- Former First Minister Alex Salmond has said he believes Scotland will vote to be independent within four years as a result of Brexit.
- The Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns about changes to the way Freedom of Information requests are handled in Scotland.
- Nearly half of Brits want Theresa May to quit before the next election according to a new opinion poll for the Independent.
- Ministers are being urged to make Scotland a world leader in fighting “period poverty” by making sanitary products free for those who need them. Scottish Labour’s Monica Lennon has lodged a proposal and consultation for a period poverty bill.
- The latest figures from Bank of Scotland’s PMI have found the country’s private sector has grown at its fastest pace in nearly three years.
- New HMRC figures show that Scottish salmon exports have reached a record value of £346m in the first half of 2017 – up 70% on the same period last year.
- Footfall on Scotland’s high streets has dropped by 0.4% in July compared to last year – with nearly one in 10 Scottish retail outlets sitting vacant.
- SQA results published last week showed the pass rate for Higher exams dipped slightly but the total number of passes remained above 150,000 for a third successive year.
- Almost one in five parents say bullying is their top concern as children return to Scottish schools this week, according to research by Action for Children Scotland.
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
- Proposals to create a zero-carbon country have been published by Scottish Labour.
- Scotland’s biggest airports recorded their busiest ever month on record in July, with nearly 2.5 million passengers using the country’s two main hubs.
- More than 340,000 passengers passed through Edinburgh Waverley during the first weekend of the Edinburgh festivals, ScotRail has revealed.
- The number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour on flights or at UK airports increased by 50% in the last year, new figures obtained by BBC Panorama reveal.
- Skye’s MP has urged Highland Council to help the island cope with the influx of summer visitors – claiming recent comments that Skye is “bursting at the seams” could damage the island’s economy.