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Scotland’s population rises for the eighth year running

Scotland’s population has risen for the eighth year running with migration driving the increase, latest figures show.

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Drug consumption in Scotland remains substantial by European standards but hard facts on usage are scarce

What is the value of the illegal drugs market in Scotland?

It was a bold claim heard by thousands of listeners on the BBC’s flagship morning news show. “We are the drugs market of Europe,” Labour MP David Lammy told the Today programme earlier this month.

News 12

Scotland ‘lags behind most other countries’ in international trade

Scotland lags behind most other countries in terms of international exports, a new report has stated, adding that raising overseas sales to the same level of the UK would bring a £12 billion boost.

Markets Economy 173
Kirkcaldy High Street

Headwinds batter Scottish high streets despite sales rise

Scotland’s high streets eked out some modest growth last month though the result was massaged by the timing of Easter while the retail sector continues to face a “number of headwinds”, experts warned.


Scottish heritage attractions set new visitor record

More than 5 million people have visited Scotland’s heritage attractions in a single year with a new record set by the country’s historic properties.


Russia considers banning Scotch whisky imports in diplomatic row

Exports of Scotch whisky to Russia could be hit by the worsening diplomatic row between Russia and the UK, senior figures in Moscow have warned.

Politics 61
Most of the deaths are linked to opiates, such as heroin. Picture: Scott Louden

Chris Marshall: Scotland’s drug-death crisis is overdue an intervention

Scotland’s drug-death crisis is overdue an intervention, writes Chris Marshall

Politics 10

Air pollution levels a ‘medical emergency’ in Scots cities

Fresh criticism has been directed at the Scottish Government over a lack of urgency in driving down deadly air pollution in Scotland’s streets, with calls for the issue to treated as a “health emergency”.

Politics 33
Blue Planet II

Scots opt for bottled water due to embarrassment and hassle factor

The success of Blue Planet II has failed to generate a shift in the Scottish public’s behaviour, with only a third carrying around a refillable water container and fewer than one in five going the extra mile to find an alternative to plastic bottles, a new survey has found.

Environment 86
Edinburgh Council is responsible for running a number of estates.

Controversy as estates worth £2.5m being run by Edinburgh council

Nearly 400 people have their money managed by Edinburgh city council after being deemed unfit to look after their own affairs.

Personal Finance 3
Numbers of male nursing staff increased between 2011 and 2014, when they reached a peak of 7,168.

Number of male nurses working in Scotland hits seven-year low

The number of male nurses working for NHS Scotland has dropped to a seven-year low as calls come for a recruitment drive to attract more men into the profession.

Health 11
Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. For Sale signs can be seen on Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, as new figures show the Edinburgh Property market more bouyant than the London one.

Number of English landlords in Scotland quadruples

The number of English landlords renting out properties in Scotland has risen dramatically in the past few years as lower house prices and tax reliefs make it easier to turn a profit, research suggests.

Companies 3
Survey respondents said the continued shortage of stock is driving up prices

Lack of supply pushing up housing prices in Scotland

Lack of supply continues to push up housing prices Scotland and slow down demand, a new survey has found.

Companies 8
James Heatly competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Final at the Optus Aquatic Centre during day seven of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Picture: PA

James Heatly helps Scotland to record Commonwealth medals haul

James Heatly, a young diver from Edinburgh, rewrote history for both his family and his country on Wednesday after becoming the first Scot to secure a Commonwealth Games medal in the sport since his grandfather claimed gold six decades ago.

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HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow remains the largest of Scotland's 15 prisons. Picture: John Devlin

Should the rest of the UK follow Scotland’s lead on prisons?

Prison reform campaigners are to debate whether the justice system in England and Wales should follow Scotland’s lead when it comes to managing jails and reducing the overall number of people incarcerated.

News 8

Five shops every week close on Scotland’s high streets

More than five stores a week are closing on the Scottish high street with “no town immune” from the carnage, a hard-hitting report today reveals.

Politics 59
Ethnic and religious minorities more likely to live in deprived areas. Picture: John Devlin

Catholics, Muslims and Polish people more likely to experience deprivation

Roman Catholics, Muslims, white Polish and other ethnic groups are more likely to live in deprived areas than the Scottish population as a whole, according to major survey.

News 141

Scotland leads big decreases in homicide figures across Western world

Scotland recorded a bigger fall in homicides than anywhere else in a group of leading Western nations over much of the past decade, figures show.

Politics 27

North Sea oil wealth fund would be worth ‘over £500 billion’

A UK sovereign wealth fund would today be worth more than £500 billion if Westminster had followed the example of Norway by investing North Sea oil revenues, a think tank has found.

Politics 223

Revealed: The firms with the biggest gender pay gap in Scotland’s cities

The deadline for UK companies which employ more than 250 staff to reveal their gender pay gap has now passed, meaning the public can now view the results.

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