The news this week
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay confirmed an additional £220 million investment next year in police, Scottish Enterprise and local services as part of the Scottish budget process.
All income tax rates will be frozen next year and the higher rate threshold will remain unchanged at £43,000. This threshold for paying higher rate income tax, which affects the top 10% of adults in Scotland, will generate an additional £29 million tax revenue.
Aspiring young women aged between 18 and 23 will have the chance to be mentored by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The competition, run by Young Scot, will see the successful candidate receive mentoring from the First Minister over a one year period.