'I am glad we have had the courage and determination to take forward this programme in consultation with the college sector and it is producing and will produce very great benefits.'
Education secretary Michael Russell on college regionalisation
'More and more families are slipping closer towards the poverty line. With the UK government's changes to welfare benefits, things will only get worse for those families struggling to get by.'
Children in Scotland chief executive Jackie Brock responding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2013.