MSPs have voted on income-tax rates and bands in Scotland for the first-time ever, with Holyrood opting to freeze the point at which the higher 40p tax rate kicks in.
Scots Inspectors Recommend Speeding Up FAIs
A series of recommendations have been made to speed up the processing of fatal accident inquiries (FAIs).
The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has published a report setting out 12 measures to improve the service offered to bereaved relatives and the public, after exploring the reasons for delays to FAIs.
The length of time taken from the date of a person's death to the start of an inquiry has attracted criticism in the past.
A total of 147 deaths led to mandatory or discretionary FAIs between 2012/13 and 2014/15, accounting for 0.7% of all deaths investigated by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
The inspectorate looked at 88 cases from the three-year period and found there had been significant improvements in the time taken for FAIs to get under way, aided by the creation of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU) in 2012, a specialist department responsible for investigating all deaths.
In 2014/15, the average time between date of death and the commencement of the FAI was 186 working days - just over 37 weeks.
Michelle McLeod, HM Chief Inspector, said: "In 2012, the SFIU, assumed responsibility for investigating all non-suspicious deaths.
"We found that since 2012 the time taken between the date of death and the start of an FAI has significantly reduced and there has been a marked improvement in the service provided by COPFS.
"While cases are being progressed more quickly, we have identified a number of areas where there is scope for further improvement to expedite investigations and provide a better service to bereaved relatives.''
Recommendations include the introduction of an internal target for progressing mandatory FAIs, a single point of contact for nearest relatives, written notification to all participants on the issues COPFS intends to raise at the inquiry, and the reviewing, updating and centralising of all guidance and policies on the investigation of deaths.
COPFS has accepted all the recommendations.
Detectives are examining CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door enquiries after a serious sexual assault in Renfrewshire.
Celtic have announced plans for a hotel and museum complex next to their stadium.
Aspects of an internal investigation within Scotland's biggest council have been raised with police.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred location:
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.