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Monthly Archives: July 2022

Transforming Heating in Homes

Zero Direct Emission Plans for All New Buildings Proposals for all new buildings to be fitted with climate-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel heating systems have been published. The New Building Heat Standard (Part II) consultation sets out plans that would mean direct emissions heating systems

Graeme’s Column

For the first time in a couple of years, the summer parliamentary recess has afforded me the chance to fill my diary with constituency visits. Thanks to the easing of the pandemic and associated restrictions, I’ve been able to get stuck back into the most

Cost of Living Out of Control Under Tories

Energy Bills Set to Triple for January Alone New forecasts show energy bills are set to triple, with the average energy bill likely to rise to £500 for January 2023 alone. The forecast, by utilities consultants BFY, also predicts that the price cap could rise

Young Person’s Guarantee Making a Difference

16,000 Workplace Opportunities Secured More than 16,000 young people across Scotland have been offered workplace opportunities through the Young Person’s Guarantee. Over 600 employers have signed up to the initiative, which aims to connect 16-24-year-olds with apprenticeships, work experience, volunteering, internships, enterprise opportunities and mentoring.

Call for UK Government to Act on Rail Strikes

Swift Resolution Needed to Avert Further Industrial Action Scottish Government Transport Minister, Jenny Gilruth MSP, has called on the U.K. Transport Secretary to act in the ongoing dispute between Network Rail and Trade Unions across the GB Rail Network. Network Rail is an arms length

Supporting Scotland’s Local Food & Drink

Appetite for Angus Among Funding Recipients A total of 24 projects from across the country have been awarded funding of £110,000 to promote and showcase quality regional produce. Among them is regional food group Appetite for Angus, who have been granted £3,000 to deliver a

Scotland ‘Ripped Off’ on Energy

Next Prime Minster Must Fix Grid Charge Graeme has said whoever becomes the next Prime Minister must urgently address the ‘rip off’ charges that energy companies in Scotland pay to access the National Grid. Scotland has the highest fees for companies to access the National Grid to export energy,

Inflation Hits 9.4% as Truss Admits Economic Failure

Scotland Can Do Better The SNP has said that Scotland can’t afford to keep the Tory UK Government, as inflation rises for the ninth consecutive month while Conservatives are focussed on their leadership contest. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show inflation is now

Scottish Government Delivering for Farmers

Financial Certainty as Rural Payment Targets Exceeded More than 99% of Basic Payment Scheme, Greening and Young Farmer Payments have now been made. This achievement exceeds the Scottish Government’s target of 95.24%. All payment targets across Direct and Rural Development Payments for 2021 have been

Just 1 in 500 Scots Has a Say on Next Prime Minister

Tory Leadership Election Exposes Broken UK Democracy Although many in Scotland will have felt a sense of relief that the chaos of Boris Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister is coming to an end, the fact remains that one Prime Minister Scotland did not vote for