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Scottish devolution: Smith Commission report live

If the proposals are that dividends in income should be not taxed, they can change to have most of their income in dividends and avoid the Scottish rate of tax. I think we could end up if people think more powers to the Scottish parliament means more …

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Scottish devolution: Smith Commission report latest

Scottish ministers will have the power to top up Universal Credit to effectively abolish the "bedroom tax". — Control over Scottish Parliament elections will be devolved, allowing SNP ministers to press ahead with plans to give 16 and 17 year olds the …

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London Scottish dish out the debuts

London Scottish will hand competitive debuts to three players on Saturday evening, when they host Connacht Eagles in round four of the British & Irish Cup. Scottish desperately need a win after three defeats in three games puts them bottom of pool two.

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Bankies cruise into last 32 of Scottish Cup

Bankies cruise into last 32 of Scottish Cup. Print. Published: 27 Nov 2014 08:30. BANKIES cruised into the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a deserved win over 10 man West Calder United. Share this image. Goals from Johnny Allan, Jamie …

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Tommy Wright: I love having the Scottish Cup at McDiarmid Park … that's if …

Wright told all and admitted heading into their William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Ross County as holders is a special feeling. Wright has left most of the duties of showing off the Cup round the community to former Saints striker Roddy Grant, who is …

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Scotland's huntin' and shootin' landowners under fire

“These exemptions were put in place by the Tories in 1994 to protect the interests of major landowners,” she said, adding that reimposition of rates would allow the expansion of the Scottish Land Fund, which helps communities buy and manage land, from …

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Journalists covering the Scottish independence referendum …

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How does Scotland's equal gender cabinet compare with its …

Scotland's new female first minister Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a cabinet in which there are as many women as men. … How does the Scottish parliament compare? …. Popular in news; Popular across the guardian. 1 …

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Dunfermline Athletic are 150/1 to lift the Scottish Cup and Stranraer will be …

WE ARE still in November but already it is Scottish Cup last 32 weekend. Dunfermline have been handed a grisly away tie at fellow League One side Stranraer but the bookies find it a struggle to split them; the Blues are 15/8 (Betvictor), a draw is 5/2 …

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How the Scottish CAP greening rules affect your livestock farm

Scotland's livestock farmers are being urged to assess what changes they need to make to comply with the new criteria coming into force next year and avoid losing part of their payment. Last week saw the Scottish government publish new guidance, …

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Agents' fair play pledge

Sent to the Scottish Government and the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group, as well as to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the pledge was signed by Malcolm Taylor of Bell Ingram, Peter Graham of Peter Graham and Associates, Ken …

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Brokerbility expands Scottish footprint as Spence Insurance joins

Spence Insurance Services has become the latest Scottish firm to join independent broker network Brokerbility. The Bathgate-based firm will join Brokerbility from 1 January 2015 as part of the network's strategy to expand its footprint north of the border.

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Scottish Co-operative Party backs Sarah Boyack and Kezia Dugdale for Labour …

The Scottish Co-operative Party is backing Sarah Boyack and Kezia Dugdale in the race for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. The two candidates received supporting nominations from the Scottish Council of the Co-operative Party for the …

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Scottish Football – Ex-Rangers owner Craig Whyte 'arrested in Mexico'

An arrest warrant was issued last month for the 43-year-old in connection with the sale of Rangers Football Club in 2011. Whyte took control of Rangers in May 2011 but the club went into administration in February the following year. A Crown office …

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Neilson: Hearts will take Scottish Cup seriously

Neilson won the Scottish Cup as a Hearts player in 2006 and is acutely aware of the affection for the old trophy in and around Gorgie. Three times in the last 16 years has it been inscribed with the name “Heart of Midlothian FC”. The 1998 win over …

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Thursday's Scottish gossip

(Scottish Sun). Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has pleaded with Salzburg to see off Celtic and give his side a chance of qualifying from Group D. (Daily Record). Deila has revealed he is keen to show his passion on the touchline to help connect with …

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Scottish Devolution: Highlights from the Smith Commission Report

The highly anticipated report from Lord Smith over Scottish devolution has revealed that the country will have greater powers over taxation and benefits in the future. All the mainstream political parties promised that Westminster would grant Scotland …

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Top-form Dundee gearing up for Scottish Cup tie

Dundee manager Paul Hartley says his players are on “the top of their form” as they gear up for Saturday's lunchtime Scottish Cup clash with Aberdeen at Dens. More good news for Dark Blues supporters is that some of their sidelined players are nearing …

