25/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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MSPs have voted overwhelmingly to urge the UK Government

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to lift the two child benefit cap and scrap the so-called rape clause.

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In a debate at Holyrood the First Minister described

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it as "abhorrent" but the Conservatives

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said Nicola Sturgeon had the power to change it in Scotland.

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Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has the story.

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Enough is enough, the First Minister, pressing on with her

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opposition to this policy at this women's aid centre in Edinburgh. The

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cab into children receiving tax credits means there is an exemption

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for a child conceived through rate. At Hollywood all the parties rounded

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on the Conservatives as they opposed At Hollywood all the parties rounded

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UK Government reports. The impressions of this policy are truly

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abhorrent. The very need to provide an exemption for women who have been

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raped shows the callousness of these cuts in the first place. The

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Conservative leader tried to strike a consensual note. I suspect we

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almost survive as of rape, and I know there are even those among us

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here who have them subject to sexual violence ourselves and find the

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issue and even the word difficult to articulate. If the government he

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doesn't like it, they can change it, they said. If you'd did strong words

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like shameful and has the power to act and choose strong words but not

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to act, that would indeed be shameful. But the First Minister

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wasn't for mitigating the effects. Let's forget the sticking plaster

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approach. It is the fourth control of tax credits and Universal Credit

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and the devolved budgets that go with them and then let us make our

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own tissues in this Parliament. The Labour leader read out a letter from

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a past rape victim. It is an absolutely sickening state of

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affairs but it's not the author of that letter or any other rape victim

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who should feel shame, it is those on the Tory benches here and in

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Westminster who refused to act. If a policy states a precondition where a

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woman needs to prove that they have been raped, and such policy has no

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place in a civilised society. At Green said Chris Davison's mask had

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slipped. She has spent years tried to convince voters that the Tories

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of the nasty party no longer but when you cut through the provider

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can you can see that Mr Davidson is just another cruel number of the

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cruel number of accrual party. It was a difficult afternoon for the

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Conservatives at this election time, although the First Minister has

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denied playing politics with the issue.

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The board of directors at Rangers discussed the possible

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collapse of the club months before it was

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That's according to the former finance director

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who was giving evidence at the trial of Mr Whyte.

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Our correspondent David Henderson reports.

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Craig Moore, scoring from Rangers 17 years ago. Today the jury heard

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about the way the Ibrox club had paid him and some team-mates, and

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the dispute that sparked the tax authorities. Giving evidence for a

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second day, Rangers former finance director Donald McIntyre. He was

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questioned about the health of the club's finances in the months before

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it was sold to Craig Whyte. The court heard that Rangers were facing

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a tax bill for more than ?2 million and another tax claim for much more.

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As much as ?50 million, because of the use of EBTs, all employee

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benefit trusts, used by the club debate layers. The defence advocate

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called this a nuclear missile heading towards Rangers. Craig Whyte

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port ranges in May 2011, and he faces a fraud charge. The Crown says

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he falsely claimed he had the money needed to fund the deal. Today the

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court heard Rangers board of directors had discussed the

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possibility of the club folding and going into administration in the

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months before that deal took place. Mr Findlay said the Donald McIntyre,

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like it or not, by the time Mr Whyte is trying to buy the club, the club

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was already heading for potential financial disaster. Mr McIntyre

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replied, "We weren't contemplating the club being put to its knees

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without the outcome of the EBT case". Later, he told the prosecutor

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he believed the Rangers owner, Sir case". Later, he told the prosecutor

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David Murray, would have wanted to sell his controlling stake to

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someone who could take the club forward. This was the sale of a

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major Scottish institution. Craig Whyte denies all charges and

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the trial continues. The BBC has learned that a former

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coach and manager of Celtic boys club has been detained and charged

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in connection with alleged It's understood 81-year-old Frank

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Cairney will One of Scotland's biggest hospitals

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was forced to raise a major alert after 36 patients waited

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for up to 17 hours A memo sent to staff

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at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary last Thursday raised safety

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concerns for patients urging NHS Lothian said they had

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experienced a very busy day with 20 patients more

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than predicted, but the situation One of the main providers

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of foodbanks in Scotland says Figures from the Trussell Trust

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suggest that low income has become the single biggest

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reason for a referral to one of their network

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of foodbanks. Here's our political

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correspondent, Glenn Campbell. The amount of food distributed by

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food bags in Scotland last year was enough to feed the entire population

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of Dundee for three days. For many using a food bank is a last resort.

