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Labour councils split over ending tax freeze

Labour’s Councillor Bobby McGill quit as leader of Clacks Council in a row over redundancies

SCOTLAND’S Labour councils continued to disagree yesterday about whether to implement the three per cent council tax increase which all 32 local authorities can make this year.

12:00am Friday 24 February 2017

Sturgeon urged to throw out plan to shut Paisley hospital’s only children’s ward

Claims made by Kezia Dugdale proved to be incorrect

KEZIA Dugdale has urged Nicola Sturgeon to step in to prevent the proposed closure of a children’s hospital ward in Paisley, after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde backed moving in-patient care for youngsters to the Royal Hospital for Children in…

12:00am Friday 24 February 2017

COSLA finance chief Kevin Kennan swaps budget meeting for a holiday in the sun

Kevin Keenan has been a continued critic of the SNP government

LABOUR’s top man in Dundee, Kevin Keenan, came in for criticism on Wednesday, after he ditched the cold misery of a city council budget meeting to soak up some vitamin D somewhere in the Med.

8:15pm Friday 24 February 2017

MSPs pass Scottish Government's budget

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's Budget was passed by 68 votes to 57

HOLYROOD passed the Scottish Government’s budget last night, with Finance Secretary Derek Mackay insisting it was the best deal for taxpayers anywhere in the UK.

12:00am Friday 24 February 2017

Profile: First Aid 4 Gambia

Bill Nelson visited the Gambia to see his charity work in action

IT is a new dawn for the Gambia and the signs, so far, are good. The new President, Adama Barrow, is a devout Muslim, but one of his first acts was to change the name of the country from The Islamic Republic of the Gambia to The Republic of the…

6:20pm Friday 24 February 2017

Michael Gray: Scotland’s poorest need SNP action on inequality

Some 220,000 children are living in poverty in Scotland

THERE’S nothing better at creating a sense of urgency than remembering that in a relatively short period of time I’ll be dead. Relatively speaking, of course. Even if I’m fortunate enough to live until I’m 80, I’m almost a third of the way…

12:00am Tuesday 21 February 2017

Willie Rennie: SNP would sell their granny on Amazon to secure independence

LibDem leader Willie Rennie said the SNP are pushing an isolationist agenda

LIBDEM leader Willie Rennie has accused the SNP of abandoning principles in their quest for independence, which he says will be a “disaster” leaving Scotland outside of the EU.

12:00am Tuesday 21 February 2017

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: SNP need to grasp the thistle on business rates

The effects the rates rises would have were flagged up well in advance

THERE is no point in sugaring the pill – the Scottish Government dropped the ball on business rates. However, to be fair, it did manage to turn adversity into advantage simply by getting its act together before the UK Government, making the…

12:00am Friday 24 February 2017

Holyrood sets income tax for the first time as SNP freeze 40p higher rate threshold

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

MSPs have voted on income-tax rates and bands in Scotland for the first-time ever, with Holyrood opting to freeze the point at which the higher 40p tax rate kicks in.

12:00am Wednesday 22 February 2017

SNP dismiss report saying independent Scotland would be ‘new Greece’

Keith Brown questioned the report’s methodology

CLAIMS an independent Scotland would suffer Greek-style austerity cuts of about £19 billion have been dismissed as flawed by the Scottish Government.

12:00am Monday 20 February 2017
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