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Fact Check: can Wales and Scotland block the Brexit repeal bill?

Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland and Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, in a joint statement published in reaction to the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on July 13, formerly known as the “Great Repeal Bill”.

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The New Town is the most expensive area in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

How much do you need to earn an hour to buy in each Edinburgh postcode?

A survey of Edinburgh postcodes has revealed how much you would have to earn per hour to afford a mortgage in each area of the capital.

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A class for older people to learn social networking in Leith. Pensioners are more likely to lack digital skills, a report has found. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Almost a quarter of Scots ‘lack basic digital skills’

Almost a quarter of adults in Scotland still lack basic digital skills, new research has found.

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Finance secretary Derek Mackay will face the media on Wednesday following the publication of the 2017 GERS report. Picture: Lisa Ferguson/TSPL

What can we expect from the 2017 GERS figures?

The publication of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) annual report will be followed by claim and counter claim about the strength of Scotland’s public finances and economy.

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Post bus driver Alison MacLean collects mail from a post box in Achnacroish. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Number of post offices in Scotland drops by a quarter

More than a quarter of post offices in Scotland have closed since 2002 with rural areas worst hit, official statisitcs have revealed.

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Two thirds of Scottish votes were 'wasted' say reform campaigners. Picture: Michael Gillen

Two in three Scottish votes ‘wasted’ in general election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to voting reform campaigners.

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Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Progress as community groups grasp Highland land ownership

The changing pattern of land ownership in Scotland has been illustrated by new figures showing that 124 community groups now own 142,177 acres in the Highlands council area.

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Kirsty Dunsmore of the Edinburgh Beer Factory and Andrew Barnet of Barney's Beer, two of Scotland's growing number of brewers. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Number of brewery workers in Scotland increases 64% in five years

Scotland’s breweries sector has doubled in size since 2010 and has established itself as a key contributor to the country’s food and drinks industry, a report has found.

The Scottish Government is already a firm supporter of investment in renewable energy, but the Greens believe bolder plans are needed. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Greens call for bolder climate change approach in Scotland

The Scottish Greens have called for a “bold” approach to tackling climate change by introducing a target date of 2040 for zero net carbon emissions north of the Border.

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Opiates or opioids were implicated in 765 deaths in Scotland last year. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Scotland’s drug death rate hits record levels - among highest in EU

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached a record high of 867 in 2016, a 23 per cent rise on the previous record reported last year. 

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Mousa Broch, in Shetland, is the best preserved of the 500 brochs found across the north of Scotland. Picture: Wikicommons

Caithness digs deep to discover secrets of its brochs

They are style of building unique to the north of Scotland and a rare insight into how society organised itself more than 2,000 years ago.

The number of pupils eligible for free school meals in Scotland has increased. Picture: PA

250,000 Scots pupils eligible for free school meals

More than 250,000 pupils are now eligible for free school meals in Scotland, double the number from three years ago.

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Salmon exports reach record high. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scottish salmon exports leap to record high of £345 million

Scottish salmon producers are enjoying record overseas sales, with new figures revealing exports of the fish reached £345 million in the second quarter of 2017 – an increase of more than 70 per cent on the same period last year.

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Fewer pupils in Scotland sitting exams in science related subjects and modern languages may lead to skills shortages, warns Labour. 
Photograph: Michael Gillen

Slump in number of pupils studying technical subjects

The number of Scots pupils studying vital technical subjects such as maths and science has fallen dramatically, according to new figures.

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Visitors following the North Coast 500 route enjoy Scotland's spectacular scenery.

North Coast 500 route ‘could suffer’ due to ATM shortage

The closure of a string of bank branches across the Highlands could damage the popularity of the North Coast 500 route, business leaders are warning.

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Scots buy 110 tonnes of sugar a day through cut price deals Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sugary supermarket deals harming Scots’ health

Cheap supermarket deals are encouraging Scots to stock up on products containing 110 tonnes of sugar a day, a cancer charity has warned.

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Increased passenger numbers are expected to pass through Waverley this weekend. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Passenger numbers soar at Waverley as Edinburgh festivals begin

More than 340,000 passengers passed through Edinburgh Waverley during the first weekend of the Edinburgh festivals, ScotRail has revealed.

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The Loch Dunvegan sails to the Isle of Bute from Colintraive on the Cowal peninsula, a distance of 410m. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

The shortest ferry crossings in Scotland

Scotland is made up of more than 790 offshore islands, 95 of which are inhabited all-year round. While some can be accessed by plane - like the famous beach runway at Barra - most of these remote communities can only be reached by ferry.

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Michelle Thomson as a candidate. Picture: Steven Taylor

Michelle Thomson SNP row explained as ex-MP criticises party

Michelle Thomson dominated the Sunday newspaper front pages after the former SNP MP broke her silence following her departure from the party.

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A growing number of Scots are living alone. Picture: PA

Why are so many people in Scotland living alone?

Scotland could have one million single person households by 2024 if population trends continue, a report has found.

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