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Scotland’s Tale of Two Governments Scotland has two governments – with very different priorities, which are becoming increasingly apparent. The Programme for Government which is published each September lays out the actions the Scottish Government intends to take in the next year and beyond. In

Progressing Green Ports

UK Government not cooperating on fair work and net-zero principles. UK Ministers will not commit to implementing green ports in Scotland that are underpinned by fair work conditions and net-zero ambitions, according to Business Minister Ivan McKee. A letter from the Secretary of State for

Boost for Family Budgets Before Christmas

Around 148,000 children set to benefit. Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty. Eligible families with children in school will receive payments of £160 per child in October and December.

Supporting Children in the Justice System

Improving Services for Victims and Witnesses. Transformational change is to be brought about in the way children are treated by the justice system. The Scottish Government will work to ensure that all eligible children who are victims or witnesses to abuse or violence will have

Graeme Nominates Voluntary Action Angus Head as Local Hero

Parliament Ceremony to Mark Outstanding Pandemic Response Efforts Graeme has nominated the Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Angus, Hayley Mearns, as his Local Hero – to be honoured at the Scottish Parliament’s belated Opening Ceremony. Ahead of the event planned for early October, each MSP

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Can you #SpotLeukaemia? Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, leukaemia had a significantly higher rate of emergency diagnosis (averaging 37%) than the overall cancer average (21%). By the end of 2020 (latest available data) emergency presentations of leukaemia rose from 42% to over 46%, indicating that

Long COVID Support Fund

£10 million for NHS Boards. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced a new £10 million Long COVID Support Fund to help health boards respond to the condition. The announcement follows Mr Yousaf meeting with a range of healthcare professionals at Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Backing for Staff Facing Abuse

Face Coverings Vital to Limit COVID Spread Abuse directed at retail and bar staff who ask customers to comply with the law and wear face coverings will not be tolerated, Justice Secretary Keith Brown has said. It continues to be a legal requirement to wear

Supporting New Ideas in Rural Communities

£1.5M for Community Groups Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas will soon be able to apply for funding of up to £50,000 to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities. The Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund is

Programme for Government to Build Back a Better Angus

Programme for Government will help build back a better Angus. Graeme has welcomed the Scottish Government’s 2021/2022 Programme for Government as a strong plan to begin the recovery from the pandemic for Angus South. The First Minister unveiled the Government’s programme for the next year