Scottish businesses propose reduction in public bodies, sale of unused government buildings, and freeze in civil service recruitment as alternatives to tax increases. Northern Ireland officials consider closing parts of rail network and increasing charges for school dinners and home-to-school transport.
Why it matters
The proposed measures could have significant implications for public services and taxation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, potentially impacting businesses and citizens.
What the papers say
The Times emphasizes the Scottish Retail Consortium's plea for a frugal approach to public spending, while BBC News highlights Sinn Féin's accusation of using revenue-raising proposals to pressure the Democratic Unionist Party to return to power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
How we got here
The Scottish Retail Consortium has submitted proposals to MSPs, while Northern Ireland officials are considering measures to address the ongoing financial crisis.
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