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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Devolved Nations Call for Tax-Free NHS Bonus

Graeme: PM Must Exempt £500 Payments  Graeme has called on Boris Johnson to ‘do the right thing’ and confirm that devolved nations’ £500 bonus for NHS and social care workers will not be taxed. It comes after Northern Ireland also announced that health workers are

Scottish Government Budget Summary

This budget continues the Scottish Government’s urgent measures to control the virus and protect our economy and people in the immediate term, while also ensuring a strong recovery and a fairer, stronger and greener future. At its core this budget focuses on three key guiding

Graeme Backs Vaccination Information Campaign

People Urged to ‘Roll Their Sleeves Up’ Graeme has got behind a new Scottish Government campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. The ‘Roll your sleeves up’ campaign emphasises the importance of the vaccine and its safety, as

Graeme: PM Must Protect Rights of EU Nationals

Significant Number Will Miss Settlement Scheme Deadline Graeme has said that the Prime Minister should automatically extend the rights of EU nationals in the UK – or at the very least cancel the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme. The renewed call from the SNP –

No Scottish Tories Oppose Universal Credit Cut

Graeme Condemns ‘Shameful’ Abstention Graeme has described as “shameful” the refusal of a single Scottish Tory MP to oppose planned cuts to Universal Credit in a Commons vote on Monday. The vote sought to make permanent the current £20 uplift to the benefit – something

Tory Fisheries Minister Admits Not Reading Brexit Detail

Businesses Must Be Compensated Graeme has reiterated calls for seafood businesses to be compensated for ongoing Brexit chaos, following statements of ‘sheer complacency’ from UK Government ministers. Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis MP admitted during an evidence session that she did not fully read the details

Tories Have Broken Promises to Farmers

GM Crops Consultation ‘Threatens Standards’ Graeme has condemned Westminster for breaking promises to Angus farmers just weeks after the end of the Brexit transition period. The UK Government has announced plans to consult on the introduction of gene-editing, despite commercial planting of GM crops currently

Graeme Welcomes Extension of Eviction Ban

Protecting Tenants  Graeme has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that a temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of March. Regulations will be laid in the Scottish Parliament on 14 January to extend the current ban, which is in place at

Huge Gaps in UK Business Support & Missing £735m

Scotland & Freelancers Neglected  Graeme has called out Chancellor Rishi Sunak on both his failure to address gaps in business support where the self-employed are concerned and his reneging on a promised additional £375 million of such support for Scotland. It follows the Chancellor’s latest