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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Medical experts say child health in Scotland ranks among the worst

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in Europe and they're calling for bold action to tackle it.

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Also on the programme, we go to the former mining town

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in Fife which could be used to pilot a radical new way to lift

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More Jobcentres are to close as the Department for Work

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and Pensions continues to streamline its

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A month into the job, the SFA's new performance director appeals

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for everyone in football to come together to improve

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And written by a Scot for Eurovision but rejected by the UK -

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now this song could become the entry for Romania.

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Child health in Scotland ranks among the worst in Europe,

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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says poverty

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remains the biggest cause and calls on the government to take "bold"

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The Scottish Government says it's making progress,

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Our Health Correspondent, Lisa Summers, is in Edinburgh

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Sally, the city is a sea of liked this evening, but that hides the

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fact that, in different neighbourhoods, sometimes right next

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door to each other, there are huge discrepancies in terms of life

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chances and health outcomes of the children that live there. This

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report is wide-ranging and there is evidence of that gap between rich

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and poor. The medical experts who wrote it say it is imperative that

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we tackle child poverty if we are to improve the health and well-being of

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our children. At this community centre, this group

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is a valued weekly event. North Edinburgh faces problems with

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poverty and deprivation but these parents are determined to give their

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children the best start in life. We tried to cook from scratch. We are

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trying to have water... Is not easy and, you know, you are working but

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it didn't work out and now you are pregnant. It's not an easy situation

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to be in. The report looks at child health across the UK and it doesn't

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paint a good picture but, in Scotland, some of the statistics are

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quite alarming. 210,000 children are living in poverty and around 28% of

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children are obese or overweight. In areas of deprivation, around 30% of

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women continued to smoke during pregnancy, but that figure falls to

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around 4.5% in more wealthy areas. If a mother smokes, she's been

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addicted from an early age she wants to quit but she lives on the eighth

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floor of a sky rise, how can she possibly go outside to smoke was to

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mock life can be compensated for issues such as alcohol abuse, drug

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abuse, drug abuse domestic abuse. Added together, these make life very

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difficult for a large proportion of communities. The report makes a

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series of recommendations including extending the smoking ban to schools

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and sports field, setting targets for other things. In Parliament

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today, the First Minister was challenged on why the government

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wasn't doing more after ten years in power. The report's view that, and I

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quote, there is much that the Scottish Government is doing to

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reduce the impact of inequality and there is much of Scotland that can

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be celebrated and learned from. That said, I agree with the report that

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there is much more required to be done and we cannot be complacent.

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The government points to successes such as tackling smoking and

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childcare provision so that parents can get back to work. It says it

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will be introducing a child poverty Bill, but the authors of this report

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say that children have to be at the heart of policy and decisions must

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be made if we are to secure a healthier future for our children.

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The authors of that report were clear that poverty

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is the biggest cause of poor health in children.

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Governments have long wrestled with how to solve

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Today the Scottish Government told us that it is interested in a

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radical solution. A basic universal income would mean a simple, flat

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payment for all adults and an end to conditional benefits. It's a model

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that's been tried around the world and one that Glasgow and Fife are

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looking to pilot as a UK first. It would free up some time, because

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my wife is on a permanent night shift...

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Many argue that the tax and benefits system needs reform. Ian is in work

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but on a low income. I currently work 18 to 36 hours per week and, if

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universal basic income came in, I would love to work back in the

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community, volunteering on the needs that I'm around.

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With universal basic income, benefits would be replaced by a flat

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rate that everybody could receive to ensure a basic standard of living.

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The first national pilot started in Finland this year. They are paying a

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monthly income of 560 euros to a select number of unemployed people.

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It replaces their benefits and get paid in full, even if they find

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work. It's an idea the Scottish Government is looking at. If this

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looks like it can help reduce poverty and inequality, then we are

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absolutely interested in it. But you need powers to use it as an

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alternative in full to the benefit system or in part to the benefit

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system, and you need greater taxation powers then we currently

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have in Scotland to really make it work. Ministers say the pilots might

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not work without Scotland having full control of benefits and tax,

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but Glasgow and Fife say they plan full control of benefits and tax,

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to go ahead regardless. There are ways and means of making chunks of

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it happen, certainly at a pilot level in Scotland here and now. I

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would hope that the Scottish Government would be interested in

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taking part. Surely if we all had a guaranteed annual salary, we'd stop

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working. I don't accept the premise that people are fundamentally lazy.

