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Mortgage Prisoners, Scottish Retail and Supermarket Mergers

Why people making their mortgage payments can't get a new deal, we test the Scottish shopping sector and what past mergers could show us about a Sainsbury/Asda supermarket deal.

The rules around mortgage deals were tightened up 4 years ago - but are they too tight? We speak to one person who was involved in shaping them - who was then refused a new mortgage deal even though she could make the repayments

How healthy is the Scottish shopping sector? We send a reporter to find out.

As we wait to see if the Competitions and Marketing Authority allows the Sainsbury and Asda merger - what can we learn from the previous deal in the sector - where Morrisons and Safeway became one?

We meet the man helping councils buy local land to kick-start the local economy

And the critics called it the bedroom tax - but did it fulfil its role of freeing up social housing?

PRESENTER: WINIFRED ROBINSON

PRODUCER: PETE WILSON.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Mortgage Prisoners

    Mortgage rates are set to rise, affecting over 30,000 "mortgage prisoners."

    Duration: 05:31

  • Scottish Store Closures

    High-street sales have decreased considerably, compared to figures this time last year.

    Duration: 07:55

  • Supermarket Merger

    How many stores and jobs will go if Sainsbury's is allowed to take over Asda as planned?

    Duration: 06:13

  • Club 18-30 Holidays

    Thomas Cook are looking to revitalise ever once popular trend, '18-30' holidays.

    Duration: 04:05

  • Council Land Buying

    Councils are hoping to regenerate local areas with commercial investment loans.

    Duration: 06:26

  • Bedroom Tax

    Did the bedroom tax or 'under-occupancy charge' actually work?

    Duration: 06:52

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