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  • Scotland, like the rest of the UK, has an aging population and limited resources for health and social care. Meeting this demographic’s care needs is already a challenge which is having a major impact on hospital beds across the country.…

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  • Until recently, much of the law relating to partnerships in the UK was contained in two statutes enacted over a century ago (the Partnerships Act 1890 and the Limited Partnerships Act 1907). …

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  • The 2013 Court of Session case of Archid Architecture and Interior Design v Dundee City Council highlights the inadequacies in the service currently being provided by planning authorities in Scotland at a time when the Scottish Government has recently announced it is raising planning fees with a new maximum fee of £125,000 for major applications.

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  • Following the introduction of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), charitable trustees must now consider whether they will need to put due diligence procedures in place to ascertain the tax residence of grant recipients. The CRS follows the approach of FATCA, which was introduced by the United States to ensure that US citizens are disclosing their worldwide income to the Internal Revenue Service. However, whilst the legislation that enacted FATCA in the UK exempted charities, the CRS has no such concessions. As a result, charities that are classified as “financial institutions”, most commonly because over half of their income is earned through managed investments, will require to report any payments they make to beneficiaries that are tax-resident in Reportable Jurisdictions under the CRS.…

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  • Whilst the Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) and the Dividend Allowance were introduced on the 6th April last year, it will only be when 2016/17 Tax Returns are prepared over the next 9 months that the true impact will be seen. The introduction has however meant that those who wish to save, but are on low incomes, will receive an additional boost to savings. …

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  • On the face of it an invitation to a ‘death café’ may not seem the most appetising, however as it is Dying Awareness Week (8-15 May) they are popping up all over the UK. The idea behind a Death Cafe is to encourage people to talk about death, bereavement and dying well and remove the taboo. …

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  • According to Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government Minister for business, innovation and energy, Scotland met its 2020 target for the production of 500MW of community and locally owned renewable capacity 5 years early. The Scottish Government has now set a new target for community and locally owned renewable energy of 1GW by 2020 and 2 GW by 2030. …

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  • Modern life depends on reliable electricity supplies. But as the balance between supply and demand gets increasingly complicated to juggle significant investment is required to secure that reliability in the future. …

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  • I was approached by a client involved in social projects as a scientist. He had come up with a project to seek to meet some of the aims of India in its need to provide around 110million toilets by 2019. Why? - to provide privacy for women in rural areas and to improve hygiene facilities across India in underdeveloped areas.…

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  • The issue of ownership of the mineral interest in any site on which construction or development is proposed can be an important one and should be borne in mind at the outset of a project. It is naive to assume that all titles cover the property interests in a site a coelo usque ad centrum - from the heavens to the centre of the earth. …

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