January 17, 2020

The SNP Government has reaffirmed its support for maintaining the Uniform Business Rate in response to a letter from 27 organisations that represent the Scottish business community – in stark contrast to the Greens, Tories and Labour who voted to abolish it.

In response, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy Kate Forbes MSP echoed conce...

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 8, 2020

The UK government’s decision to publish its Budget on the same day as Scottish councils are legally required to set Council Tax levels will create “unprecedented” problems for local government.

The Accounts Commission, the public spending watchdog for local government, warned Holyrood’s Local Government Committee today that the decision will be “...

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 3, 2019

The Local Government And Communities Committee which is deliberating on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2

Last week, Tory and Labour MSPs on the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament voted to support a Green amendment to return non-domestic rates to local authority control, rather than have one for...

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...

July 2, 2019

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has written to UK Secretary of State Michael Gove MP to express his disappointment over the lack of co-operation in a review of how £190 million of EU Convergence Payments to farmers was allocated back in 2013. The UK Tory Government received these monies to pass on to Scottish farmers, to bring their per...

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...

June 18, 2019

Tory leadership hopeful and likely future Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that “government by a Scot is just not conceivable in the current constitutional context”, in a diary piece published in the Spectator in 2005.

In this further example of Johnson’s contempt for Scotland, recently uncovered by The Scotsman, the former Foreign Secretary a...

June 3, 2019

Opposition parties have admitted that there is greater subject choice for children in schools under the SNP, after weeks of “political point-scoring” from the Tories and Labour on the issue.

During a meeting of the Education and Skills Committee on Wednesday 29 May, Tory education spokesperson Liz Smith claimed that “there is more choice” for you...

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