September 16, 2020

A newly created £3 million Youth Work Education Recovery Fund opened for applications on Monday.  

The fund is targeted at those communities and young people who need the most support, bringing SNP Government spending in the youth work sector this year to over £12.5 million. 

In doing so, the SNP Government has increased its funding for youth...

September 15, 2020

With £588,000 SNP Government funding and £784,000 from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, North Ayrshire has been allocated £1,372,000 funding to establish two low carbon travel and transport hubs in Ardrossan. 

The SNP Government’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund was established in 2017 to help public, community and t...

September 2, 2020


The SNP’s Programme for Government has been supported by voices from across Scottish industry and society.

Commenting on the ambitious programme, Kenneth Gibson MSP said: 

"The Covid-19 pandemic has hugely impacted on Scotland’s health, economy and our way of life. However, we...

September 1, 2020

Education Secretary John Swinney MSP has asked local authority directors of education and head teachers to share more information on coronavirus to parents and carers. 

In addition, Scotland’s National Clinical Director Dr Jason Leitch has written an open letter for parents with answers about when children need to be tested. 

Cold-like Symptoms...

August 31, 2020

The SNP Government’s Hotel Support Programme (HSP) is now open for expressions of interest.

The HSP will help secure up to 3,000 jobs at Scotland’s larger hotels until the start of the summer 2021 tourism season, recognising the important contribution these businesses make to tourism and the country’s wider economy.

A collaborative initiative betw...

August 28, 2020

More people will benefit from free debt advice following investment from the SNP Government.

New funding of £2.4 million will be distributed among advice organisations to expand their services and invest in more effective methods to help individuals with problem debt.

The investment will assist projects offering face to face advice using video cal...

August 25, 2020

Changes to rules about previous criminal convictions which people need to disclose to prospective employers will take effect this year. 

The reforms will, from 30 November, reduce the length of time that many convictions need to be disclosed by most job applicants, or in other instances such as when applying for insurance. 

For those aged 18...

August 25, 2020

In light of the latest scientific and public health advice, including World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, face coverings should now (unless exemptions apply) be worn: 

  • in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain;


August 17, 2020

A new SNP Government funded benefit to support 16 to 24-year olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months opened for applications today, Monday 17 August.

Job Start Payment is a one-off £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job. The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment increases to £400 if the person...

August 11, 2020

Scotland’s future workforce will be at the heart of rebuilding the economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Announcing £10 million for a range of measures to recruit and retain apprentices, including additional funding for the SNP Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme, Ms Hyslop said the funding would help modern and graduate...

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