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Louise White asks: How hard is it to get care home funding in Scotland?

BBC Scotland has further evidence that Scots are being wrongly charged for care home costs. An expert has looked at one case and concluded that the patient would qualify for tens of thousands of pounds of funding if they lived in England, whereas here in Scotland she has been repeatedly turned down and is being forces to sell her home. Last year we revealed how the number of people who are having their care home costs funded by the NHS because they need nursing care is falling Scotland, whereas it is rising in England.

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20140121

Louise White asks whether children should be banned from buying energy drinks.

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20140124

Kaye Adams asks if it's down to women to deal with unwanted male advances. Call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295.

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20140127

Older people's charity Royal Voluntary Service has conducted new research which shows that more than 1million people over the age of 65 say that Sunday is the loneliest day of the week.

Sunday is the loneliest day for 1 million people across Britain. Louise White asks who is to blame? Call 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

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20140403

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20140416

Only 8% of people losing their sight are offered counselling, Louise asks, is there enough support for people losing their vision? Text 80295, Call 0500 92 95 00.

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Kirsty Wark gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20140429

Rob Maclean gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20140512

20140512

TOPIC 1: PENSIONS

Plans to increase the pension age to 67 in the UK should not apply in Scotland, says Pension's Rights Secretary Shona Robison, because we have lower life expectancy. Robison says that this unfairly disadvantages Scots, particularly those living in our most deprived areas. She says that Scotland should have a lower pension age relatively to the rest of the UK however opponents say that pensions are more affordable as part of a larger UK pool.

Louise asks: Should Scotland have a lower pension age than the rest of the UK?

TOPIC 2: MILEY CYRUS

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour hit the UK last week with swearing, skimpy outfits and suggestive dance moves leaving some parents with a bad taste in their mouths. She'll be performing at the Hydro in Glasgow on Monday evening (her only Scottish date).

Louise asks: Would you let your child go to see Miley Cyrus tonight?

Extra Question:

The Caledonian Etape was in Piotlochry this weekend with more than 5000 cyclists taking part in the 81 mile road event. We want to know the best cycle route you've ever ridden?

20140616

20140616

Almost two thirds of Scottish football fans want to see the ban on alcohol at games lifted, a new study has found. The Supporters Direct Scotland National Football Survey of almost 3000 fans found almost 62% were in favour of lifting the alcohol ban.

However the majority of women (51.5%) who responded were against ending the restriction, which was introduced following rioting during the Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden in 1980

Louise asks: Should we call time on the football booze ban?

Forced marriage will be criminalised across the UK on Monday but agencies in Scotland warn that it's a dangerous step that will force victims underground. Not only is the danger from family members but from the bounty hunters they pay to track people down.

An estimated 8,000 women in the UK are forced into marriage each year. Cases have been reported from a range of communities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Jews.

A record 83 honour-based violence cases were referred to Police Scotland in the past year.

Louise White asks: Is legislation the answer to forced marriage?What do you think? Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20140623

20140623

Lorry drivers in the North could create a rolling blockade on the A9 amid growing frustration over the introduction of Average Speed cameras in the highlands. Motorists using the A9 Inverness-Perth route have reported longer journey times as cars react to the sight of the cameras even though they are not fully operational yet. The installation of average speed cameras though is already encouraging drivers to slow down on the A9 Perth-Inverness road. Transport Scotland said previous figures showed one in three drivers exceeded the speed limit between Perth and Pitlochry, but this has fallen to one in 10. Measures to reduce driver frustration are also moving forward, with the Scottish Parliament having approved legislation to increase the speed limit for HGVs from 40mph to 50mph on single carriageway sections of the road when cameras become operational in October.

Louise asks: Will Average Speed cameras make the A9 safer?

A Glasgow City Council report has called for tougher regulations to tackle problem gambling after it emerged that gamblers are spending more than £500,000 in fixed odd betting machines across the city.

It also renews calls for the Scottish Government to amend planning legislation to give councils more power to halt the clustering of betting shops in communities.

The World Cup is well under way and with so many websites and phone apps at our fingertips, it is easier than ever to gamble.

Louise White asks: Do we need to make it tougher to gamble?

