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To the north of the country. -- especially to the north of the
country. A three year old boy dies
after being knocked down We look at the changing face
of the jobs market as the latest figures show more people
are looking for work. A lot of students have their own
dream of doing their own thing, that seems to be a chef trait.
Also on the programme, a Holyrood inquiry looks
at whether the gap between men and women's pay is having
Concern that plans for a big increase in the amount of forests
And a major blow for Scotland's Six Nations campaign as captain
Greig Laidlaw is ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
A three-year-old boy has died after he was knocked down
The incident happened yesterday in the village of Crossgates.
This farm is about a mile north of the village Crossgates near
Dunfermline, it was here yesterday evening that the three-year-old boy
was knocked down by a vehicle on the farm. He has been named as Stuart
Nelson. The emergency services were called just after five o'clock but
they were not able to save him and he was reportedly to have died at
the scene. This tragic event has affected people here and the local
community council said the family are highly thought of and respected.
The local minister said the news has shocked and stunned people. It is so
sad. It is the parents who have the heartbreak. I would not like to lose
a son or daughter at that age. Tragic news. What happened at
tea-time last night. It is one of the times that everyone is pulling
together, sending condolences to the family. Police are now investigating
the incident. The Health and Safety Executive said it is aware of the
incident and is also making enquiries.
The number of Scots seeking work in the final three months of last
year was up by 6,000, to reach 135,000.
That's while the number of people IN work was also up.
And new figures show the productivity of Scottish
Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, joins us now.
The monthly labour force survey shows unemployment slightly up
in Scotland and slightly down across the UK as a whole.
The jobless rate reached 4.9% - a notch
Over the whole of last year, there was a drop in Scots
But with economic inactivity rates rising, there was also a drop
of the number in work, by 20,000, both those
Compare that with the really striking story about the jobs market
across the rest of the UK last year, with employment up by more
than 300,000, and most of those going to women, working full-time.
Now, one of the main changes underlying these numbers has been
Even places where, as a customer, you might think workers are earning
a wage, increasingly, they're running
a small business, for which they need
We are starting with a salmon which is like... You just want a job, a
pay packet, but the modern jobs market is not that simple. Two soups
and two chickens and two beef. In catering and hospitality at the city
of Glasgow College the ability to run your own business affairs can be
as important as kitchen skills. There is inspiration on hand
as important as kitchen skills. Masterchef winner. There is a
mixture of students, whether they go into self-employment or work for big
companies, but many students have their own dream of having their own
restaurant and it seems to be a kind of chef trait, they want to be doing
their own thing. Next door this hair salon takes those with cutting
skills and helps them build up their cutting edge business mouse. --
cutting edge business intelligence. People have often done this of their
own backs, but these business skills do not come naturally. It is about
how to enter contract and how to run a column and how to manage your
money and how to pay for your stock. Joanne Pinkerton has taken her hair
cutting skills around the world but the trade winds have brought her
back home to a different jobs market. What has changed, not just
as simple as going into a salon at the end on a Saturday, you get a
brown paper kit and that initial wage. What is happening now, when
they have finished their training, they want to know, what am I allowed
to do? What does this contract mean? So Joanne is renting a chair in this
new College salon where the tips aren't just from customers but from
In other figures out today, pay rose last year by 2.6%,
And that's while prices are on the way up.
The inflation figure rose this week to 1.8% -
the gap between them represents the squeeze on real spending power.
Scotland's retailers reflected on figures for January sales.
After a merry Christmas at the tills, they said
the start of this year looked 'dreich' to them.
And signs of improvement in Scotland's productivity,
nearly closing the gap with the UK as a whole.
This measure of efficiency is vital to our economic well-being
and rising living standards, and neither Scotland nor Britain has
The data tells us that in 2015, business services, finance
and construction have all been improving, but manufacturing?
A man has been convicted of a murder in North Lanarkshire that happened
James McGowan killed Owen Brannigan at a house in Coatbridge.
He was also convicted of headbutting a man at this
Later in the same evening he went on to a house
where he found his former brother in law and attacked him repeatedly.
McGowan admitted what he'd done during phone calls to a mental
health helpline while he was living in Adelaide in southern Australia.
He was extradidated to Scotland last year to face trial.
He had returned to the house with his friend, Thomas Stewart, who is
now deceased, as well. They had had a drink in the evening and were
settled down to watch the football, when Owen fell asleep on the couch.