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Scottish devolution: Holyrood to get control of tax rates and benefits

As well as getting increased control of the taxation system, the changes will allow Scottish ministers greater control over the welfare system, including housing benefit and winter fuel payments. The new powers are expected to come into effect sooner …

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Craig Whyte arrested in Mexico

… into administration in February the following year. The oldco Rangers was consigned to liquidation before a newco Rangers emerged – with the football team starting in the third division. Whyte was banned for life from any involvement in Scottish …

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Scottish MPs 'to vote on English taxes' after devolution deal

They said this was necessary to tackle concerns raised by Gordon Brown that curtailing the rights of Scottish MPs to vote on UK Budgets was could fatally undermine the Union despite September's referendum victory. Although Mr Cameron will still be able …

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Oil giant Maersk says “North Sea oil and gas on brink of a …

Scottish Statesman Pro-Independence News … The SNP has welcomed Ms Watkins' statement and has called for responsibility for Scotland's oil and gas industry to be transferred from Westminster to Scotland. Commenting …

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How far is too far when it comes to the monarchy and politics …

In the final stage of a legal battle spanning 9 years, the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court, in London will today commence a two-day hearing on a case between the Guardian newspaper and none other than the Heir to the British throne. The case concerns the … Aside from the fact it appears that […]

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World NewsScottish Labour top welcomes devolution plans

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Mr Murphy praised the recommendations of the Smith Commission, which he said constituted a more significant transfer of peers than the establishment of the Scottish parliament in 1999, reports Kiran Stacey.

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Sector takes pole on Scottish grid

Scottish Renewables chief executive Niall Stuart (pictured) said: “This is historic news for our country and shows the investment made in the sector is helping to deliver more power than ever before. “This milestone is good news for anyone who cares …

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John Rankin could be back for Dundee United Scottish Cup tie

Midfield stalwart John Rankin could make a surprise return to the Dundee United line-up in Saturday's Scottish Cup clash at Motherwell. The 31-year-old hurt his knee when the Tangerines visited Fir Park in the league two-and-a-half weeks ago and missed …

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Scottish Cup quarter-final clash will be a knockout! Four memorable Dundee v …

Scottish Cup quarter-final clash will be a knockout! Four memorable Dundee v Aberdeen ties. By Tom Duthie, 27 November 2014 7.00am. 2014-11-27. Tosh McKinlay (left) holds off a challenge from Gordon Strachan in 1984.SNS Group. Dundee and …

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Scottish Salmon Company enjoying record year

The Scottish Salmon Company has seen a leap in third-quarter revenues in the strongest year of trading since its inception. Revenues soared 82.6% to £33.6 million compared to the same quarter last year, with year-to-date revenues up 56.2% to £95.1m.

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Scottish devolution: Smith Commission to recommend tax powers

The commission on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament is to recommend it has full control over income tax rates and bands, the BBC understands. But the report is not expected to call for personal allowances – the threshold at which tax is paid …

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ICT's Christie eager for Scottish Cup assault

RYAN Christie saw red last time he was in Paisley – now he's determined to help Caley Thistle start a William Hill Scottish Cup run there this weekend. The 19-year-old attacking midfield, who came off the bench for the Scotland under-21 in their 1-1 …

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At-a-glance: Scottish legislative programme

Ms Sturgeon, who said her programme for government would be for "all of Scotland", also said an independent commission to examine "fairer" alternatives to the council tax would report by autumn 2015. Here is a look at the government's proposed …

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Scottish fishermen 'face bankruptcy' unless EC rethinks …

Undercurrent News. Member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission (EC) to prevent the ban on fishermen discarding catches at sea bankrupting large swathes of the industry, according to a joint … That is the message ahead of the December Fisheries Council from two of Scotland's biggest fishing […]

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Motorcycle Sport News | MotoGP, World Superbikes & More …

Get the lowdown on the latest motorcycle sport news – MotoGP, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and much more! Check out MCN for exclusive news.

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Smith Commission: Electoral, taxation and welfare powers …

Scotland will have full control over the electoral system, allowing Holyrood to change the voting system and alter the length of parliament under new proposals set to be published by the Smith Commission this week. Lord Smith of Kelvin is set to publish … The major political parties in Westminster pledged a significant, but vaguely […]

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Scottish cities 'among best in UK'

Paul Brewer, head of Government and Public Sector at PwC in Scotland, said: "Overall the Scottish cities scored highly in terms of employment, income, work/life balance and the skills base, with Aberdeen demonstrating that high growth can also bring …

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