Also, Eric Clapton upset fans at the Hydro in Glasgow this weekend by walking off stage due to technical difficulties - we want to know the worst gig you've ever been to?

Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

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20140624

TOPIC 1: FUNERAL COSTS

Scots are struggling to pay the growing cost of burying their loved ones which is up 70% in a decade. The average cost of a basic funeral in Scotland today is £3,240, a rise of 7% year on year since 2004 according to Citizen's Advice Scotland. Complaints to the consumer watchdog have risen by more than a quarter in the past year. A spokesman for the National Association of Funeral Directors said most rises were a result of council levies for burial and cremations, "outside of the funeral director's control".

Louise asks: Are funeral costs spiralling out of control?

TOPIC 2: SWEARING

One quarter of parents have admitted to turning the air blue while driving with their children in the car, a YouGov Scotland wide poll to coincide with the Kids in the Car campaign has suggested. Kids in the Car is a new Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland initiative to discuss the influence their behaviour behind the wheel can have on their children's behaviour when they take to the wheel in the future.

Louise asks: Would you swear in front of your kids in the car?

Extra Question:

Ostrich kebabs are now available as part of Tesco's Barbeque range - we'd like to hear about the most exotic thing you've eaten and tell us what it tasted like?

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20140702

TOPIC 1: ANTIBIOTICS

Prime Minister David Cameron has called for global action to tackle the growing threat of diseases becoming resistant to antibiotics. Mr Cameron says that current antibiotics are over-used, and is starting an independent review to see how new drugs can be created. It is estimated that drug-resistant strains of bacteria are responsible for 5,000 deaths a year in the UK and 25,000 deaths a year in Europe. Antibiotics have been an incredible success story, but bacteria eventually develop resistance through mutation. Without antibiotics a whole raft of surgical procedures would be imperilled, from hip replacements to cancer chemotherapy and organ transplants. Before antibiotics, many women died after childbirth after developing a simple bacterial infection.

Louise asks: Are we over reliant on antibiotics?

TOPIC 2: BENEFIT SANCTIONS

According to a new report from Citizens Advice Scotland, thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped. A new report published Tuesday 1st July suggests that many people hit by benefit 'sanctions' are forced into poverty and ill health.

Louise asks: Can benefits 'sanctions' ever work?

EXTRA QUESTION:

The search is on to find the elusive person with the initials W.R. who may have been Rabbie Burns' mentor - We'd like to know about who has been an inspiration in your life?

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TOPIC 1: DEPRESSION

The cost of prescribing antidepressants has risen to £40 million, an increase of more than £10m on the year before. New figures have revealed that soaring numbers of the drugs were dispensed during the last 12 months, with nearly 5.5 million items given to patients in 2013/14, up by 275,000 compared to the previous year. Official statistics also show that the drugs were dispensed to 747,158 patients in Scotland in 2012/13, an increase of 28,828 people on the previous year. A range of experts have said alternatives such as counselling and encouraging a healthy lifestyle and other social changes could be more suitable.

Louise asks: Do we need a fresh approach to tackle depression?

TOPIC 2: RECYCLING

Yesterday the EU announced new recycling targets of 70% of all waste for 2030. This adds pressure to the target that Scotland has set for itself of 70% by 2025. Our levels of recycling are currently growing very slowly in Scotland at 41.2% and stagnating in England and Wales at 43.2%. This is a long way the target. South Ayrshire council are proposing to fit it's dustcarts with satellite tracking devices and monitoring modules to pinpoint households failing to recycle their food waste. Faced with figures showing only 50% of the projected amount of recycling of food waste, the council will now be able to identify specific households who are failing to recycle properly.

Louise asks: Is it time to get tough on recycling?

EXTRA QUESTION

A landscape gardener cut the words MARRY ME on the lawn of the hotel where his partner worked to propose to her - we want to hear your proposal stories?

20140710

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20140721

TOPIC 1: CONGESTION CHARGES

The prospect of congestion charges for motorists entering Scotland's town and cities has been raised by a new initiative aimed at making high streets more pedestrian friendly. Congestion charging was rejected by Edinburgh residents a decade ago and the latest move has been branded "stupid and absurd" by critics. Council chiefs across the country will be asked to consider the charges as part of a wider blueprint to regenerate shopping streets in town centres. Ministers want to see all local authorities draw up their own plans, with the prospect of more pedestrianized areas and a further roll-out of 20mph zones.

