08/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Scotland is to receive an extra ?350 million,

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Philip Hammond also announced measures to support

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But the Scottish government says despite today's funding boost

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there's been almost ?3 billion worth of cuts to the Scottish budget

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Here's our political correspondent, David Porter.

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The clock is ticking and the pace of events is speeding up. Today, it is

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all about the numbers but like everything in politics at the

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moment, this is a budget that has to be seen through the prism of Brexit

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and what it could mean for Scotland. For the Chancellor, the first

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opportunity to pose with the red budget box outside number 11 Downing

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St. Once in the Commons, a very direct message to Scotland and

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Scots. Our announcements today deliver on it -- additional funding

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of ?350 million for the Scottish Government. Cheers from his own

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side. From the nationalist benches opposite, a muted reaction. In

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Edinburgh, ministers were not so impressed. In the context of ?2.9

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billion worth of production since the Tories came into office, it is a

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production overall in terms of what we would have had. But it is a drop

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in the ocean to the resources that we could have had. At Westminster,

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to coincide with the budget, and International woman's Day, a noisy

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protest by female pensioners who say they have been unfairly treated.

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Likewise opposition parties were less than condiment tree of the

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Chancellor 's handiwork. He did not mention Brexit, the biggest

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influence in generations. A damp squib of a budget. There is nothing

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to help living standards in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. We

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always knew this was going to be a difficult budget because the

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Chancellor does not have much spare cash. It became apparent today that

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he has no ideas and no ambition. Although few overt references to

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Brexit, it's clear the message the Chancellor wants to get across. Our

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United Kingdom has a proud history. We have done remarkable things

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together. But we look forward, not backwards, confident that our

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greatest achievements are ahead of us. In the shadow of Big Ben, a

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piper plays. This time many for the benefit of the tourists. With Brexit

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talks due to start soon, not everything in the future might be as

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harmonious. Our business and economy editor

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Douglas Fraser has been looking at the impact on Scotland's

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finances. How will it play down at the dog and

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duck? That is one key question for any budget. Making a further ?100

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million of capital available immediately for new tree arch

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Project at English hospitals. Philip Hammond isn't just UK Chancellor, he

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is Finance Minister Foderingham. But how does it all translate to

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Scotland? It only partly mitigates the cuts that were already on the

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way. How is he going to pay for that? By raiding the income of

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self-employed people and in Scotland, that is one in eight

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workers. The rise in national Insurance for those above low play

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with the coupe is to bring them into line with employees but it is far

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from welcome. It makes it much more difficult to justify becoming

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self-employed. The government to not understand the benefit to the wider

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economy of having self-employed flexible workforce where businesses

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can bring in help and resources for short periods of time which

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ultimately helps employers expand their business and actually take on

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more people. The Chancellor repeated his intention to help draw more

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investment into oil and gas. Though no decisions yet. By taking away

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this barrier we have highlighted we think it will encourage assets to

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transfer more effectively and we know that when that happens, we will

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see more investment and activity being stimulated. And more

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development drilling. That leads into more production later on. And

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what wasn't spelled-out today, cuts to welfare, previously announced,

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soon to bite. The big picture, the economic outlook is not as bad as

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feared last year but is the pain being delayed? It is still very

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uncertain. If you look at what has been driving growth, it has been

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about what is happening in consumption but other levels of

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investment and greater stability still remain relatively fragile. We

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are still very much in the wait territory. The main theme from

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Philip Hammond, uncertainty and caution as governments and economy

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face up to the Brexit challenges Police say they're confident

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that the body of missing airman, Corrie McKeague, will be found

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at a landfill site The 23-year-old disappeared last

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September after a night out in the nearby town of Bury St

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Edmonds. It's now known that a bin lorry

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which collected rubbish from where he was last seen

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was carrying a significantly heavier Slowly and methodically, specially

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trained officers carefully rake through waste, mindful that just

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feet below them could lie the remains of Corrie McKeague. Nearby,

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a digger waits to come -- collected after each search. To search this

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area, we are using the digger to draw out the waste, to lay it out on

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the ground carefully. Katie Elliott from Suffolk police has led a

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five-month investigation. She is confident her team will find Corrie

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McKeague the year. This landfill site is massive. Police have said up

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a compound for the search teams. This is the last image of the

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23-year-old airman in the early hours of the 24th of September. He

