21/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The Scottish Government has announced a package of financial

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support for businesses following protests

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?44 million will go to curb rate rises in the hospitality

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industry, the north-east and in the renewables sector.

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The move has been widely welcomed - although the Conservatives said

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Ministers had been forced into a climb-down.

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This from our Political Editor Brian Taylor.

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Worktable is that? Table ten. Remembers Sheila? We told you how

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her hotel faced a business increased rate of more than 10%. She warned of

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how her community risked becoming a ghost town. Derek Mackay has already

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acted, diverting ?155 million to cut rates and exempt more small firms,

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but it wasn't enough. Particular pain felt by hotels, pubs,

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restaurants and cafes, whose value is linked to turnover. Many were

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facing huge increases. I can confirm today that we will now offer a new

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national relief that caps increases for hotels at 4.5%. That

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announcement covers the entire catering industry. But the owner of

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this 5-star Aberdeen Hotel is still refusing to be any increase at all.

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Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have been badly had by the oil downturn. Rates

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rises from within 1000 officers in these areas will also be capped prop

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.5%. We can see that the Scottish Government has listened to the

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region. There is additional support. The Tories welcomed the move, but

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said ministers had been forced into a U-turn after first denying there

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was a problem. It is all too typical that the actions of a Government

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that time and time again. At the wheel and only wakes up when it

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crashes the car into the wall. Back to Sheila in Stonehaven is good and

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I is the statement. Her response... It is a big relief, because it means

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my rates bill will go up by ?100 a month

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instead of ?1000 a month. It is a big relief and I can go forward and

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relax not having to sit and analyse whether I am going to have to pay of

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staff or not. One satisfied customer. There may be more change

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to come. Even so reviews during the Meanwhile, MSPs have voted to set

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income tax for the coming year, and, for the first time,

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the arrangements here will be Higher earners living in Scotland

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will be asked to pay more than those in England,

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Wales and Northern Ireland. For as long as revenues have flowed

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from income tax, the charges applied have been the same on both

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sides of the Tweed River, and in all parts of the UK,

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but that is about to change. In Scotland, tax isn't going up,

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but SNP ministers have decided not to match

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a tax cut for higher If there's a percentage of taxation

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in Scotland which is marginally higher, it is well spent

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if spent on the NHS. We are one country and

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should have the same tax From April, you will

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pay income tax at 20p in the pound on annual earnings

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of above ?11,500, same as south of But there is a difference

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for those paying higher Elsewhere in the UK

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you would only pay that In Scotland, the threshold

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is frozen at ?43,000. It means higher rate taxpayers

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here will pay up to ?400 more each year than

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elsewhere in the UK. With policies like free

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prescriptions and free university tuition, the finance secretary

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argues that Scotland has the best But there are those

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who think the Government is not making enough

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use of its tax powers. We are disappointed there is not

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enough there to battle austerity My union is a union

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of tax workers, and we believe in tax, justice,

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and redistribution of wealth. Others think that

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taxing Scots more than those in the rest of the UK

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could damage the economy. I think it could be

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a significant disadvantage It's the potential for sending out

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messages that Scotland is going in that direction

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and we think income tax is There will always be

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a disagreement over how much tax we pay,

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but what is settled is that when it

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comes to income tax, it's politicians here that

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will decide the rates and bands that apply to taxpayers

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living in Scotland. A stonemason has told a fatal

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accident inquiry into the death of an eight-year-old boy,

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who was killed by a falling gravestone, that the memorial

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was a definite hazard and dangerous. Peter Hayman told the hearing that

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if he had seen the gravestone before Ciaran Williamson's death,

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he would have fenced Ciaran Williamson's

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family leave court, having heard testimony

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from a stonemason who examined gravestones

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at Craigton Cemetery after Here, on the evening of the 26th

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of May nearly two years ago, Ciaran Williamson came

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here to play with friends. Not long after arriving,

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a gravestone fell on top of him. Today, the court heard

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from Peter Hayman from the National Association of memorial Masons,

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who told the fatal accident enquiry that if he inspected the gravestone

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before Kiran's death, he would have fenced it off immediately and said

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it was a definite hazard and danger Under questioning, he said

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that the problem with the gravestones was a lack of dowels,

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combined with the roots of a nearby He said the headstone

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would have failed or Later, a representative

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for the Council asked that if he thought the

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headstone was so perilously balanced Peter Hayman replied no,

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but if it was leaning Later in the afternoon,