Kaye asks: Should we give the Green Light to Congestion Charges in Scotland's towns and cities?

TOPIC 2: OBESITY

Obesity could be classified as a disability under EU law, protecting morbidly overweight workers who suffer discrimination at work. The advocate general of the European court of justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg issued a preliminary ruling after a Danish child minder claimed he was dismissed from work after reportedly being unable to bend down to tie up shoelaces. The ruling said that those who have a BMI of more than 40 could be considered disabled. A healthy BMI score, which is based on weight and height, is between 18 and 25.

Kaye asks: Should obesity be classed as a disability?

Extra Question

The leaders of the referendum debate have been asked for about the most played tracks on their Ipods - Alistair darling said Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and Nicola Sturgeon said Pride by Amy MacDonald - what's yours?

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Should we be concerned by the rise in complaints against Doctors and nurses? Kaye is taking your calls on 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

A rise in complaints against doctors reflects the role of social media and negative press coverage of the medical profession, according to a report commissioned by the General Medical Council.

Complaints by the public against doctors doubled between 2007 and 2012 (nearly trebled in Scotland) and a research team from Plymouth University was asked to investigate the increase. The GMC said there was no evidence of falling standards in the profession.

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Kaye Adams asks listeners if they are excited about the 2014 Commonwealth Games or if they just cannot raise the enthusiasm.

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After last night's opening Ceremony at Celtic park, we're opening the phone lines and asking what you thought of the show? More than a billion eyes were on Glasgow last night watching the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Did you see it? What did you think? Did it represent us the way you would want?

Kaye asks: Did you see the opening ceremony and what did you think?

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Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the referendum? Kaye Adams takes your calls on 0500929500. Text 80295. You can email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk

Two prisoners in Scotland, serving life sentences, have challenged the ban that prevents them from voting in the independence referendum. The hearing is expected to last all Thursday, with a very speedy judgment - possibly on the day.

Scots-born Andrew Gillon and Leslie Moohan have already had their case rejected by judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. They claim that the voting ban infringes their human rights.

Justices will debate whether provisions banning prisoner voting are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and whether they breach the common law right to vote.

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TOPIC 1: GAMES DISRUPTION

It was a massive weekend for Glasgow's Commonwealth games with an estimated 700,000 visitors to the city. Whilst this has seen a boost for the hospitality sector, it hasn't all gone smoothly, as there have been delays surrounding the road closures for the marathon, and the late arrival of park and ride buses, meant some ticket holders missed the start of the athletics at Hampden. We want to hear from people who have travelled from all over the country to spectate and from locals about their experiences.

Cathy asks: How are you coping with the Commonwealth games?

TOPIC 2: WOMEN'S BOXING

Boxing history will be made today as women's boxing will be included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time. It follows on from the inclusion of women's boxing in the Olympic Games in London two years ago. Later today, we'll see gold-medallist Nicola Adams take the ring. NB - we will be talking to Nicola's mum at 0925am arranged via Geoff

Cathy asks: How would you feel if your daughter wanted to be a boxer?

Extra Question:

A record number of 59 Scottish parks will fly a Green Flag this year after being awarded the environmental honour by keep Scotland Beautiful, we want hear where you would say is Scotland's best park?

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20140729

TOPIC 1: STOP AND SEARCH

Campaigners have renewed their warnings over children being targeted for stop and searches after it emerged that one in six people frisked in a low-crime suburb were under 16. East Dunbartonshire had the highest proportion of youth stops of any council with 17.5% of the people searched under 16. Bryan Evans assistant director for Children 1st in the West of Scotland said "Children and young people need to be able to build trust and respect with the police. Being viewed with suspicion could undermine their confidence in this vital area."

Louise asks: Does stop and search affect your trust in the police?

TOPIC 2: TACKLING GERMS

Scientists have found using a 'fist bump' instead of a handshake can reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses by up to 90 per cent. Even swapping the firm handshake for a gentler briefer shake could have a significant impact on reducing the spread of infections such as MRSA.

