News in Scotland - Wednesday

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David Cameron's deal with EU penalises Scots more than English,
warns SNP

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Wednesday

SCOTLAND

Cameron's Euro deal better for England than Scotland, warns SNP
Minister have warned that the EU budget deal fought for by Prime Minister David Cameron would mean that more densely populated areas would benefit most meaning Scotland would be harder hit than England. Scotland is set to lose £250mn in European funding over the next six years. The European budget cut was hailed as a victory for the prime minister.

Scots families struggle on low income under UK austerity
The number of young families among Scotland’s lowest earners has increased by more than 25 percent in six years, according to a major study. The latest Growing Up in Scotland report found 27 percent of Scottish families had to get by on an annual income of less than £12,500 in 2010-11. The health differences between poorer and wealthier families are also laid bare in the report. Such figures further highlight the failings of Westminster’s austerity plan for those struggling to make ends meet.

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Scottish independence: Westminster refusal to negotiate causing business worries
The UK government's refusal to negotiate independence terms with the Scottish government means voters "are largely in the dark in terms of what they are voting for" according to a briefing note from Dutch bank ING. The lack of collaboration is viewed by many as a tactic designed to portray independence as an uncertain process. The Dutch banking group warns that the independence process risks damaging economic growth in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Scottish unemployment falls for third time
Scotland's jobless total fell by 13,000 to 206,000 between October and December, according to official figures. The total number of employed in Scotland now stands at 2,461,000. Finance Secretary John Swinney said it was the third set of monthly unemployment figures in a row that had shown a fall, but he added: "we must not be complacent - too many people are still looking for work, and the Scottish government is taking action to address this by maintaining the most competitive business environment anywhere in the UK and investing in our infrastructure”.

INTERNATIONAL

UK crisis: Britain faces years of rapid energy price hikes
Alistair Buchanan, the outgoing head of energy regulator Ofgem, has warned that Britain faces five years of electricity price rises thanks to rising global gas tariffs. Coming at the same time as inflation created by Bank of England money printing and the UK government austerity programme, many consumers face the prospect of slipping into poverty.

Deal will reduce transport poverty
A deal reached between the government and the rail sector will lead to savings on fares. Using 'split ticketing' passengers will save up to two-thirds on existing direct fares. By buying individual tickets for different legs of the journey savings can be found. Transport price inflation has outstripped the official rate and so the scheme will make travel more affordable. In return for the deal the government will allow ticket data to be freely available.

Austerity consequences: Bulgaria’s government steps down amid social unrest
Bulgaria's government has resigned from office after nationwide protests against high electricity prices, joining a long list of European administrations failed by austerity measures. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov had tried to disseminate protests by sacking his finance minister, pledging to cut power prices and punish foreign-owned companies, but the measures failed to defuse discontent. Many Bulgarians are deeply unhappy over high energy costs, power monopolies, low living standards and corruption in the European Union's poorest country.

Austerity consequences: Greece faces fresh strikes
Greece is braced for another round of strikes protesting against the government's austerity programme. After the government agreed to take on debts accrued by private banks the nation has suffered from deep social cuts and capital flight. The latest industrial action will see flights, ferry services and public services all disrupted.

Computer giant Apple attacked by hackers
Apple has confirmed it has sustained the worst known cyber-attack on its computers. While the company is trying to downplay the consequences, the full extent of the breach is unclear. Hackers infected the computers of Apple's employees with malicious software that had been designed specifically to attack Mac computers, Reuters reports. The company said it is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, but suspects the same cyber-attackers as targeted Facebook less than a week ago.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Resigns
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has stepped down on Tuesday, Tunisian state TV said; the latest development in a nation torn with political unrest. He submitted his resignation after the failure of his initiative to form a technocratic government, state TV reported. Jebali told CNN last week he'd step down if the effort was not approved. The move comes amid many turbulent days following the February 6 assassination of Chokri Belaid, a prominent secular politician in the North African country.

Seattle Residents kill their city’s controversial drone program
The anti-surveillance state movement in the US has gained traction, with Charlottesville, Virginia becoming the first city to pass anti drone legislation. Obama’s highly controversial method of warfare has spurred the citizenry of Seattle to kill their city’s own drone program earlier this month. On the state level however, while legislation has been introduced in several places, it appears Florida is closest to enacting domestic surveillance drone regulations into law.

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