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went missing from this area of Bury St Edmonds, a rubbish lorry made a

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collection from here within an hour of his disappearance. The last

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movements of his mobile phone coincided with the route the lorry

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took to the landfill. It is not the agony of not knowing, because when

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you don't know, you can still believe that they are alive. The

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agony is when you do know... We had just got to find him first. Police

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say the error over the weight was made by the waste company who

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provided the data but they say there was no intention to mislead the

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investigation. Had the least known at the outset about the true weight

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of the bin, how different would this investigation have been? But also,

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why did it take more than five months for this fact to emerge and

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if Corrie McKeague was in that bin, how could a body be taken to a land

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full like this and for no one to have noticed? It bothers me, of

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course it bothers me that somebody... Is that is what has

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happened, then we need to understand how that has happened and to

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understand the circumstances of what happened. In five months, police

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only made one arrest. Last week they arrested a man on suspicion of

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attempting to convert the course of justice. A second man was also

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caution. All eyes are now focused on this landfill site near Cambridge.

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Corrie McKeague 's family are praying for the best but are now

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more than prepared for the worst. Police are understood to be looking

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into whether the death of a 14-year-old boy in Fife was linked

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to prescription drugs Liam McAlpine was found at home

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in Glenrothes on Sunday. A number of youth football

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clubs have been suspended from their leagues due

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to their coaches not having It follows the Scottish Youth

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Football Association's promise to tighten up procedures

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after our investigation found thousands of coaches were working

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without the necessary disclosure. Earlier I spoke to our Senior

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Football Reporter, Chris McLaughlin. Following on from our investigation

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last year, they found two and a half thousand coaches were working in

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Scotland in youth football without the necessary background checks.

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They said OK, you have until the 28th of February to get your house

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in dash into order. Let's have a look at some figures given that

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deadline has now passed. 488 coaches have now been suspended. The fallout

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from that is that 18 clubs have now been kicked out of the league. That

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is actually a revised figure. I was told earlier it was 20. We believe

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around 350 children will be impacted, basically meaning that

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around 350 children who should have had a game of football this weekend

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will not have a game of football this weekend. Who is to blame, that

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is the question? They have got to get their house in order and that is

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what they are doing with the actions they have taken. We have to look at

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the SFA because they are the government body for football in

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Scotland and that is where we need to be looking at, good governance

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and good anticipatory action from them. The Association released a

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statement disabling saying it is disappointing but player safety is

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the number one priority. I did speak to one chairman of a club this

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evening and he said the association is to blame in his opinion. He said

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they cannot deal with the backlog and honest coaches are being

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suspended and it is extremely unfair.

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MSPs have defeated the Scottish government in a vote on education.

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Parliament backed a Labour motion describing the SNP's stewardship

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of education as "failing teachers, parents and pupils"

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The SNP has not had an overall majority at Holyrood

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It has also lost votes this month on NHS recruitment and university

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Thank you. And a very good evening to you. We saw plenty of showers

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rattling through today but we did see some brighter interludes. Rain

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for a time tonight and it will be windy. It is tied in with this

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weather front crossing the country, bringing outbreaks of rain. It

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sweeps away fairly quickly. Tomorrow morning, we are left with the legacy

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of Cloud initially. Something brighter coming through at times but

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also a few showers across eastern Scotland. There will be the odd

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shower. And then the start of something brighter coming through.

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Some showers across northern areas. It will still be quite breezy across

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Orkney and Shetland. The rest of the day is improving. Showers dying

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away. Scattered with lighter winds. Temperature is not bad either. Nine

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or 10 Celsius in the sunshine. A pleasant feeling spring day. And

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that goes for the rest of the UK. Good sunny spells. Temperatures

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looking quite warm across the Farsala. 14 or 15 across the London

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area. Some cloud coming into the far south-west later in the day. Back

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home in Scotland, it is still a dry end to the day. Plenty of sunshine

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as we head towards dusk as well. These conditions will lead to a dry

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night with fairly lengthy clear spells across northern Scotland.

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Quite a widespread frost. A touch of frost in the south and then another

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change coming our way on Friday, as you can see. Starting off largely

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dry but outbreaks of rain eventually. It will be wet across

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western Scotland initially. Rather murky conditions. Shetland does stay

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dry. All in all, a rather dull and damp day with hints of bright

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weather. That is your forecast. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25 tomorrow morning.

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