James McGowan came in to the house and he was armed with a knife and he
set about stabbing Owen repeatedly on the couch.
Why do women still earn less money than men?
That's the question MSPs are asking as an inquiry's launched into how
Despite laws being introduced on equal pay almost 50 years ago -
on average, full-time women workers in Scotland earn 6% less than men.
Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has more.
1970, Glasgow, the year equal pay became law, a lot has changed, but
maybe not that much. Going on current trends, research suggests
the pay gap won't be eradicated until 2069. And equalising women's
productivity could add almost ?600 billion to the UK economy.
Campaigners explained why full-time women workers still earn 6% less
than their male counterparts. It goes far beyond pay discrimination,
there is still a stark segregation in the types of job that men and
women do, with women more likely to be found in low paid undervalued
jobs such as cleaning, care and retail and admin. Women still do the
bulk of underpaid caring, and coupled with a lack of flexible
working, that means women are less likely to be found in higher paid
senior positions. So caring responsibilities could have a
long-term scarring effect on pay, pension and promotion prospects.
MSPs want to hear your views. How does this affect an impact the
Scottish economy, could more be done and could it be beneficial? We want
to look at this with an open mind and see what we come up with. If
closing the Bay -- pay gap can help the economy, it stands to reason it
can boost business. I've seen the positive intent and positive things
that can help the economy, having women on board, if we have a more
diverse workforce. For some the way ahead is complex but for others
straightforward. We worked just as hard, most of the time even better.
We just do it. It is not that hard. If you take tea breaks -- if you
take breaks to have kids, you should not be penalised. It is not a
straightforward question. It is a nightmare to work that one out
because it has not been sorted out for, when was the gender equality
act? 1970. We have a long way to go. Employers politicians and society as
a whole now have to see how to make more progress after 50 years of
trying. A special law to protect shopworkers
faced with physical or verbal abuse from customers,
is being called for by The organisation says its members
are entitled to the same legal protection from the public as those
in the emergency services. This attack happened in Glasgow last
year. And for many shop workers, abuse, verbal and sometimes physical
and even violent, is on the increase. You made the front page
news. This man was attacked by a metal bar in his shop in Edinburgh
and still has the scars. The stitches in these fingers, and
stitches in here. They have cleaned up my face and this and that, but
there was blood everywhere in the shop. Barbara who works in Fife has
this advice for the don't stand up to them because you don't know, stay
behind the till and do the thing you are meant to do, phone the police.
In the last year there has been a 40% increase in violence and other
forms of abuse against retail workers over the period before. In
Scotland in a survey of 128 shops, 92% said they had experienced abuse
either verbal or physical in the last year. With the owners of
retailers to check the age and ID of people buying things like alcohol,
there are fears they could be more at risk of abuse. And so there are
calls for tougher laws to protect those behind the tills. We had a
robbery last night. There is a law which protects Boadicea workers from
violence, a specific category of us, and also in terms of impeding them,
so you can't obstruct emergency workers. We want to extend that
principle, we are saying if we are asking retailers to uphold the law,
they need the protection of the law in terms of physically, from
violence, but also just having the ability to disable I'm doing my duty
and it is illegal to stop me from doing it. -- having the ability to
say I'm doing my duty. Surely no one should feel unsafe in their
workplace. A three year old boy dies
after being knocked down Kilmarnock are looking
for a new manager after Scotland will have to play
the remainder of this season's Six Nations rugby championship
without their captain, Greg Laidlaw will play no further
part in the competition Our sports reporter David Currie
joins us now from Murrayfield. Yes - after a promising
start to the Six Nations with a heroic win against
Ireland, and a narrow, bonus point defeat to France,
Scotland will have to play their three remaining matches
without their leader on the pitch. Ankle ligament damage ruling him out
of two home games here against Wales and Italy, and sandwiched
between them an away trip There's far more to a captain's
rolled an organisation and motivating players -- captain 's
role. Talking with royalty and other VIPs before matches will now be
another man's responsibility for the rest of the Six Nations. Greg
Laidlaw's absence will be felt. He has been hugely influential for a
number of years, from just before the World Cup, really, and he will
be missed. His goal-kicking will be a loss and his leadership in
big-ticket and his game management. He is a hugely important figure. --
leadership in particular. He is so important so it will be felt. Our
chances have to go down. His leadership powers and his kicking
prowess under pressure helped Scotland beat Ireland at
Murrayfield. They recorded their first opening-day victory since
2006. His influence over this year's tournament ended during the defeat
by France in Paris on Sunday. One former Scotland player says the
scrum-half is not in -- is not irreplaceable but you could argue
Ali Price is quicker and he is more eager and he has a better pass and
he plays the system every week with Glasgow so I would not panic about
Greg Laidlaw not being in the team. So what of the leadership role? Who
should take the captain 's armband? A number of captains, Josh is the
captain with Glasgow, but I would go with Jonny Gray, he is the
co-captain at Glasgow and he knows what goes with being a captain and
it won't affect his performance. It won't faze him and I would go with
him, Jonny Gray. The decision is for the head coach Vern Cotter. One he
has time to make. The next Scotland match is a week on Saturday against
Wales. Who does Vern Cotter go to when his go to man goes home? That
is a question which will be discussed in rugby clubs and bars
between now and whenever Vern Cotter goes public with his decision.
