New laws on marriage come into effect today

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 came into effect today and this means that any couple of the same sex can either convert their civil partnership to a marriage or they can give the requisite 15 days notice of intention to get married. The first ceremonies will take place on Hogmanay 2014. We met two couples at Leith Registrars More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Ewing calls for return of coal cash

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has accused the UK Government of showing ‘disrespect’ to coal communities across Scotland, as they fail to answer calls for £15m coal levies to be returned to Scotland – over More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, December 15th, 2014
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First Minister confident about lowering voting age

Following a trip to London today to have a meeting with the Prime Minister David Cameron, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has expressed confidence that the powers necessary to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote will More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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First Minister’s memorabilia raises funds for charity

Gifts and memorabilia received by former First Minister Alex Salmond have raised more than £42,000 for charity in an auction this afternoon. More than three hundred lots, donated by Mr Salmond, were auctioned More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Amber alert for bad weather

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warnings for gale force winds expected across much of Scotland tomorrow. An Amber (Be Prepared) warning has been issued for severe gales with gusts around 80 mph mainly over More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Gordon Macdonald MSP has news

Gordon Macdonald is the MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands and he regularly publishes his own newsletter. This is his latest.    More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Environment Minister off to Lima with Scotland’s climate change message

Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has said that the international community must match Scotland’s world-leading climate change ambitions to tackle global warming. Dr McLeod will More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Free school meals being served up next month

With one month to go until the day all Primary 1-3 pupils will become entitled to a free school meal, the Scottish Government has welcomed progress being made across Scotland in preparation. The measure, which More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – Swinney claims credit

Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney has responded to the Chancellor’s announcement on stamp duty saying, ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ The Scottish Government has already More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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The lowdown and the views on The Smith Commission Report

The Smith Commission issued its report today on the shape and form of the devolved powers promised to Scotland by the political parties at Westminster in the days before and after the Scottish Independence referendum. We More...