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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so you it's goodbye from me,
Money given to councils to pay for free childcare has not been
spent on funding the programme, according to a Government report.
The trial of Ronnie Coulter - accused of the murder of waiter
Surjit Singh Chhokar - draws to a close.
Home at last - a sea cadet who was stranded on a boast
off Singapore for a month returns home to the Highlands.
Any romantic vision of going to sea has been well and truly done away
with. But as for putting me off, no I'm determined to complete my
Also on the programme: training.
The mystery of 1945 plans for another rail bridge
And, a six-goal thriller, as Celtic draw with English league
leaders Manchester City in the Champions League.
More than ?100 million given to councils to pay for free
childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.
That's according to a new Government report.
But the local authority umbrella body, Cosla, says the report
is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".
Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.
Increasing free child care is one of SNP's most high profile promises.
The policy should offer all three and four-year-old ands vulnerable
two-year-olds #6 00 three hours a year. But the first analysis of its
kind shows while the Scottish Government has given local
authorities ?329 million to spend on the policy, just ?189 million has
been spent on child care. So what has happened to the remaining money
and what impact has it had on families. You might have a place
between 9 o'clock and 12. You can't pay to have your child before or
after. For most working parents that is unusable. So it is frustrating to
hear there is funds available that haven't been spent and if we spent
those could we have made the system more accessible? The BBC has learned
that ministers will publish a child care blue print to propose new
models, including child accounts, under which funding follows the
child and not the institutions. They will use this report to help cost
the models. It has shown we have fully funded councils to deliver the
expansion and now it is for councils themselves to account for what they
have done in relation to additional spending. But it makes it clear
where additional spending was requested, we have provided that.
where additional spending was But COSLA said it is a crude
assessment which shouldn't detract from the success of them providing
600 free hours to children and said that the government's own report
said the gap will be an overestimate. The Scottish
Government has promised to almost double free child care hours. The
same amount of child children spend in school is expected to cost half a
billion pounds. The hope is by then all the authorities will have got
their sums right. Closing speeches have begun
in the trial of a man accused of the 1998 murder of Indian
restaurant worker Surjit Singh The prosecution has asked the jury
to convict Ronnie Coulter, Ronny Coulter, the man accused of
murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar arrives at court in Glasgow. The
prosecution said Surjit Singh Chhokar's death was a tragic tale
which happened after the theft of a giro cheque. The prosecution said in
1998 Surjit Singh Chhokar was on his way home from work, looking forward
to pleasant evening and he was confronted in the dark by three men,
he was attacked, stabbed, killed, murdered and left in the street. He
said the person responsible for that is Ronny Coulter. I ask you to
convict him of murder. The jury heard Mr Coulter was tried and
acquitted of murder in 1999. Mr Prentice said the outcome of that
trial in relation to this case was irrelevant. The defend QC started
his closing speech and said it was Mr Coulter position that he did not
stab Surjit Singh Chhokar and he told the jury that the trial had
heard from atrocious witnesses who told lies. And And he said race had
no place in the case. 48-year-old Mr Coulter denies murdering Surjit
Singh Chhokar and the trial continues.
The Scottish Government has apologised after it emerged that
payments to farmers have been hit by another error.
The snag relates to loan payments - which were only introduced
because IT problems undermined the main funding system.
Farmers leaders said it was deeply disappointing.
Our political editor Brian Taylor is at Holyrood tonight.
An embarrassing development in this long running saga Brian?
Embarrassing is right. Opposition leaders are furious and demanding a
full Parliamentary statement by ministers at the earliest possible
opportunities. But this is about the farmers. Bearing in mind what
happened, they were due payments and they had to be processed by the
Scottish Government and there were endless problems with the IT system,
the money wasn't getting through. In comes a new minister who says we
will sort this out and in the meantime bring in a loan system to
provide support to farmers and guess what, the loan system has gone wrong
and there have been miscalculations in railroad to payments due -- in
regard to payments due to be paid and hundreds are said to be
affected. This fall s into the department of you couldn't make it
up. The NFU said there have been move o's to ensure the payments.