Louise asks: Is it time to end the handshake if we want to fight germs?

Extra Question:

Our reliance on sat-nav technology means that 38% of Scots don't know how to read a map to navigate. We want to know when was the last time you used a map?

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20140730

TOPIC 1: DRIVERLESS CARS

The government is today announcing plans to put driverless cars on public roads as early as January 2015. The British Army already uses autonomous vehicles, supplied by automotive design specialist MIRA, which is also developing systems for civilian use. However, the biggest hurdle may not be the technology, a survey published on Sunday found the majority of UK adults (56%) say they would not purchase a driverless car and one in four (25%) believe that autonomous vehicles will not be safe. Almost three in 10 (28%) believe that both commuting times and breakdowns. Only 8% of respondents had no fears about self-driving cars. However, there is good news, two in five (42%) people believe that both carbon emissions and fuel consumption will decrease with the introduction of driverless cars.

Louise asks: Would you welcome driverless cars in your street?

TOPIC 2: PARASPORTS

Scotland's para-sports men and woman have been very successful at the commonwealth games with three gold medals as of today. The commonwealth games are unique in that the para-sport events are fully integrated into games events with the other athletes competing at the same time. Scotland's para sports athletes have found success in cycling, swimming and athletics so far with many of our athletes massively exceeding their own expectations.

Louise asks: Will Scotland's success in para sports help change attitudes towards disability?

Extra Question:

Teetotal gold medallists Libby Clegg and Mikail Huggins celebrated their win with a bottle of sparkling water - we want to hear about the most recent thing you celebrated and how did you do it?

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TOPIC 1: DELIVERY CHARGES

Parcel delivery firms are to be given a "statement of principles" to try to improve things for people in remote parts of the UK who face high delivery charges. Consumer affairs minister Jo Swinson, who will make the announcement in Glasgow today, will set out best practice for businesses - including couriers, e-retailers and parcel delivery firms - to make sure delivery charges for consumers in remote communities, such as the Highlands and Islands, are more transparent. Margaret Lynch, chief executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, which has campaigned on the issue, said: "This UK-wide statement is recognition that unfair prices and practices for parcels should not and will not be tolerated by consumers, regardless of where they live and where they choose to buy their goods from."

Louise asks: When it comes to deliveries are you being punished by your postcode?

TOPIC 2: SIBLING RIVALRY

More than a dozen family pairings are competing in this summer's Games from swimming to athletics, cycling to gymnastics, badminton to bowls.

Relationships are complex but experts say it's not their urge to fight that has seen repeated podium finishes for brothers and sisters in Glasgow 2014, Instead, it's the ability to work together which is giving them the edge over their opponents.

Louise asks: Has sibling rivalry helped or hindered you in life?

Extra Question

The Brownies are heading to Downing Street today as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations - we want to hear your Brownies memories.

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It has been hailed as the greatest games ever, on Morning Call this morning we want to hear what you thought of the Commonwealth games and also what you feel the legacy will be for Glasgow?

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TOPIC 1: COUNCIL EXECS PAY

Tax Payers Alliance has researched Local Government pay and found 255 council staff in Scotland received over £100,000 in 2012/2013. They claim Glasgow City Council has 32 people getting over £100,000 last year. The average public sector worker earns just over £25,000. The figures include retirement payments, employer pension contributions and pay. Councils however, have questioned the figures claiming that they are vastly inflated - Glasgow City Council says only 8 people get over £100,000 and they are heads of department.

Louise asks: Do we need to pay top salaries to get the best people running our councils?

TOPIC 2: ARMY RECRUITMENT

With exam results out today, parents and school leavers across Scotland are invited to pop along to one of the Army's careers clinics to find out about the range of opportunities available. These will be held in 12 locations across Scotland over the next few days, including Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness. The Army offers school leavers the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills.

Louise asks: Would you encourage your kids to join the army?

Extra Question

Have you had your exam results through - let us know how your children and grandchildren have gotten on?

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TOPIC 1: GAZA

Glasgow City Council is flying the Palestinian flag over the city chambers today. Lord Provost of Glasgow City Council Sadie Docherty said it would be raising the flag in solidarity with people who had been affected by the conflict in Gaza. However, the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron has spoken out against the decision, saying that flying the flag does nothing to alleviate the suffering on either side of the conflict. West Dunbartonshire have already flown the flag in July and Fife Council also has plans to fly the flag for a week.