Thanks for joining us. Plans to significantly increase
threaten wild moorland according to mountaineers and gamekeepers.
They've jointly written to the environment secretary raising
Our environment correspondent Kevin Keane reports.
High up in the Perthshire hills, and a dramatic snow coloured the two
covered Glenn accessible only by a dramatic snow coloured the two
foot. Or in our case, 4x4. For Bob Connolly, this is his workplace.
There is moral and under that white stuff and he does not want it last.
Basically, Heather is one of the rarer types of habitat in the world.
In Britain, we have a very large percentage of it, and to cover it in
trees is just vandalism. Unusually, the gamekeepers have joined forces
with Scotland's climbers and hill walkers to raise their concerns.
This land, they say, is what brings in the tourists. They talk about
this landscape. They do not talk about going for wanders through
woods, they like to be able to see, it's not very great today but you
can see the hills around you, you see the shape of the landscape.
Forests and woodland play an important part in protecting our
environment. The trees themselves are good at soaking up the
greenhouse gas emissions that might be emitted elsewhere. What this is
about is getting the right balance between those environmental needs
and protecting Scotland's landscape. Here is how the mirrors look at a
milder time of the year. -- here is how the moors look. The groups do
not object... As trees are chopped down, they are replanted but the
government wants to increase the amount of land covered by forest
from 70% just now to 25% in 2050. It says that the increased woodland
creation that it will be taken forward in a sustainable way
including working closely with the range of stakeholders.
But beauty is in the eye of the bottled and getting the mix of
landscape right want BEC. -- will not be easy.
A look at other stories from across the country.
A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with a road accident
in which a 2-year-old girl died. The girl died after a two car crash in
Cupar Angus in October. Her brother and sister were seriously injured.
More than ?1000 has been pledged towards the funeral of a boy who
died two days after he went missing without his medication. The online
fundraiser passed its target within a day. The teenager, who was said to
have diabetes, was reported missing on Saturday afternoon. The
accountancy firm EY is set to shed over half its workforce in
Inverness. The company says it is proposing to move its audit and
account compliance service to other parts of the company. It says the
tax team remains unaffected. Shetland and Moray councils are to
increase council tax. It means that eight out of the 32 local
authorities have now voted for an increase. The 13th Glasgow Film
Festival opens this evening. Final preparations are underway for the
European premiere of Handsome Devil, a movie set in Ireland. It is now
one of the largest film events in the UK. Over the next 11 days, there
will be more than 300 screenings and events showcasing films from 13
countries. That is a place for many different movies at this festival.
There are some fascinating documentaries, and the red carpet
colours are always good fun. Our audiences have a very broad taste.
