the Scottish Government do? We lay Rennie is wrong to say

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the Scottish people will suffer. The Scottish Government can do a

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lot to prevent people from being evicted. This is going to affect

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100,000 households. We want the Scottish Government to change

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housing lot so if you have arrears, that should be treated as a debt

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and pursued in the courts as an ordinary debt, but not a like you

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to be affected. Unless we do that, we will have thousands of

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households in Scotland subject to eviction. I defend these cases day-

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in and day-out. We find that when �80 to �100 disappears from

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people's housing benefit, we will not be able to defend them. People

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who work in the private sector, they struggle with payments as well.

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It is trying to ease that social mobility and make homes available

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to people who need it. If the welfare reform is a vicious attack

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on working-class people. It is shameless. I have to say, one of

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the great fallacies of the UK Government is that it thinks it

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will save a billion pounds over two years. If somebody is affected and

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becomes homeless, it will cost the taxpayer an average �26,000. In

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Scotland, it is worse to have this policy in the first place. Willie

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Rennie. It is difficult for people who are trying to get into work if

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they have the burden to pay for a house they cannot afford. They will

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have to earn more to make work pay. What we are trying to do here is

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improved social mobility so people can get into work. This prevents

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them so that is why we need to take action. How a where our people in

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the community and the disabled community about this new policy

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coming in on 1st April? In terms of disabled people, this is another

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attack on them. The welfare Reform Act seems like an attack on her

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come up -- on poor communities. With the Bedroom Tax, two-thirds of

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people affected are disabled people. If you need an extra bedroom floor

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equipment, that is not a spare bedroom, that is a bedroom that is

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it needed an essential. He talked about employment, having a house is

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a cornerstone of having a job. If you take that away from people,

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people are going to be an an impossible situation. It is not

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preventative, it will cost more money in the long-term. Disabled

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people will be in houses that have adapted, if they have to be moved

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it will cost more money to get those houses adapted. I was talking

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to the housing spokesman in the Scottish Government, he said he had

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concerns about individual disabled cases. Do you think something might

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be done to alleviate that? That two-thirds of people affected are

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disabled people. It is a maths problem that does not require

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discretionary payments. It needs an overhaul. You cannot individually

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treat everyone when the individual is the majority in this situation.

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There is the exemption as Pam has pointed out for those who need

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overnight carers. There is discretionary housing payment for

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people who have adapted their home. I recognise there is an issue, but

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there is support and it is considerable support and it is

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available. Linda Fabiani, do you think a Scottish Government will

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accept his petition that is coming forward and you will use your

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powers to protect people who are in debt? I am not convinced by this

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proposal. I do not think it will help the people who have the

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problem, but I also think it makes it difficult for social landlords

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to have to pass on that cost to the remaining tenants. Fahmy, the

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answer is that there should not be happening, it is immoral. It is

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awful. -- for me. People tried to take this to the Scottish

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Government to make decisions on. We have a different housing situation.

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Here we are getting something imposed on us because seemingly

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there are problems in the South East. Man mackerel, you have

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brought this edition, but that power might not be used? You think

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it is OK for some day to be evicted? I think the people of

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Scotland, we hear DNA and yet the need for the Scottish Government to

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have more powers. -- day N day out. You need to use those powers to

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protect the people in Scotland by saying we will have a safety-net in

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this country so nobody in Scotland is affected by Bedroom Tax arrears.

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We are already trying to bring in things to reduce that. We have been

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hearing about this, a very lively debate. Do you think anything can

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be changed by the UK Government? have gathered evidence myself, I

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have seen people who are going to be affected by this. I have been

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working with them to make sure that people are not hack. I can give a

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guarantee that I will be in constant dialogue are that is what

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we need to do. The you think people will be protected? I do not. With

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restrictions on the amount of money the local authorities can add to

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that discretionary payment, I am not convinced people will be

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protected. Decisions will need to be careful, I miss suggest they are

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done with disabled people and their organisations are decisions about

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who needs extra money from within those payments. The we will have to

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leave that there. Pam Duncan, Linda Fabiani, Mike Dailly, Willie Rennie,

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thank you. Everyone loves Borgen. It seems that is the common consent

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amongst the political chatterati here in Scotland. Viewers were

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gripped as the second series of the Danish political drama came to a

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close last night, with the much- admired Statesminister Birgiteh

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Newbor facing down her critics. It seems like a perfect mix of

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realistic European political stories with strong characters,

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particularly female ones. Look away now if you still have to catch it

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2037 seconds

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The star of the show Sisse Babet Knuusen will be taking part in a

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series of Q and A sessions in Edinburgh today. I spoke to her

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just before we came on-air and I began by asking her about the

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importance of strong female leads in the series.

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Partly it was to do with representing what was happening in

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Denmark. They are all fans of the west wing and I think they wanted

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to turn that around. We have a strong female representation in

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Scotland in politics. Do you want to see your character as a role

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model for women in politics, or women wanting to go into politics?