Clare asks: Should Scottish Councils be flying the Palestinian flag?

TOPIC 2: ELDERLY NEIGHBOURS

A campaign backed by Downing Street to tackle loneliness has launched across the UK. The charity, Friends of the Elderly, wants people across the country to get to know their older neighbours. It's looking to recruit thirty thousand in the first year - the equivalent of 10 people in every town, village and city across the UK.

Clare asks: When did you last make time for an elderly neighbour?

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Do we need a campaign to get us talking to elderly neighbours?

Louise White is taking your calls on 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

A campaign backed by Downing Street to tackle loneliness has launched across the UK. The charity, Friends of the Elderly, wants people across the country to get to know their older neighbours. It's looking to recruit thirty thousand in the first year - the equivalent of 10 people in every town, village and city across the UK.

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According to the Scottish Social Attitudes survey, support for independence had increased slightly compared to 2013. However the survey pointed to an increased reluctance amongst women to support independence. Just 27% of women supported independence, compared with 39% of men. This 12 point gap is double that of 2013 (6%) and is the highest ever found in a Scottish Social Attitudes survey. The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey was conducted by ScotCen Social Research between May and July.

Louise asks: Why do women appear less in favour of Independence than men?

Whether it's your gender identity or who you're attracted to - how difficult is it to 'come out'?

Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney is undergoing a sex change and now lives as a woman called Kellie. The 61-year old, who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title believed he wasn't born into the right body.

Charities have praised Kellie for her bravery and say it is 'hugely difficult' for people to tell their partners, families and colleagues. Call 0500 92 95 00.

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Professor Richard Dawkins thinks babies with Down's syndrome should be aborted. Do you? With Kaye Adams.

Evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins has recently caused controversy with comments he made on twitter regarding Down's Syndrome. He said that it would be immoral for a mother to continue with a pregnancy if the baby would be born with Down's syndrome. This tweet sparked outrage and a tirade of abuse. He justified his statement by saying that he was only expressing a scientific opinion and also what actually happened most of the time. The most recent statistics show (2013) that in England and Wales, 90% of people who are informed of a risk of having a Down's Syndrome baby have an abortion. This is down from 92% on the previous year.

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MPs should get a 9% pay rise next year as planned, the body overseeing their salaries and expenses has said. Marcial Boo, chief executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), said MPs did an important job and should not be paid a "miserly amount". Their pay will go up from £67,000 to £74,000 under IPSA's plan. The PM, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband called the hike unacceptable when it was proposed at the end of last year. But speaking to the Sunday Telegraph in his first interview since taking on the job, Mr Boo said a review of evidence had shown that economic forecasts were improving while MPs' salaries had "fallen behind" others working in comparable public sector roles.

Louise asks: Does your MP deserve a payrise?

Also, Louise White asks if you are still worried about what's in your food.

More than a year on from the horsemeat scandal, Britain is to get a new Food Crime Unit to fight the trade in fraudulent foods. Scotland is already in the process of setting up an independent body which will have more powers to crackdown. The Food (Scotland) Bill will create Food Standards Scotland, a new, independent body which will replace the UK-wide Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland.

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Business is one of the battlegrounds of the referendum campaign. Louise White asks listeners how it affects their vote.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20140924

Could you afford a four day working week? Why not call Louise White on Morning Call now and tell her what you think.

The think tank "New Economics Foundation" is proposing we all work a four day week saying the economy would flourish as a result. They also add it would lead to an increase in productivity and give a greater social cohesion.

Do you work less than 40 hours a week and would you recommend it? Whether you're employed, an employer or perhaps self- employed, give Louise a ring and let her know about your working week.

Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20140925

Louise White asks listeners if they have the appetite for another referendum and if they would send a 14-year-old to a vocational college instead of a traditional school.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Louise White asks: Do you think a warning can stop bad driving?