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I think people by and large are looking to have the best impact on

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their lives for their families and people with them that they can. This

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former coal-mining community in the heart of Fife is now one of the most

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deprived areas in Scotland. This weekend, international experts and

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local supporters of basic income will be meeting here to discuss how

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such a pilot might work. Many here welcome the idea. It sounds like a

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good idea. How would we pay for it? I'm not sure. It's a fantastic idea,

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to get rid of the stigma of being on benefits. It would save money with

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administration fees and the idea of people sleeping rough in the street

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and not having enough money to eat. For some in Fife, the pilot could

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mean the opportunity to volunteer or get back into work, if the council

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can find a way to afford it. Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside

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another ?3.1 billion for expected settlements

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with US authorities. It's over allegations that it

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missold risky mortgages in the run-up to the financial

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crisis in 2008. The bank - which is more than 70%

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owned by taxpayers - is preparing to face a penalty

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equivalent to at least ?8 billion. At Holyrood, there's a new row over

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whether the Scottish Parliament The Scottish Secretary, David

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Mundell, has promised that MSPs will be given a vote -

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but not over the Bill to trigger Scottish ministers say

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the latest round of talks This from our political

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editor, Brian Taylor. At Westminster, the bill to trigger

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Brexit is published. Mr Secretary, David Davis. What ultranationalist

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MPs will challenge that bill because there is no detail yet in Scotland's

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Parliament has not been consulted. Parliament has not been consulted.

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-- nationalist MPs. But choppy waters at Holyrood, too. The

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Scottish Secretary told Scottish ministers there would be no Holyrood

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vote on that trip the bill, but he said MSPs would asked to consent to

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the eventual great repeal bill, which will undertake detailed EU

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powers and return them to the UK. The purpose of the great repeal Bill

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includes incorporating into Scots law the laws which currently exist

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in the EU so that, when we leave the EU, there isn't a black hole in

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terms of the legal vacuum. I am sure that the parliament will want to

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ensure that that happens here in Scotland, and that is one of the

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main reasons that it's very important that we do get agreement

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on the great repeal Bill. The EU currently controls issues ranging

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from agriculture to workers' rights. The great repeal Bill would ensure

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that those laws were made in force initially by bringing them back into

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UK statute, but there's a problem. Should those powers go back to

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Westminster, or should Hollywood be in charge of issues which are

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already devolved? Take farming, a Hollywood power, but UK ministers

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are pondering whether there should be a Common Agriculture Policy for

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the UK once power is returned from Brussels. Or fishing, same question.

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UK ministers suspect the industry might not entirely favour Holyrood

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control. Then there is the one and only a question, the Belgian region

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which held up a European trade deal with Canada. The Prime Minister has

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made clear privately she doesn't want the same issue to a rise in

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Brexit UK. David Mundell says that the Scottish cup and will get new

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powers but Scottish ministers are suspicious. I think Theresa May's

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vision of the UK is a narrow, hard Brexit, Tory vision with everything

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centralised in London. That isn't the vision of the Scottish

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Government and it isn't what the majority of Scottish people voted

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for, so it isn't something we will agree to. There are policy questions

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but it's also a question of strategy. The UK Government is

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inviting the Scottish Parliament to talk about the details of life of

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Brexit. Scottish ministers say, hang on, that presumes we are accepting

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the shape, nature and outline of Brexit itself. Which they don't.

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A senior judge has been appointed to review hate crime

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Among the offences Lord Bracadale will consider is the controversial

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He's also been asked to recommend any new categories of hate crime

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which are not currently covered by the law, including age

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and gender, and whether legislation on religious hate should be

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The UK government has announced fresh plans to close a further

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tranche of job centres and benefit offices in Scotland.

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They say a fifth of the current office space in underused.

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16 sites, from Benbecula to Edinburgh, have been

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earmarked for closure, in addition to the fourteen closures

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Amongst those just announced are six more job centres.

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Where are the job centres which are going to close?

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Broxburn, Grangemouth , Alexandria ,one in Edinburgh

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The office that was used part time as a job centre in Benbecula is also

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closing but the DWP say they use other buildings there for outreach

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But in Port Glasgow for example people are going to have to go

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to Greenock, and that isn't being well received by people

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It's terrible. It should stay open because it's a lifeline for most

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people. He is over 60 and he's got to go. I don't know how he will make

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it. I can't afford it. It's going to cost me more money. I feel sorry for

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those that do use it and now they'll have to travel to Greenock for the

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job centre. It's more money to pay out when you don't have it for bus

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fares. And this comes fairly soon

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after an earlier number of closures were announced by the department

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of work and pensions? That's right, in December, the DWP

