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Scottish councils pile up record debt

The Guardian has established that Scottish councils owe more than twice as much per head than English and Welsh local authorities, equal to debts of £6,166 per household, compared with £3,100 per home in England and £2,825 per household in Wales.

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Six Nations: Italy beat Scotland 22-19 with last-gasp penalty …

Italy secured their first Six Nations victory of 2015 with a last-gasp 22-19 win against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, leaving the hosts facing their fourth wooden spoon in 11 years. … News: Forwards praised as Italy revel in victory. Matches: Scotland 19 – 22 Italy. Tournaments/Tours: Six Nations. Teams: Italy | Scotland. Grounds: Murrayfield. […]

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Impact of Welfare Reforms On Children and Families …

The report, published today, represents the first time the impact of the UK Government's welfare reform agenda on different household types in Scotland has been quantified. The research for the Committee was conducted by …

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SCO 122/3 | Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Scotland Ball …

Catch the Live Cricket Score Updates of Bangladesh (BAN) vs Scotland (SCO), ICC Cricket World Cup Match 27 here. … News · Bollywood · Videos · Travel · Cars · Cricket · Health · Mobile · Education · Real Estate.

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Scottish Government in narrowly win over NHS database …

THE Scottish Government last night narrowly survived a vote over controversial plans to open up the NHS register. … Weird · Obituaries · Scotland · Sunday · Home · News · UK; SNP in narrow win over universal database …

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Scottish League title winner changed codes

Stan also won the League Championship in 1956 and 1958 with the Yorkshire outfit, one of only a few Scottish players ever to achieve this honour. Stan's younger brother, Ron, with five Scottish caps to his credit, was also now in rugby league, living …

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Scotland lose out to Canada in Cyprus Cup opener

FIFA Women's World Cup hosts Canada were too strong for Scotland in the opening match of the 2015 Cyprus Cup. The Scots never looked like recovering from gifting Canada a third minute goal and the London Olympic bronze medallists added a second …

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Hial 'would support a Scottish spaceport'

The operator of airports at Stornoway and Campbeltown has said it is open to the idea of either site being developed as a UK spaceport. Highlands and Islands Airport Limited said it did not have the resources to take on the project itself. But Hial's …

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Lower oil prices 'unlikely to harm' Scottish economy, says report

The Fraser of Allander Institute of the University of Strathclyde, a leading observer of the Scottish economy, said its best-case estimate for the impact of the lower oil price on employment suggested a net increase of 9,700 jobs in Scotland while its …

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St Johnstone's Danny Swanson claims shock winner against Celtic

St Johnstone's Danny Swanson inflicted a first domestic defeat of 2015 on the league leaders Celtic with a memorable goal. The on-loan Coventry midfielder marked his first Scottish Premiership start for Saints with a glorious first-time effort in the …

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Davis Cup: Andy Murray reignites Scottish pride for GB v USA

Courier may have fond memories of overcoming Greg Rusedski in the deciding rubber of the 1999 GB v USA tie, but that was in Birmingham, against a player who had switched nationalities from Canada only four years earlier. The Scottish swell of support …

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All Scottish dogs to be microchipped from next year

All dogs in Scotland will need to be microchipped from April 2016 under a planned change in the law by the Scottish government. A public consultation in 2014 showed that more than 83% of those who took part favoured making microchipping compulsory.

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SNP set for 56 of 59 Scottish seats in general election, poll suggests

The full scale of the post-referendum political earthquake in Scotland has been demonstrated by a new poll which suggests Charles Kennedy's once safe seat will fall to the Scottish National party, along with the seat Gordon Brown is retiring from in May.

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Colin Hendry: Former Scotland captain and Manchester City …

COLIN Hendry, the former Scotland captain and Premier League winner, has today admitted to drink driving but will fight a ban from the roads.

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Swinney: Labour must back investment and fairness …

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/An-alternative-to-austerity-15e5.aspx. Motion to be debated in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow: That this Parliament condemns the unfair approach the UK Government is taking to reductions …

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Uddingston TAGB club enjoys Scottish success

Members of the Uddingston TAGB Tae-Kwon Do club had plenty to celebrate when they took part in the recent national championships. The club returned from the Scottish closed championships with no fewer than 41 medals, spread among 26 competitiors.

