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Economy back to pre-recession level

Manufacturing

Scotland's economic performance has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

  • 17 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland business

Scottish unemployment rises by 3,000

Unemployment in Scotland rose by 3,000 to 179,000 between December and February 2014, according to official figures.

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland business

Lamont 'common aims' appeal to unions

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont urges trade unions not to split along referendum lines and risk losing sight of common aims.

  • 16 April 2014

Tories call for education reform

The party say changes are needed to help children from poorer backgrounds get the marks they need to gain entry to higher education.

  • 16 April 2014

Growth in Scottish economy slows

The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland business

Vote letters 'did not break rules'

Claims that Aberdeen City Council broke the rules by including a pro-Better Together letter to council tax payers are thrown out by Audit Scotland.

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section: NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Women 'sceptical' on independence

Women are more sceptical about Scottish independence because they favour "head-over-heart" arguments and are better at spotting "bluff", it is claimed.

  • 15 April 2014

Carmichael promises more isles power

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael promises to deliver greater powers for the Northern and Western Isles.

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section: NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Independence 'risks defence jobs'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

  • 15 April 2014
  • From the section: UK Politics

Debt dump 'worth more than oil'

Dumping a share of the UK's debt would be worth twice as much to an independent Scotland as North Sea oil, academics say.

  • 15 April 2014

Modern apprentices target to rise

First Minister Alex Salmond announces an increase in targets to create 30,000 new modern apprenticeships a year in Scotland by 2020.

  • 15 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland

Pledge to have 50% women on boards

Half of Scottish public boards would in future be made up of women, under a Labour pitch to female voters ahead of the independence referendum.

  • 15 April 2014

Councillors vote to close school

Parents campaigning to save a Fife primary school are left disappointed after councillors back plans to close it down.

  • 15 April 2014
  • From the section: Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

'Record' year for regional airports

A burgeoning energy sector helped Scottish regional airports attract record passenger traffic last year, according to operator Hial.

  • 14 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland business

Protest fears led to Red Road U-turn

Plans to blow up five tower blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games were abandoned over fears protestors would threaten safety and security.

  • 14 April 2014
  • From the section: Glasgow & West Scotland

'Almost 85,000' Scots on zero-hours

As many as 85,000 people in Scotland could be employed on zero-hours contracts, according to the Scottish Trades Union Council.

  • 14 April 2014
  • From the section: Scotland