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Summary

  1. North Sea taxes overhauled in Chancellor George Osborne's Budget
  2. Petroleum Revenue Tax cut from 50% to 35%
  3. MSPs back fans' right-to-buy Scottish football clubs
  4. Scottish unemployment rises by 6,000
  5. Priest suspended in sex abuse probe

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Louise Sayers

BBC Scotland news website

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for news, travel, sport and weather updates from around the country.

Until then you can keep up to date via the

BBC Scotland News website.

Nicholl takes Northern Ireland job

Jimmy Nicholl has been named as assistant to the Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

Jimmy Nicholl
SNS

The Cowdenbeath boss steps into the role vacated by Billy McKinlay in September when he took on the Watford job full-time.

Northern Ireland visit Hampden to play Scotland in a friendly next Wednesday.

Nicholl will remain in his post with the Championship side.

CCTV for car park staff

Car parking staff across NHS Lothian sites are to

begin wearing CCTV cameras in a bid to boost safety.

CCTV pack
BBC

Staff working in car parks in the Western General, St John's and the Royal Edinburgh hospital will wear the state-of-the-art gadgets.

Officials said it was to "prevent violence and aggression" and increase security.

How will Budget 2015 affect you?

Today's news agenda has been dominated by the George Osborne's latest Budget - but how does it affect you?

Osborne with budget
BBC

Give the

a go, and you'll find out.

Study finds strong pre-Viking DNA

Kenneth Macdonald

BBC Scotland Special Correspondent

A DNA study of Britons has shown that

genetically there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.

Orkney scene
Bob Jones/Geograph

According to the data, those of Celtic ancestry in Scotland and Cornwall are more similar to the English than they are to other Celtic groups.

The study also describes distinct genetic differences across the UK, which reflect regional identities.

Sportsound

BBC Radio Scotland

#BBCSportsound now live on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/digital radio and

online with Celtic v Dundee Utd live.

City Deal negotiations

Aberdeen and Inverness could be the next two cities to

benefit from City Deal status worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Aberdeen/Inverness city deal
BBC

Chancellor George Osborne announced negotiations would begin with the local authorities in his Budget statement.

If successful, it could unlock a major round of new investment.

On Reporting Scotland

We've got more on today's Budget announcement and what it all means for Scotland.

Reportign Scotland
BBC

Watch the programme on BBC1 and

online now.

#Budget2015 trending

166,000 people have used the hashtag "#Budget2015" in the past 24 hours.

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Edinburgh duo extend contracts

BBC Sport

Scotland

Edinburgh duo Greig Tonks and Roddy Grant have

agreed contract extensions with the Murrayfield Pro12 club.

Greig Tonks and Roddy Grant agree new contracts
SNS group

Tonks, 25, who can play at full-back or fly-half, won his third Scotland cap in last weekend's loss to England.

Botswana-born back row Grant, 28, has been with Edinburgh since 2009 and was captain for the 2010-11 season.

Scam delivery postcards warning

Highland Council Trading Standards have issued a warning to residents over scam parcel delivery postcards.

The postcards claim that there is a parcel containing jewellery or other valuables worth up to £50 waiting for the homeowner.

Scam postcards
Highland Council
This is what the card reportedly looks like

A card then gives an 0800 telephone number for the homeowner to call to arrange for a delivery, and asks for a delivery free of £10 for the supposedly pre-paid items. Telephone numbers beginning 020 are also reportedly to have given on previous version of the card.

Anyone who receives one of these postcards should report the matter to the Police via

Action Fraud, and should not call the number provided, or give out their card details.

MSPs condemn 'Abu Hamza' remarks

Holyrood has

voted unanimously to condemn comments by the UKIP MEP for Scotland David Coburn, who compared government minister Humza Yousaf with convicted terrorist Abu Hamza.

Humza Yousaf
BBC
Humza Yousaf is an SNP MSP

The Scottish cabinet minister, Alex Neil, said the remarks were "shameful", while Labour's Patricia Ferguson said Mr Coburn was an "ignorant racist".

Scotgold appoints new chairman

Scotgold Resources has

announced the appointment of a new chairman as it continues its bid to extract gold from a Scottish mine.

Scottish goldmine
BBC

Nathaniel le Roux takes on the role from Phillip Jackson, who had served as interim chairman since December.

Mr le Roux became a substantial shareholder of Scotgold through a placement in February last year, which took his holding in the company to 8%.

He later increased his stake and now owns more than 40% of the business.

Unlocking investment

@BBCDouglasF

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Oil and Gas UK estimates #Budget2015 tax cut will, near term, unlock £4bn more investment and 500,000m barrels of oil or gas equivalent

Projected offshore oil revenue plummets in #budget2015: £2.6bn this year, then ave £700m for next 5 years. Indy Scotland cd get c84% of that

Man who died in fire named

A man who died following a fire at a house in Aberdeen has been named by police.

