Independent school fees rise by 63%
- The cost of privately educating children in Scotland has soared by 63 per cent in 10 years, with the average family expected to fork out almost pound;10,000 per child per year. Independent schools now charge an average pound;9,816, up from pound;6,309 a decade ago, an increase "significantly" above inflation.
Tuition fees legal challenge faces funding issues
- A legal challenge to the Scottish government's controversial policy of enabling Scottish universities to charge English students up to pound;9,000 a year in tuition fees could fail to materialise. The Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers, acting for two clients, had intended to lodge a petition for judicial review at the Court of Session, but a lengthy process of seeking legal aid has delayed the attempt.
Free benefits are now under threat
- Free benefits in Scotland are under threat following a warning that the country's hospitals, schools and other public services are facing a multi- million-pound shortfall. Papers published by Holyrood's finance committee show that senior public sector chiefs believe SNP ministers need to ration popular policies such as free personal care for the elderly.
- Cannabis use by young teenagers can lower IQ and may cause permanent mental impairment, research shows. Heaviest users suffered an eight-point fall from adolescence to adulthood, plus attention and memory problems. Quitting later in life did not fully reverse the impact, experts found.
Sports quango workers admit being couch potatoes
- Staff at a governing body for promoting sport have been criticised after it emerged that almost two-thirds of them failed to meet their own exercise targets. Sixty per cent of sportscotland staff admitted not taking 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, while over 12 per cent owned up to barely or never exercising at all.