July 3, 2019

Across NHS Ayrshire & Arran, the number of teenage pregnancies has declined from 715 in 2007 to 318 in 2016, a 55.5% decrease, with a 64.5% fall for under 18s.

Amongst teenage girls aged under 16 in Ayrshire, pregnancies also decreased from 70 to 21, a 70% decrease.

Teenage pregnancies in Scotland are now at the lowest level since 1994, with 30.2...

July 2, 2019

More decision-making powers than ever before are now in the hands of schools due to a landmark agreement reached with local authorities.

Changes to create an education system which puts teachers, parents and communities in the driving seat have been implemented, including:

  • Publication of a Headteachers’ Charter to ensure schools have decision-...

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 14, 2019

Scotland will become the UK nation to set maximum limits for consumption of red processed meat over a school week, which will also reduce exposure to harmful nitrites.

The move is part of a new initiative to make school food healthier and increases the amount of fruit and vegetables served, whilst significantly reducing the amount of sugar availa...

June 3, 2019

New technology that allows patients to monitor their blood pressure at home will be rolled out across Scotland.

The Scale-Up Blood Pressure Initiative reduces the need for GP consultations and can help to deliver more accurate readings.

Patients are shown how to measure their own blood pressure and text the results to an app called Florence, or Fl...

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...

May 16, 2019

The SNP Government has invested £600,000 in setting up a new online and telephone consumer advice service.

Consumeradvice.scot provides advice to people on a range of issues, including buying products online and in shops, changing mobile phone and internet providers, and purchasing travel insurance.

To make the service more accessible, support can...

May 16, 2019


Applications for the CashBack for Communities programme, which reinvests criminal assets into community projects, reopened today, with more than £18 million to be allocated.

In 2017-18, £279,822 was awarded from the fund in North Ayrshire for community programmes and activities to support young people into positive destinations, diverting some...

May 14, 2019

Kenneth welcomed the announcement made by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP on Wednesday, that Scotland’s new Deposit Return Scheme will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with a 20p deposit as part of plans to combat climate change.

The ambitious...

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