The Government has published a consultation to seek views on options for ensuring that fees raised in the civil courts cover the cost of business Lawyers worried rise in civil court fees could affect access to justice

The Government has published a consultation to seek views on options for ensuring that fees raised in the civil courts cover the cost of business Lawyers have raised concerns about Scottish Government proposals to increase civil court fees by almost a quarter, warning the rise could affect access to the justice system. Read Full Story

 

Responsibility for ill health and disability benefits is being devolved to MSPs Ministers could scrap word ‘benefits’ upon Holyrood welfare powers transfer

Responsibility for ill health and disability benefits is being devolved to MSPs Holyrood ministers are considering scrapping the use of the word "benefits" when they take charge of some parts of the social security system. Read Full Story

 

Highland education director Bill Alexander VIDEO: Highland education chief ‘pleased’ with Supreme Court ruling on Named Person Scheme

Highland education director Bill Alexander The controversial Named Person scheme, pioneered in the Highlands and operational for the past five years, will not be derailed by the Supreme Court’s concerns. Read Full Story

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Named Person Scheme: What are the six key facts after today’s ruling?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Campaigners have won a challenge at the UK’s highest court against the Scottish Government’s named person legislation but it does not mean the law cannot be implemented if parts of it are changed. Read Full Story

 

Gordon Dewar described the uncertainty over Britain's exit from the EU as a 'huge barrier' Scotland could become ‘safe harbour’ with single market access, MSPs told

Gordon Dewar described the uncertainty over Britain's exit from the EU as a 'huge barrier' Scotland could provide a "safe harbour" for financial institutions if it becomes the only part of the UK to retain access to the single market post-Brexit, MSPs have been told. Read Full Story

 

Economic forecasts have been downgraded as a result of Brexit Experts warn of ‘sharp slowdown’ in economy after Brexit vote

Economic forecasts have been downgraded as a result of Brexit The vote for Brexit could spark a "sharp slowdown" in Scotland's economy, with experts also predicting the jobless rate will rise in the wake of the referendum result. Read Full Story