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Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Budget an example of ‘strong and stable government’

Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the Scottish Government’s draft Budget as an example of “strong and stable government” - contrasting it with Westminster’s Brexit “shambles”. The First Minister spoke out in favour of the “strong and progressive” package of...

yesterday, 19:51 in Politics

Parents warned of slime toys health risk to children

Slime and putty toys sold by major retailers including Smyths Toys, Argos and Hamleys could pose a health risk to children, an investigation has claimed. Six products tested by consumer watchdog Which? found that the products exceeded the safe levels...

yesterday, 19:31 in Hot News

Scottish Budget analysis: What a relief! – Bill Jamieson

Even before Finance Secretary Derek Mackay concluded his Budget speech in Holyrood yesterday, there would have been relief amongst his strongest critics that it’s still possible to have ‘normal’ parliamentary politics in the UK, with Holyrood...

yesterday, 19:09 in Politics

Scottish Budget: Union leaders hit out at Derek Mackay’s pay deal

The Scottish Government’s budget for 2019-2020 “does nothing to make amends for a decade of pay cuts for public workers”, it has been claimed. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced a public-sector pay deal that provides a pay rise of 3% for those...

yesterday, 18:56 in Politics

Scottish Budget analysis: Income tax differences still dominate

Income tax has dominated the Scottish budget process since the Scottish Government decided to overhaul the system and introduce five tax bands last year. It means Scotland’s has a significantly different system from the rest of the UK, where four...

yesterday, 18:37 in Politics

Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in jail. Mr Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for the US president, has been given a 36-month prison sentence. He is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to...

yesterday, 17:31 in Politics

Scottish Budget: Brexit threat to Scottish finances laid bare

Scotland is facing a £3billion spending black hole over the next five years as the Brexit chaos hits growth, the country’s economic watchdog today warned. The Scottish Fiscal Commission has predicted that growth in the next two years will actually be...

yesterday, 17:31 in Politics

Platinum Wave launches recruitment agency Franchise Moves

Edinburgh-based franchise consultancy Platinum Wave is celebrating the launch of its recruitment agency, Franchise Moves. The new agency will recruit franchise professionals across all levels on behalf of brands in every business sector and offer “a...

yesterday, 17:15 in Politics

Inksters Solicitors expands into Thurso

Legal firm Inksters Solicitors has expanded its operations into Thurso with a key new hire. The Glasgow-headquartered company has appointed Charlotte Platt to set up the new office at 10 Sinclair Street, which strengthens Inksters’ presence in the...

yesterday, 17:06 in Business

Strathclyde research centre hails £500,000 tech investment

A University of Strathclyde research centre specialising in innovative manufacturing technologies has hailed a £500,000 investment that could lead to major implications for manufacturers. The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at Inchinnan has...

yesterday, 17:01 in Politics

Brexit poll: Britons back Theresa May to stay as Prime Minister

Britons have backed Theresa May to stay on as Prime Minister based on a new poll. Forty per cent of respondents to the latest YouGov poll said the Brexit deal could not be bettered by whoever would replace Mrs May if she lost a vote of no-confidence....

yesterday, 17:01 in Politics

Scottish Budget: Middle earner tax gap between Scotland and UK grows

The tax gap between middle earners in Scotland and the rest of the UK is poised to increase after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay confirmed today that he will freeze the theshold for the Higher rate of Tax in Scotland next year. And those with second...

yesterday, 16:45 in Politics

Harry Potter star contests ruling over £1 million tax refund

Harry Potter film star Rupert Grint is challenging a ruling denying him a £1 million tax refund. A tax tribunal previously rejected the actor’s appeal against a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) block on him using a change in accounting dates to shield...

yesterday, 16:44 in Lifestyle

Vandal calls Labour’s Dennis Skinner a ‘jobby’ at Glasgow station

Veteran Labour politician Dennis Skinner’s potty-mouthed behaviour has inspired a ‘foul’ comeback from a vandal at a Scottish train station. The 86-year-old was forced to defend swearing at a member of the SNP in the Commons yesterday. Mr Skinner was...

yesterday, 16:26 in Politics

New BBC channel to feature Scottish version of Question Time

The new BBC Scotland channel will include its own Question Time-style debate show, MPs have been told. The Scottish Affairs Committee heard plans are “on track” to launch the channel on February 24 next year, with a nightly hour-long news programme...

yesterday, 16:24 in Lifestyle

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