Talks between the SNP and the Scottish Liberal Democrats over plans to replace the council tax in Scotland have broken up without immediate agreement.
But the Finance Secretary John Swinney and his Lib Dem counterpart, Tavish Scott, agreed to hold further talks.
The government will set out its ideas on the issue in a consultation paper to be published on Tuesday afternoon.
It favours a 3p income tax rate for all councils, but the Lib Dems want the levy to be set locally.
In principle, both parties agree that change is necessary and both believe a local income tax is the favoured option.
The talks, which took place on Monday evening and lasted 45 minutes, were described as “constructive”.
UPDATE: It didn’t work out in the end.