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The Scottish budget is front and center in many newspapers on Friday after John Swinney delivered the plan at Holyrood. “Tax rises by half a million” says The Scotsman as it focuses on income tax rises, designed to put money into the NHS.

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“NHS vows tax hike” was the Metro headline. It highlights the rise in income tax for the top two rates which it says will raise an extra £1bn for the health service. There will be a penny added to the top and top tax rates, bringing them to 42p and 47p respectively.

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The i explains that anyone earning more than £46,662 will be worse off under the new tax plan. It also highlights the announcement that money earmarked for indyref2 has been diverted to the Scottish Government’s poverty reform scheme.

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The Herald calls the budget an “attack on the middle class” and says it has led to Nicola Sturgeon flouting a moratorium on income tax rates until 2026. The newspaper describes a “chaotic scene” in the room after John Swinney was forced to apologize over the key. figures from his plan were leaked to the BBC.

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The Telegraph describes the “outrage” as average workers learn they will pay hundreds more in tax next year. Rates will rise from April as households struggle with the cost of living, the newspaper said. It is also said that Scotland has been confirmed as the highest taxed region in the UK.

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“Make it count” urges Daily Record, hails penny rise to boost NHS. It also highlights the increase in benefits for the poorest households. The paper said Treasury Secretary John Swinney had been warned to use the extra money wisely or face a backlash from those asked to pay more.

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The Scottish Daily Express warns of a “brain drain” as the Scottish budget creates a wide income tax gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK. It lists the lowering of the higher tax threshold to £125,000.

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The decision to divert money from the independence referendum plan has been praised by The National. The paper said Yes activists had welcomed the relaunch, but Alba leader Alex Salmond said it was a “red flag”.

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“Sturgeon punishes central Scotland” is the Scottish Daily Mail’s take on the financial plan. It also focuses on broken promises, the tax gap with the rest of the UK and warnings from business leaders about immigration to high-profile investors.

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The Times covers the budget but its story is the other big story in 24 hours – the fall of the second part of the Netflix release of the Sussexes. It shows the Prince and Princess of Wales showing off together at a concert on Thursday evening, just hours after Prince Harry accused his brother of “screaming and shouting at him”, reports said. the newspaper.

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“Traitor and duty” reported The Scottish Sun, saying the Sussexes had “declared war” after calling the monarch a “liar” and Prince William a “screaming bully”. The front page story said Prince Harry “though he said he deserved an apology” from his family.

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The shortage of antibiotics due to the outbreak of Strep A is the main story of The Courier. It says that local parents may have to use other drugs to treat children. It reports that the Scottish government has issued a supply alert for doctors and pharmacists across the country.

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In “distressed” P&J family describe how burst pipes in their new home “wreak havoc” on their property a week after moving in and days before Christmas. Homes in Inchmarlo had to be evacuated after water started pouring into lighting fixtures.

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The Edinburgh Evening News is paying tribute to Edinburgh chef Paul Kitching, who died suddenly this week. He ran the five-star restaurant 21212 with his friend Katie O’Brien who reported the sad news on social media.

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“Drug binge duo” jailed over Scott Hector’s death makes Evening Express front page.

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The Glasgow Times has a few front page stories on Friday, the first being a killer who posted a photo of his victim after stabbing him.

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And the Evening Telegraph shares an appeal for more volunteers to help the Samaritans, as the charity reveals its service has “never been bigger”.

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