Charges for calling 101 police non-emergency number SCRAPPED
Charges for calling the 101 police non-emergency number are to be scrapped from April 2020, it is reported. Telecoms companies had previously been urged to ditch the 15p cost after Vodafone pledged to scrap the charge for its pay-as-you-go users earlier this month. The Home Office urged other companies to follow the lead, and the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that £5 million has been pledged to make the service free. Baroness Newlove, the outgoing Victims Commissioner, had recommended reviewing the cost of calls to the non-emergency number to see whether they should be free.
Adult volunteers needed to promote understanding of policing among young people
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in Dundee are looking for adult volunteers.
The aim of the PSYV is the promotion of a practical understanding of policing among all young people. It also wants to encourage a spirit of adventure among young people, and inspire them to participate positively in their communities.
Smacking ban a `positive and necessary step´, says MSP
Introducing legislation to ban smacking children in Scotland is a “positive and necessary step”, according to the MSP behind the proposal.
A member’s Bill has been put forward at Holyrood by Scottish Green MSP John Finnie which would remove the defence of “justifiable assault” in Scots law, which allows parents to use physical punishment on children.