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Tonight, on Reporting Scotland: The wall collapse which led


to the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools - A report says


Somebody should be held culpable for this. That could have been a kid. In


fact the could have been a whole class full of kids.


The inquiry blames a lack of checks and says problems


Also on the programme, Four more councils agree to put up


the basic rate of council tax as the freeze ends.


22 schoolchildren are taken to hospital after the bus


The unpaid work done by offenders - the government says it benefits


local communities and keeps reconviction rates down.


And a former Rangers captain says manager Mark Warburton hasn't


been given the financial backing he deserves.


An independent report into safety failures that forced the closure


of 17 Edinburgh schools has blamed the council and the


partnership which managed the building contracts.


It began with the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary School in January


last year which the report says could have killed pupils.


That led to safety checks and the closure of the schools,


which caused major disruption for 8,000 schoolchildren.


Today's report found there had been a lack of proper scrutiny


of the construction work and warned that the problems may


Our reporter Cameron Buttle is at Oxgangs school tonight.


It was the day storm Gertrude/ silly-macro/ and it was only a


matter of timing and look that no one was injured. It collapsed


because of these, wall ties. They are used to connect the inner wall


to the outer wall. According to this report, they weren't fitted properly


here at the school and that many others.


This is where the children sheltered on a windy day at playtime. This is


where nine tonnes of rubble fell, hundreds of bricks peeling from the


wall and crashing to the ground. Luckily it happened just before the


school gates open. Parents are still angry. It's ridiculous. The fact


they can build a school that holds 500 children and not check it out


and not have anybody independently check it out, it is a complete and


utter farce. I got a phone call to say your son's not here, he's not at


school. Somebody needs to be held culpable for this. That could have


been a kid, in fact it could have been a whole class full of kids.


This sparked an urgent inspection of schools built under the same scheme.


There are 17 of them and all found to be faulty and all were shut down


causing massive disruption. The main findings are that the 17 schools


affected were badly built. There was a lack of supervision that would


have picked up bad practices. And the problems were not bound to the


use of public, private partnerships to finance the projects. The problem


was with wall ties, metal fixings that strengthened the inner and


outer walls. The BBC Scotland investigation revealed the problem


was not confined to Edinburgh. These pictures show faulty fixings in East


Renfrewshire. The fact there were different contractors and


subcontractors and the same faults turned up at other schools in


Scotland, where we found five wall collapse in the last four years. It


says this is something which isn't just here in Edinburgh. It is going


to be down to a number of agencies across the UK and the construction


agency itself to look at whether the quality assurance of those buildings


is good enough. The closures caused massive disruption across the city,


more than 8000 children affected and their families. The report praises


the Council for their response to getting pupils to class and says


learning did not suffer. But for one family, they still lack confidence


in the building. I still don't stand next to the wall now. I know they


have fixed it and I have seen them physically drill holes into every


bit, but it does put you off standing too close. It is a lot


quieter in that part of the trade ground. The Scottish Government says


it is writing to all local authorities across Scotland,


highlighting the report's recommendations.


Tonight there is a sense this report has not answered all the questions


asked. There is no finger-pointing at any one individual, organisation


or company. All the construction firms have either merged or change


management. As for the Edinburgh schools partnership, managers of


this schools, it says it is still studying the report. Thank you.


Four more councils have agreed to put up the basic rate


The average bill will rise by ?3 or ?4 a month,


while around a quarter of people will face more significant rises


because of national changes to the way their council


Edinburgh Council today became the first big


But as our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor reports,


councils are still under huge financial pressure.


Council budget day is a day of tradition. Inside council chambers


and outside. For years, councils have faced tough spending decisions,


but this year there is a difference. Councils across Scotland can put up


the basic rate of council tax by 3%. But it won't mean the end of cuts


and savings. Many councils are proposing new headline grabbing cuts


this year. Protesters say one big issue is about what some call


cutting by stealth. Councils feel overstretched. In Edinburgh, 1400


members of staff have gone this year. It increases the workload of


other people. People can provide the service they want to provide. They


cannot get out to meet the people. Typically, the council tax makes up


only 15p of every pound council spends. Some council leaders want


new powers to find other ways to raise cash, their independence --


dependence on the Scottish Parliament. I would raise tax


tomorrow if I had the power to do so. I would place a parking levy


tomorrow, but I don't have those powers. Edinburgh Council is one of


five councils to have agreed to put a basic council tax by 3%.


