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West Lothian team’s £1.2m helps to fund 170 new jobs

A total of 170 jobs have been created over the last 18 months on the back of support provided by West Lothian Council’s business support service. Business Gateway West Lothian said it has advised more than 20 local companies during the past...

Scotsman, yesterday, 07:15
 

Universities lose £400m in ‘stealth’ funding squeeze

Universities have lost out on more £400 million of funding as the impact of “stealth cuts” in recent years take their toll, new analysis has indicated. And cash for institutions is down again in next year’s Scottish budget which will be agreed by...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:13
 

Brian Monteith: Eurozone stats should underline advantages of leaving EU

As the prospect comes closer of leaving the European Union without the UK having agreements for a transition period (mistakenly called a “deal”) we are likely to hear more prophecies of economic catastrophe and scares about what might go wrong. One...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:13
 

Defra vows to spend millions to compensate farmers in event of no deal

Hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation will be set aside for farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove will tell industry leaders in Scotland today. It comes after a stark warning that many of Scotland’s...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:13
 

Lesley Riddoch: Scots must wake up to benefits of car park tax

Is Scotland a rational country or a place more deeply wedded to self-harming and planet-destroying habits than we realised? The debate around the workplace car levy (WPL) is proving instructive. Scottish Tories were out campaigning against the “SNP’s...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:13
 

Call to ban cancer-causing meats from menus in Scottish schools

Processed meats with a “clear link to cancer” should be removed from school menus, opposition have parties have said. It comes after it emerged that three-quarters of Scottish councils are offering pupils ham which contains nitrites. Experts have...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:13
 
Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by fake news report

Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by fake news report

Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”. The final report of the...

Guardian, yesterday, 00:46
 
Labour MP Paul Flynn dies aged 84

Labour MP Paul Flynn dies aged 84

Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West, has died, his local association has announced. He was 84 and had served his constituency since 1987. The association said on Twitter: “It’s with great sadness that we let you know that our MP, Paul Flynn,...

Guardian, yesterday, 00:46
 
Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove

Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove

Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system. Michael Gove’s proposed measures to ensure...

Guardian, yesterday, 00:46
 
NHS Tayside taken off highest alert amid £1.5m monthly overspend

NHS Tayside taken off highest alert amid £1.5m monthly overspend

NHS Tayside has been lifted out of emergency measures despite continuing to overspend by £1.5 million a month. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman upgraded the financially-troubled health board from the highest alert level on the back of an independent...

The Courier, yesterday, 00:24
 
A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook

A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook

Facebook is an out-of-control train wreck that is destroying democracy and must be brought under control. The final report of parliament’s inquiry into fake news and disinformation does not use this language, precisely, but it is, nonetheless, the...

Guardian, yesterday, 00:07
 

Loganair to take over flybmi routes from Aberdeen

Regional airline Loganair has said it will take over some of services provided by flybmi before it announced it was filing for administration. Loganair will operate flights from Aberdeen to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg from March 4 - describing this as a...

Scotsman, Sunday, 15:00
 
No-dealers dig in for a fresh battle amid fears of Tory split

No-dealers dig in for a fresh battle amid fears of Tory split

A Tory donor has registered a new party ready to champion a hard Brexit in a snap election amid rising concern that the Conservatives will eventually split over Theresa May’s strategy. Jeremy Hosking, the multimillionaire financier who backed a series...

Guardian, Sunday, 14:27
 
Health and rail plans sidelined ahead of Brexit deadline

Health and rail plans sidelined ahead of Brexit deadline

Cabinet ministers are being told that some of their most prized projects cannot be developed because so many officials have been diverted to delivering Brexit, it has emerged. Ministers’ priority programmes have fallen victim to “re-prioritisation”,...

Guardian, Sunday, 14:27
 
Labour MPs warned: quit the party and risk a decade of Tory rule

Labour MPs warned: quit the party and risk a decade of Tory rule

John McDonnell has warned Labour MPs on the verge of quitting they could cause a decade of Thatcherite Tory rule, adding there was no need for a split over Brexit because the party may still back a people’s vote. The shadow chancellor said MPs...

Guardian, Sunday, 13:47
 


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