Holyrood funding row rumbles on as deadline approaches
Only 35 per cent top posts held by women - but Scottish ministers do not control recruitment
A NEW report has called for a 'concerted effort' to tackle the decrease in women taking senior public service posts in Edinburgh, but commended the progress on equal pay in Scotland's civil service.
Secondary school student Ryan Curran says Scottish Labour must become more hands-on for devo-max if it is to re-establish a place with voters
IT WAS apparent some time ago that Scottish Labour is set to perform poorly in the upcoming Holyrood election in May, with some recent polls even showing them behind the Conservatives (a phenomenon in Scottish politics).
Plans for a new kind of "bottom-up" federalism
A CROSS party group of Westminster politicians are proposing a new Act of Union to head off future drives for national independence across the UK, described as "horrible" by the peer who chairs the group.
The Constitution Reform Group (CRG), which includes former Welsh secretary Lord Hain and is chaired by The Marquess of Salisbury, is drawing up plans for an new kind of "bottom-up" federalism, that CRG members say will increase its desirability among the public.
First Minster has promised to confront Cameron over new trade union restrictions
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON will today (Monday 14 December) confront David Cameron with Scotland's opposition to the anti-Trade Union Bill.
Though the meeting's official purpose is to allow for direct talks over devolution and the Smith Commission proposals, a confrontation over measures to restrict trade unionism in Scotland are now expected to feature in proceedings.
Influential Economic Affairs Committee slams new rules on tax and spend powers for Scotland
THE House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee has published a damning report on the Scotland Bill ahead of its second reading in the Lords.
The report centres on concerns over the new taxing and spending powers that will be available to the Scottish Parliament, and a perception that the Scotland Bill is being rushed through the legislative process with "undue haste".
CommonSpace columnist Fraser Stewart says the UK Parliament's behaviour over the Scotland Bill leaves nationalists with little to do in convincing Scotland to head for the exit
FROM time to time I find myself losing sight of independence.
Labour group plans to oppose devolving abortion when Lords scrutinise proposals
THE SCOTLAND BILL could be delayed in the House of Lords due to Labour members blocking the devolution of abortion to the Scottish Parliament.
According to The Herald , a "group of Labour peers hope to set back" the proposal, which won the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons this week.
SNP MPs blast debate time given to Bill on Scotland's future devolved powers
LAST-MINUTE proposals to give Holyrood powers over tax credits in the Scotland Bill have been voted down by unionist MPs.
Following last year's cross-party Smith Commission and subsequent report, debate on the Scotland Bill has been determining which powers are granted to Holyrood following the devolution 'vow' of the three pro-union party leaders in September 2014. The legislation was voted through its final reading in the House of Commons on Monday night.