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Monthly Archives: January 2022

Fire Alarm Funding Increased

Extra £500,000 to support most vulnerable. More elderly and disabled people will be helped to install fire alarms that save lives and meet new building standards rules thanks to an additional £500,000 in funding. This doubles the funding already given to Care and Repair Scotland

Free Bus Travel For Under 22s Goes Live

Under 22s living in Scotland can benefit from free bus travel from today (31 January) through a Scottish Government scheme that has the potential to transform bus travel while supporting children, young people and families. The scheme is open to children and young people with

Funding Boost for Local Councils

Additional £120m Follows Funding Assurance An amendment will be brought forward during Stage 2 of the Budget Bill to allocate an additional £120 million to local authorities. The funding represents the equivalent of a 4% Council Tax rise. Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said that, whilst

A New Vision for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published a new draft vision statement for public electric vehicle charging in Scotland. This new vision places people and businesses first, outlining the accessible, affordable and reliable public network required for the future. A just transition is at the heart of

Keeping Eye Tests Free on the NHS

Increase in fees paid to optometry practices for free examinations. The fees paid by the Scottish Government to optometrists for carrying out NHS-funded eye examinations will increase by 3% – helping to ensure everyone can continue to access high quality eye care. Scotland became the

Action to Improve Animal Welfare

Plans to Outlaw Glue Traps in Scotland Legislation to end the harmful practice of setting ‘glue traps’ is to be brought forward by the Scottish Government in order to protect animal welfare. The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) undertook a review of the use of

Here’s how the two-party Westminster system fails Scotland

Christian Wakeford, a right-wing, Brexit-loving Tory MP, has defected to the Labour Party. That, combined with Keir Starmer’s drift towards the right, shows that Labour and the Tories are increasingly two sides of the same Westminster coin – and increasingly out of touch with Scotland.

Transforming Transport Investment in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published its blueprint for future transport investment. The second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) makes 45 recommendations under six key themes which seek to make transport in Scotland more sustainable and support people to make better, more informed choices on how

Graeme’s Column

The Festive season has always been a time for people to come together, and given the difficulties of the last two years I hope you all found some time to reconnect with loved ones over Christmas and New Year, albeit exercising care in the process.

Restrictions Eased for Care Home Residents

Isolation Periods Reduced & Removed Under new guidance issued to care home operators, most people admitted to adult care homes will no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks. People transferring from hospitals to care homes will no longer need to isolate if they have