Aberdeenshire opted for a smaller rise. Typically, an average bill


will go up by three and ?4 a month, but around a quarter face bigger


rises. The bills in band E, F, G and H are rising because of changes to


the system. This man's annual bill will come to almost ?1600. I have


spoken to my neighbours and most of us have said we are prepared to pay


a bit more if it will be held locally and local decisions are made


on how to spend the money. Others face even bigger rises and some will


be less sympathetic than this man. All councils should reach decisions


in the council tax within the next three weeks.


And Jamie joins us now from outside Edinburgh Council.


Jamie, can we assume that all councils will raise


In short, no we cannot. At Edinburgh Council, there is no doubt how the


decision would go today, but two councils had indicated their plan


was to try to maintain the freeze on basic bills. That is South


Lanarkshire and Inverclyde Council. They are both Labour run councils


and would say it is an interesting move by them. These councils would


argue they are trying their best to help family budgets, but leave


themselves open to criticism by help family budgets, but leave


campaigners that by not raising the council tax or not doing all that is


within their power to at least try to mitigate the impact of cuts, the


Scottish Government would no doubt argue a council that doesn't raise


council tax, can hardly complain how much government funding they are


getting. But there are a few of the councils to make


getting. But there are a few of the public. Thank you, Jamie.


The First Minister has faced claims that her Government has let down


The Holyrood row followed analysis from a think tank


which suggests that bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds


in Scotland lag well behind their more affluent classmates.


The Sutton Trust also suggested that Scotland's brightest


pupils are performing below international standards.


The First Minister insisted action was already well under way


Here's our Political Editor Brian Taylor.


If these warnings about Scotland's schools sound familiar, they are.


The Sutton Trust the data from an international survey and matched


pupil performance of background. They found bright children from poor


households are more than two and a half years behind their wealthier


classmates by the age of 15. In England, the gap in attainment link


to wealth is even greater, but this report highlights a distinctive


Scottish problem. Unlike in England, Scotland's brightest pupils score


below the average for developed countries. The trust found no area


in which the brightest 15-year-olds in Scotland really excel and they


noticed a pronounced and sustained decline in science over a decade. A


decade of cause, of the SNP in power at Holyrood. It is a generation of


Scottish people that are being left behind in the race for


qualifications and future jobs. Scotland used to lead the world in


education. White under this SNP government, are we always playing


catch-up? Time and time again I have come here and argued the SNP are


leaving the poorest children behind. This report shows they are holding


the brightest children back. A sombre Education Secretary by her


side, the First Minister noted the basic figures were already two years


old. But, no excuses, action was needed and was already in progress.


We have embarked upon a programme of reforms in education are underpinned


by substantial additional funding, going straight into the hands of


head teachers. Our headteachers across this country, last week got


told of the substantial additional funding that they will have at their


direct disposal, to invest in additional teachers or the things


they think will help raise attainment. The First Minister said


again, education was her top priority and, like a political exam


candidate, she was ready to be judged by results.


Crews searching for missing kayaker Dominic Jackson


The 35 year-old was reported overdue on Sunday night


after leaving for a weekend trip from Portsoy in Aberdeenshire.


His kayak was located four days ago near Lybster in Caithness.


The body, which has yet to be formally identified,


Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and RAF


Coningsby in Lincolnshire have been scrambled to monitor two


The Russian aircraft were said to have flown an arc around the top


of Scotland from a north east direction before passing


The Ministry of Defence said they were not in UK air space.


they were travelling in overturned and crashed down an embankment


It happened as the bus arrived at Our Lady's High School shortly


Although there were no serious injuries, a major incident


was declared with ambulance, police and fire appliances


The scene outside the school in Cumbernauld this morning. At 8:45am


a single deck of bus plunge down this ditch. The bus rolled over onto


its side. One people, who got out, said the driver helped his


passengers to escape. It was witnessed by this woman. I literally


saw the Boscombe down the hill and the wheel hit the curb and I don't


know if it exploded, but there was fire coming out of it. I just saw it


literally flip right over. A major incident was declared with 20


ambulances going to the scene as well as three fire appliances. The


bus was on its side and the escape hatches on the roof had been popped


out and we lead the kids out through those openings. A lot of the kids


were pretty upset. My friends and colleagues who saw it happening,


they, it was a difficult scene for those. Most pupils were taken into


the school hall to recover. Later, 22 were taken to hospital.


