Scotland

Scotland's front pages: Sugar tax and North Sea bonanza

Coverage of George Osborne's budget dominates all of Thursday's front pages. The Scotsman says that the Scottish government has signalled that the country's middle classes are likely to lose out on George Osborne's tax breaks for the better paid.

The National quotes Scotland's finance minister John Swinney, who says George Osborne's budget will leave Scotland with a £1bn black hole.

Sugary drinks, including Irn-Bru, are to be hit with a levy to tackle childhood obesity in new measures announced by the chancellor, writes The Herald.

The Times says that George Osborne is to put a £520m-a-year tax on fizzy drinks as part of a budget that raids big business to fund giveaways for middle-class workers and savers.

The print edition of the Scottish Daily Mail claims that Scots are to be hit with the highest taxes in the UK as the SNP threatened to cancel the "biggest middle-class giveaway in 30 years".

The chancellor sweetened a speech heavy on austerity with a £532m "Irn-Bru tax" on fizzy drinks to protect kids' health, is how the Daily Record describes the levy on sugary drinks.

The Scottish Sun describes Mr Osborne as the "Irn Brute" and writes that he declared war on the brand when he slapped a surprise sugar tax on soft drinks.

George Osborne also announced major tax cuts for North Sea oil and gas companies in his budget, writes The Press and Journal, calling the cuts a "bonanza".

Edinburgh's £1bn City Deal has been given a major boost after the chancellor confirmed detailed negotiations were set to begin, reports the Evening News.

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