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has signalled that police officers will increasingly use verbal warnings to change the way many Scots behave behind the wheel. Bad drivers will be targeted as officers focus on roadside re-education.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20141107

Kaye asks if it is time to ban the public sale of fireworks? Call 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

Professor Richard Dawkins has expressed opinion that our use of fireworks in the UK is selfish because of the 'terror' they inflict on our animals - wild and domestic. He goes on to make three suggestions.

Fireworks might be restricted to certain special days in a year, such as Guy Fawkes night and New Year's Eve.

Displays should only be put on by public bodies and not any old private citizens in their own back gardens.

Allow visually appealing fireworks but put a severe restriction on noise. Quiet fireworks do exist.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20141118

TOPIC 1: SAME SEX LESSONS

A campaign to ensure all pupils are taught about same-sex marriages at Scottish Schools, has received political backing. Representatives from the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Green Party have supported the call from the Humanist Society Scotland. New guidance on sex and relationships education is currently being drawn up by the Scottish Government to reflect changes in society such as the legalisation of same sex marriage - however controversy has been sparked by the provision for schools to opt -out.

Louise asks: Should teachers be allowed to opt out of teaching about same sex marriage?

TOPIC 2: PET FOOD BANKS

The latest pet food bank in Scotland was set up last week to help poor pet owners feed their starving pets (Becky's Pet Food Bank). More than 60 volunteers have already offered to collect food donations for owners struggling to feed their pet cats and dogs. Food drop-off sites have already been secured in Edinburgh, Fife and Perthshire.

Louise asks: Would you donate to a pet food bank?

Extra Question:

Guitar Superstar Eric Clapton gave an impromptu concert in a harbour side pub on Mull - we'd like to hear about the famous faces you've spotted in your local?

20141120

A hotel which 'fined' a couple £100 for leaving a bad review is being investigated by Trading Standards - how important is a review to you? Call 0500 92 95 00.

A couple say they have been "fined" £100 by a Blackpool hotel for leaving critical comments on travel review website Trip Advisor.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson posted the negative comment after being unimpressed with the one night they spent at the Broadway Hotel.

The couple, from Whitehaven, later found £100 charged to their credit card. The hotel said its policy was to charge for "bad" reviews.

20141121

On Morning Call with Kaye Adams.

Is fracking good news for Scotland?

Chemicals giant Ineos has announced plans to invest up to £640m in shale gas exploration in the UK.

The company plans to use the gas as a raw material for its chemicals plants, including Grangemouth in Stirlingshire.

Grangemouth is currently running at a loss, but Ineos believes shale gas will transform the economics of the plant.

Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe said he wanted his company "to become the biggest player in the UK shale gas industry".

And

Will you be buying the new band aid single?

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas?, released on Monday this week was announced as the fastest selling single of the year so far after less than 24 hours on sale and is on course to score the number one spot in the charts on Sunday. Critics have said the celebrities should donate more themselves, that the song negatively portrays Africa and that the celebrity charity model is losing it's lustre.

Let Kaye know what you think - call 0500 92 95 00 text 80295 or email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk.

20141201

Should we ban Black Friday in the UK? Call Louise on 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

Black Friday, has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the UK. Originating in the US, the day has been adopted by UK retailers as a chance to attract shoppers with heavily discounted items.

And this weekend has been touted as the biggest shopping weekend of the year is upon us, with millions of Brits searching for Christmas gifts from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday.

Police were called to Tesco Extra supermarkets in Scotland after scuffles broke out among shoppers queuing for Black Friday bargains.

Critics say it's just another commercial idea we've adopted from the US - designed to make us part with our money - and that it makes us greedy.

20141201

Should we ban Black Friday in the UK? Call Louise on 0500 92 95 00. Text 80295.

Black Friday, has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the UK. Originating in the US, the day has been adopted by UK retailers as a chance to attract shoppers with heavily discounted items.

And this weekend has been touted as the biggest shopping weekend of the year is upon us, with millions of Brits searching for Christmas gifts from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday.

Police were called to Tesco Extra supermarkets in Scotland after scuffles broke out among shoppers queuing for Black Friday bargains.

Critics say it's just another commercial idea we've adopted from the US - designed to make us part with our money - and that it makes us greedy.