116-year-old girl is being treated for nonserious injuries and the rest


are under investigation. In North Lanarkshire we take the safety of


our young people very seriously. Parents on a daily basis give their


most valuable possessions, their children. It is important we


investigate this matter fully. The vehicle was eventually pulled out


from the ditch. It will now be examined. The bus company confirmed


their driver is recovering. More than 1.2 million hours


of unpaid work was carried out by offenders in Scotland in the year


to the end of last March. The government maintains the scheme


benefits local communities and keeps Our Home Affairs Correspondent,


Reevel Alderson reports. Paying back to society. Offenders


who have received community payback orders alternative to prison


sentences deliver donations to a foodbank. Fraser Johnston was


sentenced to 240 hours unpaid work for wasting police time. He avoided


jail, but said it is not a soft option. It gives me a bit of


structure in my life. Before I had community service, I didn't do much.


We have been painting fences and sometimes you out in the cold and


the rain and stuff. I don't think it is a soft sentence because it is


hard work. The foodbank says it couldn't operate without these


offenders and there is an additional benefit. The young men and women who


are doing unpaid work, get to see the community in action. They get to


see what can be achieved with a working partnership. They feel their


contribution is valued. They see they are actually making a


difference to the communities they live in. Breaking the cycle of


reoffending, here in Bellshill, offenders are refurbishing bikes to


be given to local schools and refugee families. The Scottish


Government says work like this is more effective at addressing the


reasons why offenders have got into trouble. Reconviction rates are at a


17 year low. It has come about as a result of community payback orders,


because it helps break the cycle of offenders going on to reoffend in


the future. It helps to create safer communities. Payback orders can


include help for offenders to deal with addictions or violent


behaviour. The cottage government gave ?4 million extra last year to


support community sentences and says it will continue in the draft


budget. You're watching


BBC Reporting Scotland. A report into the wall collapse


which led to the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools


says pupils could have died. A former Rangers captain


says manager Mark Warburton hasn't been given


the financial backing he deserves. The family of a man


from the Highlands who died in mysterious circumstances


20 years ago today say they hope a review of the case will


lead police to his killer. 24 year-old Kevin Mcleod


was found dead in Wick harbour, and an initial police investigation


concluded it was an accident. But his family maintain


he was murdered and that police covered up the truth.


Craig Anderson reports. 24-year-old Kevin Mcleod died after


a night out with his pals, his body found in the harbour. Police from


the Ven Northern Constabulary concluded that Kevin had stumbled


over an ornamental pollard at the harbour-side and his death was an


accident. His family have always insisted otherwise.


Kevin did not fall on that ornamental street pollard. No way.


It's a ludicrous excuse. Kevin was kicked in, kicked to death, and I


believe he was put in the water. A pathologist report showed the


young man had suffered serious internal injuries, consistent with a


beating before entering the water. Police were told to treat his death


as potential murder. They didn't. Everything from day one was covered


up, really. No proper investigation is done. No enquiries. Didn't


protect us. They didn't do anything. Everything in their procedures was


done wrong. A series of free investigations have


raised more questions than answers. But now the Chief Constable of


police Scotland has ordered another review.


Let's make no mistake, the family have been through hell in the last


20 years. We are at the stage now that the reassessment of the


circumstances is very welcome, whether or not it will throw up any


new evidence or reason for the investigation, it still remains to


be seen. Police Scotland declined to be interviewed about the case this


week, but insisted it was not a reinvestigation, but an assessment


of the information surrounding Kevin Mcleod's death. That distinction may


be lost on many of us, but for Kevin Mcleod's family, it may lead to some


hope of what they see as justice for Kevin.


A look at other stories from across the country.


A 55 year-old woman who died after a house fire in Aberdeenshire


Elmore Mitchell died after the fire in Kindrochit Drive in Braemar


Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing,


but there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.


Patients may have to wait longer for treatment by a health board


which has been bailed out by the Scottish Government


NHS Tayside is considering increasing its waiting times


NHS Scotland chief executive Paul Gray told MSPs


on the Public Audit Committee that it was one of the options


the health board had discussed to improve its financial situation.


The Scottish Prison Service says it's identified a site


There were protests over initial plans to build the replacement


for the city's ageing Victorian jail close to a growing


The SPS will now apply for planning permission to site HMP Highland


between an out of town retail park and a college campus.


