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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so you it's goodbye from me,

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Money given to councils to pay for free childcare has not been

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spent on funding the programme, according to a Government report.

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The trial of Ronnie Coulter - accused of the murder of waiter

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Surjit Singh Chhokar - draws to a close.

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Home at last - a sea cadet who was stranded on a boast

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off Singapore for a month returns home to the Highlands.

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Any romantic vision of going to sea has been well and truly done away

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with. But as for putting me off, no I'm determined to complete my

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Also on the programme: training.

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The mystery of 1945 plans for another rail bridge

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And, a six-goal thriller, as Celtic draw with English league

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leaders Manchester City in the Champions League.

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More than ?100 million given to councils to pay for free

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childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.

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That's according to a new Government report.

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But the local authority umbrella body, Cosla, says the report

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is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".

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Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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Increasing free child care is one of SNP's most high profile promises.

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The policy should offer all three and four-year-old ands vulnerable

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two-year-olds #6 00 three hours a year. But the first analysis of its

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kind shows while the Scottish Government has given local

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authorities ?329 million to spend on the policy, just ?189 million has

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been spent on child care. So what has happened to the remaining money

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and what impact has it had on families. You might have a place

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between 9 o'clock and 12. You can't pay to have your child before or

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after. For most working parents that is unusable. So it is frustrating to

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hear there is funds available that haven't been spent and if we spent

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those could we have made the system more accessible? The BBC has learned

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that ministers will publish a child care blue print to propose new

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models, including child accounts, under which funding follows the

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child and not the institutions. They will use this report to help cost

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the models. It has shown we have fully funded councils to deliver the

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expansion and now it is for councils themselves to account for what they

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have done in relation to additional spending. But it makes it clear

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where additional spending was requested, we have provided that.

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where additional spending was But COSLA said it is a crude

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assessment which shouldn't detract from the success of them providing

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600 free hours to children and said that the government's own report

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said the gap will be an overestimate. The Scottish

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Government has promised to almost double free child care hours. The

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same amount of child children spend in school is expected to cost half a

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billion pounds. The hope is by then all the authorities will have got

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their sums right. Closing speeches have begun

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in the trial of a man accused of the 1998 murder of Indian

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restaurant worker Surjit Singh The prosecution has asked the jury

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to convict Ronnie Coulter, Ronny Coulter, the man accused of

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murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar arrives at court in Glasgow. The

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prosecution said Surjit Singh Chhokar's death was a tragic tale

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which happened after the theft of a giro cheque. The prosecution said in

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1998 Surjit Singh Chhokar was on his way home from work, looking forward

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to pleasant evening and he was confronted in the dark by three men,

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he was attacked, stabbed, killed, murdered and left in the street. He

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said the person responsible for that is Ronny Coulter. I ask you to

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convict him of murder. The jury heard Mr Coulter was tried and

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acquitted of murder in 1999. Mr Prentice said the outcome of that

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trial in relation to this case was irrelevant. The defend QC started

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his closing speech and said it was Mr Coulter position that he did not

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stab Surjit Singh Chhokar and he told the jury that the trial had

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heard from atrocious witnesses who told lies. And And he said race had

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no place in the case. 48-year-old Mr Coulter denies murdering Surjit

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Singh Chhokar and the trial continues.

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The Scottish Government has apologised after it emerged that

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payments to farmers have been hit by another error.

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The snag relates to loan payments - which were only introduced

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because IT problems undermined the main funding system.

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Farmers leaders said it was deeply disappointing.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor is at Holyrood tonight.

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An embarrassing development in this long running saga Brian?

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Embarrassing is right. Opposition leaders are furious and demanding a

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full Parliamentary statement by ministers at the earliest possible

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opportunities. But this is about the farmers. Bearing in mind what

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happened, they were due payments and they had to be processed by the

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Scottish Government and there were endless problems with the IT system,

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the money wasn't getting through. In comes a new minister who says we

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will sort this out and in the meantime bring in a loan system to

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provide support to farmers and guess what, the loan system has gone wrong

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and there have been miscalculations in railroad to payments due -- in

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regard to payments due to be paid and hundreds are said to be

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affected. This fall s into the department of you couldn't make it

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up. The NFU said there have been move o's to ensure the payments.