20141230

20141230

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20141230

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20141231

Graham Stewart gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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20150105

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150105

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150106

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150109

20150109

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150109

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150130

20150130

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150130

Kaye Adams gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Louise asks: Should the UK become the first country to legalise 3 person babies?

MPs will have a free vote this afternoon on whether to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people.

The technique aims to help women at risk of passing on serious and often life threatening genetic diseases.

Britain would be the first country to legalise the procedure and it's estimated it could help around 150 couples a year.

The technique has the backing of major scientific bodies and government support, but has been opposed by Church leaders.

And

How difficult is it to rent a good home in Scotland? That's what Louise White is asking on Morning Call.

People have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland, according to a report.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) attributed the problem to a shortage of supply after a poll found 43% of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a suitable property.

Other issues raised by people looking to rent included poor treatment by landlords and value for money.

Shelter Scotland say that a chronic shortage of affordable social housing has driven more and more people into Scotland's private rented sector.

Get in touch on 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20150203

Louise asks: Should the UK become the first country to legalise 3 person babies?

MPs will have a free vote this afternoon on whether to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people.

The technique aims to help women at risk of passing on serious and often life threatening genetic diseases.

Britain would be the first country to legalise the procedure and it's estimated it could help around 150 couples a year.

The technique has the backing of major scientific bodies and government support, but has been opposed by Church leaders.

And

How difficult is it to rent a good home in Scotland? That's what Louise White is asking on Morning Call.

People have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland, according to a report.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) attributed the problem to a shortage of supply after a poll found 43% of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a suitable property.

Other issues raised by people looking to rent included poor treatment by landlords and value for money.

Shelter Scotland say that a chronic shortage of affordable social housing has driven more and more people into Scotland's private rented sector.

Get in touch on 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20150203

20150203

Louise asks: Should the UK become the first country to legalise 3 person babies?

MPs will have a free vote this afternoon on whether to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people.

The technique aims to help women at risk of passing on serious and often life threatening genetic diseases.

Britain would be the first country to legalise the procedure and it's estimated it could help around 150 couples a year.

The technique has the backing of major scientific bodies and government support, but has been opposed by Church leaders.

And

How difficult is it to rent a good home in Scotland? That's what Louise White is asking on Morning Call.

People have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland, according to a report.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) attributed the problem to a shortage of supply after a poll found 43% of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a suitable property.

Other issues raised by people looking to rent included poor treatment by landlords and value for money.

Shelter Scotland say that a chronic shortage of affordable social housing has driven more and more people into Scotland's private rented sector.

Get in touch on 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20150203

Louise asks: Should the UK become the first country to legalise 3 person babies?

MPs will have a free vote this afternoon on whether to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people.

The technique aims to help women at risk of passing on serious and often life threatening genetic diseases.

Britain would be the first country to legalise the procedure and it's estimated it could help around 150 couples a year.

The technique has the backing of major scientific bodies and government support, but has been opposed by Church leaders.

And

How difficult is it to rent a good home in Scotland? That's what Louise White is asking on Morning Call.

People have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland, according to a report.

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) attributed the problem to a shortage of supply after a poll found 43% of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a suitable property.

Other issues raised by people looking to rent included poor treatment by landlords and value for money.

Shelter Scotland say that a chronic shortage of affordable social housing has driven more and more people into Scotland's private rented sector.

Get in touch on 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20150204

20150204

Do you expect to be seen in A&E within 4 hours?

You can call 0500 92 95 00. Or Text 80295.

New figures suggest Scotland's accident and emergency departments treated 91% of patients within four hours between October and December.

This compares to 94% in the previous quarter and is slightly worse than England's performance of 92.6%.

Scottish Government targets are for at least 95% of A&E patients to be seen, admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

NHS Lanarkshire had the worst average figure over the period - at 85.5%.

And Aberdeen has been named Scotland's most dismal town - Do awards help or hinder your local area?

Aberdeen has won the unwanted title of the most dismal town in Scotland according to an architecture magazine. Urban Realm magazine said Aberdeen had become the "poor relation" of Scotland's cities as it awarded the annual Plook on the Plinth Carbuncle award to the Granite City. According to the magazine, Aberdeen is "where architecture goes to die". Local councillors rejected this award saying that Aberdeen was 'an ambitious city' with a 'proud history' and a masterplan to refine the city centre.

