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%.
Scots driver caught SIX times drink drive limit with children in car
A woman who has been charged with driving six times over the legal drink-drive limit had two children in her car, police have said.
The 34-year-old was driving a Saab car on Seafield Place in Eyemouth, in the Scottish Borders, when she was stopped by officers at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
She was arrested after allegedly being found to be six times over the limit.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: "Police Scotland's annual festive drink-driving campaign is now under way and we will be robustly monitoring routes throughout the Borders to identify anyone who is driving while under the influence.
"Rest assured, if you are caught to be driving while over the limit, you will be arrested, you will lose your licence and this could have a significant impact on both your professional and personal life.
"Quite simply, do not risk it.''
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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