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Video: Scotland’s Education System in Numbers

Free higher education comes at a price, but Finance Secretary Derek Mackay promised to pick up the £1.8bn tab from Universities and Colleges.


Scottish Budget 2017: How SNP tax reform affects you

Hundreds of thousands of Scottish taxpayers will pay more tax from next year after the SNP announced major reforms to the system, including the creation of two new bands.

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James Kelly MSP appears before the Justice Committee to give evidence on his members bill the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. 12 December 2017. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Will Scotland’s controversial football act be scrapped?

Scottish Parliamentary committee hearings, with all due respect to their importance and participants, aren’t always exciting affairs.

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What the latest polls tell us about Scottish independence

Brexit may be preoccupying most political minds this festive season but in Scotland there is always another constitutional issue bubbling below the surface.

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Poll: SNP set to lose pro-independence majority

The SNP is set to lose their pro-independence majority at the Scottish Parliament at the next election as Labour make up ground, according to a new poll.


Community land ownership in Scotland rises ‘fivefold’ since 1990

Ulva made headlines in October when a fundraising campaign was launched to help pay for a community buyout of the tiny island off the coast of Mull.

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Finance Secreatry Derek Mackay

What political parties are saying ahead of the budget

Thanks to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s decision to make what was previously the Autumn statement his main financial speech, politicians and journalists in Scotland now get two set-piece Budget events within a month.

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Scotland sees 543 more teachers

More Scottish teachers but primary classes stay the same size

The number of teachers in Scotland has increased by 543 in the last year but primary school class sizes have remained the same, according to official statistics.

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What prisoners in Scotland will be eating on Christmas Day

Prison bosses have revealed the menu inmates in Scottish prisons can expect this Christmas.

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Derek Mackay said a tax rise is being considered

What can we expect from the Scottish budget on Thursday

For most the early days of December are a chance to start looking ahead to Christmas, doing some shopping for gifts, or even planning the big day itself. Not for Derek Mackay.

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Scrapping stamp duty on cheaper homes will not solve property problesm, experts havre argued. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh city centre flats rocket in value, report says

The average selling price of two bedroom flats in Edinburgh’s New Town and West End have rocketed by more than a quarter over the last three months, a report has revealed.

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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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Map: How the number of Scottish Gaelic speakers has changed since 1891

The prevalence of Scottish Gaelic speakers has waned dramatically in the last 100 years.

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The Drumchapel estate, with the edge of Bearsden looking down from the trees above. Life expectancy between the two is markedly different. Picture: Robert Perry

Poorest men in Scotland die 10 years before richest, report finds

Men living in Scotland’s poorest areas can expect to die 10 years before those living in more well-off places, official statistics have confirmed.

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The statistics also showed that women in Orkney have the highest healthy life expectancy. Picture: contributed

Dundee men have lowest healthy life expectancy

MEN in Dundee have the lowest healthy life expectancy in the UK at just 54.3 years, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Land reform is required to boost the number of new homes, a paper has suggested. Picture: PA

Land reform ‘essential’ to solving housing shortage in Scotland

A dysfunctional land market lies at the heart of Scotland’s housing shortage and presents a barrier to building affordable homes, a discussion paper from the Scottish Land Commission has suggested.

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ESPC said many first-time buyers would need much smaller deposits with a 95 per cent mortgage. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

First-time buyers in Edinburgh, Glasgow will need £58,000 deposit

Deposits needed by first-time buyers are set to rocket by 
55 per cent and 48 per cent in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively over the next ten years, a report has revealed.

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Video: How Brexit might impact the Scottish Economy

Scotland’s economy is expected to prop up the rest of the UK in 2018, but it’s unclear how it’ll fare post-Brexit.

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Think-tank says every adult in Scotland should receive £5,200 basic income

Four councils have expressed an interest in running pilot universal basic income (UBI) schemes which would see residents handed a fixed amount of cash regardless of their employment status.

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Christmas shoppers on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scots parents admit skipping meals to pay for Christmas presents

Parents in Scotland are prepared to skip meals in order to pay for Christmas presents for their children, a survey of festive spending habits has revealed.

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