April 14, 2020

The SNP Government is looking for views from the general public to help shape its Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland.

This is part of the process the SNP Government committed to in Protecting Scotland's Future: the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2019/2020, published last September. The strategy will help ensure Scotland maxim...

April 2, 2020

The SNP has renewed calls for the UK Government to deliver additional support for the self-employed after the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that two million self-employed people would fall through the gaps in the UK government’s proposals.

New analysis from the IFS shows that around two million will not be eligible for the Self-employ...

March 16, 2020

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) has been awarded £400,000 to develop tourism across its island and coastal destinations.

Marine and coastal tourism is a key part of Scotland’s tourism sector, providing employment for 28,300 people.

The Coig - Gaelic for five - touring route initiative will provide the west coast of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde and is...

January 27, 2020

The SNP has welcomed a new poll showing a majority of Scots backing Holyrood’s right to decide on holding an independence referendum.

The Survation poll, commissioned by Progress Scotland, found that 61% of Scots backed Holyrood deciding on whether to hold an independence referendum, compared to only 39% who thought Westminster should decide.


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...

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