The proposed new powers for the Scottish Parliament, which also arose following the Scottish independence referendum, has yet to become law, despite having the more obvious right to attention.
It is a clear indication of the priorities held by the Conservative Government that they have rushed into law new rules that give them more power in a large part of the UK, rather than honouring their commitment to people elsewhere – new rules that were opportunistically foisted on the nation with no warning, the day after the referendum took place.
Ministers have defended their plans to extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants as parties clashed over the government’s Housing Bill.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said it would lead to an increase in housing stock and help people “realise the dream” of home ownership.
But Labour predicted a “fire sale” of affordable homes.
The Housing and Planning Bill is the first to be considered under new “English votes for English laws” rules.
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