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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appealed to Scottish companies and the self-employed to make safety and wellbeing a top priority this year. New figures show that 20 people lost their lives while at work in 2013/14 and 6,871 suffered injury. This compares to 23 deaths and 7,156 injuries in

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Deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for finance John Swinney is to consider revised residential tax rates for the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) as part of the budget. Mr Swinney will review the rates for the LBTT, which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax from April 2015, when th

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The Scottish Parliament is being urged to investigate a multi-million housing and repairs contract awarded to a Dumfries firm which subsequently went bust. Building company R&D Construction won the £77m Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership contract in April 2009.

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