Spending review

Spending review

Poor families to lose up to £31 a week due to cuts in housing benefit

SOME of the poorest households in Scotland could lose £31 a week as a result of the housing benefits cuts to be introduced by the coalition.

Lord Myners hits out at cuts package

LABOUR renewed its attack on Chancellor George Osborne's £81 billion budget cuts package yesterday, with former City minister Lord Myners insisting the scale and speed of the measures were dangerous and unnecessary.

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Letter: Holistic policing

IT SEEMS that hardly a day goes by without news about protecting front-line services. This has increased since the public sector cuts were announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Poorest fifth of Scots hit hardest by cuts

THE poorest 20 per cent of Scotland's population will be hit hardest by the coalition government's proposed budget cuts, the head of an influential think tank told an Edinburgh audience last night.

State pension could rise 40% to £140 a week, reveals Vince Cable

THE state pension might be increased to £140 as part of a UK government shake-up to ensure "decent" payments for retired people.

Ed Miliband warns of 'sleepwalking to catastrophe'

Labour leader Ed Miliband yesterday warned that Britain risked "sleepwalking" back into catastrophe without major changes in the management of the economy.

Cable aiming to bring bosses down to earth

Business secretary Vince Cable has called for bosses to return to "planet earth" when they are taking pay increases.

Question of the week: Are the Government's cuts fair?

WELCOME to Scotland on Sunday's online feature, Question of the Week.

Spending review: New dispute over Scots' £180m green tax windfall

THE Scottish Government was embroiled in a fresh dispute with the Treasury last night over the destination of a £180 million green tax windfall to Scotland, as set out in Chancellor George Osborne's spending review earlier this week.

Spending review: Row over winter fuel cash cuts

A ROW has broken out over government claims that it has protected winter fuel payments for pensioners in its four-year spending review.

Spending review: Scottish public sector pay freeze likely claims top economist

JOHN Swinney will have to freeze public sector pay and make more efficiency savings if Scotland is to come to terms with the Coalition Government's cuts, one of the country's leading economists said yesterday.

Spending review: Students fear loss of support to stay on at school

Student leaders fear a scheme which gives pupils cash to stay on at school or college faces being scrapped after being ditched in England yesterday.

Spending review: New schools 'face axe' to pay for Forth crossing

PLANS to build dozens of new schools in Scotland could be axed if ministers opt to spend their depleted cash reserves on a second Forth road bridge and the new Southern General hospital in Glasgow, construction groups warned last night.

Poorest 'will bear brunt' of George Osborne cuts plan

Britain's poorest families will be hit hardest by George Osborne's spending cuts, according to the country's leading economic think tank.

Spending review: You're picking on poorest, woman tells the Prime Minister

A SCOTTISH woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis has accused David Cameron and Nick Clegg of picking on the poorest, during a radio question and answer session.

Spending review: Pensioners occupy Scottish bank in protest at government cuts

PENSIONERS shouting "No Cuts, No Cuts" invaded a bank yesterday, in a protest against the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Letters: Perilous consequences of swingeing cuts

The cuts announced by the coalition government (your report, 21 October) will produce enormous job losses in the public and private sector. However, the package will also affect the types of new jobs that will be created and the quality of working conditions in old jobs too.

Union leader embarks on UK-wide tour against cuts

The joint leader of the UK's biggest trade union has begun a nationwide tour to rally workers, students and pensioners against the government's "destruction" of jobs and services.

Spending review: Westminster to hold inquiry into Scottish defence cuts

CONCERNS over the disproportionate impact of defence cuts in Scotland have prompted a Westminster inquiry into the Strategic Defence Review.

Spending review: Rosyth workers to strike - but vote kept secret until carriers decision

SHIPYARD workers at Rosyth are preparing for strike action, just three days after the Strategic Defence Review spared them from the axe.

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