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Monthly Archives: December 2022

The Price of Being Short-Changed and Ignored by Westminster

Whether it’s Brexit, City Deals, pensions or welfare, Tory governments at Westminster have a long record of short-changing Scotland Far from “levelling up” or a “Union dividend”, Scotland is repeatedly forced to pay the price for UK government cuts, damaging decisions, and the failure to

2022 Biggest Year Yet For Scottish Social Security System

Tens of thousands more payments made The introduction of Adult Disability Payment, further automation and the increase and extension of Scottish Child Payment has seen more people apply for and get financial support they are entitled to. Thousands of people have also had their benefit

People worried about money urged to seek help

Shona Robison has said support is available for those facing financial hardship over the festive period. Cost of living rises are putting a huge strain on households and people may be particularly worried about debt and keeping up with outgoings after Christmas. Social Justice Secretary

Strengthening Scotland’s Place In The World

International offices to help deliver on priorities at home Ensuring Scotland looks outwards will be even more vital in 2023 for creating opportunities and delivering on our priorities, External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson has said. He said the Scottish Government’s international network of nine offices

Council Tax Reduction Scheme Helps Households Save £3billion

Minister urges those eligible to apply for support with the cost of living Scottish households have saved more than £3 billion in council tax since the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme was introduced almost ten years ago. The latest figures published by the Scottish Government

Ten Achievements in Government in 2022

Increasing the Scottish Child Payment by 150% To help in our national mission of tackling inequality and eradicating child poverty, we have launched the Scottish Child Payment – the most ambitious anti-poverty measure anywhere in the UK, labelled “game-changing” by campaigners. This year, in the

Supporting a Renewables Revolution

Commitment to develop onshore wind generation confirmed. Scotland’s onshore wind capacity will more than double by 2030 under plans to help cut harmful emissions and support the energy sector’s net zero transformation. – Graeme  Onshore wind power plays a vital role in Scotland’s route to

Parents back funded Early Learning and Childcare

Independent survey shows benefits to children and families. The vast majority of parents using Scottish Government-funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) are satisfied with its quality, according to new research. In an independent survey with more than 8,000 respondents, 97% of parents and carers with

Record £19 billion for Health and Social Care

Supporting fair pay and sustainable services Health and Social Care services will receive the highest ever budget settlement over the next year, paving the way for sustainable public services in Scotland. The £19 billion package will help tackle the immediate pressures caused by the pandemic

Scottish Budget 2023-24

Strengthening the social contract with Scotland’s people. Deputy First Minister John Swinney laid out “a different, more progressive path for Scotland” as he presented the Scottish Budget 2023-24. He promised to strengthen the social contract with the people of Scotland and pledged to do everything