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 “...

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...

November 15, 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP has demanded that the Treasury pay back £175 million taken from Scottish police and fire services.

The organisations became liable for VAT after merging from regional into national bodies in 2013 – though no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay.

The Scottish bodies paid £35 million a year in the...

September 24, 2019

Thousands of families are being pushed into poverty, with UK Tory Government welfare changes set to reduce spending on social security in Scotland by £500 million a year, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP has said.

The 2019 Annual Report on Welfare Reform shows the largest welfare cuts since 2015 are as a result of the benefit...

August 29, 2019

A report by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) predicts that Scotland's economic output could increase by £17 billion by 2035 if we seize the opportunities presented by 4G and 5G, with annual tax revenues increasing by £5.7 billion as a result of 3,000 new businesses employing 160,000 people.

Produced by accountancy firm Deloitte, Scotland's Digita...

August 13, 2019

This week the SNP Government published an update of Our Digital Strategy, a document setting out its vision for Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking digital nation.

The aim is for every home and business in Scotland to have access to superfast broadband of 30 Megabits per second (Mbps) in accordance with the SNP Government’s...

August 7, 2019

The SNP has urged the UK Tory Government to crack down on loopholes that can enable money laundering through the UK.

Responding to a consultation on transparency, the SNP’s Treasury Spokesperson Alison Thewliss MP said it was time the UK Government took steps to tackle the "scale and extent of criminal activity" that can be enabled by British cor...

July 22, 2019

Holyrood’s Social Security Committee has called on the UK Government to halt the launch of its latest pilot, which would see those receiving Working Tax Credits moved on to Universal Credit (UC) and potentially be subject to in-work conditionality, including sanctions.

The Committee has said that this transfer of claimants should not proceed unti...

July 11, 2019

New research has shown that an estimated 3,475 children in North Ayrshire (20%) are being disadvantaged by the UK Tory Government’s controversial two-child cap, which allows low-income families to claim child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.

According to data obtained and collated by the Child Poverty Action Grou...

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...

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