24/08/2016 Reporting Scotland


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The Scottish government is spending nearly ?15 billion

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more than it's bringing in, in tax.

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In the year 2015/16, public spending outpaced

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Scotland's tax take, including oil, by ?14.8 billion.

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Scotland's deficit was 9.5% of economic output.

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Cutting the cloth to suit, Nicola Sturgeon at Mitsubishi

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But relies on the growth onshore, like this leather factory

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in Glasgow which winds global orders from airlines and others.

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The message of these figures is, the low

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oil price and tax cuts to support the industry has had an impact.

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But the fundamentals of the Scottish economy are sound and strong.

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It has grown by more than the fall in oil

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Let's make sure we have the best environment to continue to

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grow our economy and that is why I am worried about Brexit, because it

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will make the task so much more difficult.

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But onshore growth was

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almost wiped out by a sharp fall in the North Sea tax take.

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Dry statistics which mask human costs.

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Myself, like thousands of others, hundreds and thousands of others

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I was made redundant at the end of May.

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It was fantastic work, over the

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years I learned so much and enjoyed working with many interesting

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Then it came to an end, which was a big surprise.

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But after decades in the oil industry, both

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Roberts and Russell are retraining as teachers through this initiative

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Everyone wants growth onshore and off, but the Scottish

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Secretary said it was time to forget independence.

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We have got the very challenging prospect in negotiating

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We need to get the best possible deal for Scotland and the

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But what these figures confirm, is the really

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important union for everybody in Scotland is the union with the rest

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of the United Kingdom, rather than being part

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No one is giving up on the North Sea,

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but with Scotland still in the red, the aim is to diversify and grow.

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A BBC investigation has revealed that some of the most

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vulnerable people in Scotland are being exploited

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And that some landlords are continuing to work

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in the Govanhill area of Glasgow despite being officially struck off.

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Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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Here in the heart of Nicola Sturgeon's constituency, communities

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and cultures come together to create a neighbourhood unlike any other.

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Decades of immigration from Ireland, south Asia and Eastern Europe have

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Its problems can be found in other Scottish cities,

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so what, if anything, makes this place different?

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It has always been an area that attracted migrants, new

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It has always been a reasonably priced area to buy

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property in, if you were a first-time buyer.

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Over the years, it has changed more into private rented

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and I think that is where people, some of the landlords, not all, but

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a lot of them are not willing to invest in the structure of the

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Overcrowding and neglect have taken their toll, leading the

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council and Scottish Government to launch a unique ?10 million project

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to buy out properties from the worst landlords and take them into public

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As you can see, this flat has been affected with rot, and we

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are finding a number of properties like this.

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Govanhill Housing Association is using the money to

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This corner is at the heart of that project, aimed at tackling

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But the BBC has learned that almost half of

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the properties bought were from those who already owned the flat

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they lived in, the very people the project hoped to keep.

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The question is, whether this project in its

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The Housing act was flawed because it didn't include

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The idea was to attack the rogue landlords,

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Without the compulsory purchase orders, and to

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achieve the targets, they are turning to people who want to sell

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Was the aim to buy up so many owner occupied

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we are trying to do, we will support but going forward.

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There are eight properties close, you need to have

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As the housing project continues in Govanhill, the BBC has

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learned a number of rogue landlords are continuing to practice, despite

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And a number of cases are not being pursued because

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witnesses are too afraid to speak up.

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This man was deregistered as a landlord in May

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after taking ?7,000 worth of deposits from tenants.

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His letting agency was dissolved earlier

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this year, but the BBC has learned the business in Govanhill has stayed

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He has now been reported to prosecutors for alleged fraud, theft

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and acting as a landlord while unregistered.

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This man paid almost ?1400 up front to him for a flat he

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The student from Bulgaria, one court case

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against him, but still hasn't got his money back.

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You are just a simple pawn and you cannot do anything about it.

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It just felt unfair to me that someone could do this and get away

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He told the BBC he denies the charges and is

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Hundreds of families each year have suffered

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from scams by a range of

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landlords and from housing beneath a tolerable standard.

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The worst ones are the ones where children are

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New babies not having hot water, you just can't have that.

