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Sturgeon knew citizen’s income plans would cost £12.3bn before launching pilot

18 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon pressed ahead with plans to trial a basic income for everyone – despite civil servant briefings showing her it would cost taxpayers £12.3 billion a year. Documents obtained by the Scottish Conservatives through Freedom of Information have revealed … Continue reading


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Matheson – a justice secretary who won’t take responsibility for police

17 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Justice secretary Michael Matheson has been criticised for shirking responsibility for Police Scotland – after dodging a series of questions on the single force. The Scottish Conservatives have highlighted six recent parliamentary questions when he was asked specifically about the … Continue reading


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Sturgeon and cabinet ministers ‘abused’ use of official cars

13 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon and eight of her top team have been accused of using ministerial cars to travel from party political events. It was reported today that eight cabinet ministers used taxpayer-funded vehicles to leave the SNP General Election manifesto launch … Continue reading


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Five-fold rise in firefighting staff signed off with stress

11 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of fire and rescue staff signed off with stress has increased by five times in the past two years, new figures have shown. In 2016, 137 employees of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were recorded as taking … Continue reading


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Sturgeon fails to apologise for election failings as she again threatens indyref2

10 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has failed to say sorry to SNP delegates for recent election failings which cost the party its Holyrood majority and slashed the number of MPs. Instead, the First Minister used her keynote conference speech today to issue “jam … Continue reading


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Homicides increase by 10% in a year

10 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of homicides in Scotland rose by 10 per cent last year, new figures have shown. There were 64 victims in 2016/17, compared to 58 the year before, meaning it’s the first increase in seven years. Sharp instruments such … Continue reading


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Parents deserve more information on knife crime in school

5 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Councils should improve the way they collect data on the number of children caught carrying weapons in schools, the Scottish Conservatives have said. Around five instances a week are reported to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration where under 16s are … Continue reading


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Another blow for Scottish business as growth lags behind UK

4 Oct 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

UK growth outstripped Scotland’s economy by three times over the last quarter, new figures have revealed. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by just 0.1 per cent north of the border between April and June. And after a blip in the … Continue reading