Browse By

Graeme’s Column

Just weeks from now, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland. At the end of this month, leaders from across the world will gather in Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This is a critical opportunity to forge global progress

Local Food Strategy Consultation

Opportunity to help shape Scotland’s local food strategy A series of public engagement events are being held in local communities to help people from all walks of life shape the Scottish Government’s local food strategy. The consultation is the first stage in a strategy to

Scottish Cluster Carbon Capture Bid Rejected

Scotland has been dealt an economic and environmental blow after a flagship carbon capture project was sidelined by the UK government. “There isn't a jaw which hasn't hit the ground at this news among those involved in the Scottish cluster bid.It seemed like a no-brainer…”

Vaccine Certification Enforcement Gets Underway

Proof of status needed at higher risk venues. The Coronavirus vaccine certification scheme will become subject to enforcement from today meaning higher risk venues and events affected must verify customers are fully vaccinated, or otherwise exempt, before entry. The grace period from the October 1st

£15 Million to Help Improve Mental Wellbeing

New Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund launched. A new fund will help tackle the impact of social isolation, loneliness and the mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic.    The £15 million Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund aims to support adult community-based

Supporting Fair Work Practices

Real Living Wage for Public Sector Contracts Companies bidding to win Scottish Government contracts will have to pay at least the real Living Wage. This will ensure public sector contracts tackle in-work poverty and promote fair work practices across the public, private and third sector

Improving Response for People at Risk of Suicide

Group to drive forward approach. A new group will be set up to make sure that everyone at risk of suicide can access the right support when then need it, following recommendations made by the  National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG). The Suicidal Crisis Support

Caring For Those Who Care For Us

Wellbeing support for staff in health and social care. The Scottish Government is asking what types of wellbeing support health and social care staff need the most from the recent £300 million announcement of a Winter Support Package. Following the announcement of a further £4

Cervical Screening Campaign

People urged to attend smear test. Those eligible for cervical screening are being urged to go for a smear test when invited as part of a nationwide campaign. With two people dying from cervical cancer in the UK every day, the Scottish Government campaign encourages

Carer’s Allowance Supplement Bill Passed

Unpaid carers to receive double additional payment Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament this evening. Recognising the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result