Here are the stories making the headlines across Scotland and the rest of the UK this morning.

Pace of wage growth eases back from record levels in boost for Bank of England

The pace of wage growth has eased back by more than expected, according to official figures that will please interest rate-setters at the Bank of England.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported basic pay was 7.3% higher in the three months to October compared to the same period last year.

That was down from an upwardly revised level of 7.8% reported last month - the fastest drop since the end of 2021 but it took real wages, when inflation is taken into account, to their highest level in two years.

The wider ONS figures showed unemployment remained unchanged at 4.2% over the same three month period.

Ban 'confusing' phone, TV and broadband price rises, says Ofcom

Phone, TV and broadband customers must be told about any mid-contract price rises at the point of sale and "in pounds and pence" under new plans.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom said it was concerned contracts were not providing "sufficient certainty" to customers due to many firms including mid-contract price hikes linked to inflation.

The move comes following a review by the regulator in February.

Millions of customers have been hit by bill increases due to high inflation.

Companies often set out in contracts that monthly charges will go up in line with inflation, which is the rate overall prices are rising across the economy.

But high rates of inflation over the course of the past year have led to customers being charged much higher amounts than in previous years.

Toymaker Hasbro lays off 1,100 staff as holiday season fails to lift sales

The toymaker behind Monopoly, Play-Doh and Transformers action figures is laying off 1,100 employees as lackluster sales dragged into the holiday trading season.

Hasbro will cut its workforce by almost a fifth, having already cut 800 jobs earlier this year. The group stressed it was taking the decision, announced just two weeks before Christmas, as “a last resort”.

Chris Cooks, its chief executive, described the move as a “lever we must pull to keep Hasbro healthy” after challenges it endured in the first three quarters of 2023 continued in the fourth. The company is also braced for these “headwinds” to persist in 2024.

“While we’re confident in the future of Hasbro, the current environment demands that we do more, even if these choices are some of the hardest we have to make,” Cooks wrote in an email to staff seen by the Guardian. His message was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Police dealing with surge in mental health call-outs

The pandemic and now the cost of living crisis have been blamed for a deterioration in the nation's mental wellbeing.

Budget pressures at Police Scotland mean officer numbers are falling towards their lowest level since 2007.

This year the force has attended about 20,000 mental health incidents every month. Roughly nine out of 10 of them did not involve a crime.

Around one in six incidents dealt with by the police involved mental health.

PC Kate Gardner, who has been an officer for two years, says: "It's becoming more and more common that mental health is what we do now."

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