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“Disgust” over councillor’s claim for funeral mileage

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A COUNCILLOR has caused “disgust” after claiming expenses to attend a colleague’s funeral.   Alastair Cranston, a former Scotland rugby international and SNP councillor, even put in a mileage claim for driving to sign the condolence book.   Cllr Cranston charged taxpayers £6.45 for the 17-mile return trip to the funeral of fellow ward councillor […]

December 19th, 2014 | Posted in News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish Greens announce yet another appointment

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THE SCOTTISH GREENS have confirmed another appointment with an Independent North Lanarkshire councillor joining the party.   Frances McGlinchey, Independent councillor in North Lanarkshire, has her application unanimously approved at the weekend by a meeting of the National Council of the Scottish Greens.   Ms McGlinchey intends to continue sitting as an independent councillor, the […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Independent MSP joins Scottish Greens as memberships continue to grow

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The Scottish Greens today (16 Dec) confirmed that John Wilson, Independent MSP for Central Scotland, has joined the party.   Mr Wilson’s application to join the party was approved at the weekend at a meeting of the Council of the Scottish Greens.   He will continue sitting as an Independent MSP, the same approach taken […]

December 16th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Scottish Lib Dems call for urgent action on mental health waiting times

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action must be taken to put health boards back on track towards meeting crucial mental health waiting time targets.   Mental health charity Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) today (15 December) expressed their disappointment that only four out of 14 health boards are meeting the target […]

December 15th, 2014 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Small business bonus scheme maintenance announced

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  Deputy First Minister John Sweeney delivered a parliamentary statement on local government finance and made a range of announcements about business rates in Scotland.   The local government finance announcements mean Scottish local authorities will receive around £10.85bn next year to run vital services.   They will have to freeze council tax for the […]

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Politics | Read More »

Childcare in Scotland unaffordable and unavailable according to Citizens Advice report

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EDINBURGH MP, Mike Crockart, has urged the Scottish Government to take action on childcare in Scotland after a report by Citizens Advice revealed failings.   The report found that childcare in Scotland is “unaffordable and unavailable” with Scottish parents spending 27% of their income on childcare compared to just 12% in other developed countries.   […]

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

Scottish Conservatives call out SNP over Air Passenger Duty

Donald Trump appeared at the Scottish Parliament's green energy targets inquiry

THE SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVES have urged the SNP to set out their position on Air Passenger Duty (APD).   Conservative MSP and energy spokesman, Murdo Fraser, called for the SNP to discuss how the power would be used now that the smith commission has recommended its devolution.   In the White Paper, the Scottish Government previously […]

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Bookies put SNP as favourites for general election following Sturgeon leadership

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THE SNP are now favourites to win most seats in Scotland at next May’s general election, according to Ladbrokes. Political punters have handed new leader Nicola Sturgeon a huge vote of confidence, forcing the bookies to cut the odds of a Nationalist victory from 6/4 to 8/11.   Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “In 2010, […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Councillors call for “Living Rent” for Edinburgh tenants

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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