Angus Robertson: 'Scottish independence is people's choice to protect public services'
SNP’s depute kicks off party conference with a rallying call to protect public services, the economy and people’s democracy
THE ONLY WAY to protect public services and the economy is to uphold the Scottish people’s right to democratically choose whether to resist a Tory hard Brexit or opt for independence, according to Angus Roberston.
Campaign launched against South Lanarkshire Council 'breach of human rights'
Commissioner for children says council potentially in breach of childrens rights
CAMPAIGNERS have accused South Lanarkshire Council of potentially breaching the rights of children by reducing school bus services.
Residents of South Lanarkshire have launched a campaign against plans by local councillors to increase the distance of bus routes from two miles to three, meaning a cut in the bus service.
Union tells John Swinney: Don't follow George Osborne's public-sector pay misery
PCS represents public and civil servants in Scotland
PUBLIC-SECTOR union PCS has told Finance Minister John Swinney that he shouldn't follow in the footsteps of Chancellor George Osborne in imposing "Tory pay misery" on Scottish public-sector workers.
Osborne announced a one per cent increase in public-sector pay for each of the next four years, which if calculated in with the likely rate of inflation is effectively a pay cut.
Firefighters say public safety is at risk if government doesn't fill emerging funding gap
Audit Scotland report identifies PS42.7m funding gap by end of the decade
THE Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said that public safety will be put at risk in Scotland if extra funding isn't found for the fire service.
The warning came after a new Audit Scotland report into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) revealed a "significant potential funding gap" of PS42.7m by 2019/20.
"The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget" - Chuka Umunna slams Jim Murphy
Ed Balls, Ed Miliband and Chuka Umanna all back Labour austerity on manifesto launch
SHADOW Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has piled further misery on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy by repeating Ed Balls statement earlier on Monday that there will be cuts to the Scottish budget under Labour, and cuts "not just in the first financial year but in the following financial years".
Umunna was asked repeatedly by interviewer Andrew Neil on the BBC Daily Politics Show whether Jim Murphy was wrong to say "there are no need for any further cuts after 2015/16".
Increasing number of Scots want more tax and spending, says new survey
44 per cent want taxes and spending increased, compared to 4 per cent who want it decreased
A NEW Scottish public attitudes survey has shown Scottish social attitudes are increasingly progressive - with more people keen to raise tax and spending, and tackle income inequality through wealth redistribution.
The survey, conducted by the Scottish Government, revealed that 44 per cent of the population want tax and spending increased, compared to four per cent who want it decreased. Forty-eight per cent of people want spending kept at the same levels.
Labour could end cuts within a year and still meet deficit target, IFS says
IFS says Tory plans hit the poorest hardest
THE Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said only one more year of cuts could be needed for Labour in the next term of government to meet the party's deficit reduction target, while the think-tank also said the Tories must spell out where it will find PS12bn in welfare cuts from.
20,000 Scots sign petition urging MEP to take a stand against TTIP trade deal
Campaigners say secret deal threatens environmental, health and workers' rights protections, as well as entrenching privatisation
SCOTTISH MEP David Martin has come under pressure after 20,000 Scots signed a petition urging him to take a stand against the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal.
Translating the budget: 13 responses to George Osborne's pre-election budget
Opponents warn of destructive Tory tax and spending cuts
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has delivered the final UK budget before the election, confirming that the Conservatives wish to push ahead with even deeper spending cuts.
Osborne's speech claimed that jobs, growth and living standards were improving. However, a range of experts, campaigners and political opponents said the government's failures on public services, the economy and inequality had been exposed.
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