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Monthly Archives: October 2022

Despite Tory Ambitions, Fracking Will Not Happen in Scotland

Fracking would not be acceptable in Berkshire but, it could be explored in “somewhere like the North of Scotland”. That seems to be the latest dream from Westminster. The most disturbing, yet telling, thing about this appalling comment from, Berkshire Tory MP, Laura Farris was

Only Independence Can Secure Social Safety Net 

Austerity 2.0 Demonstrates Need for Full Powers The SNP has said that the Tory austerity threat to Scottish families shows why Scottish independence is the only way to secure our vital social security safety net. It comes as the UK Government’s plans to slash welfare

Ambition needed on loss and damage

First Minister convenes conference to inform conversation at COP27. International climate activists will gather in Edinburgh today (Tuesday, 11 October) to discuss ambitious, practical actions that can be taken to address loss and damage. Founder of the Rise Up Movement Vanessa Nakate, UN Climate Action

Record Recruitment to Ambulance Service

More Than 500 Joined Since 2021 Recruitment to Scotland’s ambulance service has hit a record high, helping to boost the service this winter. A record 540 paramedics, ambulance drivers, call handlers and clinicians have been employed in the last year. This is driven by a

Scotland Can Lead Green Industrial Revolution Through Independence

A new report into Scotland’s green energy and renewables industry has said that Scotland has the potential to become a green energy powerhouse, creating up to 385,000 jobs, boosting Scotland’s economy by up to £34billion a year by 2050 and lowering energy bills permanently. The report,

Extra Winter Cash for Low-Income Families

December Bridging Payment Doubling to £260 Families of an estimated 145,000 children will benefit from extra support this winter to help with cost-of-living pressures – backed by Scottish Government investment of £18.9 million. Bridging Payments were introduced in 2021 ahead of the extension of the

Scottish Veterans Fund opens

£500,000 to help former Armed Forces personnel. A veterans support fund is now open to help improve the lives of former service personnel and their families. A key priority for this year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is to make sure veterans and their families are supported

Tenant Protection Bill Passed

Emergency legislation approved by MSPs Tenants will have increased protection from rent increases and evictions during the cost-of-living crisis under temporary legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Bill, passed by MSPs on 6th October but effective from 6th September,

Scottish Exports Outperform UK as a Whole

Significant Growth in First Half of 2022 HMRC statistics released today show that Scotland has again outperformed the UK where exports are concerned in the first six months of 2022. Scottish exports continue to show strong performance and growth across a number of commodities, with

Home-Start Angus Visit for Challenge Poverty Week

Highlighting the Reality & Challenging Stereotypes Graeme recently paid a visit to local charity Home-Start Angus, to showcase the support on offer for local families. Home-Start offers a unique service recruiting and training volunteers – who are usually parents themselves – to make home visits