The new tax powers that have come to Scotland mean that for the first time, voters at this Holyrood election will go to the ballot box with a clear idea of how parties will pay for the policies they have campaigned on.Read more
New figures have revealed that Scotland’s schools have been forced to make £300 million in cuts over the past five years due to the squeeze on council budgets imposed by the SNP. The draft budget for 2016/17 would see services hammered again by £500 million in extra cuts.
The SNP say they want to close the attainment gap and help children reach their potential. Forcing through swingeing cuts to education budgets is a funny way to go about it. COSLA, the body representing Scotland’s councils, has said that the latest cuts look like being a step too far.Read more
So what can we look forward in 2016? Scots athletes excelling as part of Team GB at the Rio Olympics. Andy Murray mounting another challenge at Wimbledon.
And the small matter of a Scottish Parliament election that will set the direction of the country for five years.
As ever, at this election voters face a choice.Read more