The First Minister has been reflecting on her plans for a second vote following the General Election.
Quarter Of Over-45s Without Neighbour To Call On For Help, Says Survey
One in four people over the age of 45 does not have a neighbour they can call on for a favour or help, a study shows.
Research by the Co-op revealed that even younger people do not have neighbourly support, with one in six under 35-year-olds not having someone living locally they could ask for a favour.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that a parcel delivery is now the main reason someone calls on the person living next door to ask a favour.
Sheffield was said to be the most neighbourly city, followed by Norwich, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
Rufus Olins, of the Co-op, said: ''Having neighbours that you can turn to, whether that's to take in a parcel, borrow some milk or just for a chat, is so important.
''We all want to feel part of a community and know that someone is there to help a hand.
''This research shows that we have much to do to improve our neighbourly spirit and foster that sense of community.''
The Scottish Government says the merger would make railway policing more accountable.
Grants ranging from £500 up to £10,000 are being allocated to 494 grassroots organisations across the country.
A HMICS report on how the service is managed and delivered by the SPA makes 23 recommendations for improvement.
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