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You hear the stories about children with

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bedbugs and these landlords just raking it in and making this money

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It is incredulous, there are these organisations working against it and

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Much is being done in this extraordinary

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neighbourhood to kick-start regeneration, but for now, children

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continue to live in substandard housing, while so-called rogue

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Tributes have been paid to a soldier who was shot dead

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during a training exercise in Northumberland on Monday.

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He's been named as 24-year-old Private Conor McPherson

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from Paisley who was a member of The Black Watch and based

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at Fort George in the Highlands, from where Jackie O'Brien reports.

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Private Conor McPherson from Paisley was killed during night-time

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training at a firing range within the vast Otterburn training

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The young soldier was shot in the head and pronounced

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In a tribute to the 24-year-old, his commanding officer

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But his troupe rationed his third was to his parents and sister

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and was part of a very close-knit family.

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It is tragic for his family, friends and colleagues at Fort George,

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who are brave men and women in the Armed Forces who put

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Sometimes when they are on combat missions you can be prepared

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for the difficult phone call or difficult announcement.

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But when it is a training exercise it is even worse for the people

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with him at the time and his family who have now lost a loved one.

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The Black Watch soldiers seen here during a recent royal visit

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left there for George base last week in these new armoured vehicles

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to take part in the exercise, Wessex storm.

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They have stopped that Otterburn for life firing practice

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Outside Fort George today, life goes on as normal,

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as tourists continue to visit this old fortification.

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Within these walls where The Black Watch battalion is based,

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there will be sadness and shock over the tragic death

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These guys come in, they are not far away from the village.

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The Army have a lot of questions to answer, why was this allowed

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A major investigation is continuing to establish exactly what did happen

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on Monday night, but at this stage, Northumbria Police said

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they believed the soldier's death was a tragic accident.

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The oil rig floated from rocks at Dalmore on the west side of Lewis

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on Monday has arrived at a more sheltered anchorage at Broad Bay

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It's expected to be secured on its anchors this evening.

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The Deputy First Minister, who has been visiting Lewis,

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has questioned why it was at sea two weeks ago when severe

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The ferry transport connections were restricted and it was obvious that

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was going to be a significant storm to contend with. There was a duty of

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care for those responsible, presumably the owners of the oilrig,

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to find out whether this was wise to undertake this operation.

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The Scottish Government's controversial named person policy

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will not be rolled out on the last day of August as planned.

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The Education Secretary John Swinney says changes need to be made

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after the Supreme Court ruled last month that some proposals breach

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The system would appoint a named person for every child

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Two-thirds of emergency service workers were punched, threatened

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or spat on while they dealt with incidents over

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A staff survey has revealed alcohol misuse is a contributory

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factor in about half of all 999 calls.

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It is the first time the police, fire and ambulance

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services have come together to highlight the problem.

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Let us get the latest weather forecasts now with Christopher.

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It was a lovely day for many today but it will be cloudy and dry for

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eastern parts. We have murky conditions around the East Coast and

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that low cloud differential -- drifting in the central belt.

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Elsewhere, dry. It is a dry start to the day tomorrow morning. Cloudy

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start compared with this morning. The best of the sunshine is up

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towards the north-east. The further east, a grey and cloudy start and

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MacLeod could be to go. Generally dry for the Northern Isles. The

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sunshine in the north-west and south-west eating into black cloud

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but some patches could linger through parts of the central belt

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where it could stay grey. South of the border, we have this weather

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front with us. Hot weather down south and something fresher further

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north. On it is a number of downpours. They could fringe into

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the Borders later on. Further Northern Ireland, some light showers

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as there will be across the Highlands. Generally it is a dry day

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tomorrow. 20 Celsius and cooler weather cloud is. Here is that rain.

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Looking ahead towards Friday and a weather system not too far away

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producing showery outbreaks of rain. Elsewhere is drive for eastern

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Scotland with the highest temperatures of 19 Celsius. Even in

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the West, the cloud is thinning and breaking. Looking ahead towards the

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first half of the weekend. Reasonably dry in Scotland but

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across the Midlands, some pretty heavy rain likely to come our way

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but the timing on it is open to doubt. We will keep you posted.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at six twenty five tomorrow morning.

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But, from everyone on the late team - goodnight.

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