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Mental Health Awareness Week

Loneliness: #IveBeenThere This week (9th – 15th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, led by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in Scotland and across the UK for the last 22 years. The annual event offers people the opportunity to talk about all aspects of mental

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Food prices are rising, fuel prices have skyrocketed, and people all over Scotland continue to be affected by the increasing cost of living. To exacerbate this, rises in electricity and gas costs are sending family bills soaring, with average households facing another £800 a year

Here’s Why These Council Elections Really Matter

Next Thursday, May 5th, people across Scotland go to the polls to elect the local councillors who will represent us in our communities over the next few years. Elections to local councils across the country are always important because the quality of local services and

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Local authority elections attract nothing like the focus of General Elections to the House of Commons, nor of our national elections to the Scottish Parliament. Regrettably, that tends to be reflected in turnout on polling day – and it is a great pity that relatively

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Every so often something happens that is just so extraordinary it cannot fail to capture even the attention of people who might normally take barely a passing interest in the topic. The rise and rise of Arbroath Football Club is just such an event. No

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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.

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Reflecting on Storm Arwen Storm Arwen – dubbed the worst UK storm in decades – brought destructive wind, rain and snow to our shores, leaving more than a quarter of a million people in the dark. Established tree branches were snapped like twigs and, sadly,

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Just weeks from now, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland. At the end of this month, leaders from across the world will gather in Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This is a critical opportunity to forge global progress

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Scotland’s Tale of Two Governments Scotland has two governments – with very different priorities, which are becoming increasingly apparent. The Programme for Government which is published each September lays out the actions the Scottish Government intends to take in the next year and beyond. In

Trident Would Be Removed By An Independent Scotland

Removing Trident will be one of the most important tasks of an independent Scotland In the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum, UK civil servants were expressly forbidden from drawing up plans for the removal of Trident in the event of a Yes vote. Now,