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Holyrood backs Scottish identity database

In one of the closest Holyrood votes in recent times, members voted by 65 to 60 in favour of a motion by the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, for the proposals to be treated as primary legislation. Without the Liberal Democrat amendment …

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Energy forms key part of new Scottish economic strategy

Help for communities to invest in green energy and a refreshed oil and gas strategy form part of the Scottish Government's new economic plans. Having reduced the productivity gap with the rest of the UK, the ambition of ministers is to see Scotland …

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Scottish Tories donate cash to help vulnerable children enjoy Highland break

The Scottish Conservatives have donated £1,200 to Hopscotch, an Edinburgh-based children's charity that provides respite care for vulnerable children in the west Highlands. Since it was founded in 1998, Hopscotch has enabled around 5,000 young people …

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Scottish primary school gives homework to children referring to Palestinians …

Children's coursework which refers to Palestinians as “terrorists” has been withdrawn by a council after it received angry complaints. Eleven-year-olds at a primary school in Motherwell, Scotland, have been issued worksheets that state: “Palestinians …

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Competing for Scottish title a Wise move by Kyle

Edinburgh snowboarder Kyle Wise took the title honours on his debut entry in the Scottish Snowboard Cross Championships at Glenshee. The 25-year-old Heriot-Watt University graduate took full advantage of a break from his European commitments to land …

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David McCarthy: Whisper it but this could well be the year Hibs finally end …

SCOTTISH sprinter Eric Liddell, who became immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire, was born in this year. Same with golf legends Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones. The celebrated American author John Steinbeck was too. Levi Strauss, the man who gave …

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Kevin Locke's move to Scottish rugby union called off

Salford full-back Kevin Locke will not now be moving to Scottish rugby union, it has been confirmed. The Scotland Rugby Union (SRU) had been intending to play the full-back in Scottish club union to acclimatise him to the game in time for the 15-man …

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Scottish exporting 'at risk' from UK EU exit

Mr Wilson, who wrote a review of Scottish international trade for the Scotland Office, said: “If you ask me for a personal view I think it would be bonkers to come out of Europe… I think Scottish exporting would be extremely adversely affected, and I …

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Ayr Under 16s share Scottish Cup with Stirling County after 17-17 draw at …

Stand-off and man of the match Matt Davidson hit a last kick penalty from 50 metres as Ayr shared the Under 16 Scottish Cup on Sunday. That gave them a 17-17 draw with Stirling County on the international pitch at Murrayfield. Ayr led 9-6 at the …

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Scottish Thistle Award iscalling for Hornblowers…

The Scottish Thistle Awards are led by a panel of industry experts from several organisations including VisitScotland, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and the Scottish Licensed …

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Experts predict: Fall in oil prices will be good news for Scottish economy …

SCOTLAND's economy will receive a boost this year from the fall in crude prices this year although the key oil and gas industry faces huge problems, economists have predicted. SCOTLAND's economy will receive a boost this year from the fall in crude …

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Scottish university principals under fire over £300k expenses bill

UNIVERSITY principals in Scotland claimed more than £300,000 in expenses with one spending almost £30,000 on hotels alone. Glasgow Caledonian University's Professor Pamela Gillies splurged £27,271 on hotels, more than eight times the national …

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BVA welcomes Scottish Government's introduction of compulsory microchipping …

BVA and its Scottish Branch have consistently supported compulsory microchipping and are pleased that the Scottish Government has introduced a clear timetable following the strong support the new regulation received from its public consultation last year.

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Robbie rise shows talent exists in Scottish rugby

“I could have tried to split my time 50/50 between sports but a career in rugby is a goal and, although playing for Currie has been a step up, I hope I can carry benefits into the Scottish under-18s game against England in Newcastle on Sunday. “The try …

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TV crimes: How Scottish football landed a deal that's worth £25million a year …

Just last month rugby league agreed a five-year deal with Sky for a whopping £200m – £25m more per season than the money Scottish football earns. The latest available figures – 11/08/13 – show the sport attracts around 100,000 viewers, with the highest …

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Anger after Palestinians branded "terrorists" in Scottish primary school homework

A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils describing Palestinians as "terrorists". A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils …

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'Largest ever' contingent of Scottish technology firms at global events this week

More than 60 Scottish companies are attending two of the world's largest technology events being held in Spain and the United States this week. Development agency Scottish Enterprise said 33 Scottish companies have representatives at the Mobile World …

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Scottish Power banned from sales calls until complaints are cleared

Scottish Power told Ofgem that it met the backlog target in December, but in January Ofgem and Ombudsman Services uncovered evidence that showed this was not the case. As a result, more than 2,000 customers are receiving free energy from the company …

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Edinburgh leads way for Scottish cycle use

Residents of the Meadows and Morningside are the most likely to pedal to work – 9.9 per cent – the Scottish Government-funded development agency said. Ministers are attempting to increase cycling across the country to this level within five years.

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