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Firefighters take ongoing pay dispute to Holyrood

On Thursday 27 October, hundreds of firefighters protested outside of Holyrood in response to a proposal for a five per cent pay rise.  After being balloted for this pay rise, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has suggested its members should reject it, with another ballot expected for strike action. The five per cent pay rise […]

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Students cut back on socialising due to cost-of-living crisis

Over three-quarters of students are cutting back on socialising due to the cost-of-living crisis. Other categories that students are cutting back on include clothing and food. 77 per cent of students said that socialising was their main cutback, according to a report published by the National Union of Students (NUS) in September. The survey detailed […]

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EasyJet to stop using carbon offsets amid doubts over effectiveness

EasyJet has ditched its program to offset its carbon emissions with carbon offsets. Instead, the airline has announced plans to meet net-zero goals by reducing carbon output in its day-to-day operations. Environmental groups have hailed the development, with advocacy group Greenpeace calling on other airlines with carbon offset programmes to follow suit. Carbon offsets are […]

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Upcoming Criminal Justice Bill to include scrapping of ‘not proven’ verdict

A proposed amendment to Scots law, unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in early September as part of the upcoming Criminal Justice Bill, means that the ‘not proven’ verdict will likely be scrapped. A verdict of ‘not proven’ allows a jury to acquit a defendant when they feel there has not been enough evidence provided […]