By Martin Kelly
Claims by the Scottish Labour party that its proposals for extra powers for Scotland in the event of a No vote, amount to forty per cent of the Scottish budget have today been challenged by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In a letter to Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Ms Sturgeon has outlined a number of questions she says require clarification before the proposals can be debated seriously.

  By Stephanie Pride

Two weeks into what has been characterised as a David and Goliath-style battle between dirty energy company Dart and its local opponents, experts have clashed over the likely impact of what would be the UK's first commercial coalbed methane site near Falkirk.

The plush Inchyra Grange Hotel, where a cup of tea sets you back more than £4, is just one of the venues for a public enquiry which is already behind schedule and producing as much heat as light.

  By Sean Martin

The SNP has urged any Scottish Liberal Democrats who intend to vote Yes in September's independence referendum to speak out at the party's conference in Aberdeen this week.

The call comes after respected Lib Dem figures Andy Myles and Denis Robertson Sullivan both declared their intent to vote in favour of independence on 18 September.

  By a Newsnet reporter
A row over the banning of an advert by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) has taken a twist after the transport company at the centre of the controversy denied they took the decision.
Yesterday pro-independence site Wings Over Scotland revealed an advert promoting the site had been pulled by Strathclyde Passenger Transport after complaints were received by the company.

  By Sean Martin
Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget merely continued the UK Government's 'woeful' track record when it comes to women and affects them disproportionately, the SNP has said.
During Wednesday's budget announcement the Chancellor admitted the need for more cuts, introduced a fixed cap on welfare spending of £119m from 2015-16 and raised personal tax allowance so no tax has to be paid until £10,500 has been earned.

  By Chris Rumbles
Labour's claim that the party's Devolution Commission proposals will allow the Scottish Parliament to raise 40 per cent of its expenditure have been challenged by an economic think tank.
Edinburgh-based Reform Scotland, a right-leaning, free market public policy institute, used the recommendations for greater devolution in the commission's final report and applied them to the latest (2012/2013) Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures.

  By a Newsnet reporter
Labour's proposals for further devolution have been dealt a blow after facing searing criticism from a host of prominent academics writing for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Academics, including Professor John Curtice and Dr Nicola McEwen, have expressed doubt over the extent of the proposals and their attractiveness to voters Labour is hoping to lure away from the Yes campaign.


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