Farmers will watch out and I have got to say I think given earlier
vents they will be sceptical. Oil prices rose across the world
today after plans for a cut in production was outlined
by the organisation of oil Our business and economy editor
Douglas Fraser is here now. What's going on internationally
to explain this Douglas? This is big international politics
behind this, OPEC can turn the taps on and off and if it reduces supply,
the price can give up. But it has been unwilling to give up the market
to the American drillers who have been using shale fracking. Some OPEC
members are desperate for a deal. Saudi Arabia has blocked that and
has not wanted to see a deal that gives up ground to Iran or the
Americans. Last night we got a statement from OPEC's president that
it intends to get to a deal that would cutback a bit on production,
the first such deal we have seen for eight years. So that sent prices up.
More caution today. There is more talking to do. And should they hope
get to a deal then. Yes and what does this mean for the industry
here? It has suffered because of the drop in the price of oil, as it has
around the world. The price comes down from $115 two years ago, to
below 50 now. That explains why we have seen a collapse to investment
in the North Sea and job losses. A higher price would be welcomed by
the industry. As long as it is sustained and comes with confidence
that it will be sustained. This is not a game-changer. Not yet any way.
It firms up prices to roughly the average price since May and remember
while the offshore industry would welcome a rise, most of us are
consumers of oil for transport and fuel. So drivers and hauliers won't
consumers of oil for transport and thank you for a rise in the price.
Even if it would help a large, important, but troubled parts of
Scottish economy. An SNP MP has been detained
and questioned by police in relation Chris Law won the Dundee West seat
for the Nationalists Police Scotland say
they detained a 46-year-old man, who was released pending
further enquiry. A source close to the MP says Mr Law
has agreed to provide the police with further information
and is confident the matter A search has been launched
for an RAF serviceman from Dunfermline who has been
missing since the early hours Corrie McKeague, who is based at RAF
Honington in Suffolk, was last seen in the town of Bury St
Edmunds following a night out. CCTV footage suggests
the 23-year-old briefly slept in a doorway in the early hours
of Saturday morning. He then got up and moved on,
possibly intending to walk A merchant navy cadet
who was stranded for weeks on a container ship in the waters
off Singapore has vowed to return to sea to complete
his officer training. Ruaridh Hanna and three fellow
students arrived back in Scotland today having been stuck
on the vessel whose His family was there to meet him
in an emotional homecoming. A warning that Craig Anderson's
reports contain's flashing images. He needed a hair cut. Well, you
can't please everyone. Back on home soil after a few weeks, Ruaridh
Hanna is greeted by family and friends. He said it was the
uncertainty of their situation rather than conditions that caused
them most concern. But he was taken aback by the welcome at Inverness
airport. I have to say I'm blown away by it. I can't believe so many
people took on board our story and felt a connection to it. It is quite
flattering and also a bit am bar razzing. He has another few months
training to go qualify as a deck I is iffer. -- officer. It made me
take a hard look at the industry and any romantic vision of going to sea
has been done away with. But as for putting me off, no I'm still
determined to complete my training and to become an officer. His mum,
who first highlighted the plight of cadets salutes his determine nation.
That is his choice and I would hope he would complete his training,
because otherwise it would have been you would say a waste of time.
Putting up with what he has put up with and coming through it. So I'm
proud that he has wanted to go back. You're watching BBC
Reporting Scotland. Money given to councils to pay
for free childcare has not been spent on funding the programme,
according to a Government report. And still to come -
the long and winding road in the life and career of football's
Steve Paterson. The public's being urged to help
solve the mystery of plans for a second rail
bridge over the Forth. The drawings date back to 1945
but were only discovered recently. Historians are investigating a few
theories about why the plans were These are two drawings we found...
Plans from 1945 were found in a box under a December income Glasgow. --
under a December income Glasgow. We don't know what the plan is... They
want to know why the designs were made and then dropped. We have a lot
of drawings, but concentrating on the original construction of the
bridge we see today. So this is a real mystery and why they were
created, we just don't know. The second rail bridge would have been
built down stream of the existing bridge and close by. There are some
theories as to why. That is the time the V bomb were landing in London.
My theory is they were thinking of more rail travel. The existing
bridge was being heavily used and they were thinking ahead. Network
trail stress the original bridge remains in good health and there has
not been a need to put the plans for a bridge coming over here into
action. But it is keen to find out more about these alternative
designs. What do people make of the plans? It looks ugly from what I
have seen. I think it would be detrimental. It would be a great
idea. Because the forth estuary does split shadow and they need a lot of
joining. From all those years ago, 71 years ago. They knew what they
were doing. Sometimes more then than they do now. Historians are asking
for public help to solve the mystery of the plans.
