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Benefits recipients ‘living in fear of cuts’, says report

Welfare reforms are making people live in “constant fear” of cuts to their benefits, according to a report. The study by Napier University found those on benefits were anxious that changes to their circumstances would push them into “crisis situations”. Scottish Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil urged the UK government to rethink its reforms. But […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Two rescued from sea off Kirkwall after late-night swim

Two people who went for a swim off Kirkwall in Orkney have been rescued by coastguard crews overnight after struggling in the sea for 40 minutes. The females got into difficulty at Inganess Bay at about 01:50. An air and sea search involving the Kirkwall coastguard rescue team and RNLI lifeboat was launched after their […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Condition of couple hit by bus improves

The condition of an elderly couple who were seriously injured by a bus in the centre of Glasgow has improved. The woman, 72, and the man, 76, were struck by a double-decker First Glasgow service, at the corner of Argyle and Queen Street, at 14:30 on Friday. Both were removed from under the wheels of […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Widow’s plea over Legionnaire’s warning on compost bags

The widow of the first Scot to contract Legionnaire’s disease from compost has made an emotional plea for stronger warning labels on bags. Margaret Murphy’s husband Andrew died in 2014 from leukaemia. His immune system was left badly weakened after he got Legionnaire’s from compost in 2008. She said stronger warning labels could avoid more […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

More powers Scotland Bill published at Westminster

Legislation giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament is due to begin its journey through Westminster. The Scotland Bill, outlined in the Queen’s Speech, could become law by February 2016 if approved by MPs. David Cameron said the legislation would make Scotland the most powerful devolved assembly anywhere in the world. But the SNP has […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael gets local Lib Dem party backing

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has received the backing of his local party amid calls for him to resign. Mr Carmichael admitted he backed the leaking of a memo during the election campaign which wrongly suggested that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron as prime minister. He previously said he had not been aware of […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Westminster spending cuts

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has used a speech in Edinburgh to attack the “scale and speed” of spending cuts planned by the UK government. Speaking ahead of the Queen’s Speech, the SNP leader also reiterated her party’s support for Britain’s continued membership of the European Union. She made the speech on a visit to Heart […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael rejects calls to resign over leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has rejected calls for him to resign over a leaked memo. The document, released before the general election, incorrectly suggested that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. On Friday, a report revealed the Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland had given permission for it to […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Henry McLeish enters Scottish Labour ‘bullying’ row

Scottish Labour MSP Ken Macintosh needs to “spell out” his accusations against the “party machine”, a former first minister has told the BBC. Mr Macintosh said on Saturday his supporters were being bullied to prevent a leadership contest. He and party deputy leader Kezia Dugdale have confirmed that they are standing for leadership of the […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »

Alistair Carmichael: No further action over memo leak

Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will not face any party disciplinary proceedings after admitting being behind the leak of a memo before the general election. A Lib Dem spokesman said no more action would be taken after the suggestion that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. Orkney and Shetland MP Mr […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Scotland,UK News | Read More »