09/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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whether that is legal or not. Full coverage for you online and

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Here on BBC One, it's time

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An independent report into safety failures that forced the closure

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of 17 Edinburgh schools has blamed the council and

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the partnership which managed the building contracts.

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

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in January last year, which the report says

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

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of the construction work and warned that the problems may

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

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This is where nine tonnes of rubble fell,

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hundreds of bricks peeling from the wall and crashing to the ground.

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Luckily it happened just before the school gates open.

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The fact they can build a school that holds

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500 children and not check it out and not have anybody independently

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check it out, it is a complete and utter farce.

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

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Somebody needs to be held culpable for this.

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That could have been a kid, in fact it could have

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This sparked an urgent inspection of schools built

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

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The main findings are that the 17 schools

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There was a lack of supervision that would

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And the problems were not bound to the

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use of public, private partnerships to finance the projects.

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The problem was with wall ties, metal fixings

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that strengthened the inner and outer walls.

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The BBC Scotland investigation revealed the problem

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These pictures show faulty fixings in East

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The fact there were different contractors and

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subcontractors and the same faults turned up at other schools in

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

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It says this is something which isn't

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It is going to be down to a number of agencies

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across the UK and the construction agency itself to look at whether the

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quality assurance of those buildings is good enough.

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The closures caused massive disruption across the city,

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more than 8,000 children affected and their families.

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The report praises the Council for their response to

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getting pupils to class and says learning did not suffer.

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But for one family, they still lack confidence

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I still don't stand next to the wall now.

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I know they have fixed it and I have seen them

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physically drill holes into every bit, but it does put you off

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It is a lot quieter in that part of the trade ground.

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The Scottish Government says it is writing to all local

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authorities across Scotland, highlighting the report's

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Four more councils have agreed to put up the basic rate

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The average bill will rise by ?300 or ?400 a month,

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while around a quarter of people will face more significant rises

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because of national changes to the way their council

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Edinburgh Council today became the first big

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But as our local Government correspondent Jamie McIvor reports,

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councils are still under huge financial pressure.

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Council budget day is a day of tradition.

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For years, councils have faced tough spending decisions,

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Councils across Scotland can put up the basic rate of council tax by 3%.

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But it won't mean the end of cuts and savings.

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Many councils are proposing new headline grabbing cuts

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Protesters say one big issue is about what some call

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In Edinburgh, 1,400 members of staff have gone this year.

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It increases the workload of other people.

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People can't provide the service they want to provide.

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They cannot get out to meet the people.

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Typically, the council tax makes up only 15p of every pound

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Some council leaders want new powers to find other ways to

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raise cash, their dependence on the Scottish Parliament.

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I would raise tax tomorrow if I had the power to do so.

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I would place a parking levy tomorrow, but I don't have

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Edinburgh Council is one of five councils to have agreed to put

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Aberdeenshire opted for a smaller rise.

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Typically, an average bill will go up by ?3 and ?4 a month,

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but around a quarter face bigger rises.

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The bills in band E, F, G and H are rising

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This man's annual bill will come to almost ?1,600.

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I have spoken to my neighbours and most of

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us have said we are prepared to pay a bit more if it will be held

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locally and local decisions are made on how to spend the money.

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Others face even bigger rises and some will

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All councils should reach decisions in the council tax within the next

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The sister of a man who didn't return from a kayaking trip,

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has paid tribute to search teams after a body was found

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35-year-old Dominic Jackson was reported missing on Sunday

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after a weekend trip on the Moray Firth.

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A body has now been found in the Lybster area.

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It has still to be formally identified.

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Ellie Jackson said her family was thankful to have an outcome

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even though it wasn't the one they were praying for.

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

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The Holyrood row followed analysis from a think tank

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which suggests that bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds

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in Scotland lag well behind their more affluent classmates.

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The First Minister insisted action was already well under way

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Here's our political editor Brian Taylor.

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

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The Sutton Trust the data from an international survey and matched

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They found bright children from poor households

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are more than two and a half years behind their wealthier

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In England, the gap in attainment link

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

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Unlike in England, Scotland's brightest pupils score

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below the average for developed countries.

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The trust found no area in which the brightest 15-year-olds

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in Scotland really excel and they noticed a pronounced and sustained

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A decade, of course, of the SNP in power at Holyrood.

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It is a generation of Scottish people that are being left

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behind in the race for qualifications and future jobs.

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Scotland used to lead the world in education.

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While under this SNP government, are we always playing catch-up?

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Time and time again I have come here and argued the SNP are

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This report shows they are holding the brightest children back.

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A sombre Education Secretary by her side,

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the First Minister noted the basic figures were

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

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

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by substantial additional funding, going straight into the hands of

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Our headteachers across this country, last week got

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

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direct disposal, to invest in additional teachers or the things

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they think will help raise attainment.

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The First Minister said again, education was her top

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priority and, like a political exam candidate, she was ready to be

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Twenty six schoolchildren were taken to hospital this morning

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after the bus they were travelling in overturned and crashed down

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

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Although there were no serious injuries a major incident

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was declared with ambulance, police and fire appliances

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The scene outside the school in Cumbernauld this morning.

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At 8:45am a single deck of bus plunge down this ditch.

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One pupil, who got out, said the driver helped his

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I literally saw the bus come down the hill and

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the wheel hit the curb and I don't know if it

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exploded, but there was fire coming out of it.

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I just saw it literally flip right over.

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A major incident was declared with 20

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

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The bus was on its side and the escape

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hatches on the roof had been popped out and we lead the kids out through

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My friends and colleagues who saw it happening,

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they, it was a difficult scene for those.

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Most pupils were taken into the school hall to recover.

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One 16-year-old girl is being treated for nonserious

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injuries and the rest are under investigation.

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In North Lanarkshire we take the safety of

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Parents on a daily basis give their most

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valuable possessions, their children.

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It is important we investigate this matter fully.

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The vehicle was eventually pulled out

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The bus company confirmed their driver is recovering.

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Weather now and it's over to Christopher for the outlook

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Thank you very much indeed an good evening to you at home. He cold one

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tonight, frosty and for Easter in Scotland, snow showers. This picture

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sent in by one of our weather watchers. In the last few moments,

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the weather watchers have issued a whether warning yellow. The showers

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continuing. Elsewhere it dry night and it dries out day tomorrow, but

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it will be cold start and a frosty start. Maybe a view of those showers

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drifting through the central lowlands. Towards the north-west,

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Santander set the date, plate a pleasant sight, but it will be

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bitterly cold at times. We have lost the wind along the north-west coast.

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To the cause of the morning, the show is tending to use off for

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Easter in parts. Elsewhere largely dry. Sunshine in places. Better than

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today. Across the UK as a whole, largely dry, cloudy and cold. Even a

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few showers coming in across the ease coast with that breeze of the

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north sea. Temperature wise three, four Celsius. It will be cold. The

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north sea. Temperature wise three, best of the sunshine in the west.

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Elsewhere some brighter moments. Into the evening, Sharia still with

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us, peppering the coast at times. -- showers. Into the weekend, high

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us, peppering the coast at times. -- pressure staying with us. Largely

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settled, but that east wind coming in off the north sea. Come Saturday,

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most of those likely across parts of the Borders, said Lanarkshire, the

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load 's, faith and Angus. Elsewhere largely dry. Once again cold. Bitter

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winds. Sunday, once again largely dry, fairly closely in the east,

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25am tomorrow morning.

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From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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