MacAskill pushes ahead with merged forces plans
A new bill to create a single police force and one fire and rescue service in Scotland has been introduced to Holyrood.
The Scottish Government, which is determined to push ahead with the controversial plans opposed by forces and brigades in the north and north-east, insists the move will save the public purse £1.7billion over 15 years.
Under the Police and Fire (Reform) Scotland Bill, senior officers will be stationed in all 32 council areas to deliver local priorities.
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