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Labour reveals devolution plans for Scotland

Scotland should control two-fifths of its own revenues with the power to raise taxes on the rich, according to Labour.

The party has unveiled the long-awaited findings of its Devolution Commission in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Parliament should raise around 40% of its own revenues, around £2 billion more than the most recent Scotland Act.

The Scotland Act will give Holyrood control over more tax raising powers in exchange for a 10p in the pound cut in the block grant, but Labour believes this should be extended to 15p - giving Scotland control of three quarters of the basic rate of income tax.

Better Together Campaign offers "positive vision" for union

The leader of the Better Together campaign and former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling said he was offering a "positive vision" for staying the UK.

On the day of the six-month countdown to the referendum, Mr Darling added that independence would bring "huge risks".

"What the last few weeks have shown is that leaving the UK would create huge risks and cost jobs in Scotland.

"On what would replace the Pound, how our pensions would be paid and what would happen to our membership of the EU, leaving the UK would be a big leap in the dark.

"This is what Scotland's largest employers are saying. From Standard Life to Shell, and from RBS to the shipyard owners on the Clyde, walking away from the UK means people in Scotland would lose their job. That's the price of independence. It's a risk that we simply don't have to take."

– Leader Better Together Campaign Alistair Darling


Deputy First Minister sets out "compelling reasons" to vote for independence

The Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out what she claims are six "compelling reasons" in favour of independence to mark the milestone that it's six months to the Scottish Referendum.

She argues an independent Scotland would create more jobs, spend tax revenues on "Scotland's priorities", protect public services, "guarantee we get governments we vote for", set up an oil fund and have a retirement age in line with Scotland's circumstances.

"The referendum is a choice between taking Scotland's future into Scotland's hands or leaving our future in the hands of an out-of-touch Westminster establishment.

"The No campaign call themselves Project Fear but we have seen a move to Project Threat in recent days with increasingly over-the-top comments.

"So it's no wonder that support for Yes continues to advance in the polls while the No campaign has stalled - with a swing of only around 5% now needed to secure a Yes vote in September."

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Voters have just six months to decide on Scottish Referendum

People in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway will join fellow Scots in six months time to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Senior politicians and campaigners from both sides of the argument are holding events and debates in Scotland to look ahead to September 18.

Nationalists say the momentum is with the Yes campaign with half a year to go, but those who want to keep the union have warned that there will be no going back if Scotland crosses the line to independence.

Checkpoints for English/Scottish border?

The Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that an independent Scotland COULD be forced to introduce border controls with England.

The SNP dismissed the claim as scaremongering and said it would be 'common sense' to keep the arrangements for free movement and asked him to 'drop the scaremongering'.

"This is utter nonsense from Alistair Carmichael he must think people in Scotland button up the back .

"People are not daft there will be no border controls between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK, how do we know that because there are no border controls between England, the UK and independent Ireland because that's in the best intereset of their economies and the societies of both the UK and Ireland."

– Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Deputy First Minister


Sturgeon addresses several topics in White Paper

Deputy Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Alex Salmond on stage to launch the SNP's White Paper.

She envisages 24th March 2016 as the date, should Scotland vote yes, for the country to become an independent country.

Sturgeon's particular focus within this white paper addresses the topics of women and child, the bedroom tax and welfare reform, and pensions.

The SNP has set out shop with a proposal that Scotland become independent, it intends to provide free child care for all pre-school children.

This is a policy, they say, that is dual purpose; good for the youngest children and their parents.

It would also mean that by supporting more women to go into the workplace, it would generate more tax revenues.

"We are giving people all of the answers to the questions that they have"

The Scottish government says it will give pensioners £160 a week from 2016 if independence goes ahead.

The SNP published a pensions paper today, outlining their plans.

The figure for new pensioners would at least match any by the UK government and the paper also suggests that Scotland may not raise the pension age to 67.

The UK government plans to do so by 2026.

Full Report: Scottish Government promises Stranraer regeneration

The Scottish Government has promised the people of Stranraer that it is committed to regenerating the town.

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Stranraer today to talk about the redevelopment of the old Stena port.

However, critics say not enough is being done.

You can watch the full report from Hannah McNulty below.

Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish Government is committed to regeneration

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been in Stranraer for talks about the regeneration of the town.

She was also there for the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the Council and Stena over the future development of the old ferry terminal.

Nicola Sturgeon said investment in to the town's marina and west pier was a fraction of what was being planned.

"The £2.4 million being spent in the west pier is a fraction of the investment that's going in to making sure Stranraer has the modern up to date infrastructure, digital infrastructure that it needs to thrive as a town in the future. So this is an ongoing process"

– Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
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