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I didn't want to have the use a food bank, but I didn't know where else

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to turn, to be honest. And I had already asked friends and family for

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enough money to help get me through. There are 52 food banks in Scotland

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operated by the Trussel Trust which is it issued:

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my kid to the start school tomorrow. The movie I, Daniel Blake, heart

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problems the benefits system. And its star rector, in Aviemore today,

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is convinced the welfare reform is its star rector, in Aviemore today,

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leaving people hungry. It's no surprise that food banks are handing

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out even more food, a record high. The policies of his government of

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producing poverty. The horrific sections regime through people's

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lives into chaos when their Social Security is stopped. The increase in

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food bank use has been particularly sharp here in Glasgow. Food banks

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like this one, but the Department for Work and Pensions says the

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reason for food bank use is complex and it would be misleading to blame

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changes to the benefits system for growing demand. There are a variety

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of different causes as to what people are suffering from low income

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but it's also important to understand, 80% of people in

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Scotland to use food banks use them only once, when talking about people

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relying on them over a long period of time. The bike use has gone down

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in some parts of the country. But in Scotland as a whole, the number of

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the people using food banks continues to grow.

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Scotland is well known across the world as the home

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of golf, and a few courses could lay claim to being the country's finest.

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But what is the nation's favourite hole?

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The tourism organisation Visit Scotland held a poll of 3,000

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Golf attracts thousands of visitors to Scotland every year. Including

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the occasional Hollywood big hitter, like this far. Is this a lifelong

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ambition? It's definitely on the bucket list, it's fun to walk the

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course that had been walked over for 300 years. We have just released

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course that had been walked over for figures that shows that golf tourism

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is up to ?286 million a year in Scotland, and increase in the last

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eight or nine years. Every visitor will have their own favourite golf

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hole but the Scotland commissioned a poll to find that the best in a

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number of categories. For example this spectacular fourth hole has

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been voted the best par five. This one on the Kintyre peninsula, the

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best opening hole, and the postage Stamp in Troon, a hole in few years

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ago, the finest par-3. Which is the nation's favourite hole? According

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to the poll, it's this one, one of the most iconic in world golf. The

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18th on the old course at St Andrews. Where many an Open

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Championship has been one and many other great player, like Seve

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Ballesteros. It's such an iconic golf hole, history and tradition of

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the game, the Campillo in the footsteps of the big champions that

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have walked over here. Of course you don't have to be a great champion to

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play Scotland's finest hole. Let's see what the weather has in

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store. It's been a fairly wintry start to

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the week so far, we need to look to the jet to understand why. It has

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been steering cold arctic air our way. As we head through towards the

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end of the week, we start to be influenced by this part of the jet

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stream, bringing in milder conditions. Although it's chilly at

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the moment, temperatures will be on the rise by Thursday or Friday.

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Night pretty chilly across the board and that how we start things

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tomorrow. A crisp, bright start for most of us. Despite the sun, still

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quite chilly. Come further north, close to freezing, especially if

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there is snow on the ground. Still a few showers through the Northern

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Isles and Hebrides but mostly showers of rain rather than anything

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wintry. Through the course of the morning, would continue to see the

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showers coming in on the North-West breeze but the winds, lighter than

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it has been so the sunshine for central and southern Scotland slowly

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cladding over but shouldn't spoil things too much. Similar for the

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North-West of England and Wales and the Southwest for the Midlands, east

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and south-east, a number of showers coming in on that northerly, one or

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two could come with a rumble of thunder. Into the evening, showery

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outbreaks of rain across the far north and Northern Isles.

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Temperatures just on the up a little bit because milder air is coming in,

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milder tomorrow night. Thursday, cloudy, some showery outbreaks of

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rain in the North-West but hopefully some bright if not sunny spells,

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temperatures creeping into the low teens.

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