MSPs have been warned by the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) that an additional charge in regards to buy-to-let properties and second homes could deter investment in Scotland and affect first time buyers.
New data from the National Office for Statistics Official (ONS) shows that between June and August 2015, Scotland has outperformed the UK in terms of employment, youth employment and youth employment with rates sitting at 73.7%, 61.5% and 71.5% respectively.
Not so encouragingly, Scotland’s unemployment rate has increased.
An Aberdeenshire business has appeared in Peterhead Sheriff Court, where it was fined for serious safety failings after a man died when he fell more than five metres through a fragile roof.
First-time buyers are continuing to help drive the property market, with recent data showing that mortgage lending to first-time buyers totalled £3.7 billion during December 2013. This is a 3% increase over November 2013 and an increase of 48% over the comparable figure for December 2012.