What will it mean for my family?
Children enter the care system for many reasons and the support they receive is just as varied.Whether there because of neglect, poor parenting, parental addiction or other circumstances, all are young people who need care and protection.
IT is to be hoped that a cure can soon be found for the island of Cumbrae's medical ills.
THE benefits of providing a free, nutritious meal for all school pupils are widely accepted.
Prepare for the love-bombs.
In 2010, ahead of the launch of the new Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) , many teachers raised concerns about their preparedness for the reforms.
When the new home of Glasgow's Sikh community opened last April, it immediately became a central part of life in the city for Sikhs and many non-Sikhs alike.
IT was the immigration invasion that never was.
IT would be a very simple New Year's resolution for the Prime Minister to make.
There was a time when it seemed as if first-time buyers would be kept off the property ladder forever.
Purchasing an annuity to provide an income in retirement is probably the most important financial decision an individual can ever make.
It was a sad night for the people of Linlithgow when the Star and Garter pub burned down in 2010.
It may come as little surprise to Scottish Nationalists that, in the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher's government sought to conceal cuts of tens of millions of pounds from Scotland's budget.
THE canon of singer-songwriter PJ Harvey includes the critically-acclaimed album Let England Shake.
It is one of Scotland's comforting myths that older people are better cared for north of the Border thanks to the policy of free elderly care.
It would be tempting to welcome the news that the number of young people qualifying to drive in Scotland has fallen.
It is only natural for a representative of a sector that relies on public money to call for more of it, but Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), has a point in raising concerns about the funding of Scottish colleges.
What is the most important trait in a good Prime Minister?
WELCOME to the start of what will be one of the most auspicious years in this nation's history, a story this newspaper has been proud to report for more than 230 years.
We've all said it.
On the first day of the year, we have the first poll of the year and in many ways it only appears to add to the uncertainty over exactly how the SNP is performing ahead of the referendum in September.
SERIOUS assaults against teachers in Scotland, like that which cost one the permanent loss of their peripheral vision, are to be deplored for a variety of reasons.
News that Scotland's small and medium enterprises are hiring again is further confirmation that the economy is on the mend.
ONCE again, Scots could be showing the way ahead for the rest of the world.
Picture the scene.
In the first few days of 2013, The Herald reported on the high level of personal insolvencies and warned that household debt had reached a crisis level in Scotland.
Now that The Herald, finally, has seen Police Scotland's targets for its first year - despite the force refusing to release them under a freedom of information (FOI) request - the question now is:
If next year was to be notable for simply the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup and the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War it would still be a massively important one for Scotland.
For anyone to discover they have contracted a chronic disease is troubling enough, but to find that they have probably caught it in their local hospital's emergency department after attending for unrelated reasons must make a distressing situation even worse.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the world's poorest country, life expectancy is 49.