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Derek Mackay introduces new income tax system in Scottish Budget

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said he has made Scotland the fairest taxed part of UK, as he introduced a new five band system of income tax that will leave those on a salary of £33,000 or above paying more.

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Key points from Derek Mackay's Scottish Budget first draft

Scotland's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has unveiled the Scottish Government's 2018-19 draft Budget.

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Income tax questions answered after Scottish Budget unveiled

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced income tax changes in his Scottish Budget first draft.

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Extra 500 officers to be trained for Taser use, Police Scotland announce

An extra 500 officers will be trained to use Tasers to improve safety for the police and public, Police Scotland has announced.

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Results of child sexual abuse prevention campaign 'very encouraging', say police

A campaign to help people stop themselves or others from viewing sexual images of children online has seen a rise in use in Scotland.

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Police Scotland to invest in new drones and £3.6m cyber hubs

Police are to buy new drones and invest in cyber hubs as part of an investment in technology.

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Thirteen youth-focused groups to share £600,000 from Big Lottery Fund

Young Scots will benefit from a share of almost £600,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund to help them reach their full potential.

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Virgin rail workers begin series of one-day strikes over pay and staffing

The first in a series of strikes by rail workers in disputes over pay, staffing and other issues will be held on Friday, threatening disruption to passengers in the run-up to Christmas.

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Budget ensures Scotland is fairest and lowest taxed part of UK, Mackay says

Changes in Derek Mackay's Scottish Budget will see income tax bills rise for three out of ten taxpayers - although more than half will pay less than if they lived south of the border.

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Scrapping LBTT for first time buyers on homes under £175,000 'not the answer'

Scrapping Scottish stamp duty for first time buyers on homes up to £175,000 will not address wider problems in the market, experts have said.

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Think tank labels Scottish Budget income tax plans an 'unnecessary risk'

The Scottish Government has taken an "unnecessary risk" with its planned income tax changes, an independent think tank has said.

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Unions call for public sector workers to be get real-terms pay rise after Budget

Unions have led calls for every public sector worker to be given a real-terms pay rise following the unveiling of the Scottish Budget.

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Doctors argue £400m NHS funding increase in Scottish Budget 'simply not enough'

Doctors leaders have argued the £400 million increase in NHS funding for 2018-19 contained in the Scottish Government's Budget is "simply not enough" to cope with rising demand for health services.

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Education groups doubt Scottish Budget can create 'transformative difference'

John Swinney has said education funding in the Scottish Budget will help create a "transformative difference in the lives of our young people" but college and student organisations warn it does not go far enough.

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Couple return from holiday to find valuable jewellery and heirlooms stolen

A couple have been left devastated after more than £100,000 of jewellery and family heirlooms were stolen while they were on holiday.

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Opposition calls for Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy return

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of being "afraid" to reinstate a survey analysing literacy and numeracy of school pupils.

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Number of Scottish 18-year-olds from deprived areas going to uni at record high

Record levels have been reached of Scottish 18-year-olds from deprived areas going to university, according to official figures.

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Young girl 'traumatised' after man steals five-figure sum from car she was in

A nine-year-old girl was left "traumatised" after a man opened her car door and stole a bag containing a large quantity of cash.

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House sales 'flat' in November but expected to pick up in 2018, report says

Activity in the housing market is "subdued" in the run up to Christmas although experts expect sales to pick up over the next few months, according to a report.

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FM backs rule change call for HIV positive man to be commercial airline pilot

Nicola Sturgeon has backed a rule change that would allow an HIV positive man to become a commercial airline pilot.

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