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Monthly Archives: November 2021

200,000 Baby Boxes Delivered

Milestone for popular scheme. The number of Baby Boxes delivered to expectant parents has reached 200,000. The milestone came after independent evaluation showed overwhelming backing for the box and its contents. – Graeme The Baby Box is one of the SNP Government’s key policies which

Storm Arwen to Batter UK with 75mph winds

Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the first winter storm is set to batter parts of the UK with 75mph winds. The Met Office has issued amber and red wind warnings for parts of north-east England and Scotland from Friday afternoon until Saturday morning

Booster Jab Roll-Out Continues

Advance booking facility for 40-49 year olds. People aged 40-49 years old will be able to use the NHS Inform online portal or national phoneline to book their COVID-19 booster appointments from tomorrow (Saturday). Appointments will be available from 30 November and the booking must

Contact Tracing Workforce Safeguarded

£33.1 Million to Retain Over 500 Posts Scotland’s contact tracing workforce will remain in place until September 2022, through a funding commitment of £33.1 million. The investment will secure almost 500 posts at local health boards around the country. This is as well as additional

Autumn/Winter Vaccination Milestone

One and half million third doses and boosters delivered. Scotland’s Autumn/Winter vaccination programme has delivered more than one and a half million third doses and boosters (1,502,266) of the COVID-19 jab. The roll-out continues to see high coverage across all eligible groups for first, second

Winter Service Launch 2021/22

Scotland’s largest salt barn is open for business. The new facility at Transport Scotland’s depot in Polmadie can hold 17,500 tonnes of salt, and acts as a strategic asset to help treat the trunk roads in the south west of Scotland. The building also harvests

Negative Test Becomes Part of Certification Scheme

Expanded Testing Needed to Keep Cases Down People attending venues covered by Scotland’s COVID certification scheme are to be given the option of providing a recent negative lateral flow test for the virus, as an alternative to proof of vaccination. It means that individuals who

Shambolic Speech puts Johnson on the Defensive

Boris stumbles through major speech Yesterday the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rambled his way through a speech to business leaders with newspapers across the UK calling it ‘shambolic’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘baffling’. Tuesday's Independent: Shambolic speech puts Johnson on the defensive #TomorrowsPapersToday #Independent #IndependentDigital pic.twitter.com/yApK6Z0vNs

Child Disability Payment Opens for Applications

Financial support for families of children with a disability available nationwide. Child Disability Payment opens for new applications across the country from today. For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face.

Unionist MSPs Fail to Oppose Westminster Power Grab

Devolution Settlement ‘Being Undermined’ The SNP has condemned opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament for uniting in their refusal to condemn the Tory UK Government’s encroachment on devolved policy areas. During a recent debate, MSPs had the opportunity to object to UK Government plans which