- Business leaders are “fed up” with Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for independence says the chief executive of bottled water firm Highland Spring.
- For those needing a refresh of activity over the last year, the BBC has compiled a yearly review of parliamentary business at Holyrood.
- An independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre report has indicated that education spending in Scotland has slumped by more than £1,000 per pupil in secondary schools.
- The Scottish economy is still suffering the effects of a fall in the price of oil and gas, Scotland’s employability minister Jamie Hepburn has said. However, the latest Fraser of Allander figures suggests much – but not all- of the slowdown could be attributed to the oil price.
- The UK’s growth prospects have been downgraded as a result of Brexit and political uncertainty, indicating that UK economic growth will sink to its lowest levels since the 2008 financial crash.
- A new HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination programme is now being offered to men who have sex with men in Scotland.
- Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing has said4% of EU farm payments were made before the midnight deadline, meaning the Scottish Government has avoided potential fines from the European Commission.
- A detailed study into how a deposit-return scheme for bottles and cans would work has been commissioned by the Scottish Government.
- According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Business Monitoring report, the weakening pound sterling has provided a boost to Scottish tourism and exports.
- Transport minister Humza Yousaf is to unveil plans for a public sector bid to take over Scotland’s railways in 2025. The move has been welcomed by Scottish Labour and Railfuture Scotland, a group that represents rail passengers.
- New legislation has now come into force which makes it easier to prosecute ‘revenge porn’ in Scotland, with those convicted of sharing images facing up to five years in prison.
- Official growth figures will be published on Wednesday, revealing whether Scotland is in recession following shrinking growth in the last quarter of 2016.
- The Scottish Government will begin publishing all FOI responses online.
- The Scottish Parliament is now in recess.