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Medical experts say child health in Scotland ranks among the worst


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


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


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


More Jobcentres are to close as the Department for Work


and Pensions continues to streamline its


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


for everyone in football to come together to improve


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


now this song could become the entry for Romania.


Child health in Scotland ranks among the worst in Europe,


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says poverty


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


The Scottish Government says it's making progress,


Our Health Correspondent, Lisa Summers, is in Edinburgh


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


fact that, in different neighbourhoods, sometimes right next


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


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


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


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


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


our children. At this community centre, this group


is a valued weekly event. North Edinburgh faces problems with


poverty and deprivation but these parents are determined to give their


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


series of recommendations including extending the smoking ban to schools


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


today, the First Minister was challenged on why the government


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


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


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


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


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


The government points to successes such as tackling smoking and


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


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


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


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


The authors of that report were clear that poverty


is the biggest cause of poor health in children.


Governments have long wrestled with how to solve


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


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


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


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


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


my wife is on a permanent night shift...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


system, and you need greater taxation powers then we currently


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


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


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


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


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


would hope that the Scottish Government would be interested in


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


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


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


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


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


deprived areas in Scotland. This weekend, international experts and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


another ?3.1 billion for expected settlements


with US authorities. It's over allegations that it


missold risky mortgages in the run-up to the financial


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


owned by taxpayers - is preparing to face a penalty


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


whether the Scottish Parliament The Scottish Secretary, David


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


but not over the Bill to trigger Scottish ministers say


the latest round of talks This from our political


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


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


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


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


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


Scottish Secretary told Scottish ministers there would be no Holyrood


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


the eventual great repeal bill, which will undertake detailed EU


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


includes incorporating into Scots law the laws which currently exist


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


are pondering whether there should be a Common Agriculture Policy for


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


UK ministers suspect the industry might not entirely favour Holyrood


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


A senior judge has been appointed to review hate crime


Among the offences Lord Bracadale will consider is the controversial


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


which are not currently covered by the law, including age


and gender, and whether legislation on religious hate should be


The UK government has announced fresh plans to close a further


tranche of job centres and benefit offices in Scotland.


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


16 sites, from Benbecula to Edinburgh, have been


earmarked for closure, in addition to the fourteen closures


Amongst those just announced are six more job centres.


Where are the job centres which are going to close?


Broxburn, Grangemouth , Alexandria ,one in Edinburgh


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fares. And this comes fairly soon


after an earlier number of closures were announced by the department


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the DWP say that redundancies are not their intention.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Medical experts say child health in Scotland ranks among


the worst in Europe, with poverty the main cause.


And still to come, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers


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


NHS Grampian says it can't confirm when new dates


will be given to patients for cancelled operations.


The health board has postponed more than 100 procedures


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


The issue was raised at First Minister's Questions


earlier by Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.


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


He's been told further surgery has been cancelled.


Celtic could break their own record of 26 domestic matches unbeaten


They equalled the record set by their famous Lisbon Lions side


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


Is this side really the equal of the Lisbon Lions.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


director says football needs radical change to safeguard the future


of clubs and improve the ailing Malky Mackay has been


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


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


to our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin,


who's here now. Scotland haven't qualified


for a major competition since the World Cup


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


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


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


have a man they hope can This is Malky Mackay,


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


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


circulated to all the clubs in Scotland asking for their help


in changing things. This is to give youth players


the chance to play more games They're also proposing


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


and Rangers possibly fielding second And perhaps the biggest change -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


mistake. At the moment,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


these days of complaints about similar politicians, Tam Dalziel was


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


He campaigned against Margaret Thatcher and her Government over the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


refused to blame the then Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of persistent and courtesy. He was the most relentlessly courteous


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


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


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


programme is live on BBC Two Here's Shereen Nanjiani


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


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


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


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


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


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


smiling on us today with some gorgeous sunshine. Very different


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the country and then something brighter for the afternoon. Thank


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