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Scottish Tories urge income tax freeze ahead of budget

The Scottish Conservatives will use a Holyrood debate to urge the Scottish Government to freeze the basic rate of income tax.

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Attack by nun did not cause death of boy at orphanage, abuse inquiry told

A young boy at an orphanage in the 1960s did not die as a result of an attack by a nun, an inquiry has been told.

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Historic distillery takes first cut of whisky 500 years on

Whisky is set to flow again at the first recorded distillery in Scotland after production returned to the site more than 500 years on from when the first dram was bottled.

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Think tank says tax rise would be needed to cover funding cuts

Scotland's budget for day-to-day spending could be slashed by £700 million a year in just two years' time, a think tanks has warned, adding that a 2p hike in the basic rate of income tax would be needed to cover the cuts in funding.

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McCartney gift to be auctioned in aid of Manchester attack victims' families

A Beatles box set gifted by Sir Paul McCartney is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.

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Loneliness taking toll on older people, charities warn

Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned.

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Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson 'has not ruled out' MP bid

Ruth Davidson has hinted that she could make the switch from Holyrood to Westminster and run as an MP.

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Senior midwife backs bid for all babies to be born free from effects of tobacco

Scotland's most senior midwife has called for every baby to be born free from the effects of smoke following figures showing smoking in pregnancy has fallen to the lowest level on record.

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Primary school closed after overnight blaze

A primary school has been closed for the day after around 60 firefighters tackled a blaze there overnight.

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Cost of burials increased by an average £250 in three years, figures show

Burial charges across Scotland have increased by more than £250 on average since 2014.

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Tough time for retailers as Black Friday effect wanes

Black Friday was not enough to boost November's Scottish retail sales, which were down on the previous year, according to new figures.

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Community resigned to bugbear of bed bugs, says academic

Residents of a Scottish community are resigned to living side by side with bed bugs, according to an academic.

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Increase in numbers of youngsters at risk of being overweight or obese

Efforts to tackle childhood obesity in Scotland are failing, with figures showing more than a quarter of youngsters in the most deprived areas are at risk of having an unhealthy weight.

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More than 20,000 pre-paid meals bought for homeless hours after campaign starts

More than 20,000 pre-paid meals were bought for homeless people within 10 hours of a festive campaign being launched.

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Campaigners 'hugely concerned' as cancer patients continue to wait too long

The NHS continues to miss key cancer waiting times, as new figures showed a third of patients in one health board area had to wait more than two months for treatment to get underway.

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Raising top rate of income tax in Scotland 'could bring revenue and policy risk'

Putting income tax for top earners up to 50p in Scotland alone could see the change raise only a few million in extra revenue or even result in a loss of cash for the Scottish Government, a new report has warned.

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Ministers accused of failing children over mental health treatment

More than a quarter of children needing access to mental health services were not seen within the target time in the three months to September, new figures show.

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North Sea oil and gas pipeline repairs could take three weeks, say operators

Repairs to the Forties pipeline, which carries 40% of North Sea oil and gas, could take up to three weeks, operators have said.

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Care sector needs £1bn in extra funding, MSPs told

Scotland's care sector needs an extra £1 billion of funding, MSPs have heard.

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'Fans, clubs and police must rebuild trust if Offensive Behaviour Act repealed'

A programme of work should be brought in to try to rebuild trust between the police and football fans if controversial legislation aimed at curbing sectarianism at matches is scrapped, MSPs have been told.

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