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First-time buyers handed tax break in Scottish Budget
First-time buyers in Scotland have been handed a tax break of up to £600 – mirroring changes introduced down south.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 15/12/2017

Budget needs to address Scotland’s £1 billion social care gap, charity warns
Extra funding of a billion pounds over the next three years is needed to address the gap of funding that exists in social care in Scotland today, MSPs heard this week.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 15/12/2017

Doctors argue £400m NHS funding increase in Scottish Budget 'simply not enough'
Doctors leaders have argued the £400 million increase in NHS funding for 2018-19 contained in the Scottish Government's Budget is "simply not enough" to cope with rising demand for health services.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 15/12/2017

Sixty Icon SFHA responds to Draft Scottish Budget
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to today’s Draft Scottish Budget announcement by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay by welcoming the increase of £138.9 million for the More Homes Programme.
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations - Posted 14/12/2017

Scotland's highest earners to pay extra £164m in income tax
Decision to raise top rate of tax by 1p will fund pay rises for public sector workers, cut taxes for lower earners and give £400m extra to NHS.
The Guardian - Posted 14/12/2017

Sixty Icon CIH Scotland welcomes housing measures in draft Scottish budget
Draft budget commitments to invest £743m next year towards meeting its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes.
24 Housing - Posted 14/12/2017

Scotland's Budget
Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.
The Scottish Government - Posted 14/12/2017

Sixty Icon Scottish Fiscal Commission: Economy facing subdued growth
Scotland's economy is facing "subdued" growth over the next five years, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission.
BBC - Posted 14/12/2017

Sixty Icon Scottish income tax changes unveiled
The Scottish government has announced income tax changes that will see higher earners pay more than elsewhere in the UK - and lower earners pay less.
BBC - Posted 14/12/2017

HouseMark Scotland awards complaints accreditation to River Clyde Homes
River Clyde Homes has been declared ‘complaints accredited’ following an external independent assessment by HouseMark Scotland.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 14/12/2017

Orkney making good progress and can increase pace of improvement, says Accounts Commission
An independent report assessing how Orkney Islands Council is fulfilling its statutory duty to demonstrate ‘Best Value’ has determined that the local authority has made significant progress in recent years but needs to build on this for the future.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 14/12/2017

Ferguslie Park Housing Association achieves Investors in People Silver Accreditation
Paisley-based Ferguslie Park Housing Association has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Silver Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 14/12/2017

Woman admits entering Dundee sheltered housing complex despite being banned
A woman has admitted breaching anti-social behaviour orders preventing her from entering 16 sheltered housing complexes in Dundee.
Evening Telegraph - Posted 14/12/2017

Sixty Icon More than 37,000 homes left empty for six months or more
New figures show 19 out of 32 councils in Scotland have more vacant homes than in 2016.
STV News - Posted 14/12/2017

Economic growth focus of budget
Innovation and economic growth will be the focus of this week’s budget, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
The Scottish Government - Posted 14/12/2017

Labour market statistics - August to October 2017
Scotland’s employment rate grew by 1.7 percentage points over the last year - to August to October 2017 – to 74.9%. There are now 2,653,000 people aged 16 years and above in employment.
The Scottish Government - Posted 14/12/2017

Scottish jobless rise prompts calls for tax restraint
Business leaders call on government to rein in planned tax increases after figures show 32,000 fewer Scots in employment.
The Guardian - Posted 14/12/2017

Holyrood’s choice: tax, growth or both?
Twenty budgets in, and the Scottish government faces bigger choices than ever before - on taxation as well as spending.
BBC - Posted 14/12/2017

Sixty Icon Scottish unemployment rises by 8,000
Scotland's jobless total rose by 8,000 in the three months to October and now stands at 114,000, according to official figures.
BBC - Posted 14/12/2017

MSPs clash over Scots income tax plans ahead of budget
MSPs have clashed over income tax in Scotland on the eve of Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's draft budget.
BBC - Posted 14/12/2017

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