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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The revelation that the hours of home care being provided to older people in Fife has fallen by 17% since the start of a review last year has been branded 'sickening' by SNP candidate for Cowdenbeath Constituency Natalie McGarry.
 
The SNP has highlighted figures which show than 3,000 older people across Fife have had the level of care they receive reviewed, with sharp reductions in the hours of care they receive following. 

  By Anne-Marie O’Donnell
 
Cuts to UK coastguard cover has left staffing levels squeezed and could be putting lives at risk, figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request have revealed.
 
The figures, obtained by campaign group Coastguard SOS, showed that Belfast had the biggest understaffing problem in the UK despite now having the responsibility for Scotland’s west coast following cuts to coastguard services.

  By Martin Kelly
 
Claims by pro-Union campaigners that businesses are being bullied into silence have rebounded after it emerged a leading Scottish Labour politician once tried to threaten companies who gave financial backing to opponents of devolution.
 
Speaking in 1996, ahead of the referendum on devolution, Labour's then Shadow Scottish Secretary George Robertson accused companies who opposed a Yes vote of betraying their country.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has escaped questions over his role in the scandal that has led to the radioactive contamination of Dalgety Bay after the MoD was formally named as the polluter.
 
Mr Brown, who is the local MP, refused to act when warned about the contamination five years ago when he was UK Prime Minister.

  Labour’s confusion on the Scottish Government’s Council Tax freeze has been thrust into the spotlight again after Johann Lamont hinted that she believed people would have to pay more for local services.

In an interview with ITV Borders, Ms Lamont refused to confirm that council tax needed to go up but eventually conceded that people “might” have to pay more for their services and that they needed to “buy in” to the council tax.

  By Martin Kelly
 
The Labour party is facing fresh calls to clarify its stance on the council tax freeze ahead of a crucial by-election after another leading Scottish Labour politician admitted being against the popular policy.
 
Stephen McCabe, who is the leader of Inverclyde Council, has found himself at the centre of a row after the Labour councillor launched an attack on the council tax freeze calling the SNP flagship policy "fundamentally undemocratic".

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Labour has been accused of having "a breathtaking level of contempt" for voters in Fife after it was discovered that their infamous Dunfermline leaflet (pictured) attempting to take credit for SNP policies has been republished for the Cowdenbeath constituency by-election.
 
The leaflet contains several claims which credit Labour with introducing many key SNP flagship policies including the council tax freeze and removing bridge tolls.  However, as in Dunfermline, the SNP has reacted with fury with the nationalist candidate condemning the republication of the leaflet.

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