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 12, 2019

Recommendations to improve support for care leavers at risk of homelessness have been welcomed by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP.

A working group, co-ordinated by the A Way Home Scotland coalition, has produced eight recommendations to make support for care leavers simpler and more consistent across Scotland in the Youth Homelessness Preventi...

November 11, 2019

An action plan to help homeowners and businesses prevent damage caused by flooding has been launched by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP.

Living With Flooding sets out advice to stop or mitigate flooding and says minor adaptions, such as installing a flood guard and raising the height of electrical sockets, can prevent damage or redu...

November 1, 2019

Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson is delighted that the SNP Government has awarded £3,612,000 to Arran Development Trust (ADT) through an Offer in Principle Grant from the Rural & Islands Housing Fund. This is the largest grant awarded to a community group from this fund.

The grant will be used as part of an £8.5 million financial package to provide 43...

October 30, 2019

Restrictions on the use of fireworks on private property across Scotland will be considered by a new review group.

The group will also consider changes to the times at which fireworks can be let off and look at options around the potential introduction of no-fireworks zones.

The Chair and full remit of the action group will be announced shortly.

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October 25, 2019

The SNP Government is determined to take a strategic approach to maintaining the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 budget to ensure it supports key priorities.  

If Scotland leaves the EU, Scottish Ministers want to be able to optimise our ability to put into effect proposals t...

September 27, 2019

A £14.7 million investment from Scottish Enterprise – an agency of the SNP Government - in a satellite company will help create more than 260 jobs in Scotland’s space sector.

On a visit to Spire Global, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP announced that the Glasgow-based company has received one of the largest funding packages ever provided by Sco...

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 28, 2019

The SNP Government has invested £3.4 million to help build the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine. 

This funding goes to Scottish engineering company Orbital Marine Power (Orbital) as the first recipient of the SNP Government’s £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund, which supports the development of tidal energy in Scotland by...

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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