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announced that, as part of a streamlining exercise, they are

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closing 14 sites in Scotland. Those 14 sites include, for example, eight

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Glasgow job centres, which is half the job centres in Glasgow, so there

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has been a fairly co-ordinated campaign that has got off the ground

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in the last few weeks about that particular set of closures, and here

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we have the new announcement coming on top of that. That has not gone

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down at all well at Holyrood today, with the employability minister. I'm

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annoyed about the process in a number of ways. This seems to have

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been driven by the fact that the leases on particular buildings have

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come to an end, and it seems they peculiar way to determine where

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specific job centres should be located. I would have thought it

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would be better to determine which communities need a job centre and

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determined that there should be one located there, rather than deciding

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that the lease is up so they are leaving that area. It could be that,

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if you need to turn up for an appointment to do with a medical

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assessment, all you need an interview, for example, the place

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you would normally go for that might be changing as well. That is all

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part of this change, so that could possibly cause inconvenience and

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change for a lot of people who need to turn up on a regular basis. And

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there are office functions as well that on moving, admin offices, and

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the PCS union this evening said that they were already involved in

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fighting the previous closures they had heard out and they will now step

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that up, now that they have heard these closures, because they now

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haven't got any guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, although

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the DWP say that redundancies are not their intention.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Medical experts say child health in Scotland ranks among

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the worst in Europe, with poverty the main cause.

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And still to come, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

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urges his side to make history and continue their unbeaten run.

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NHS Grampian says it can't confirm when new dates

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will be given to patients for cancelled operations.

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The health board has postponed more than 100 procedures

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since the beginning of November and says it's "an

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The issue was raised at First Minister's Questions

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earlier by Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

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She highlighted the case of a patient from Aberdeenshire who'd

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He's been told further surgery has been cancelled.

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Celtic could break their own record of 26 domestic matches unbeaten

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They equalled the record set by their famous Lisbon Lions side

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of the 1960s last night, with a victory over St Johnstone.

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Is this side really the equal of the Lisbon Lions.

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A new signing to further bolster the squad. A ?3 million signing from

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Russia the latest addition to a side unbeat beaten in 26 domestic

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matches. Victory over St Johnstone saw them draw level with the Lions'

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record. To equal that, massive credit to the players and we cannot

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finish, we have to keep pushing and set the record as high as we can. A

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goal. The Lisbon Lions were an exceptional team, champions of

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Europe. Now, Celtic are the best side in Scotland, but the football

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landscape has changed. How should we look at this equalling of a record

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from Celtic's 60s heyday. Who better to ask than a man who saw it all. If

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you take Celtic's achievement this season in isolation it is

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marvellous. Any team to be undefeated in that number of games

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is superb. If you're going to compare eras, you put a different

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perspective on it. Consider what Scottish football was like in 67.

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Celtic won a European trophy. Rangers were in a European final.

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Kilmarnock got to a final of the Fairs cup. That shows the breadth of

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attainment in Scottish football. Now that does TNT exist at this moment

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in time. What does exist is the chance for the Celtic team to now

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eclipse the Lisbon Lions' domestic record. They will do that if they

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avoid defeat to Hearts on Sunday. The Scottish FA's new performance

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director says football needs radical change to safeguard the future

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of clubs and improve the ailing Malky Mackay has been

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in the job for a month and has been outlining his vision

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to club owners and managers. He's also been speaking

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to our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin,

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who's here now. Scotland haven't qualified

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for a major competition since the World Cup

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in France back in 1998. In fact, we're on the verge

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of failing to qualify for our tenth The SFA say, as a country,

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we're not producing enough good young players, but they now

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have a man they hope can This is Malky Mackay,

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the new performance director. He's been hired to deliver something

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called Project Brave. It's a document that has been

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circulated to all the clubs in Scotland asking for their help

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in changing things. This is to give youth players

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the chance to play more games They're also proposing

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so-called Colt teams. This would see the likes of Celtic

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and Rangers possibly fielding second And perhaps the biggest change -

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they're proposing to cut the number From now on, Mackay says they'll

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concentrate only on the very best. We have got 29 academies for 5

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million people. Germany went through a terrible time after the year 2000

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and they have 80 million people and 50 academies. We need to change,

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otherwise everything will just tick along. If something is tweaked, we

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will just continue the slide. Is this bold enough and radical enough

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given that Scottish football is in such a mess? If you're going from 29

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academies down to a maximum of 16, so everybody bids for them, it might

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be eight, whoever gets in, but the bar will be set high, make no

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mistake. At the moment,

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we are 67th in the world rankings - that's below the likes

