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Severe weather can cause a range of problems - but you can be ready for them. By doing a few small things now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later on:
“Making sure you are prepared now for winter can make a huge difference when extreme weather hits. "
David Miller, Director of the British Red Cross in Scotland
On September 19, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin had agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Government has submitted the proposals it would want to see.
"I firmly believe that Scotland should be an independent country. However, I accept the result of the referendum and acknowledge that independence will not be the result of the Smith Commission process."
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
A record number of people in Scotland are being offered a free vaccine as part of the national seasonal flu immunisation programme.
Find out more at the Immunisation Scotland website or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.
“Together we should make sure we get all the protection we can so that everyone in Scotland can have a safer, healthier winter."
Dr Nicola Steedman, Scottish Government’s Senior Medical Officer
In Scotland we use over 800 million new single-use carrier bags every year – more per head than anywhere else in the UK.
Shoppers are being encouraged to remember reusable bags to avoid a 5p minimum charge for single-use carrier bags which comes into force on October 20.
A referendum on independence was held on Thursday, September 18, 2014.
Page updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014