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Your characters said in the episode last night, she didn't want to be a

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role model. I don't think she feels like a role model. I didn't want to

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represent her as one. It is a particular woman in politics. I

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think the whole show is showing someone who is discovering how we

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enter politics more than any it is particularly agenda issue. She does

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face a lot of gender issues, particularly in the last couple of

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episodes last night. Exactly. That is what I really like about the Big

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story, it is only at the end that we are referring to it. For the

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previous 18 episodes, it has been his Prime Minister trying to do her

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best. Exactly. You are trying to beat the Prime Minister and gender

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was not an issue in the last episode. How would you describe

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your character? She is primarily an idealist. I think that aspect of

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politicians have not been mentioned in these last few years. It is

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interesting to show where the desire to politics comes from, and

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I think she encapsulates that. still has to deal with the tough

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decisions that all politicians have to take. Absolutely. Be sure has

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travelled extremely well, it is a huge success here in Scotland. What

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you think is the Scandinavian secret? I think we are dark horse.

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I think there is a lot of sympathy towards a small African country won

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the World Cup. We are grateful for the whole passage that the killing

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has done, the other crimes series from Denmark. That has paved the

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way for us. There is the bridge as well. It is amazing how the smaller

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countries have produced such huge successes. Then again, I think it

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is the unexpected thing. The first people who started watching the

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series, it was like finding a treasure. Everything that is not

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:02:27.:02:28.

from America is exotic, television why is. And bit his words to mouth,

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the way the whole thing has started. That makes for, how do you say it,

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you become very loyal to it if you think you are part of discovering

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this. It was a treasure that people discovered. It was on BBC for, a

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minority channel in a way. Where are you prepared for the level of

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international recognition when you receive it. When we said any of us

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we were going to do this, the women wanted to tell us they admired you

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and the men wanted to meet you. Previous television shows have been

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popular in Denmark. This was the risque show to put on, politics. N

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Denmark we were... There is no money in the international

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production, nobody thought it would travel as -- at all. You are

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halfway through the third series. Any hints you can give us about a

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third series? I am not allowed is a very much. When it ended last night,

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to 0.5 years has gone by and all the main characters are in

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different positions. 2.5 years. there may be a British character?

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That is true. We used XT areas. -- Expedias. My office is asset.

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probably the third and final serious. Absolutely. That will be

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the final. It is a little sad? is sad but it is good to end it

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when it is on this high. It was good. Thank you for being on our

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programme. Her and you very much for having me. Sisse Babet Knuusen

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speaking to me earlier. Coming up after the news: We will be speaking

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to a two panellists as we look to There is a warning that the issue

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could cause a serious problem for the party. How divisive as this? It

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is the day he divisive issue for Conservatives. It is an issue that

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the Prime Minister cares passionately about and many modern

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has got it would tell the party appeal to a wider audience. But has

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laid bare tensions within the party. It is a free vote on Tuesday and it

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is believed that some Cabinet Ministers, junior Ministers and

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party whips may actually opposed or abstain from, the issue. As you

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said, there is a delegation going to Downing Street very shortly to

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hand at this letter of protest. They are asking for the thought to

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be delayed, saying it should be put off until after the next general

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election. The say it is being pushed through in haste and many

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Conservative members say they feel that is distasteful. In a woman

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disfigured and an asset attack has been speaking to people. This was

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my or maybe for the attack. Now, her life has been changed forever.

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She suffer burns on her shoulder, face and rest when, just over one

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month ago, asset was thrown at her by an unknown attacker. She has no

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idea why she was targeted. She is hoping someone will contact the

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police. It burnt a lot of May. I am not deaf, I am not blind, I am eat

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able to eat and drink. Seoul, the person who did this field. God has

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given me a life for a reason. That is what keeps me going. When she

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first saw her injuries, she says she wanted to die, but now it is

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staying positive. No one has yet been arrested. The leaders of

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Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the United Kingdom for or two days of

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talks with David Cameron. It is regarding stopping a rise in the

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Taliban when the Nato forces leave the country. That is all for now.

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There will be more now at 6:00pm. Good afternoon.The Scottish

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government has accused Iceland of continuing to take an excessive

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share of mackerel from the sea, despite the North Atlantic state

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announcing a cut in quota. Iceland says it is reducing the

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amount of the stock it takes by 15%, but that has being seen as a

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defiant act against those who want to negotiate.

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Iceland, Faroe and the EU have been in dispute over the rights to fish

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mackerel for the past four years, with negotiations repeatedly

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breaking down. Environmental campaigners say the

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latest official figures show air pollution is continuing to threaten

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the health of millions of people living in Scotland's biggest towns

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and cities. The campaigners are calling on the Scottish government

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and local authorities to take decisive action to ensure the

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problem is reduced. The Scottish government insists it is meeting

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most of its air-quality targets and is working to improve "localised

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hotspots" of air pollution. It is making people ill. They are not

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meeting the targets. It is not just in the big cities, but elsewhere in

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the country. The figures show that there has not really been a lot of

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improvement and the last couple of years.

