February 26, 2020

On Tuesday, Kenneth convened the Cross-Party Group on Life Sciences at Holyrood.

Members heard an update on the continuing strong growth of the sector - worth £6.5 billion to the Scottish economy last year - from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.

Subsequently members enjoyed two fascinating presentations followed by...

February 24, 2020

SNP Government policy decisions mean the starting salaries for staff in a range of public sector professions in Scotland are higher than in England, including:

•  A newly-recruited teacher will earn £26,697 in Scotland, compared to £24,373 in England;

•  A band 5 staff nurse will earn £24,670 in Scotland, compared to £24,214 in England;

•  A new po...

February 21, 2020

The Information Services Division (ISD) has released the information held on the Scottish Suicide Information Database (ScotSID) for suicides between 2011 and 2018, with particular focus on prior contact with unscheduled care services. Those included in the report are NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service and GP Out-of-Hours.

On 09 August 2018 t...

February 21, 2020

Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) has announced that its Lemon Aid fuel poverty teams secured £648,168 worth of financial savings and debt reduction for North Ayrshire residents in the year 2018/19. 

The teams secured more than £1.8 million in financial savings across North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Gallo...

February 20, 2020

Kenneth Gibson MSP has welcomed the decision from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) to progress a project to extend the life of the linkspan at Gourock Ferry Terminal.

Gourock is the port of refuge for the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry route; however, the linkspan has been unable to carry vehicles since 17 September last year. 

The £2.5 milli...

February 18, 2020

Disabled people should have the same chances, level of comfort and independence as others wherever possible and the SNP Government is actively working to build a Scotland where this is the case.

Recently published figures show over half of new claims in Scotland for UK disability payments are refused, with tens of thousands of disabled people com...

February 14, 2020

A total of 148 Scottish tests for Coronavirus have concluded, all of which were confirmed negative as of 13 February 2020.

The Department of Health and Social Care publishes figures on behalf of all UK Chief Medical Officers. Test results from Scotland are included.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a public health emergency of inte...

February 14, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP worked to strengthen Scotland’s ties with the European Union during a series of engagements in Brussels earlier this week.

The First Minister met EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier to discuss the UK/EU talks, which are due to begin next month.

She also spoke to EU Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager about...

February 13, 2020

People with lived experience will lead the agenda at a Scottish conference on drug use in Glasgow.

This event, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Wednesday 26 February, is being organised jointly by the SNP Government and Glasgow City Council.

Sessions will include contributions from Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP and...

February 13, 2020

Since the SNP Government established CashBack for Communities in 2008, projects across North Ayrshire for young people have been supported by over £2.5 million through the programme.

CashBack for Communities takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely,...

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