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...

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,...

November 15, 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP has demanded that the Treasury pay back £175 million taken from Scottish police and fire services.

The organisations became liable for VAT after merging from regional into national bodies in 2013 – though no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay.

The Scottish bodies paid £35 million a year in the...

August 30, 2019

The SNP Government has published an Analysis Report of views expressed through its consultation on legislative proposals to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault. 

The consultation, ran from 15 February to 08 May this year and set out proposals on introducing direct statutory functions on NHS boards to...

July 29, 2019

Kenneth Gibson MSP has called on the new UK Tory Government to refund the £125 million paid by Police Scotland in VAT between 2013 and 2018.

VAT was not imposed on any other UK force over those five years.

Kenneth, who raised this issue in the Scottish Parliament, said the Prime Minister is “playing catch up" with the SNP on policing.

Home Office f...

July 24, 2019

A new and innovative free service for families bereaved by crime in Scotland has been officially launched today by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP.

Support for Families Bereaved by Crime is a specialist service, delivered by Victim Support Scotland designed to support families bereaved through murder or culpable homicide.

Famil...

June 28, 2019

While the UK Tory Government’s domestic agenda has ground to a halt, Holyrood has passed a host of legislation over the past two months to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.

The Scottish Parliament has passed nine SNP Government Bills over the last two months, including new measures to promote economic development, justice reforms a...

June 7, 2019

Police recorded crime figures reveal that over the past decade under the SNP Government, serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by more than half in North Ayrshire, and by 38% across Scotland.

The number of violent crimes in North Ayrshire fell from 217 in 2008/09 to 107 in 2017/18.

A separate study into the age and gender of those convic...

May 18, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth asked Community Safety Minister Ash Denham MSP how many police officers are currently deployed in Ayrshire and how the impact of the increase in officers on crime levels in Ayrshire.

She replied that there were 826 officers in the Ayrshire division, supported by 1,512 officers who are deployed across the west region and by...

May 18, 2019

Legislation to ensure more child witnesses are able to pre-record evidence ahead of jury trials was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament last week.

The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill, introduced by the SNP Government in June 2018, will minimise distress and improve the quality of evidence given as it will be rec...

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