Scotland's papers: NHS tax 'bombshell' and 'Banksy' Valentine
- 17 February 2017
- From the section Scotland
Frontline services would face unsustainable pressure from a planned £30m hike in the NHS rates bill, according to health chiefs' quotes in The Herald.
The Scottish Daily Express also carries that story but claims Scotland's cash-strapped NHS faces a £150m property tax "bombshell" over the next five years after SNP ministers "ignored" pleas for help when planned business rate changes take affect.
Also on the issue, the Scottish Daily Mail says that the "farce" of Scotland's business rates "fiasco" has been exposed after it emerged online retail giant Amazon is to receive a tax break while "struggling" High Street retailers face a tax hike.
In other news, the Scottish Parliament has been "overlooked" in the role it will play taking on widespread new powers returning to the UK after Brexit, writes The Scotsman. The paper also features a story on its front page about a Banksy-inspired sculpture that appeared overnight at the Scott Monument in Edinburgh and claims the work was a Valentine's Day gesture for artist Grantsy's wife.
Meanwhile, The National claims that a leaked European Parliament negotiating document has concluded that Brussels is ready to do a separate Brexit deal with Scotland.
Amazon and Apple are profiting from an anti-vaccination documentary directed by the discredited former doctor Andrew Wakefield, writes The Times.
The i newspaper says a £1bn plan to boost Glasgow has been given approval by the city council after proposals were put forward for a new Glasgow University campus extension.
The Scottish Sun says Eastenders' star Danny Dyer has been forced to suddenly quit the soap to "sort his life out".
A woman who the Daily Record claims was once linked to the anti-English group Settler Watch, has passed the SNP's vetting process for council candidates, according to the paper.
Inspectors have warned that vulnerable children in Moray are being put at risk because the authority is failing to identify those living with neglectful parents, writes the Press and Journal.