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Farmers will watch out and I have got to say I think given earlier

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vents they will be sceptical. Oil prices rose across the world

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today after plans for a cut in production was outlined

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by the organisation of oil Our business and economy editor

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Douglas Fraser is here now. What's going on internationally

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to explain this Douglas? This is big international politics

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behind this, OPEC can turn the taps on and off and if it reduces supply,

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the price can give up. But it has been unwilling to give up the market

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to the American drillers who have been using shale fracking. Some OPEC

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members are desperate for a deal. Saudi Arabia has blocked that and

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has not wanted to see a deal that gives up ground to Iran or the

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Americans. Last night we got a statement from OPEC's president that

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it intends to get to a deal that would cutback a bit on production,

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the first such deal we have seen for eight years. So that sent prices up.

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More caution today. There is more talking to do. And should they hope

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get to a deal then. Yes and what does this mean for the industry

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here? It has suffered because of the drop in the price of oil, as it has

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around the world. The price comes down from $115 two years ago, to

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below 50 now. That explains why we have seen a collapse to investment

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in the North Sea and job losses. A higher price would be welcomed by

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the industry. As long as it is sustained and comes with confidence

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that it will be sustained. This is not a game-changer. Not yet any way.

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It firms up prices to roughly the average price since May and remember

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while the offshore industry would welcome a rise, most of us are

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consumers of oil for transport and fuel. So drivers and hauliers won't

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consumers of oil for transport and thank you for a rise in the price.

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Even if it would help a large, important, but troubled parts of

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Scottish economy. An SNP MP has been detained

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and questioned by police in relation Chris Law won the Dundee West seat

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for the Nationalists Police Scotland say

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they detained a 46-year-old man, who was released pending

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further enquiry. A source close to the MP says Mr Law

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has agreed to provide the police with further information

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and is confident the matter A search has been launched

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for an RAF serviceman from Dunfermline who has been

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missing since the early hours Corrie McKeague, who is based at RAF

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Honington in Suffolk, was last seen in the town of Bury St

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Edmunds following a night out. CCTV footage suggests

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the 23-year-old briefly slept in a doorway in the early hours

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of Saturday morning. He then got up and moved on,

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possibly intending to walk A merchant navy cadet

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who was stranded for weeks on a container ship in the waters

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off Singapore has vowed to return to sea to complete

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his officer training. Ruaridh Hanna and three fellow

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students arrived back in Scotland today having been stuck

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on the vessel whose His family was there to meet him

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in an emotional homecoming. A warning that Craig Anderson's

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reports contain's flashing images. He needed a hair cut. Well, you

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can't please everyone. Back on home soil after a few weeks, Ruaridh

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Hanna is greeted by family and friends. He said it was the

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uncertainty of their situation rather than conditions that caused

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them most concern. But he was taken aback by the welcome at Inverness

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airport. I have to say I'm blown away by it. I can't believe so many

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people took on board our story and felt a connection to it. It is quite

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flattering and also a bit am bar razzing. He has another few months

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training to go qualify as a deck I is iffer. -- officer. It made me

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take a hard look at the industry and any romantic vision of going to sea

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has been done away with. But as for putting me off, no I'm still

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determined to complete my training and to become an officer. His mum,

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who first highlighted the plight of cadets salutes his determine nation.

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That is his choice and I would hope he would complete his training,

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because otherwise it would have been you would say a waste of time.

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Putting up with what he has put up with and coming through it. So I'm

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proud that he has wanted to go back. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. Money given to councils to pay

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for free childcare has not been spent on funding the programme,

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according to a Government report. And still to come -

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the long and winding road in the life and career of football's

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Steve Paterson. The public's being urged to help

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solve the mystery of plans for a second rail

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bridge over the Forth. The drawings date back to 1945

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but were only discovered recently. Historians are investigating a few

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theories about why the plans were These are two drawings we found...

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Plans from 1945 were found in a box under a December income Glasgow. --

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under a December income Glasgow. We don't know what the plan is... They

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want to know why the designs were made and then dropped. We have a lot

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of drawings, but concentrating on the original construction of the

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bridge we see today. So this is a real mystery and why they were

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created, we just don't know. The second rail bridge would have been

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built down stream of the existing bridge and close by. There are some

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theories as to why. That is the time the V bomb were landing in London.

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My theory is they were thinking of more rail travel. The existing

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bridge was being heavily used and they were thinking ahead. Network

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trail stress the original bridge remains in good health and there has

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not been a need to put the plans for a bridge coming over here into

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action. But it is keen to find out more about these alternative

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designs. What do people make of the plans? It looks ugly from what I

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have seen. I think it would be detrimental. It would be a great

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idea. Because the forth estuary does split shadow and they need a lot of

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joining. From all those years ago, 71 years ago. They knew what they

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were doing. Sometimes more then than they do now. Historians are asking

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for public help to solve the mystery of the plans.

