Scotland

Scotland's papers: Paupers' funerals and 'fantastic' Rowling

Bereaved Scots face a postcode lottery when claiming funeral costs, after research showed the help available to the poorest in society can vary by £1,552 depending on where you live, reports the i paper.

The National claims Labour has given up the fight against a hard Brexit, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell saying the party will not oppose the triggering of Article 50, while Kezia Dugdale's MSPs say they now only want access rather than membership of the single market.

The Times Scotland writes that Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that politics were at the forefront of her mind as she wrote the script for her new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which had its premiere in London last night.

Scottish universities will use their world class reputation to secure a greater international foothold in the wake of Brexit, reports The Herald, which says principals will pursue a range of options including the possibility of building campuses in European countries for the first time and greater use of online courses.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned of a sharp rise in the cost of living - despite a drop in inflation last month, writes The Scotsman.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims that pre-school children are spending more than four hours a day "glued" to screens when TV is included, and they use iPads or other devices - for an average of 71 minutes a day.

British taxpayers still give China and India millions of pounds a year despite government messages about ending direct aid because neither booming economy needs it, according to the front page of the Scottish Daily Express.

The Daily Record reports on the case of a woman who faces court action after telling a psychiatrist she felt like killing the man who killed her brother.

A "shocked" Jeremy Clarkson was kicked off a flight by an Argentinian airport worker, says The Scottish Sun, which says the former Top Gear host later reported the official to police.

"Hungry pals" Carol Vorderman and Scarlett Moffatt were forced to eat "vile creations" in a Bake Off-themed Bushtucker Trial on the set of I'm a Celebrity, reports the Daily Star of Scotland

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