Scottish minister under fire

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of leaving homeowners in Scotland at greater risk of repossession after she rubbished the recent safeguards introduced in England and Wales. Interviewed on television, she said that the government was committed to helping homeowners, but in a ‘meaningful way’, arguing that the ‘protocol south of the border’ didn’t change the position of people in difficulty, and claiming Gordon Brown’s announcement was merely spin and misleading. Ms Sturgeon’s refusal to introduce similar protection for Scottish homeowners was labelled ‘disgraceful’.