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Councillors call for “Living Rent” for Edinburgh tenants

Fire at Waterside

Green Councillors have called for a “Living Rent” in the wake of soaring private rents.   Green councillor Steve Burgess, urged city leader Andrew Burns to support the “Living Rent” campaign at today’s full council meeting after new figures show Lothian rents rising well above inflation.   The campaign aims to highlight soaring private rents […]

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Proposals for more nutritional hospital meals sees widespread support


New guidelines unveiled by NHS Scotland on hospital catering may legally oblige hospitals to serve nutritional meals to patients.   Health Secretary Alex Neil unveiled the guidelines which are due to go to consultation in January and have received widespread support from MSPs across the board.   The proposals consist of three key points, the first […]

November 17th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Countdown to lower drink drive limit


THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT will tomorrow vote on an order which will bring the reduced legal drink drive limit into effect on 5 December.   This move will lower the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood which will put Scotland in line with the rest […]

November 17th, 2014 | Posted in Police,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Teachers’ union and SNP to discuss the future of Scotland’s education

Robinson and Salmond Launch Climate Justice Fund

Scotland’s leading teachers’ union, The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), will take centre stage at today’s Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Perth to discuss the future of Scotland’s education.   The event, titled “Where now for Scottish Education?”, will discuss a number of key issues facing Scottish education in the year ahead – including […]

November 14th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Teen overtakes Scottish Labour for Facebook “likes”


A TEENAGER who succeeded in getting more Facebook “likes” than Jim Murphy has now overtaken Scottish Labour.   Kyle Renton, 16, wanted to show that a youngster could win more support on Facebook than Murphy, who is bidding for the leadership of the party north of the border.   But after exceeding Murphy’s total in […]

November 13th, 2014 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tram enquiry development will compel those involved to give evidence


  Colin Keir MSP for Edinburgh Western has welcomed the news today that the Edinburgh Tram Enquiry has been converted from a non-statutory to a statutory enquiry.   The Scottish Government has placed the enquiry on a statutory footing which will compel those involved in the Trams project to give evidence following a request from […]

November 7th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

MSPs join forces to promote equality for LGBTI and ethnic minorities


MSPs from all parties gathered outside the Scottish Parliament today to support a campaign for equality for LGBTI and ethnic minorities.   The support is part of the Scottish Government’s ‘One Scotland’ Campaign which was launched during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.   Cabinet Secretary for Equalities Shona Robison joined a number of MSPs from all […]

November 6th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Green MSP calls on ministers to make urgent council tax reforms


Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian urged ministers to make reform of the council tax an urgent priority.   Ms Johnstone used Finance Questions at Holyrood to raise growing concerns among communities where council cutbacks have prompted parents to pay for basic school equipment, and where leisure facilities face being axed.   The Scottish Green […]

November 5th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Government backing will see more electric vehicles on Scotland’s roads


The number of electric vehicles on Scotland’s roads is set to increase exponentially over the coming months due to initiatives set in place by the Scottish Government.   Transport Scotland has announced plans to dedicate £1 million to the development and use of electric vehicles, particularly in Scotland’s car club sector.   The pioneering move […]

November 5th, 2014 | Posted in News,Politics | Read More »

Calls for wild animal ban as circus big cats arrive in Scotland for first time in years


MSP Kevin Stewart has urged the Scottish government to take action against a traveling circus which uses big cats.   The arrival of lions and tigers from a circus in England to Aberdeenshire – the first wild circus animals to be seen in the country for years – has caused uproar, and led to a […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Student bursaries down as loans increase

The number of those out of work dropped in the last three months by a further 40,000, meaning unemployment is now at 5.5 per cent.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the SNP government’s switch from grants to loans for students.   Official figures published today by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) show that changes to student funding meant that in one year the total paid in bursaries and grants was slashed by £35.7 million.   The total […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Uncategorized | Read More »

Pink Floyd legend condemns “tragic” plan to deport top US musician from Scotland

American musician wants to stay

A LEGENDARY American session musician who worked with David Bowie and Pink Floyd as well as creating music for countless movies is battling deportation from Scotland.   Percussionist Steve Forman has been passing on his skills to dozens of students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow – without costing UK taxpayers “a dime”. […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

OAPs body-swerve cops to occupy Scotland Office

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PENSIONERS breezed past police to “occupy” the offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland yesterday – only to discover he was on holiday.   Veteran anti-nuclear campaigners targeted Alistair Carmichael’s workplace amid the stately surroundings of Edinburgh’s west end.   The protesters, who normally attempt to blockade the gates of Faslane in the west […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Unemployment down and growth figures up for Scottish economy

Coins for Hollyrood PR

Newly published figures have shown  a record fall in unemployment in Scotland and strong growth in the Scottish economy. Labour market statistics published today show that the number of people unemployed in Scotland has fallen by a record 40,000 – as Scotland’s employment rate of 73.9 per cent continues to outpace the UK’s rate of […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Potholes cost Scottish Government over £220 million to fix

Since 2007 the cost of filling potholes has totaled over £57 million.

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has spent a staggering £220m on repairing potholes in the last financial year. The costs are £53 million more than the previous financial year after which seen 17 out of 26 councils overspent on road repairs with East Dunbartonshire exceeding their budget by more than £1 million. The Scottish Borders were the worst […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Police Scotland chief angered by altered figure allegations

Pic Katielee Arrowsmith/Deadline News..Lothian and Boarders Police

POLICE Scotland’s chief constable has angrily hit out at claims the force has been manipulating crime figures.   Sir Stephen House said he was “annoyed” and “upset” by allegations the figures had been altered for political ends – and vowed that he would not tolerate such activity.   His comments came ahead of a Scottish […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Biscuits and trainers among Scottish Parliament theft spate

The Scottish Parliament building

THE Scottish Parliament’s tight security has failed to prevent a spate of thefts in the past year – none of which police have been able to solve. Despite the presence of armed officers and airport-style security, at least 14 items have been stolen, including a box of biscuits, trainers and a set of keys. MSPs […]

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

SNP Councillor Living in Austria Under Fire


A £16,000-a-year SNP councillor has admitted missing 40 council meetings last year – because he lives and works in Austria. Arthur Morrison, who represents the Kirkcaldy East constituency in Fife, is now facing calls for his resignation. Cllr Morrison runs Kirkcaldy-based consultancy company L5 Systems which he says requires him to be out of the […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Independence Vote Leads to Scot Ditching Life in the Middle-East


A SCOTS woman is so determined to cast her vote in the independence referendum that she has quit her job in Abu Dhabi to return home to vote. Ailsa Rolland, from Kinghorn, Fife, had been working as a high school teacher on the island in the Persian Gulf for the last four years. But the […]

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Top Stories | Read More »

Direct Savings to give staff Referendum day off

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A SCOTTISH company is giving its staff the day off on September 18 to vote in the independence referendum. Direct Savings, an energy efficiency company based in Bathgate, West Lothian, is believed to be the first business in the country to make the move. All 55 staff have been given a holiday to encourage them […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Business,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

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