Paul Chapman, 42, was found after emergency services were called to the blaze in Summerfield Place on Tuesday afternoon.

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Wooing a younger crowd

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

This year's Edinburgh International Festival

is targeting a younger audience.

This aim can clearly be seen from the shows on offer: productions like The Magic Flute combine opera and animation, and the superb National theatre of Scotland show Dragon uses puppetry and other wizardry to tell a universal tale.

Franz Ferdinand
BBC
Franz Ferdinand with Sparks

And it's not just new younger audiences. Many of the fresh faces are performers.

But is there enough to convince regulars, young or old? It certainly seems so.

Oil industry reacts to Budget

Fiona Stalker

BBC Scotland reporter

Sir Ian Wood: "Budget does provide the essential lifeline from Treasury to enable industry to start rebuilding confidence and investment."

North Sea oil rig
Getty Images

Oil firm Shell: "Today's changes to the tax regime are vital to encourage investment by the industry in the North Sea."

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce: "Our members will be pleased to see these significant reductions in oil and gas taxation."

Industry body Oil and Gas UK: "Budget lays strong foundations for regeneration of the UK North Sea."

Burns victim dies

A 28-year-old woman who was found with serious burns in a Selkirk Street has died in hospital.

Scene of the incident
BBC

The woman

had been taken to Borders General Hospital following the incident in Hillside Terrace around 07:00 this morning.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said there are no suspicious circumstances and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

On tonight's programme

Scotland 2015

BBC Two Scotland

It's all about the Budget tonight. We'll have the latest news and reaction on BBC2 at 10.30pm #scotland2015

Carswell condemns Coburn comment

The UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has condemned "disgraceful" comments by his party's MEP for Scotland David Coburn, in which he compared a Muslim minister in the Scottish government with a convicted terrorist.

UKIP MEP David Coburn
PA

Mr Coburn

has apologised for what he said was a "joke".

But at Holyrood, the cabinet minister Alex Neil, said the UKIP MEP should consider resigning over what he said were "shameful" remarks.

Newsdrive

On today's programme -

Background and analysis of today's Budget announcement, all the latest on the museum attack in the Tunisian capital, and a DNA study of Britain has revealed new findings on Celts and Anglo-Saxons.

Newsdrive
BBC

Listen live here.

Dry evening ahead

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A dry end to the day and start to the evening. Fairly cloudy in places, with the last of any brighter skies holding on across the west and north-west.

Tonight, it's dry with clear spells in the south. Some rain in the north-west overnight, but most places stay dry.

Lows around 2 to 4 celsius, with light winds.

Hospital hygiene

A report by hygiene inspectors has highlighted continuing problems with hospital cleanliness.

It follows a report by the Royal College of Nursing, which found that inspections of elderly care wards had not resulted in improvements.

Hospital cleaner wiping floor
BBC

Although the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate said standards of cleanliness were generally improving, it also noted that patient equipment and trolleys were often contaminated, that there was a poor standard of cleaning in emergency departments and staff were not always clear of their cleaning responsibilities.

The Royal College of Nursing said that aspects of cleaning are more likely to fall through the gaps as the NHS workforce is increasingly stretched.

New helicopter for air ambulance

Scotland's charity air ambulance is to be replaced with a more modern helicopter after the Chancellor announced it would receive more than £3m from Libor funds.

Scotland's charity air ambulance service
Perthshire Picture Agency

The money comes from fines imposed on banks that tried to manipulate the financial markets.

The aircraft, based at Perth, is Scotland's only charity-funded air ambulance and began operations nearly two years ago.

Victory for Muirhead's curlers

Scotland moved to within striking distance of the play-offs at the World Women's Curling Championships in Japan after wins over Russia and Germany.

Eve Muirhead
Getty Images

Eve Muirhead's rink lie equal third going into the final day of the round robin after beating the Russians 9-5 and the Germans 7-5.

Switzerland lead after winning their top-of-the-table battle with Canada.

The Scots, along with China and Russia, have one fewer win than the Canadians, with the top four qualifying.

Brown 'made mistake'

Celtic and Scotland captain Scott Brown has admitted he made a mistake after being photographed apparently drunk and eating junk food on a night out.

Scott Brown
SNS

"I don't think I'm the first player to make a mistake and probably won't be the last but I've spoken to the manager, it's been dealt with and now all I'm doing is moving on," Brown said in the Celtic View.

"I'm sure the club, the manager and the fans know that my total focus will always be on the matches coming up and nothing else but winning for Celtic.

"It was a real honour as captain to lift the League Cup on Sunday and we now want to push on and try and bring our fans even more success this season. That's all we're thinking about."

Men go on trial over 2004 murder

Two men have gone on trial accused of murdering a suspected drugs trafficker

whose body was found in a field in Renfrewshire 11 years ago.

