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Details of 2014 Games event day parking and road closures released

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Warning over cost of meeting pensions bill after independence

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Councils have improved procurement but can save more finds report

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Scrapping right to buy 'could cause rush to buy council houses'

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Missing teenager last seen in early hours of morning found safe

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Boyfriend of dead toddler's mother in court charged with her murder

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...3% of total spend on procurement, and there is scope for "greater savings if all councils made better use of Scotland Excel contracts". It says: "All councils have improved their procurement capability since 2009. The rate of improvement varies among councils and some need to improve more quickly. "Councils that invest in qualified improvement staff and improved systems can both improve service quality and achieve financial savings. "Scotland Excel believes there is significant scope for more collaborative contracts and greater savings. However, the complexities involved in setting up collaborative contracts mean it is not possible at present to estimate the savings that might be available." Accounts Commission chairman Douglas Sinclair said: "Councils need to secure maximum value for the money they spend as budgets continue to tighten. Better use of procurement can improve quality and bring benefits to their local communities "Some councils have done well by looking atat all the options, investing in the right skills and systems and learning from each other. But there is scope to do a lot more and the pace of improvement needs to increase." Cosla President David O'Neill said: "As today's report recognises councils have made good progress in terms of procurement. We have established Scotland Excel and use of collaborative contracts has increased by 80% over the last three years. "It is also worth noting that councils use procurement spending to support local economic development and some have begun to use it to deliver other local benefits such as apprenticeships and environmental improvements." Green MSP Alison Johnstone said council spending should be more geared towards supporting local economies or sustainability. "The Accounts Commission should have a bigger role in reviewing who benefits most from council spending," she said. Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie pointed to savings identified by the report through the use of an electronic system for procurement. Mr Rennie said: "By bringing payments into the 21st Century councils could save the taxpayer £28 per invoice, amounting to £9m in total. It is in the taxpayers' interests for ministers to work with local authorities in order to enable this change to happen.""
...The Tory MSP said: "Ending the right to buy for council tenants slams the door in the faces of families with modest incomes who want to own their own home and who have no other route to achieve that aspiration. "But it's a choice the SNP want to take away from the next generation. Right to buy must remain one of the tools to help people get on the housing ladder." Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: "It is vital that we increase the supply of social housing in Scotland and that is why we want to end the right-to-buy. Measures in the Housing (Scotland) Bill will protect up to 15,500 social houses from sale over a ten-year period and safeguard social housing stock for future generations. "With 185,000 people on waiting lists for council and housing association houses, we can no longer afford to see badly needed homes lost from the social sector." She said the majority of MSPs on Holyrood's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee had already backed scrapping the right-to-buy and added: "Housing is and will remain a priority for this vernment and through this Bill we will continue to support improvements across the private, private rented and social sectors.""
...George Vincent, project management and design manager, said: "Glasgow will be open for business throughout the Games, but it won't be business as usual. Now is the right time to plan ahead and find out how you might be affected. "If you live or work near a venue, we are putting in place measures to keep your community moving and help make sure you can enjoy being at the very heart of Glasgow's biggest ever celebration. "We're already working closely with businesses across the city to make sure they know what these changes mean for them — and we will be returning to venues next month to talk to local people, share the latest information and answer any questions they have as we approach the Games." The announcement, which was made by the Get Ready Glasgow campaign, has been timed to coincide with a further round of Information Sessions for Business being held during April and May to cover specific plans around what travel and parking options are available. John Fryer, Glasgow 2014 transport manager, said: "We are also committed to making sure that the people who live, work and operate businesses in this fantastic host city are able to go about their days with minimal impact. This is central to all our transport plans." A spokesperson for Glasgow 2014 said the planned road closures would "ensure Games related transport, including that provided for athletes and officials, is able to get to venues in time". The 20th Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3. To see more information on both event day parking and road closures at each of the venues, click on the links below to download the relevant PDF."
...Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said: "This country has a long history of a strong welfare state, which we can rightly be proud of. "As part of the UK, Scottish people benefit from this resilient and unified system, which delivers the same support everywhere irrespective of peaks and troughs in economies of the nations or demographic differences. "Proposals by the Scottish vernment would risk the well-being of vulnerable people who are currently supported by this system. "On top of the ageing population, which is increasing faster in Scotland than the rest of the UK, the Scottish vernment are committing to spending even more on wider welfare without saying how they'll pay for it." Scotland's benefits bill, including childcare and tax credit, totalled £17.7 billion in 2012-13. Spending was £60 more per person than in the UK as a whole, according to the report. The UK vernment also points to the higher proportion of pensioners in Scotland, which stands at 19.8% compared with 19.2% in the rest of the UK. The share will rise faster north of the border by the early 2030s, official projections suggest. Spending on pensioner benefits in Scotland costs almost £80 more per working-age person per year than across the UK. Alistair Carmichael, the Secretary of State for Scotland, said: "The UK labour market is resilient, adaptable to changes in economic conditions and responsive to new opportunities and challenges. "As part of the UK, Scotland benefits from the policies that have created these conditions. "Both the UK and Scotland have flexible labour markets with a wide variety of jobs and working patterns available. "With record employment in our country, people can move across other parts of the UK, to where there are labour shortages or where to find a job that better matches their skills, ambitions and aspirations." Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, attacked the UK vernment analysis. She said: "Welfare spending and pensions are more affordable in Scotland than the UK because they account for a smaller proportion of our tax revenues and national income. "But now a Tory-led government that Scotland didn't vote for is dismantling large parts of the post-war welfare state because of its right-wing ideology. "This is social vandalism on a vast scale and shows why people are worse off when decisions about Scotland are taken at Westminster." She said Mr Duncan Smith is afraid to come to Scotland to launch the analysis paper in person - and is using Mr Carmichael as a "human shield". Ms Sturgeon added: "Perhaps he is aware of the hypocrisy at the heart of their message today." The independence referendum will be held on September 18."

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