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Wealth manager makes Scots debut with acquisition

A provider of wealth management and legal advisory services has unveiled the acquisition of a Scottish financial services firm as it looks to deepen its roots north of the Border – including more potential deals. Progeny Group has swooped on...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Streaming apps ‘used to exploit children aged eight’

Children as young as eight are being sexually exploited online, Barnardo’s the UK’s largest children’s charity, has revealed. The popularity of live streaming services like TikTok is contributing to younger children needing to access specialist help...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Reckless pension fund bosses face jail

Bosses who are reckless with their employees’ pensions could be jailed for up to seven years, Amber Rudd has warned. The Pensions Secretary said “wilful or reckless behaviour” relating to a pension scheme will become a criminal offence and could lead...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Family calls for automatic inquiries 
if tag breach is followed by murder

A full independent inquiry into the failures leading to the murder of a father-of-three stabbed to death is critical to restoring confidence in Scotland’s Home Detention Curfew system, the victim’s family have said. Michael McCelland, whose son Craig...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Here’s how Scotland can cut its prison population – Karyn McCluskey

Scotland’s prison population is at the highest level for a decade, so do you think we should build more prisons or try something different, something based on actual evidence, asks Karyn McCluskey. I’ve been engaging with lots of great students and...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

Why parking tax isn’t real solution to air pollution – Christine Jardine

The ill-thought-out parking tax could lead drivers to leave their cars in residential streets instead of using workplace spaces, warns Christine Jardine. It is one of the most precious commodities we have and it is under threat. Clean air. Many of you...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 
Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank

Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank

Philip Hammond must find an extra £5bn in this year’s Whitehall spending review to reverse planned cuts and meet his claim of ending austerity, a leading thinktank has revealed. The Institute for Fiscal Studies told the chancellor that funds pledged...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP

Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP

GCSE exams in England should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate for school leavers that includes vocational skills and personal development, as part of a radical overhaul proposed by an influential Conservative MP. Robert Halfon, the MP for...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 
Brexit could boost UK's military standing, says defence secretary

Brexit could boost UK's military standing, says defence secretary

Brexit represents an opportunity for Britain to boost its global military standing in response to the threats posed by Russia and China, the defence secretary will say in a notably combative address at a defence thinktank. Gavin Williamson intends to...

Guardian, 11 February 2019
 

Billions more needed to honour claim of end of austerity, think tank warns Tories

Ending austerity will cost the Chancellor billions of pounds more in public spending increases, an economic think tank has warned. Philip Hammond will have to find an extra £5 billion a year by 2023-24 simply to maintain current per-capita levels of...

Scotsman, 11 February 2019
 

May keeps door open to talks with Corbyn as she tries to buy more time

Theresa May has called for Brexit talks with Labour “as soon as possible”, while resisting Jeremy Corbyn’s demands for a full customs union with the EU but leaving the door open to cooperation between the two parties in search of a breakthrough. In...

Scotsman, 10 February 2019
 
Cabinet backs Chris Grayling after ferry fiasco, says minister

Cabinet backs Chris Grayling after ferry fiasco, says minister

A ministerial colleague of Chris Grayling has insisted the cabinet still supports the beleaguered transport secretary, amid pressure on him to step down over the cancellation of a Brexit-related ferry contract awarded to a company with no ships. The...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 

Outstanding NHS payments to clinical waste firm ‘should go to unpaid staff’

A call has been made for NHS payments to a failed clinical waste contractor to be diverted to workers who were let go at Christmas without wages. The Herald on Sunday has reported health boards owe Healthcare Environmental Services Limited (HES)...

Scotsman, 10 February 2019
 
Government to make mismanaging of pension funds a criminal offence

Government to make mismanaging of pension funds a criminal offence

MPs and pension experts have welcomed government plans to introduce lengthy jail sentences for fat cat executives who recklessly mismanage pension funds, in an effort to avoid future scandals like BHS or Carillion. Amber Rudd, the work and pensions...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 
UK economic growth expected to halve in final quarter of 2018

UK economic growth expected to halve in final quarter of 2018

UK growth slowed sharply in the final three months of 2018 as Brexit anxiety weighed on consumers and firms, official figures published on Monday are expected to show. City economists estimate that economic growth halved to just 0.3% in the fourth...

Guardian, 10 February 2019
 


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