Scotland set to lag behind UK with growth below 1% until 2022

A gloomy outlook for Scotland’s economy over the next five years has been unveiled by the new Scottish Fiscal Commission.

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Scottish Budget 2017: Private schools hit with £5m rates hike

Private schools in Scotland have been hit with a £5 million budget bombshell after the Scottish Government unveiled plans to axe charity rates relief on the institutions.

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Joan McAlpine says programmes have "nothing to do with Scotland."

BBC criticised for labelling England games as ‘Scottish productions’

England football internationals are being classed as "Scottish" TV productions by the BBC amid fresh concerns over the corporation's commitment to programming making north of the border.

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Kezia Dugdale escapes Labour Party suspension after I’m A Celeb stint

Former Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has escaped a suspension from the party over her controversial appearance on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

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Nicola Sturgeon warns many Scots won’t like Holyrood budget

Nicola Sturgeon today said many Scots won’t like the Scottish budget being unveiled on Thursday as the prospect of tax rises looks increasingly likely.

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivers his Scottish Budget statement tomorrow (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Scott Macnab: A tartan tax hike that could test devolution

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is poised to make history by increasing income tax in Scotland, writes Scott Macnab.

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Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale set for Holyrood return after I’m a Celebrity performance

Kezia Dugdale will make her long-awaited return to the Scottish Parliament today after her appearance on the reality TV show I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

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A report has found the pressure on health services is not sustainable over the festive period as nurses warn they are at breaking-point over low pay.

NHS pressures unsustainable as nurses hit ‘breaking point’

The chronic situation facing Scotland’s NHS has been set out in stark terms after a report found the pressure on health services is “not sustainable” over the festive period as nurses warn they are at “breaking-point” over low pay.

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Angela Constance says the situation facing minority groups in the workplace must change

Scots firms face targets for hiring minority groups

New targets for Scottish firms to hire minority groups look set to be drawn up as part of a national race equality drive unveiled by the Scottish Government.

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Abronhill High School building: the school featured in Gregory's Girl. Picture: Michael Gillen

Insight: The cut backs Scottish councils have been forced to make

Scott Macnab investigates the sacrifices six local authorities have been forced to make, and the key services they fear will be lost, as they bear the brunt of cost-cutting

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Jackson Carlaw says MSPs are "busier than ever"

Scotland’s “busier than ever” MSPs get pay rise

MSPs are in line for a pay rise next year taking their basic salary to £62,149.

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More than 26 per cent of Scottish households are still in fuel poverty

Quarter of Scottish homes are ‘stuck in fuel poverty’

More than a quarter of Scottish homes are stuck in fuel poverty despite a flagship ­government pledge to have eradicated the problem.

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Richard Leonard wants RBS closures halted

Richard Leonard in Holyrood motion to halt RBS closures

Labour leader Richard Leonard has lodged a Holyrood motion calling on MSPs to back a campaign opposing widespread RBS local branch closures.

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Kezia Dugdale to remain in Australia until next week

Kezia Dugdale is to remain in Australia until next week, despite being voted out of the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here at the weekend.

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Richard Leonard promises ‘radical’ move left for Scots Labour

Newly-elected Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard will today set out plans for a “radical” left-wing policy overhaul to sweep the party back to power at Holyrood as he is joined by Jeremy Corbyn in Glasgow for his first keynote speech.

One of the aims of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was to leave a legacy of increased participation in sport. Picture: TSPL

Get active message lost on Scots as levels flatline over past decade

Scots have failed to catch the exercise bug over the past decade, despite £500 million of cash being pumped into encouraging physical activity, a report by MSPs has found.

Michael Matheson has been branded the "invisible man" during Police Scotland crisis

Michael Matheson defends handling of Police Scotland crisis

Under fire justice secretary Michael Matheson has admitted Police Scotland is facing a "challenging time" after a string of its most senior officers were relieved of active duty over complaints.


Nicola Sturgeon considers more help for first-time house buyers

Nicola Sturgeon will consider more help for first-time buyers after a major Scottish housebuilder announced it will move to adopt the Chancellor’s Budget relief measures north of the Border.

Richard Leonard was making his debut at First Ministers Questions

FMQs: Richard Leonard tells Nicola Sturgeon to back "radical change"

Nicola Sturgeon was today urged to back  "real and radical" change for Scotland as she clashed with new Labour leader Richard Leonard at First Minister's Question.


Nicola Sturgeon told to scrap income tax plans

Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to ditch the prospect of income tax rises in Scotland after the Chancellor unveiled a £2 billion funding package for Holyrood in the coming years.

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