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Work has started to move the oil rig which ran aground

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on the Western Isles on to a massive vessel for transport to Turkey

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The Transocean Winner became stranded last month

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but was refloated and is now in Broad Bay on the Isle of Lewis.

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Today it started having its eight anchors raised in preparation.

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It will take about 24 hours to get it on board the transport ship

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and an exclusion zone will be put in place

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The decision earlier on just after 8am, I gave approval for the

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operation to start. It is looking favourable over the next few days.

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This might be the best opportunity we are going to have for a while.

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I'm hopeful, I think this is the best it has been for a long time.

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There were some small windows last week, but not sufficient time to do

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the entire operation. So this is certainly the fact that we are

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having two and a half days that are favourable should give us enough

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time to do it. Other stories from around the

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country now: A GP from Aberdeenshire who punched

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a patient he was treating has Martin Thom was called to deal

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with an intoxicated man who'd collapsed in the street

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in Fraserburgh in May last year, because the town's

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ambulance was not available. A tribunal heard that the assault

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was out of character. Dr Thom was said to be "under

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significant pressure He was suspended from practice

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for two months. Western Isles Councillors have

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expressed concern that the islands will suffer due to uncertainty

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surrounding European Union's leader development scheme,

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through which millions of pound The UK Government has pledged

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to continue some European subsidy funds up to 2020 following Brexit,

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but the leader scheme is not Now we are not sure, we have to

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advise, we have to consult. There is sun certainty. We are seeking

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clarification from the Scottish Government and obviously they're

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seeking clarification from the Government in Westminster. So, at

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the moment, there is more uncertainty on the previous level of

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uncertainty with the Brexit vote. The EU paid nearly ?3 million

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pounds in farm grants to an Aberdeenshire farmer last

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year, according to BBC research. Frank Smart, who farms

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near Banchory, tops the UK list of those who got the most from the

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Common Agricultural Policy in 2015. Concern's been expressed at ongoing

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recruitment difficulties facing the Fire and Rescue Service

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in parts of Sutherland. The village of Lochinver

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and surrounding area's been without any volunteer fire fighters

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for more than a year The fire station at Bettyhill

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is also struggling to recruit. Leaders of the main political

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parties got together to show their commitment

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to tackling climate change. The event coincided a gathering

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organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition,

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which brought nearly 100 people to Holyrood to meet their MSPs

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and call for action to protect Councillors in the Borders have

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delayed a final decision on a possible site to house

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the Great Tapestry of Two possible locations,

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at Tweedbank and in Galashiels town A report to today's meeting

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of Scottish Borders Council had recommended that Galashiels should

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be the preferred option, But councillors decided they needed

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further information on funding Less than 24 hours after drawing

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with Manchester City in the Champions League,

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Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic side may well have English

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clubs running scared. The former Liverpool boss

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was responding to a question about how his side would fare

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if they ever made the switch Here's our Senior Football reporter

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Chris McLaughlin. For the fist time in three years,

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Celtic fans raised the roof in Glasgow, Champions' League-style.

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Believe it or not, it would get even louder. And here's why. Three

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minutes in, Mousa Dembele. 1-0. It was a Glasgow Celtic night.

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Attacking football. And a noise in the stadium which was remarkable.

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But City's multi-million pound stars were likely to shine always. Delight

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on the face of Fernandinho. But instead of the tide turning, Celtic

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struck ones more. Teenager, Kieran terny with the shot. Oh how they

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celebrated, geb. But step forward, Sterling. Another leveller just

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before the break. After it, Dembele combined acrobatics and accuracy to

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give the home side a tleed number three. Hands up who enjoyed that

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one. The equaliser was less enjoyable but

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it failed it take the shine off the achievement and here is one of the

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reasons Y prize money forked winning the top league in Scotland less than

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?3 million. In England, just short of ?160 million If Celtic were in

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England, Celtic are one of the four-six clubs there. So, can you

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imagine then the resources, playing at that level, what that would

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produce T would be a frightening prospect, and an exciting prospect,

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if it ever happened but I think for others, looking through, I think it

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would be very, very difficult to accept.