An international design competition has been launched to replace


The venue, in the city's Princes Street Gardens,


was developed in 1935 and has a capacity of 2,400.


Architects are being asked to submit plans for a replacement pavilion,


Once a winning design is chosen, its hoped that building work


The former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson says the club's


manager Mark Warburton hasn't been given the financial


Warburton's side face Morton in the Scottish Cup this weekend


but it's faltering league form that has led to some fans asking


questions about his future. But is the criticism justified?


He's the man Rangers fans once lauded for turning their team's


fortunes around. But with one win in the last five league matches, the


pressure is mounting ahead of Sunday's game against Morton. Should


it be? Celtic are way out in front, but given their financial muscle,


they were always likely to be. Second place was always the target,


and is still very much insight. Rangers also remain in the Scottish


cup. But it is a dip in form, and questionable signings that have seen


eyebrows raised. So to some examples, striker Joe Garner was


bought for ?1.8 million. He has been a bit part player and has scored


three times. Joey Barton was a marquee signing, but played eight


times, and left after a training ground bust up. Then Matt Crookes,


he signed a four-year deal, played three times, and was sent out on


loan. But have the board backed him with enough cash?


I look at it and think, he has not been back. He would have wanted to


strengthen more. To finish second, then see what happens in the summer,


hopefully get a bit back from the boards to spend some money.


A good ball in, it is walk! The argument is, he should have


spent enough to avoid losses. Rangers are just behind second-place


Aberdeen. Roughly where they should be?


I think it will be tied between them and Aberdeen for the rest of the


campaign. It could go either way. Rangers are not going to be


convincingly second. It is worth remembering that Aberdeen have not


had an outstanding season by their measure in the league.


That will matter little to how Mark Warburton's success is measured. He


says the random nature of football has worked against him. Not enough


backing or not enough wins? Either way, victory at the weekend feels


vital. Timeline is on BBC Two


tonight at 7.30pm. Here's Shereen and Glenn


with the details. Andy Murray has announced he is


bringing Roger Federer to Glasgow. We have the world number one on the


programme. We speak to a woman horribly


disfigured by a dog attack. We ask why Scotland still has no


film studio. As Shereen said, more


on Andy Murray later, but when he announced that


Roger Federer was coming to Glasgow this was the unusual advice he had


for the Swiss tennis legend. Don't try the fried Mars bars... I


tried one of them for the first time last year, it was horrific. Stay


away from that. You are not going to teach him how


to put a job on? to put a job on?


-- a kilt on. It was quite good, it was funny.


Are you going to put lederhosen on for him?


Some sunshine today, a beautiful shot from a weather watcher in the


north-west. For many, a cloudy and grey day. More cloud than we


north-west. For many, a cloudy and forecast. Tonight, cold and frosty.


Dry for most, but the showers with us a cross eastern Scotland from the


Dry for most, but the showers with Borders up to Shetland.


Accumulations of snow in places, particularly Shetland,


Aberdeenshire, and the borders. For many, a dry and cold night. In town,


temperatures freezing. In the countryside, well below. Showers


affect eastern parts, slippery in the morning in places, but for many,


a dry and bright morning. More sunshine than we saw today. Crisp as


we head through to the afternoon. But it will be a cold afternoon, and


certainly a inland areas, 3-4 at best. One or two spots struggling to


reach anything above zero or 1 degrees. Eastern parts using,


elsewhere largely dry. Once again, the best sunshine in the north-west.


We have lost the wind around the west Coast and north-east coast, not


as bitter here, but still cold. The rest of the afternoon, the evening


and into the night, cold weather affecting the coastal fringes, but


for many, it sharp frost. To the weekend, high pressure with us, so


largely dry, but still the nagging easterly, North easterly, feeding


showers from Angus towards the borders. Inland as far as South


Lanarkshire, elsewhere dry and bright. In the central belt and


South, Central winds quite bitter. For Sunday, dry and settled, the


best of the sunshine in the west, East has more cloud, and once again,


rather cold for all. That's the forecast for now.


An independent report into closures closing schools has blamed the


council and the partnership that managed the building contract. The


report found a wall collapse could have killed pupils.


I'll be back with the headlines at 8:00pm and the late bulletin just


Until then, from everyone on the team, have a very good evening.