Civil servants are striking outside of the Scottish Government headquarters ahead of the budget.
It is thought that up to 250,000 Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members could walk out today in protest over pensions, pay and working conditions.
The Scottish Government is being urged to get the single police force 'back on track' before it launches next month.
The Liberal Democrats say a power struggle between the Chief Constable and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) over who will control staff in the new service has not been resolved.
Scotland's eight police forces will merge into one on April 1st.
Speaking ahead of a Holyrood Debate on this afternoon, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokeswoman Alison McInnes said:
"The power struggle with the SPA has been allowed to drag on for months with staff none the wiser over who will ultimately have responsibility for human resources or finances.
"I'm concerned that the ongoing battle of wills is going to hinder the new police force in carrying out its duties.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats are asking the Scottish Government to review whether the legislation could be amended now to ensure success for the new single force."
John Lamont, MSP, is calling on the Scottish Government to make the A68 safer.
Statistics revealed there have been nearly 500 accidents on the road in the past 10 years between the Scottish border and Edinburgh.
Mr Lamont is now calling on the Scottish Government to make the road safer after 15 people died on the stretch.
"The A68 is used by Borders residents thousands of times a year, as it is one of the key routes for getting between the Borders and Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle to the south.
"It is therefore important that it is made as safe as possible for motorists to use, but these statistics show that there are too many accidents happening on it.
"Many people will be shocked that nearly 500 accidents have occurred on it in the last ten years, with 100 of them being serious and 15 fatal."
"It is a clear indication that more needs to be done to improve safety on the road, and the onus is on the Scottish Government to take action to cut down the number of collisions."
Independence would "provide Scotland with the opportunity to capture and deliver faster sustainable economic growth, with greater opportunities to tackle key challenges in sustainability and inequality over the long-term", according to a report by The Fiscal Commission Working Group.
It described Scotland as a "wealthy country" which is "on a par with many other successful independent countries".
The panel of experts highlighted a number of key strengths in the Scottish economy, including the energy sector, life sciences, food and drink and tourism.
But it said the country faced a number of challenges "not least tackling the long-term growth gap between Scotland and other comparable countries".
It is clear that over the long-term, Scotland has not completely fulfilled its economic potential.
The UK government is setting out its case for the Union, ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.
Westminster says it will explain in detail why people and companies in Scotland benefit from its place in the UK.
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore began outlining the Government's vision if the Union continues.
The government is making its case against Scottish Independence today.
David Cameron is releasing the first in a series of reports, highlighting how the UK and Scotland benefit from the union.
Speaking in an ITV Daybreak interview Stuart Maxwell from the Scottish National Party said the UK Government's report today showed a "breathtaking arrogance" over their "supposed" recognition of Scotland as an equal partner.
Advice on what will happen to Scotland if it became independent from the UK will be published today.
A summary of the report, issued from Downing Street ahead of the publication, revealed that it was an "unusual step" for the Government to publish full legal opinion from experts.
If Scotland became independent, only the remainder of the UK would automatically continue to exercise the same rights, obligations and powers under international law as the UK currently does, and would not have to re-negotiate existing treaties or re-apply for membership of international organisations.
According to Professors James Crawford and Alan Boyle, who set out their opinions in the paper, Scotland would be treated as a new country, having to renegotiate its relationship with world bodies.
The Scottish Government issued a paper last week, which assuming a Yes vote occurred in autumn 2014, could see negotiations between Scottish ministers and the UK Government, EU and international organisations concluded by March 2016.
Today's publication does not include specific advice from the European Commission on the implications of Scottish independence in the EU.
David Cameron has launched a defence of the United Kingdom as his government prepares to put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.
While people in Scotland will make the decision in autumn next year, the implications will have obvious impacts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Conservative leader said.
"Britain is admired around the world as a source of prosperity, power and security," he said.
"Those glorious Olympics last summer reminded us just what we were capable of when we pull together: Scottish, English, Welsh, Northern Irish, all in the same boat - sometimes literally.
"If you told many people watching those Olympics around the world that we were going to erect barriers between our people, they'd probably be baffled. Put simply: Britain works. Britain works well. Why break it?"
Cameron spoke out one day before the government publishes the first in a series of analysis papers about Scotland's role in the union.
Tobacco displays and vending machine sales will be banned in Scotland from 29th April, the Scottish Government has announced.
The laws will initially prevent large shops from openly displaying tobacco and will prohibit tobacco sales from self-service vending machines.
The announcement follows the defeat of a legal challenge by one of the world's biggest tobacco firms last December.
The same ban, which is set out in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, will come into force for smaller retailers on 6th April 2015.
"We know that reducing the number of people that smoke will have wide benefits for Scotland's health and evidence shows that these bans will help prevent young people from taking up smoking.
"I am delighted that we are now in a position to implement these bans, which is a key step in maintaining Scotland's position as a world leader on tobacco control.
"We appreciate that smaller retailers need extra time to make the necessary changes and so we have decided that April 2015 represents a fair timescale for implementing the display ban for them."