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Scottish independence: Brown says Scotland’s pensions protected by UK

Scottish-PensionsScottish pensioners are “better protected” while Scotland shares “risks and resources” with the rest of the UK, Gordon Brown will say later.

In a speech for Better Together, which opposes Scottish independence, he will say pensioner numbers in Scotland are rising faster than the UK average.

He will say Scots have paid UK National Insurance “all our lives” and it is “right” that the UK bears the costs.

The SNP said pensions were “more affordable” in Scotland than UK-wide. Continue reading

Independence Referendum: YES and NO votes are neck and neck as the poll race goes down to the wire

Scottish referendumWith only 149 days to go until the Scottish referendum in September, the latest figures show there’s only four per cent between Yes and No votes, prompting bookies to slash the odds of a Yes vote to a lowly 9/4.

The Yes and No stables are now virtually neck and neck in the race to the independence referendum, according to two polls.

And bookies have slashed the odds of a Yes victory to an all-time low of 9/4.

One of the surveys showed Alex Salmond’s camp would need a swing of just over two per cent to snatch victory. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014: U-turn on Red Road flats demolition

Commonwealth-Games-glasgow-2014Commonwealth Games organisers have scrapped controversial plans to demolish the Red Road flats as part of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony.

Games chiefs had intended to raze five of the six remaining 1960s Red Road tower blocks at the event on 23 July, with the footage beamed into Celtic Park, where the ceremony will take place, and to an estimated global TV audience of more than one billion.

Organisers said the plan, unveiled on 3 April, would mark an important part of the city’s social history. But it attracted fierce opposition from critics, who said it was inappropriate and insensitive to former residents and to the asylum seekers who occupy the sixth block. A petition calling for the plans to be dropped attracted more than 17,000 signatures. Continue reading

Jailed drugs mule could be set for return to Scotland

Billy-Reid-Michaella-McCollumThe 20-year-old, from Lenzie, may return home in the coming months after it emerged the Scottish Prison Service is considering a repatriation application from Lima authorities.

Reid pleaded guilty to drug smuggling along with Michaella McCollum from Co Tyrone in September. Both were jailed for six years and eight months.

The pair were working on Ibiza last summer when they claim they were forced to board a flight with 24lb of cocaine, worth £1.5million in food packets hidden inside their luggage. They were caught at Lima airport on August 6. Continue reading

Surprise jump in UK retail sales

UK-retailBritish retail sales rose much faster than forecast in February, suggesting that the economy’s solid recovery extended into the first quarter of the year, official data showed on Thursday.

Sales volumes compared with January increased at three times the pace expected in a Reuters poll, pushing up the pound. On a less volatile measure, over the three months to February they rose at their strongest pace since August last year.

Consumers, many of them buoyed by a strengthening housing market, have been the driving force behind Britain’s rapid economic recovery even as household income has been squeezed by slow wage growth and high inflation in recent years. Continue reading

Hadrian’s Wall Trust to close within six months as funding evaporates

Hadrians-Wall-TrustThe trust set up to manage Hadrian’s Wall is to close in six months after funding dried up, leaving support for the World Heritage Site “uncertain”.

Hadrian’s Wall Trust revealed it is to close this week, with a series of organisations scrabbling to put funding in place to ensure one of Britain’s most famous monuments can be adequately maintained in the long term.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We hope and pray resources can be found to keep the heritage site safe” after confirming that funding cuts had forced the trustees to close the seven-year-old organisation. Continue reading