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Think-tank: Scottish Government has become more reliant on business rates to …

A FAS paper on local government funding challenges states: "The Scottish Government is increasingly relying more on non-domestic rates income (NDRI) to boost its coffers and less on council taxes. "In 2009/10 council tax amounted to 5.6% of the total …

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Scottish Premiership – Celtic manager Ronny Deila targets treble glory

Victory over St Johnstone at Parkhead on Wednesday night will take the Hoops nine points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership ahead of a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final and Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United …

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Scottish Parliament rejects campaign urging 'adultery' definition to include …

A petition which urged politicians to redefine adultery to take into account same-sex marriage has been rejected by Members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs). The petition was submitted by Akri Jones to the Public Petitions Committee in Holyrood, and …

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Raith manager's selection headache for Scottish Cup tie

“It's a quarter-final of a Scottish Cup and sometimes you'll get guys who haven't featured in games like this so it's a big occasion for them. “We're certainly looking forward to it and we know it's a big ask. “We're coming up against a side who are …

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Audience divided on Martin Clunes' attempt at a Scottish accent for ITV drama …

But his attempt at delivering the novelist's Edinburgh accent left some unimpressed, with many saying that his brogue kept changing in the new biopic. Steve Oliver wrote: "Martin Clunes does a good Scottish accent, shame he forgot to do it in the first …

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Number cruncher tells SPFL chiefs: You flogged Scottish football to TV for one …

SPFL chiefs today stand accused of underselling our game to TV bosses by one TENTH of its real value. A leading sports accountant insisted we risk falling even further behind our neighbours from south of the border if Scottish football rulers don't …

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Scottish hospitals miss key A&E waiting times and bed blocking targets

Robison admitted the bed blocking figures were unacceptable, but she insisted the Scottish targets were the most challenging in the UK. “More clearly needs to be done to tackle the issues facing our NHS,” she said. Robison said: “Today's A&E waiting …

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First review in for Jak and Eddie's Scottish Kitchen

First review in for Jak and Eddie's Scottish Kitchen. STV Glasgow held a special preview screening of Jak and Eddie's Scottish Kitchen for the city's food bloggers. The first review is in from Gerry's Kitchen – check out what he had to say.

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Countdown to ScotHot Reaches Boiling Point, 4 – 5 March …

Countdown to ScotHot Reaches Boiling Point, 4 – 5 March 2015, SECC. Running from 4 to 5 March 2015, the event will take place at Glasgow's SECC and will be opened by Scotland's Tourism Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, with a host of industry leaders also lined up for the show. … For the latest show […]

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Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Newspaper Society's centenary celebrations, The …

BEGINS the website of the Scottish Newspaper Society: “A General Election preview with four senior Scottish editors will be at the heart of an SNS reception at the Scottish Parliament this Thursday to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish Daily …

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£10.5m contract wins and new Scottish office for Esh Border Construction

The company has plans for further growth in 2015 and is currently working on several Scottish contracts including a £1.4m deal with Gullane Golf Course to renovate it in time for this year's Scottish Open; £6.4m of contracts on two social housing …

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CMS adds two partners to its Scottish construction team

Dispute specialist Shona Frame joins the firm from MacRoberts and Ian McCann joins from DWF. Frame, who has a dual accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Construction Law and in Arbitration Law, advises on all forms of …

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Hockey team through to Scottish District Cup semi-final

The Shetland women's hockey team which beat Highland Ladies 7-0 in the quarter-final of the Scottish District Cup on Sunday. Back (from left): coach Peter Sharp, Kristan Robertson (vice-captain), Janetta Williamson, Abbey Irvine, Rhiannon Inkster, Emma …

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Scottish SPCA appeal after two dogs found starved to death

A charity is urging people in Moray to be their “eyes and ears” in reporting any suspected animal mistreatment. The Scottish SPCA made the call after two horrifying cases of animal abuse in the region, where pet dogs were found starved to death. Last …

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SNP attacks Scottish Labour leader's tuition fees pledge

In a speech to students on Tuesday, the Scottish Labour leader said his party would keep tuition free for Scottish universities as part of a package of enhanced university funding and a new £125m programme to get the poorest students into higher education.

