A daily snapshot of the morning headlines and Parliamentary business
Good morning – here are the top 10 news stories in Scotland this morning:
Scottish budget to focus on growth, pledges John Swinney (BBC Scotland)
Benefits for older Scots ‘tearing society apart’ (The Herald)
North-east poised for Scottish Open boost (Press & Journal)
Scottish independence: referendum details finalised next month (Daily Telegraph)
Today’s Scottish Parliament highlights:
12.00: Today’s FMQs comes against the backdrop of feuding between the SNP and UK Government over comments made by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on the costs of welfare in an independent Scotland.
14.30: Finance Secretary John Swinney will present his draft budget for 2013-14 to Holyrood this afternoon amid promises jobs and growth will be at the centre of the spending plans.
For full details of all current and upcoming Scottish Parliamentary business, check out the official Business Bulletin.