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Monthly Archives: January 2023

Shining a Light on Parental Mental Health

Supporting Parent Mental Health Day with Local Organisations To mark Parent Mental Day, Graeme visited Mum & Me Angus in Arbroath and the High-5 Club in Monifieth Mum & Me is a long-term nurturing support group for mums in Angus. It is based in the

Independence the Only Way to End Child Poverty

New Report Reveals Tory Rule Consigning Millions to Destitution The SNP has said that Scottish independence is the only way to tackle child poverty, after a fresh report laid bare the impact of Tory rule on the rise in poverty in the UK. The findings

Independent Advocacy Service Celebrates First Anniversary

Supporting Disabled People to Access Devolved Benefits A free independent advocacy service supporting disabled people to access Scottish Government benefits has marked its first year in operation. The Scottish Government is investing more than £20 million to deliver this service over the course of four

Scotland should not have to pay the price of a failing Brexit

UK Fundamentally on the Wrong Path Almost three years on from Brexit, blatantly imposed on Scotland by the Tories and their Labour accomplices at Westminster, the economic damage of it gets starker by the day. The immense damage of Brexit has been felt by businesses,

New Build House Completions up 9%

Quarterly Statistics Published There were 21,825 all-sector new build homes completed in Scotland in the year to end June 2022, according to quarterly statistics on housebuilding and affordable housing supply published 25th by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. This is an increase of 9% (1,806 homes) on

Hunting With Dogs Bill Passed

Tighter Laws to Protect Scotland’s Wildlife New legislation to prevent the chasing and killing of wild mammals for sport has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government’s Hunting with Dogs Bill will close loopholes in existing laws that have allowed the practice of

No One Should Be Forced Onto Pre-Payment Meter

SNP Urge Ban on Forced Switches The UK government is being urged to ban energy companies from forcing households on to pre-payment energy meters. The call comes after regulator Ofgem opened an investigation into the practice, where providers force the switch on customers who have

Environmental Impact of Single-Use Vapes

Evidence Review Will Inform Action An urgent review of the environmental impacts and management of single-use vapes has been commissioned. The review, which comes in response to emerging concerns around the negative consequences of the disposable devices, will inform potential policy responses, which could include

Protections for Tenants Extended

Minister Confirms Intention to Cap Rents at 3% Emergency measures to protect tenants will be extended, Tenants Rights’ Minister Patrick Harvie has confirmed, with private rents capped and enforcement of evictions prevented in most cases. Subject to the approval of Parliament, changes to the Cost