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Grandparents ‘saving working families billions in childcare’

An “army” of grandparents looking after their grandchildren are collectively saving parents more than £16 billion a year in formal childcare costs, a report has found.

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Derek Mackay had previously ruled out any intervention. Picture: Greg Macvean

Derek Mackay to act on business rates as firms step up pressure

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will today unveil a fresh package of measures to help firms hit by a massive hike in their business rates.

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The gender pay gap in Scotland currently stands at 15 per cent. Picture: PA

Closing gender pay gap ‘worth £6.5bn’ for Scotland

The gender pay gap in Scotland currently stands at 15 per cent despite improved opportunities for women in the workplace, according to a new report.

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Edinburgh City Council which presided over exit deals totalling 21.7m pounds. Picture: Scott Louden

Taxpayers foot bill for £120m public sector ‘golden handshakes’

The cost of taxpayer-funded “golden handshakes” rose by £8 million last year to almost £120m.

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Donald Trump at Turnberry, one of the courses on the Open Championship rota. Picture: John Devlin

Donald Trump has put R&A in ‘uncharted territory’

Donald Trump has put the R&A in “uncharted territory” since becoming US President but that will not stop Turnberry being considered for the Open Championship, the organisation’s chief executive has said.

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The Treasury invested �24m more into the industry than it got back in petroleum revenue tax. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Oil sector ‘getting head above water’ with £2bn revenues

The oil and gas industry is getting its head above water after posting negative tax receipts for the first time in 2015-16, the body which represents the sector has said.

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Keith Brown MSP. Picture: John Devlin.

An independent Scotland would face ‘Greece-style’ austerity cuts

One of the country’s top economic forecasters has warned that if Scotland becomes independent from the UK it would face a huge budget deficit and be forced to make Greek-style austerity cuts.

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Prime Minister Theresa May sits behind the speaker (top left) as the Brexit Bill debate starts in the House of Lords. Picture: PA

May underlines warning over Brexit delays with Lords visit

Peers began scrutiny of legislation to trigger Brexit under the gaze of Theresa May after the Prime Minister took the highly unusual step of watching debate in the House of Lords in person.

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Scottish actor Sam Heughan. Picture: John Devlin

Outlander star Sam Heughan voices support for indyref2

Scottish actor Sam Heughan has taken to Twitter to voice his support for indyref2.

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Food waste is greater than previously suggested, study by the University of Edinburgh finds PICTURE: Lewis J Houghton

Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating or thrown away

Almost a fifth of the world’s food is lost to over-eating and waste, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh.

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Theresa May's party holds a commanding lead over Labour. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Poll: Conservatives extend lead over Labour to 18 points

Theresa May’s Conservatives have extended their poll lead over Labour to 18 points, according to a new poll.

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Renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU is a low priority for the government, according to voters. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Brexit: Voters rate negotiations a low government priority

Voters regard renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union as a low priority for Government, according to a new poll.

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The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. Picture: TSPL

Cancer patients in poorest parts of Scotland twice as likely to die

A “completely unacceptable” cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity has warned.

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The UK government has vowed to tackle 'shocking' discrimination against mothers. Picture: Craig Stephen

Eric Gilligan: UK workers’ rights on the line

The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

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AScottish Saltire and a European Union flag flying in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Picture: AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

An independent Scotland could be ‘fast-tracked into the EU’

Leading experts say a Yes vote to leave the UK could result in Scotland having the fastest ever entry to the European Union.

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The new stage of the 20mph zones are to launch in the Capital this month. Picture; SWNS

20mph: Final countdown as Edinburgh prepares for new limit

ThE signs are going up and the days are counting down – it’s nearly time for the next installment of 20mph.

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President Donald Trump gestures during the "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Donald Trump state visit will be debated in Parliament

The state visit by Donald Trump will be debated in Parliament as protests take place across the UK against the US president.

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BBC Alba presenter Fiona Mackenzie. The channel  has ten times more weekly viewers than there are Gaelic speakers, but needs to increase its original content if it is to grow.

Brian Wilson: Crunch time now for BBC Alba, a Scottish success story

The Gaelic TV channel reaches far beyond those who speak the language, and can get even better if it is given proper support says Brian Wilson

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The Scott Monument with The Balmoral Hotel 
Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Kirsty Gunn: do we really want to rise up?

Since when did Scotland become so obsessed with Scottishness? It’s a question my mother-in-law put to me at the weekend as we listened to her favourite CD. The CD, a Christmas present from her sister-in-law, is lovely – a rich and comforting collection of old Highland and Border folk songs and airs, a ballad or two, most of the tunes traditional and with words by Burns or taken from the great cache of anonymous poetry from around that time and before.

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Geologists say drilling has been concentrated 'in the wrong areas'. Picture: Contributed

Oil reserves off Scottish coast ‘may have been missed’

There could be hidden reserves of oil in gas in Scotland, in areas previously dismissed.

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