January 15, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has criticised the Prime Minister’s refusal to grant the transfer of power to the Scottish Parliament which would allow an independence referendum to be held this year.

Commenting on the predictable response from Mr Johnson to the SNP Government’s democratic mandate, which would offer the people of Scotland a ch...

January 13, 2020

Scotland and Norway can work together to play a major role in tackling climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP told Norwegian business leaders during a visit last week.

Addressing the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference in Oslo, the First Minister highlighted offshore wind and carbon capture and storage as sectors where th...

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 7, 2020

A five-year action plan to support people with a neurological condition has been published by Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP.

The action plan will ensure people get access to personalised care and support regardless of their particular condition or where in Scotland they live. It has been developed with the neurological community and...

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...

December 27, 2019

Applications have opened for a new national pilot scheme helping first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home.

The SNP Government’s First Home Fund will make the housing market fairer by making £150 million available until March 2021 to help at least 6,000 households buy their first home.

Existing home ownership schemes have helped more than...

November 19, 2019

Responding to a new report published by Friends of the Earth, the SNP has challenged the next UK Government to match the SNP’s record and ambitious targets.

The report reveals that funding for tree planting and forestry in England in 2017-18 fell by 43%. 


In contrast, funding in Scotland increased as the SNP Government steps up efforts to tackle...

October 23, 2019

Unjustifiably, many women suffering from domestic abuse end up fleeing their homes. While the abusive partner keeps the house, any survivor who is not financially independent – often with children – may lose everything. She is rewarded with her safety alone. It can be incredibly difficult to start a new life and domestic abuse is a major cause o...

October 18, 2019

According to the latest figures published by the Scottish Funding Council, 95.9% of students graduating from Ayrshire College went on to a positive leaving destination in 2017/18, up from 94.7% in the previous year. 

  

Of Ayrshire College leavers, 51.0% headed straight into work, higher than the national average of 4...

October 11, 2019

Projects helping Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045 can now apply to be included in a new green investment programme estimated to be worth £3 billion over a three-year period.

The Green Investment Portfolio will give local authorities, developers and third sector organisations the opportunity to pitch for large scale investment to...

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