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there were tears from Ciaran Williamson's family,

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as the pathologist reports detailing It said that the stone

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fell on top of his head, and then fell further down

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and hit his chest and tummy. The fatal accident enquiry

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here at Glasgow Sheriff Police in Renfrewshire

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are investigating reports that a 27-year-old woman was raped

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on a pathway behind An area near the Wallace School

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in Elderslie near Paisley The suspect is described as a white

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male aged between 35 to 50, with dark receding hair,

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and a medium to stocky build. It's estimated there are almost

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30,000 carers in Scotland who are under 18, and more

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than a quarter of them Whilst many are proud

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of their role as young carers, others suffer serious stress,

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isolation and depression. Fiona is partly paralysed

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by an autoimmune disease. Her 13-year-old daughter,

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Abbey, is her Qera. I was never like the other kids,

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because my mum was... I had some issues

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like being out with my friends, or I would have to be

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home if my dad was at work. Over a quarter of Scotland's young

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carers care for more than one parent She has to be my carer

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and I regret it, she should be a teenager and do the normal

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things that teenagers do. There are 29,000 young

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carers in Scotland. It is thought many more

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are trying to cope. Scared of asking for help

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in case they are separated. There are those who have

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more demand, and heavier In some instances, that

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would impact on their mental health and we must make sure we have

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the appropriate services for those The survey found many feel

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left out or stressed. I've become more confident

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because I'd gone to things like that, before

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I was not confident at all. The Scottish Government says

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that young carers make a vital contribution,

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they spend ?130 million on targeted programmes but except more

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support is needed. She gets fed up and

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I understand that. I don't think I am special,

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it's how I have to be. For as long as I could remember, my

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mum has had the disease and I have One of the senior figures carrying

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out the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Glenn Houston, seen here

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on the right, was the only He remained on the inquiry team last

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year after the resignation of the chair, Susan O'Brien QC

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and panel member Michael Lamb. One survivors' group has described

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the news as indicative of a crisis. Police are investigating allegations

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of malpractice involving It follows claims of cronyism

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within the department responsible for services such

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as cleansing and roads. An internal council inquiry started

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last year, while the senior manager responsible for the service

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resigned last autumn. Police Scotland say their inquiries

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are at an early stage. Electronic music veterans

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Depeche Mode will headline the BBC The trio will be joined

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at the event by Scottish groups Belle Sebastian,

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The Jesus And Mary Chain, The three-day festival takes

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place at several venues Glasgow is obviously a really big

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part of the music scene and on the British music map. When I sit in my

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studio demo in London and talk to my artists who are on to and ask where

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they are excited to go, they always say Glasgow. Massive musical

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heritage, really vibrant musical scene. It has always been on our

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list and it is with the exciting to be here this year.

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The Sirens netball team have lost their opening game

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They were beaten 43 goals to 57 by the English side Wasps.

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The brand new team played to a sell out Emirites Arena in Glasgow.

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Now let's get the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow.

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It has been a wet evening so far and we will continue to see some rain

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for a time. This is a very wet picture sent in earlier today.

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Localised flooding in Stornoway. Rain continuing to clear and becomes

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a very windy, especially by the fine night. Clear skies behind the rain.

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Blustery showers for higher ground, perhaps thunder. Strongest winds

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across the north and north-east. Severe gale force, 75 mild per hour

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plus. Towns and cities will be very cold, a touch of frost in rural

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areas. By 8am tomorrow morning, heavy showers around. Wintry up over

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the hills. Strongest winds across the north, travel disruption, with

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checking ahead of you are planning a ferry journey. Central, Eastern and

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Southern areas will have fewer showers, more sunny spells by the

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afternoon. Temperatures seven or eight Celsius. New average than the

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time of year. Cold in the wind. Weather warning will stay until

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3pm." Me across Wales and southern parts of England. Holding onto the

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mildness. As we head into tomorrow evening, there will be some queries

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faster start. A touch of frost early on. Rain pushing through across the

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south-west during the evening and overnight. All in association with

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the deep area of low pressure. Before that named storm of the

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season. Heavy rain, strong winds pushing into the colder area of

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Scotland means potential personal across central, southern and eastern

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areas. He Southern uplands could see some accumulation. Even onto lower

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levels by Thursday morning putts rush hour. This could cause travel

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disruption. Strongest winds across northern parts of England with an

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amber whether warning here. Scotland has a yellow be aware warning for

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the snow. Keep up-to-date weather forecast.

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