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Ladies kick off with big win

Joelle Murray (2), Lucy Graham (2), Katey Turner (2), Lia Tweedie and Clare Williamson were all on target for the rampant Hibees during the Scottish Women's Premier League, first round contest at Albyn Park, Broxburn. Manager Chris Roberts was …

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Former PM Gordon Brown says UK government could part own oil fields

However, the SNP's Stewart Hosie accused Mr Brown of failing to act during his time as Chancellor. Mr Hosie, the party's deputy leader, called for Mr Brown to back the Scottish government's action plan for the industry, which included cuts in North Sea …

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Three Scottish sites ruled out and three remain in UK spaceport race

Three Scottish airports are a step closer to becoming home of Europe's first spaceport today after three Scottish RAF bases were ruled out as potential sites. Following a three month consultation by the UK government, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA …

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Transmission charges warning must be heeded

Today's National reports that Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer at Scottish Power, has warned transmission charges are a barrier to new electricity generation in Scotland, making clear that “there needs to be a fair and level playing field with …

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Scottish Labour leader joins calls for reduction in FOBT stakes

The leader of the Scottish Labour Party has spoken out in favour of reducing the cap on stakes players can place on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire Jim Murphy has added his support to the campaign to cut …

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Sports accountant: Scottish clubs will fall further behind English teams if …

But that three-year deal – which kicks in from 2016 – dwarves the Scottish Professional Football League's current agreement with the satellite broadcasters. It runs until 2017 but the £15million a year it pays out to the SPFL is shared by all 42 member …

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Scottish A&E waiting time targets missed again in January

The Scottish Government announced it would publish weekly waiting time figures following sustained pressure from Labour at Holyrood, with opposition MSPs arguing weekly publication of the statistics in England has revealed problems in A&E departments …

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Benefit sanctions “punished” 6500 Scottish children last year

Religious leaders have called for an urgent rethink of UK welfare reforms after a major report found around 6,500 children in Scotland were hit by benefit sanctions last year. The report from a coalition of churches condemned the sanctions system – the …

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Three people arrested over escape of Scottish prisoner in Ireland

Three people have been arrested over the violent escape of a notorious Scottish convict from prison in Ireland. Three people have been arrested over the violent escape of a notorious Scottish convict from prison in Ireland. Sorry, you must sign in …

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Scottish FA announce a minute's applause will be held in honour of Dave …

Born in Edinburgh, Mackay started his career at Tynecastle in 1953 and five years later captained his boyhood heroes to the Scottish title. He also led Hearts to a Scottish Cup triumph and two League Cup victories and was a Hearts player when he played …

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Labour 'will keep free university tuition'

Speaking ahead of the event in Glasgow, Mr Murphy said: “Under Scottish Labour there will be no university tuition fees in Scotland. “I want young Scots to be able to train to be doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, scientists and much more no matter …

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Scottish Textiles Centre for Galashiels

It has been announced that Galashiels is set to become the home of a new Scottish Centre of Textiles. Plans for the centre are still in the early stages, but first on the list is to create a Scottish National Archive, which would house both historic …

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Westminster sanctions hitting lone parents hardest

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament's Stage Three debate on the Welfare Funds Bill, the SNP is highlighting new evidence of the impact of welfare cuts and sanctions on lone parents – and is reiterating its call for a full investigation into reports that …

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Priceless Scottish treasures are on their way to Bede's World in Jarrow

The team from Bede's World in Jarrow are setting off on a mission to select items from Glasgow Museum's Burrell Collection and bring them back to Tyneside. The curators of the Burrell Collection which forms part of the Scottish National Collection are …

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Scotland v Italy: Six Nations 2015 – as it happened | Dan …

Six Nations 2015: Scotland were left staring at the wooden spoon after a late penalty try gave Italy a dramatic win at Murrayfield. … 2015 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

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St Patrick was Scottish and 12 other facts you probably didn't know about the …

St Patrick was Scottish and 12 other facts you probably didn't know about the patron saint of Ireland. 07:00, 3 March 2015; By Kate Rees, Amy Browne. Swot up on Ireland's patron saint ahead of St Patrick's Day on March 17. Share; Share; Tweet; +1 …

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New flag plan could stir up Scottish feeling

Union flags will be displayed on roads, bridges and other publicly funded infrastructure projects throughout Britain under Government plans which may be seen as provocative by supporters of Scottish independence. Plaques featuring the union flag …

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Thousands of Scottish children hit annually as a result of benefit sanctions …

MORE than 6,000 Scots children were affected by benefit sanctions last year, according to a church report. The report, Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions, was written by a coalition of major UK Churches including the Church of Scotland, Church Action on …

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Children's charity Hopscotch receives £1200 donation from Scottish Conservatives

THE Scottish Tories have donated £1,200 to Hopscotch, a children's charity that provides respite care for vulnerable children in the West Highlands. Hopscotch, based in Edinburgh, was founded in 1998 and since then has enabled approximately 5000 …

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Tuesday's Scottish gossip

(Scottish Sun). Rangers board members Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are also considering leaving the club before Friday's EGM. (Daily Record). King will secure control of Rangers without the need for an EGM. (The Times). Former Rangers chairman …

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