Work has started to move the oil rig which ran aground
on the Western Isles on to a massive vessel for transport to Turkey
The Transocean Winner became stranded last month
but was refloated and is now in Broad Bay on the Isle of Lewis.
Today it started having its eight anchors raised in preparation.
It will take about 24 hours to get it on board the transport ship
and an exclusion zone will be put in place
The decision earlier on just after 8am, I gave approval for the
operation to start. It is looking favourable over the next few days.
This might be the best opportunity we are going to have for a while.
I'm hopeful, I think this is the best it has been for a long time.
There were some small windows last week, but not sufficient time to do
the entire operation. So this is certainly the fact that we are
having two and a half days that are favourable should give us enough
time to do it. Other stories from around the
country now: A GP from Aberdeenshire who punched
a patient he was treating has Martin Thom was called to deal
with an intoxicated man who'd collapsed in the street
in Fraserburgh in May last year, because the town's
ambulance was not available. A tribunal heard that the assault
was out of character. Dr Thom was said to be "under
significant pressure He was suspended from practice
for two months. Western Isles Councillors have
expressed concern that the islands will suffer due to uncertainty
surrounding European Union's leader development scheme,
through which millions of pound The UK Government has pledged
to continue some European subsidy funds up to 2020 following Brexit,
but the leader scheme is not Now we are not sure, we have to
advise, we have to consult. There is sun certainty. We are seeking
clarification from the Scottish Government and obviously they're
seeking clarification from the Government in Westminster. So, at
the moment, there is more uncertainty on the previous level of
uncertainty with the Brexit vote. The EU paid nearly ?3 million
pounds in farm grants to an Aberdeenshire farmer last
year, according to BBC research. Frank Smart, who farms
near Banchory, tops the UK list of those who got the most from the
Common Agricultural Policy in 2015. Concern's been expressed at ongoing
recruitment difficulties facing the Fire and Rescue Service
in parts of Sutherland. The village of Lochinver
and surrounding area's been without any volunteer fire fighters
for more than a year The fire station at Bettyhill
is also struggling to recruit. Leaders of the main political
parties got together to show their commitment
to tackling climate change. The event coincided a gathering
organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition,
which brought nearly 100 people to Holyrood to meet their MSPs
and call for action to protect Councillors in the Borders have
delayed a final decision on a possible site to house
the Great Tapestry of Two possible locations,
at Tweedbank and in Galashiels town A report to today's meeting
of Scottish Borders Council had recommended that Galashiels should
be the preferred option, But councillors decided they needed
further information on funding Less than 24 hours after drawing
with Manchester City in the Champions League,
Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic side may well have English
clubs running scared. The former Liverpool boss
was responding to a question about how his side would fare
if they ever made the switch Here's our Senior Football reporter
Chris McLaughlin. For the fist time in three years,
Celtic fans raised the roof in Glasgow, Champions' League-style.
Believe it or not, it would get even louder. And here's why. Three
minutes in, Mousa Dembele. 1-0. It was a Glasgow Celtic night.
Attacking football. And a noise in the stadium which was remarkable.
But City's multi-million pound stars were likely to shine always. Delight
on the face of Fernandinho. But instead of the tide turning, Celtic
struck ones more. Teenager, Kieran terny with the shot. Oh how they
celebrated, geb. But step forward, Sterling. Another leveller just
before the break. After it, Dembele combined acrobatics and accuracy to
give the home side a tleed number three. Hands up who enjoyed that
one. The equaliser was less enjoyable but
it failed it take the shine off the achievement and here is one of the
reasons Y prize money forked winning the top league in Scotland less than
?3 million. In England, just short of ?160 million If Celtic were in
England, Celtic are one of the four-six clubs there. So, can you
imagine then the resources, playing at that level, what that would
produce T would be a frightening prospect, and an exciting prospect,
if it ever happened but I think for others, looking through, I think it
would be very, very difficult to accept.