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of Uzbekistan and Panama. Malky Mackay is now on a charm

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offensive to convince the clubs to back this plan and convince them,

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this time, this plan will work. It has been announced the former

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Labour MP Tam Dalziel has died at the age of 84. A statement said the

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Parliamentary veteran who spent 43 years as an MP died after a short

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illness. David Porter reports. A rarity if ever there was one. In

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these days of complaints about similar politicians, Tam Dalziel was

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a one off. Not many MPs had their own pride of peacocks! A 17th

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century castle overlooking the Forth, but he was not your average

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MP. He went to Eton and king's college Cambridge, where he was a

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Tory. He did national service with the Royal Scots Greys. One of his

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ancestors set up the regiment. But the conditions experienced by the

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Scottish miners near his home were one of the reasons that brought him

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into politics. I found the socialists both at home and at

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Cambridge more congenial people. I suspect because I'm a rebel. He won

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a by-election in West Lothian to embark on a unique political career,

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marked by a willingness to ask difficult questions. You are doing

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your job and you're going to be controversial. I know how much

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effort has gone into five hundred entries. He never held ministerial

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office and that rankled. Do you regret not having been offered

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office? Yes. Over a 43 year career he was famous for his high profile

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causes. A fully paid up member of the House of Commons awkward squad!

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He campaigned against Margaret Thatcher and her Government over the

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sinking of the Argentinian cruiser the Belgrano in the Falklands war.

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They have told lies and we have to call them to account. There are

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examples of... He campaigned against the first Gulf War and his

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challenges even won the admiration of opponents. He asked the most

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devastating question I have heard. I can't remember the substance, but

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Margaret Thatcher had answered the question. And he stood up and said,

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why? It is devastating and I have never seen anyone else do that. He

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also fell out with his own party over military action. I'm angry with

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him. Because of the Iraq war. I think going to war in Afghanistan

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and the bombing of Yugoslavia was a horrendous mistake. On Lockerbie he

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refused to blame the then Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi for

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sanctioning the atrocity. But perhaps he is best known for his

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opposition to devolution. We will go down a motorway to a separate state.

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A journey on which many of us don't want to embark. He coined the West

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Lothian question, concerning the rights of Scottish MPs to vote at

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Westminster after devolution. He was a life long opponent of the Scottish

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Parliament. The difficulty is that if you have an institution that

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calls itself a Parliament, they want more and more and more. He was the

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most fearless and the most... Independent-minded member of

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Parliament in my lifetime in the post war years. He had a combination

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of persistent and courtesy. He was the most relentlessly courteous

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politician I have come across. What a man. We will never see his like

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again. More's the pity. More Tees pity. In life he was always willing

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to ruffle feathers if he saw fit. Our new current affairs

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programme is live on BBC Two Here's Shereen Nanjiani

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and Glenn Campbell to tell us Hello and welcome to our new home.

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We are looking forward to our first show. And just like on your timeline

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it is a mix of stories, which we hope will get you talking. Would you

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know if your child has been prescribed anti-depressants. Hear

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from a grieving mum on changing the law. And Judy Murray and train

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spotting and Donald Trump. Now the weather. Well the weather Gods were

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smiling on us today with some gorgeous sunshine. Very different

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from south of the border. A bank of cold cloud, minus three in the south

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coast. In Scotland it was 13 degrees. Plenty of sunshine too. At

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the moment, it is dry across the country and long, clear spells

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tonight leading to a widespread fos spread frost. To the west coast a

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brisk wind. Western coasts and the far north around 4 Celsius. Inland

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down to minus one and in rural parts minus three or four. We could see

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some mist or fog patches in the morning. It will be a dry start, but

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we have this front that will make its way towards us as we head

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through tomorrow night. A dry start and a sunny start. Although cold and

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crisp with a widespread frost. Staying that way for much of the

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morning. In the afternoon cloud increasing across the west. For

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daylight hours it will stay dry. In the afternoon cloudier in the south

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ae and the Glasgow area. The best of the sunshine will be in eastern

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areas. Temperatures of three or four Celsius inland. To the west coast

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higher. Still breezy. And in the far north sunny skies and temperatures

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around six or even. Orkney seeing some good sunny spells. More cloud

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in Shetland. Still windy here. In the evening we will see that rain

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pushing in to western areas. Showery in nature. The far north staying

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dry. On Saturday we are seeing showers developing, pushing across

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the country and then something brighter for the afternoon. Thank

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you. from this year's

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Celtic Connections festival. See highlights from

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the opening concert,

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