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The scientist who gave his name to the Higgs Boson particle is to have

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an annual prize awarded in his honour. The Higgs Award will be

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open to physics pupils and offer them the chance to win a visit to

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the European Nuclear research facility at Cern in Geneva.

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And here is the weather now, with Good morning. Thicker cloud in the

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West already pushing its way in. You can see this particularly in

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the north and it will become more persistent as it tries to push East.

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As far as temperatures cool, nine degrees Celsius the best in the

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West. That is all for now, Now back to

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Andrew. Now, in a moment, we will be discussing the big events coming

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up this week at Holyrood, but first, let us take a look back at the Week

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in 60 Seconds. The Scottish government accepted the Electoral

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Commission's revised question for the referendum. The Deputy First

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Minister called for talks to start now it on how defence and security

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would operate as Scotland was to We are very excited by the work

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that Trident could be decommission within the space of two years. I do

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not think there is any problem with us now having the discussions about

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Alex Salmond discussed independence. It Haft and rip-off, but it did not

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bring the House down. And now it is that time of the week

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again where we take a look forward to the next seven days. This week I

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am joined in the studio by journalists Anna Burnside and

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Kirsty Scott. Firstly, we had a lively discussion at on the bedroom

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tax a few moments ago. Do you think people in the community are aware

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of this coming and in April? think there has been a big surge of

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interest in this and I think the likes of social media have helped

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in that way. The issue lends itself to the quirky, a picture caption

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nature of social media, that it has spread between beyond the housing

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and disabled communities. All this it, people in that position have

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known it was coming and have lined it up. There have shown the likes

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of Buckingham Palace with the huge mansion and the people and

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Dunfermline who cannot pick the person in its own room because of

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the tax. It needed that sort of juxtaposition. Just then the last

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few weeks, there has been great concern special-interest groups and

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charities knew this was coming up but do not have the public

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attention. There has been an outcry and a lot of very good articles

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about that. All this the, the crowds at the housing benefit is

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�23 billion a year and there needed to be changes. But when you hear

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some of the stories about the divorced dads who may not now be

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able to have his children round, there are just so many stories like

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that. What a good the impact of this be? They are has been talk of

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this been a new poll tax and this could be the blue touch paper.

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There has been talk that this will get us all out in the streets. I am

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not convinced that will happen. I do think that a lot of people are

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really lost, as to why anyone would think this was the good idea. If

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you look at it groups of people who will be affected, it is a list of

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people lot that you do not want to upset - divorced fathers wanting to

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keep in touch with their children, families with disabled children,

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foster carers, for heaven's sake. These people do not need to get

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kicked when they are down. Good there be a groundswell of opinion?

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Come April, I think we will see what is happening. You featured the

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women who had a three-bedroom house, but her grown-up children had moved

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out. But she cannot do anything because they council did not have a

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smaller house for her. It is going to highlight inherent differences.

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Now, the question of the Electoral Commission wanting any change in

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the question for the referendum. But there is still a question of

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any clarification of the issues? was hoping that once we had the

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wording sorted out, we could leave the procedures behind. However, it

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seems not. It seems that will now dry gone. I cannot say, from my

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point of view, this is not really an issue what I want to be facing

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first thing in the morning. To be it looking forward to more

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substantial arguments and the future? So I think it was the fact

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that the commission said that people want to know what all happen

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But people want to know what things will look like in the weeks and

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months after it. Now, the National as a wanted to push to find out

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something which is more real, because that is what has been

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missing from their campaign. I am worried that this will not happen.

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I think this will become more stories about who is going to what

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meeting when and what is on the agenda. I think it will stay in

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procedure rather than moving to more interesting matters. Bathing

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things have been a bit esoteric and I think it would be helpful for

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people to have some ground in an concrete ideas and what they can

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base their decision on. By now, we had the start of Borgen speaking to

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as earlier. I know you were impressed by seen the start of the

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short, Sisse Babet Knuusen. Yes, it was fantastic. The reason that

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Borgen is so successful is that ensures that politicians have a

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life and have to juggle things. I think we should have the week in a

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life of Nicola Sturgeon. It is all very well saying we stand up and

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deal with the same issues, but when you seek people like that dealing

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with issues, it is a good thing, particularly when it is women.

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that said, there is voter apathy out there? Yes, that is the strange

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thing. Borgen is set in a political drama, but it could be set in the

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world of anything else. The fact it is set in politics at an extra

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level to it. It could easily be set in the NHS. But I think the reason

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we love Borgen is that it is a small nation played a major part in

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the world stage. T think that is where his popularity lies? Will,

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the fact that they are a nation of the similar-sized to as. But

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Birgiteh Newbor is a fabulous character and it is interesting

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that Nicola Sturgeon is a partly introducing her at the question and

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answer session in Edinburgh tonight. Maybe we should short a little bit

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more of ourselves, as politicians. I do not think it is surprising

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that Nicola Sturgeon is a huge fan. She apparently treated and told

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everybody to leave her alone while Borgen was on. Body, thank you very

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