Martin Toner
Police handout

Douglas Fleming, 50, and John McDonald, 57, are accused of killing 34-year-old Martin Toner whose body was found by a farmer near Langbank in July 2004.

They are alleged to have stabbed Mr Toner and cut his throat on 29 June.

Both men deny the charges against them. Mr Toner was due in court on drug trafficking charges when he was killed.

Saints training ground fear

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Manager Tommy Wright fears for the future of player development at St Johnstone, with the club's newly built grass training facility under threat.

Perth and Kinross Council has voted eight to five in favour of a compulsory purchase order on the land next to McDiarmid Park for a new link road.

"A lot of money, time and effort has gone into getting the facilities up and running in Perth," said Wright.

"It would be a huge blow to the club to lose them."

Hosie: Budget has 'failed Scotland'

Reacting to George Osborne's final Budget before the general election, SNP's deputy leader Stewart Hosie said it "failed to address the real needs of the people of Scotland" by continuing with an "utterly failed austerity agenda".

Stewart Hosie in House of Commons
BBC

"Between 2009/10 and 2014/15, Scotland's budget has fallen by around 11% in real terms, within this capital expenditure has fallen by around 25%," Mr Hosie said.

"The UK government has already cut Scotland's budget by a staggering £3.5 billion in real terms since 2009/10. Scotland's share of today's further UK public spending cuts, over the five years to 2019-20 will amount to billions more.

"The Chancellor has failed. He has missed all his targets on the deficit and debt and he is promising, according to the independent IFS think tank, 'colossal cuts' in the years to come. This Chancellor and this Budget have failed Scotland."

Oil jobs warning

@kkabdn

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

Sir Ian Wood predicts there will still be 5,000 to 10,000 job losses in the offshore industry, despite today's tax cuts.

Budget: Analysis

@BBCBusiness

BBC Business

Budget 2015:

What it means for you.

Sterling
PA

Ireland warning for Scots

Robbie Henshaw says there is "more to come" from his centre partnership with Jared Payne as Ireland aim to retain their Six Nations title this weekend.

Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne
Inpho

The duo have played in Ireland's four championship games to date and are expected to line up again against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"As we play more games together, I am getting to know more and more about Jared as a player," said Henshaw.

"I'm becoming more confident with him and our connection is growing."

Travel update

@BBCTravelScot

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Glasgow, the M8 is a bit sluggish eastbound from around the Kingston Bridge back to Junction 22 Plantation after a breakdown was cleared.

In Milngavie, temporary traffic lights and a road closure at Burnbrae Roundabout are making things very slow in that area.

Finally for now, there's an amended timetable on CalMac's Sound of Harris crossing because of tidal conditions.

Budget reaction - Whisky

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Scotch Whisky Association says cut of 2% duty "major boost as we look to grow again in the UK and sends important signal to export markets".

City Deal boost?

Aberdeen and Inverness could be the next two cities to benefit from City Deal status.

Inverness
Thinkstock

In his Budget, the Chancellor announced negotiations would begin with the local authorities.

If successful it could unlock millions of pounds of new investment.

Glasgow signed a City Deal with the UK and Scottish governments last year, which is expected to lead to an extra £1.3bn of funds.

Labour reaction to Budget

Labour dismisses #Budget2015 saying people earn less now than in 2010. Reaction & analysis:

bbc.in/1Evct2r

Labour leader Ed Miliband
BBC

Just gannet enough...

The number of gannets off the north-west coast of Scotland has

increased rapidly over the last 10 years, a study suggests.

Gannets
Lorne Gill/SNH

Aerial images were used to count the number of apparently occupied sites (AOS) - spots on rocks which are frequented by gannets.

A total of 60,290 AOS were counted on St Kilda.

A further 11,230 were seen on Sula Sgeir, where young birds are legally harvested each year.

Budget - Your views

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Iain: Having listened to the Budget, the one thing that stood out was not what was said but the childish, boorish behaviour of the people who are representing us in parliament. Their behaviour is appalling and would not be allowed in schools or any other place of work. There needs to be a vast improvement in their behaviour. How can they tell us how to behave and respect others when they cannot?

Anon: What a rabble: and this is the group of people who run the country!

Budget reaction from Scotland

#Budget2015

Sharon Johnstone: 100 MB Internet in Scotland's highlands too, #ChancellorGeorgeOsborne? Good luck with that! #Budget2015

KB@Forex: #Budget2015: Tories' strategy to woo Scottish voters? Cut duty on Scotch by 2%

Kenny Farquharson (Deputy Editor, The Scotsman & Scotland on Sunday): Remains to be seen how much of those housing measures will be applicable to Scotland. #Budget2015

Budget snapshot

BBC News

UK

Here are the main points of UK's #Budget2015:

bbc.in/1x0ogp

Chancellor George Osborne's Budget
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