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WATCH: Councillor urges Prime Minister to re-think right-to-buy scheme

A council in Cumbria has written to the Prime Minister, urging the government to drop it's plans to extend the Right to Buy scheme.

Under the plans housing association tenants will have the chance to buy the properties they live in at vastly reduced discounts.

But South Lakeland District Council says that will reduce the amount of social housing that's available for people in need - damaging an area that's already struggling to meet the demand for homes.

Tim Backshall reports

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Councillor urges Prime Minister to re-think right-to-buy scheme

A council in Cumbria has written to the Prime Minister, urging the government to drop it's plans to extend the Right to Buy scheme.

Under the plans housing association tenants will have the chance to buy the properties they live in at vastly reduced discounts.

But Peter Thornton from South Lakeland District Council says that will reduce the amount of social housing that's available for people in need damaging an area that's already struggling to meet the demand for homes.

19 year old Anna Driscoll is one of the many people struggling to find a home in South Lakeland.

She's still living with her parents and has been on the social housing waiting list for four months.

She is worried that the government's plans will make it even more difficult to secure social housing.

But not all people are of the same opinion. A prominent Conservative councillor in Cumbria says his party has got the right policy.

Tune into Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report with Tim Backshall.

Scottish Police questioned over policing numbers in the Borders

Concerns have been raised over Scottish Police numbers in the Borders. Credit: PA

Statistics show that the Scottish government have kept a pledge to increase officer numbers back in 2007.

But since the creation of single police force for Scotland in April 2013, concerns have been raised that policing in the Scottish Borders has been reduced.

Since the creation of a single force, police officers are now deployed right across the J division - that's East, West and Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

914 police officers serve that region, and can be deployed anywhere within it.

People need to focus on the service they receive from the Police and actually their experience of crime and disorder in the Scottish Borders, which thankfully is relatively low in comparison certainly to the rest of this division and indeed to other areas in Scotland.

– Chief Superintendent Gill Imery

Last year, retired police inspector Harry Scott submitted a Freedom of Information Request to ask for details of officer deployment in the Borders on a number of specific dates.

He was told those precise figures could prejudice the prevention and detection of crime

I think it is something that Police Scotland needs to explain. I know financially things are not as good as they were, but I think there needs to be more transparency.

I think people will accept times were not as they were but I think people when you see everyday in the media, transport problems, people will not stand not being told what is wrong, and I think there needs to be more transparency on behalf of police Scotland on the levels of coverage being provided here.

– Harry Scott

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PHOTOS: Shona Robison's visit to Dumfries hospital

The Scottish Health Secretary is in Dumfries today visiting the Dumfries Royal Infirmary.

Dr David Pedley consultant in Accident and Emergency with Shona Robison Credit: ITV Border

As part of her tour, Shona Robison met with hospital staff to discuss preparation plans for the anticipated rise in demand over the winter period.

Health Secretary Shona Robison visiting the A&E Unit at Dumfries Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

Health Secretary to tour Dumfries Royal Infirmary

Scottish Health Minister Shona Robison Credit: PA

The Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison will visit the Dumfries Royal Infirmary today.

She will meet hospital staff to tour the A&E unit and discuss how the health boars plans to meet demand this coming winter.

Health boards along with the Scottish government are planning how to prepare for the additional pressure on NHS services over the winter period.

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