In a night that rocked and rolled, Champions' League football was back
in Glasgow and back with a bang. European football's governing body,
UEFA, has fined Celtic 10,000 Palestine flags were flown
in the crowd at a Champions League qualifier against Israeli team
Hapoel Beer-Sheva. The UEFA rule forbids the display
of anything that is of a political, ideological, religious,
offensive or provocative nature. Exactly 40 years ago a talented
18-year old footballer from Moray made his debut
for Manchester United. Later, as a manager,
Steve Paterson led Inverness Celtic when 'Super Caley went
ballistic' before he went But along the way, he lost
more than ?1 million on gambling and had a drink
problem that saw his life, and career in football,
spiral out of control. Now he's emerged to become a social
worker and manager of From signing to Manchester United as
a youngster, to managing Inverness to this famous win over Celtic 16
years ago, Steve Paterson has seen many highs T all crumbled publicly
when Aberdeen manager in 200013. I was ill because I was consuming too
much alcohol at an inappropriate time. I he set a terrible example.
He missed a match after drinking too much the previous night. I ruined T
it finished my career. I really didn't care about anything. I was
very much into gambling. Very much into drinking and I pulled off the
football, you can function inside your own turmoil. Paterson admit he
has blown over ?1 million on gambling along. The issue began when
he signed for Manchester United and was unexpectedly handed ?10,000 in
cash. The club would have, should have really put it into a trust, to
get at the end of your contract and all of that. It is a long time ago,
you know. And it would have been I will Lille. I was obviously -
illegal. Obviously, even back then it was going on, the top, talented
schoolboys were getting, you know, bunged. The money thing doesn't
really bother me. I think it is more what it does to you as a person and
how it affects the people around you. You damage them. He has emerged
from darker areas of his life and shares his experience as a social
worker, but remains in football as manager of Duffton FC. People think
they know Steve the man but they don't. What he enjoys is he has had
lots of bitter sweet experiences in football as well as good
experiences, so coming here, for Steve, the guys are here playing for
the enjoyment. He has learned many lessons through this journey.
Seeking help being perhaps the most important. I was too wrapped up in
my own little world, bubble. I wouldn't really have engaged. But I
have engaged the last while and, you know, I can just say, for me, the
world of good and there is help for everybody that needs it.
And you can hear the full interview with Steve Paterson
on Sportsound tonight at 7.00pm on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.
The Glasgow-based artist who designed the Partick Thistle
mascot, Kingsley, has had another work chosen to stand on the plinth
David Shrigley's giant thumbs up is a seven metre sculpture
After it was unveiled this morning, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
said he hoped the gesture it portrayed would convey a positive
Now here's Laura Maciver with details of Scotland 2016.
The UK trade minute ste, Liam Fox says Brexit could represent a
goldenp opportunity for new trade links. We'll hear from the Scottish
Whiskey Association and the institute of directors on whether
that could be the case and childcare has been the subject of a Holyrood
debate. We'll if the ambitions for early years care can be achieved.
Scotland 2016, BBC Two. 10.30. early years care can be achieved.
In the meantime let's get the weather from Christopher.
Good evening. Well, no escaping the fact we are well and truly into
autumn. Some really windy conditions overnight. You can see there,
approaching storm force across the far north and Northern Isles,
creating big seas, as captured by one of our weather watchers. Tonight
the winds easing down. The showers remain. Most clamping around west
central Scotland. For the north and south on the mainland generally dry
but a number of showers across the Northern Isles where the winds
remain strong. Temperatures overnight around 7-9 in town. A
touch cooler in the countryside across north-east with clear skies
and, you could well see the northern lights, this picture taken last
night by one of our weather watchers. Look to the north, you
never know your look. Tomorrow we start with the cloudy weather across
the central lowlands. North and south, dry, sunny morning and by the
afternoon, bright with a few showers almost anywhere, really. But fairly
light and well-scattered. Nothing like the blustery showers we had
today with the winds that bitted lighter. Temperatures, 13, 14 for
many. A touch mild ever across the north-east through Aberdeenshire,
Moray answer Angus. Elsewhere, showers, sunshine and winds easing
down. The rest of the afternoon and into the evening and we hold on thoo
showery regime but for the weekend we are watching this approaching
weather sweeping through Ireland and Wales come Saturday. It'll miss us
but a few showers and cloud through southern Scotland. Further west and
north-west you are, drier driest and brightest. Light winds from the
north-east. Sprounld the pick of the two day, dry and bright and sunny
for most. - Sundayy probably the pick of the two days.
For those of you taking part, in the great Scottish run, Sunday is the
best day. A quick reminder of the main news:
More than a ?100 million given to councils to pay for free
childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.
That's according to a Government report.
But the local authority umbrella body, COSLA, says the report
is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".
I'll be back with the headlines at 8.
Until then, from everyone on the team - right
across the country - have a very good evening.