20150204

Do you expect to be seen in A&E within 4 hours?

You can call 0500 92 95 00. Or Text 80295.

New figures suggest Scotland's accident and emergency departments treated 91% of patients within four hours between October and December.

This compares to 94% in the previous quarter and is slightly worse than England's performance of 92.6%.

Scottish Government targets are for at least 95% of A&E patients to be seen, admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

NHS Lanarkshire had the worst average figure over the period - at 85.5%.

And Aberdeen has been named Scotland's most dismal town - Do awards help or hinder your local area?

Aberdeen has won the unwanted title of the most dismal town in Scotland according to an architecture magazine. Urban Realm magazine said Aberdeen had become the "poor relation" of Scotland's cities as it awarded the annual Plook on the Plinth Carbuncle award to the Granite City. According to the magazine, Aberdeen is "where architecture goes to die". Local councillors rejected this award saying that Aberdeen was 'an ambitious city' with a 'proud history' and a masterplan to refine the city centre.

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20150213

50 Shades of Grey will be released in cinemas tonight (Friday 13th). However, campaigners are urging film-goers to boycott the film and donate money to a refuge for domestic abuse victims instead.

Rape Crisis Glasgow are supporting activists in America who launched the '50 Dollars Not 50 Shades' campaign. In a blog on the charity's website, it describes the story as: "Nothing more than stalking, sexual violence and intimate partner violence romanticised and eroticised."

Kaye Adams is asking: Will you answer the call to boycott 50 Shades of Grey?

Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

20150213

50 Shades of Grey will be released in cinemas tonight (Friday 13th). However, campaigners are urging film-goers to boycott the film and donate money to a refuge for domestic abuse victims instead.

Rape Crisis Glasgow are supporting activists in America who launched the '50 Dollars Not 50 Shades' campaign. In a blog on the charity's website, it describes the story as: "Nothing more than stalking, sexual violence and intimate partner violence romanticised and eroticised."

Kaye Adams is asking: Will you answer the call to boycott 50 Shades of Grey?

Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

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20150223

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150223

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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20150224

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150224

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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20150305

Cathy Macdonald gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150305

Cathy Macdonald gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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20150310

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

20150310

Louise White gets to the heart of the news and offers the listeners the opportunity to have their say.

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Gary Robertson sits in20150227

Should it be a criminal offence not to report suspicions of child abuse? Call 0500 92 95 00.

Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but the one formal complaint made was ignored, an independent report has found.

It found Savile's reputation as a "sex pest" was an "open secret" among some staff - but allegations probably did not reach managers. Now, some of Jimmy Saville's victims are calling on the government to make it a criminal offence not to report child abuse, an approach known as "mandatory reporting". David Cameron has previously suggested that he is supportive of new legislation. Labour revealed earlier this week that it wants those working in schools, hospitals and childcare to be obliged by law to report suspected child abuse Mandatory reporting of child abuse is already in force in Northern Irelan, the US and Australia.

AND

MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee say that the BBC licence fee is becoming harder and harder to justify, and doesn't have a long term future. The committee wants to see the BBC reduce its services in some areas and for the corporation's governing body, the BBC trust, to be abolished.

Gary Robertson asks: Is the licence fee good value for money? Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

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Should it be a criminal offence not to report suspicions of child abuse? Call 0500 92 95 00.

Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but the one formal complaint made was ignored, an independent report has found.

It found Savile's reputation as a "sex pest" was an "open secret" among some staff - but allegations probably did not reach managers. Now, some of Jimmy Saville's victims are calling on the government to make it a criminal offence not to report child abuse, an approach known as "mandatory reporting". David Cameron has previously suggested that he is supportive of new legislation. Labour revealed earlier this week that it wants those working in schools, hospitals and childcare to be obliged by law to report suspected child abuse Mandatory reporting of child abuse is already in force in Northern Irelan, the US and Australia.

AND

MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee say that the BBC licence fee is becoming harder and harder to justify, and doesn't have a long term future. The committee wants to see the BBC reduce its services in some areas and for the corporation's governing body, the BBC trust, to be abolished.

Gary Robertson asks: Is the licence fee good value for money? Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.