The discovery of a bronze spearhead decorated in gold in Angus has been
called a valuable find. It is one of only a handful of such weapons found
in Britain and Ireland, uncovered last year by archaeologists
excavating a site which is being turned into football pitches in
Carnoustie. There are around 70,000
motability cars in Scotland - it's a welfare benefit that gives
people with disability Reassessment of the system
has already seen many As the Scottish government prepares
to take control of the benefit, some disabled people fear
they could lose their indepdendence. Tonight the Department of Work and
Pensions said that the number of people receiving motability had
increased. For decades, these three wheel cards were the only sort of
transport for disabled drivers. -- three wheel cards. Why the 70s, the
vehicle no longer met city revelations and disabled drivers
were given funds by the government to invest in a standard car. To be
on the scheme, you need to be on one of two benefits. Even the disability
living allowance or personal intended payments. What is the
nature of your disability? I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,
relaxed and remitting, 12 years ago. It has caused weakness in my arms
but obviously the main problem for getting around is the weakness that
has been caused in my legs. getting around is the weakness that
people have been transferred to PIP, they are being reassessed and some
are having their benefits that, consequently losing their
entitlement to a mobility vehicle. David was one of those and he had to
hand his car back. It took six months and two appeals before it was
returned. How important is having this motability vehicle to you? I
always see it as almost an extension of the crutch. I cannot get about
without the crushed and I cannot get about without my car. -- without the
crutch. Without it, I would be unable to go to work and contribute
to society. I would be unable to pay my taxes and all of these kind of
things. Scotland is getting power over mobility benefits. The Scottish
Government say that they would like to take a different approach from
Westminster. At this stage, we are still looking at options, and we are
having the discussion, but we absolutely recognise the importance
of that scheme for many individuals. To live an independent life, and
also to access opportunities for employment, or to stay in
employment. What is David's advice for the government? The government
need to look at it from a person-to-person, illness to
illness, point of view, rather than a one size fits all. My time is
precious and it is vital that I need to be able to do the things I can do
now while I still can, and so to go from that to be told that I have to
sit for months and not be able to do things to the best of my ability, I
found that really unfair. The Scottish Government is currently
consulting with disabled people to try to get it right.
The Premiership side Kilmarnock are looking
It follows today's departure of Lee Clark, who's gone
Brian McLauchlin is at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock now.
Brian, was there any indication this was going to happen?
It was a surprise, Jackie. It is exactly a year to the day since Lee
Clark took over the manager's position here at rugby park. The
club were struggling at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership. It is
fair to say that they had a fairly rocky start under Lee Clark. The
club managed to retain their status and the top flight of the Scottish
football after play-off success against Falkirk. There was a major
turnover of players in the summer, no fewer than 11 new players came to
Rugby Park last summer. One of them being Superman Coulibaly, who the
club signed under a free transfer, but sold for a profit of ?800,000.
To my client is sixth in the Scottish Premiership but earlier
this season, the English League 1 side Bury contacted Kilmarnock to
see if Lee Clark would be capable to Lima available to take over the
manager's position there. Lee Clark made it clear he wanted a new
challenge in England and he wanted to move south, to be closer to his
family, and the package was agreed. What now for Kilmarnock? Clark's
assistant, Lee McCulloch, has been handed the job on an interim basis
until the end of the season and he will be assisted by another coach
here. They have already made applications for the job. However,
if Lee McCulloch is doing a reasonable job between now and the
end of the season, he has to be seen as the main contender to take on the
job on a long-term basis. Let's get the weather. It was a
fairly cloudy day for many of us but mild. Stay mild tonight but also
quite damp and breezy. The culprit, low pressure towards the north-west,
bringing these outbreaks of rain in. And a strengthening West and
Southwest wind. The rain is stretching into the country. The
rain and wind mean that it is certainly not going to be a cold
night. Five or six Celsius in town, perhaps a few spots dipping cooler
but for many it will be miles. The rain is still with us tomorrow, as
will be the wind. It means that it is going to be a cloudy, damp
morning. Expect some rain through Stirlingshire, Falkirk, perhaps
towards the capital. By the afternoon, a lot of the wet weather
will ease. Still reasonably cloudy. Some wintry conditions coming in
towards the east. With the rain coming from a westerly direction,
you will feel it in the central belt. It is difficult to know where
the showers will be, but most of them will be in the west and
north-west, and frequent across Orkney and Shetland. The rest of the
afternoon, into the evening, we will start to see further outbreaks of
rain. Elsewhere, reasonably dry but as we had overnight to Friday, with
a ridge of high pressure, it will be quite cool with a patch of frost.
Friday, that will still be with us. Outbreaks of rain edging towards us.
Drizzle in the Highlands and Islands. The best of the brightness
in the east. Once again, it will be miles, up to 10 Celsius. And so to
the weekend. Two Miles Davis, and on Saturday there will be some fairly
breezy conditions with showers. Further rain by Sunday night. That
is the forecast. And that is Reporting Scotland. Join me at