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In a night that rocked and rolled, Champions' League football was back

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in Glasgow and back with a bang. European football's governing body,

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UEFA, has fined Celtic 10,000 Palestine flags were flown

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in the crowd at a Champions League qualifier against Israeli team

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Hapoel Beer-Sheva. The UEFA rule forbids the display

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of anything that is of a political, ideological, religious,

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offensive or provocative nature. Exactly 40 years ago a talented

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18-year old footballer from Moray made his debut

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for Manchester United. Later, as a manager,

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Steve Paterson led Inverness Celtic when 'Super Caley went

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ballistic' before he went But along the way, he lost

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more than ?1 million on gambling and had a drink

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problem that saw his life, and career in football,

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spiral out of control. Now he's emerged to become a social

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worker and manager of From signing to Manchester United as

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a youngster, to managing Inverness to this famous win over Celtic 16

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years ago, Steve Paterson has seen many highs T all crumbled publicly

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when Aberdeen manager in 200013. I was ill because I was consuming too

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much alcohol at an inappropriate time. I he set a terrible example.

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He missed a match after drinking too much the previous night. I ruined T

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it finished my career. I really didn't care about anything. I was

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very much into gambling. Very much into drinking and I pulled off the

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football, you can function inside your own turmoil. Paterson admit he

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has blown over ?1 million on gambling along. The issue began when

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he signed for Manchester United and was unexpectedly handed ?10,000 in

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cash. The club would have, should have really put it into a trust, to

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get at the end of your contract and all of that. It is a long time ago,

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you know. And it would have been I will Lille. I was obviously -

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illegal. Obviously, even back then it was going on, the top, talented

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schoolboys were getting, you know, bunged. The money thing doesn't

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really bother me. I think it is more what it does to you as a person and

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how it affects the people around you. You damage them. He has emerged

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from darker areas of his life and shares his experience as a social

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worker, but remains in football as manager of Duffton FC. People think

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they know Steve the man but they don't. What he enjoys is he has had

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lots of bitter sweet experiences in football as well as good

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experiences, so coming here, for Steve, the guys are here playing for

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the enjoyment. He has learned many lessons through this journey.

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Seeking help being perhaps the most important. I was too wrapped up in

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my own little world, bubble. I wouldn't really have engaged. But I

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have engaged the last while and, you know, I can just say, for me, the

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world of good and there is help for everybody that needs it.

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And you can hear the full interview with Steve Paterson

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on Sportsound tonight at 7.00pm on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.

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The Glasgow-based artist who designed the Partick Thistle

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mascot, Kingsley, has had another work chosen to stand on the plinth

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David Shrigley's giant thumbs up is a seven metre sculpture

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After it was unveiled this morning, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,

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said he hoped the gesture it portrayed would convey a positive

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Now here's Laura Maciver with details of Scotland 2016.

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The UK trade minute ste, Liam Fox says Brexit could represent a

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goldenp opportunity for new trade links. We'll hear from the Scottish

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Whiskey Association and the institute of directors on whether

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that could be the case and childcare has been the subject of a Holyrood

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debate. We'll if the ambitions for early years care can be achieved.

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Scotland 2016, BBC Two. 10.30. early years care can be achieved.

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In the meantime let's get the weather from Christopher.

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Good evening. Well, no escaping the fact we are well and truly into

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autumn. Some really windy conditions overnight. You can see there,

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approaching storm force across the far north and Northern Isles,

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creating big seas, as captured by one of our weather watchers. Tonight

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the winds easing down. The showers remain. Most clamping around west

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central Scotland. For the north and south on the mainland generally dry

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but a number of showers across the Northern Isles where the winds

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remain strong. Temperatures overnight around 7-9 in town. A

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touch cooler in the countryside across north-east with clear skies

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and, you could well see the northern lights, this picture taken last

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night by one of our weather watchers. Look to the north, you

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never know your look. Tomorrow we start with the cloudy weather across

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the central lowlands. North and south, dry, sunny morning and by the

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afternoon, bright with a few showers almost anywhere, really. But fairly

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light and well-scattered. Nothing like the blustery showers we had

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today with the winds that bitted lighter. Temperatures, 13, 14 for

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many. A touch mild ever across the north-east through Aberdeenshire,

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Moray answer Angus. Elsewhere, showers, sunshine and winds easing

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down. The rest of the afternoon and into the evening and we hold on thoo

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showery regime but for the weekend we are watching this approaching

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weather sweeping through Ireland and Wales come Saturday. It'll miss us

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but a few showers and cloud through southern Scotland. Further west and

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north-west you are, drier driest and brightest. Light winds from the

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north-east. Sprounld the pick of the two day, dry and bright and sunny

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for most. - Sundayy probably the pick of the two days.

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For those of you taking part, in the great Scottish run, Sunday is the

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best day. A quick reminder of the main news:

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More than a ?100 million given to councils to pay for free

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childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.

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That's according to a Government report.

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But the local authority umbrella body, COSLA, says the report

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is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".

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I'll be back with the headlines at 8.

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Until then, from everyone on the team - right

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across the country - have a very good evening.

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