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Scottish Budget to be announced

John Swinney met young people who have secured jobs in the construction industry Credit: ITV Border

Finance Secretary John Swinney announces the Scottish Budget later on today.

Before setting out Scottish taxation for the first time in 300 years, and replacing stamp duty, he visited apprentices at a housing development in Edinburgh.


Demonstrators demand more from Foreign Office

This is the latest in a series of protests Credit: ITV Border

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office should do more to help when British people die abroad, according to a mother from the Scottish Borders.

Julie Sheppard's son Andrew Watt died in France in 2010.

She's joining a protest in London, where families who believe information has been kept from them will tour a variety of foreign embassies in the capital.

Clegg: Tim Farron 'superb' as party president

Nick Clegg has promised more powers for Scotland following the referendum, at his party's conference in Glasgow.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand spoke to him about the Liberal Democrat's impact on the campaign trail, and MP Tim Farron, who's stepping down from his role as party president.


No more 'Poll Tax' collections from Scottish Councils

Alex Salmond says councils will be prevented from recovering the old debts Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scottish Councils will be prevented from recovering so-called Poll Tax debts, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

Concerns had been raised that council chiefs in Scotland were using information provided by tens of thousands of people who registered to vote in the independence referendum to collect "ancient" debts.

The tax, officially called the Community Charge, was introduced by Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister.

It proved hugely unpopular, resulting in protests and a widespread non-payment campaign.

But today, Alex Salmond announced new legislation will stop councils from taking further action to recover Poll Tax debts.

"It is, of course, within the law for councils to use current legislation to assess current council tax liability, and given the current council tax reduction scheme protects 500,000 of our poorest citizens, the tax is being applied in a proper and fair way.

"However, the relevance of information from the current electoral register to the position of debts from 25 years ago is difficult to fathom, except through some misguided political intention."

– Alex Salmond, First Minister

Friendship cairn a 'lasting symbol of unity'

Stones continued to be added to the cairn after September's referendum. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Gretna's friendship cairn will remain in place as a "lasting symbol of unity" between England and Scotland, the Hands Across The Border group have confirmed.

The cairn, made of thousands of stones left by visitors from all over the world, was built in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum.

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