Scotland

Scotland's papers: Council tax 'fury' and 'Candy Crush' killer

Holyrood Finance Secretary Derek Mackay handed cash-strapped councils a spending boost in his budget, pledging to up their funds by just over £240m, reports The Scotsman.

By contrast, The Herald writes that the SNP has been accused of "setting a dangerous precedent" which could damage the economy after pushing ahead with plans to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK.

Tax experts have agreed that Mr Mackay set out a "safety first" draft budget in Holyrood, according to The National.

However, The Times Scotland writes that SNP ministers have been accused of holding councils to ransom after unveiling a budget that opponents said would lead to tax increases and cuts to local services.

Households across Scotland are facing the prospect of paying higher council tax bills from April after the SNP cut the amount of money going directly to local authorities in its draft budget, says the i paper.

The Scottish Daily Mail mocks up a picture of Derek Mackay as Dickens' character Scrooge and says he has unveiled a "bitter package of tax hikes to clobber middle income Scots".

The finance secretary has hit middle class Scots with an £80m bill in his budget, according to the Scottish Daily Express.

The other story dominating Scotland's front pages is the conviction of Sandra Weir for the killing of 82-year-old Mary Logie. The Scottish Sun features CCTV images of Weir in a chemist shop after battering the pensioner to death with a rolling pin.

The Daily Record calls Weir the Candy Crush killer after it emerged she had played the game on her mobile phone after carrying out the murder.

Amir Khan's family have been tipped to make a Kardashian-style reality show following their volatile public rows, reports the Daily Star of Scotland.

A waiter convicted of armed robbery at a house in the Highlands has been jailed for almost seven years, reports The Press and Journal.

Bosses at NHS Tayside have defended an £87,000 pay rise despite a £214m black hole at the health authority, according to the front page of The Courier.

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