January 13, 2020

Richard Leonard MSP, Leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, has been forced to abandon plans to hold a conference on whether the party should support a second independence referendum. 

Labour’s ruling executive has forced him to replace the conference with an away day to discuss ‘federalism,’ leading to accusations that Mr Leonard is the party’s...

January 9, 2020

On Wednesday 08 January the Scottish Parliament rejected the UK Government’s flawed Brexit Bill, which the SNP warns will “throw the constitution into crisis.”

Meanwhile, at Westminster, the SNP tabled a reasoned amendment that opposes the Withdrawal Agreement on the grounds that:

· The Scottish Parliament has not consented to those parts of the B...

January 6, 2020

Figures from the SNP Government show that the number of private-sector firms in Scotland is at a record level.

Across Scotland the number has risen by more than a quarter from 279,940 in 2007 to 356,550 in 2019.

However, Kenneth Gibson MSP has warned that could be negated by amendment 9 to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill. Moved by the Green...

November 20, 2019

New pension measures to help NHS Scotland retain highly experienced staff have been announced by the SNP Government. 

  

From 01 December 2019, an interim policy will give eligible NHS staff the option to have their employer pension contributions paid to them as part of their basic pay. 

  

UK Tory Government pension rules mean t...

August 29, 2019

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP has announced a pay award of 2.5% backdated to 01 April 2019 for medical and dental staff, general medical practitioners and general dental practitioner in NHS Ayrshire & Arran and all other Scottish NHS boards.

Ms Freeman said:

“It’s the continued hard work and dedication of staff which makes our NHS the treasur...

August 13, 2019

Pregnant women and families with babies and children across North Ayrshire and Scotland receiving certain benefits are to be offered increased access to healthy foods.

The SNP Government’s Best Start Foods payment replaces the Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card, and is now open for applications.

The card, which works in a similar...

August 7, 2019

The SNP has called on Labour’s Leader in Scotland, Richard Leonard MSP, to “get on the right side of democracy,” after Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP backed a second independence referendum, saying that "if the Scottish people decide they want a referendum, that's for them."

 
Mr McDonnell said that whether there should be a referen...

July 4, 2019

In the 2014-2020 funding programme, North Ayrshire has been directly allocated £5,925,755 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds and are managed in Scotland by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is receiving £3,959,133...

June 25, 2019

The SNP Government has published legislation to extend the right to vote in Scottish elections to citizens of all nationalities legally resident in Scotland.

The Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill will benefit around 55,000 people and reaffirms the existing voting rights of European Union and Commonwealth citizens.

Minister for...

June 23, 2019

Frontline health services will be protected, following confirmation that the SNP Government will plug funding a gap imposed by the Tories on Scotland’s NHS.

UK-wide increases in pension costs for NHS employers, following decisions made by the UK Tory Government, have led to additional costs of £328.4 million for Scotland’s NHS.

Despite promises to...

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