The most recent figures for GDP in Scotland showed a fall of 0.2% over the period of October to December at the same time as the UK economy grew by 0.7%.
Man Arrested In Suspicious Package Alert
A 40-year-old man has been detained after a suspicious package was found an address in Edinburgh.
Surrounding homes were evacuated on Monday evening when specialist engineers from the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) assessed the package at an address in the Niddrie area, a suburb south east of the capital.
Engineers later found that the package was not a viable device and posed no threat to the public.
A Police Scotland spokesman said earlier: "Police in Edinburgh attended an address in Niddrie after concern was raised about a suspcious package earlier today.
"Specialist engineers from the EOD attended.
"The surrounding homes have been evacuated as a precaution whilst engineers assess the package.''
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady'' from week to week.
Frank's Law aims to end the situation where people under 65 who have conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and cancer have to pay for the care they need.
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