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Contact Tracing Workforce Safeguarded

£33.1 Million to Retain Over 500 Posts Scotland’s contact tracing workforce will remain in place until September 2022, through a funding commitment of £33.1 million. The investment will secure almost 500 posts at local health boards around the country. This is as well as additional

Negative Test Becomes Part of Certification Scheme

Expanded Testing Needed to Keep Cases Down People attending venues covered by Scotland’s COVID certification scheme are to be given the option of providing a recent negative lateral flow test for the virus, as an alternative to proof of vaccination. It means that individuals who

Unionist MSPs Fail to Oppose Westminster Power Grab

Devolution Settlement ‘Being Undermined’ The SNP has condemned opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament for uniting in their refusal to condemn the Tory UK Government’s encroachment on devolved policy areas. During a recent debate, MSPs had the opportunity to object to UK Government plans which

£50m for Warmer, Greener Homes

Support to Help People Save on Heating This Winter An additional £18 million will be available this year to help householders install energy efficient measures and reduce their heating bills, bringing the total support available through Home Energy Scotland to £50 million in 2021-2022. People

Brexit Border Trouble Still Hitting Businesses

UK Government Action Needed on Food Shortages The SNP has demanded UK ministers “take their heads out of the sand” and act to reduce the trading burden for businesses and prevent further reduction in the availability of food. The call follows a report by the

Scotland to be Green Energy Powerhouse

Energy Day at COP26 Taking forward Scotland’s ambition to become a powerhouse of renewable energy is central to the Scottish Government’s activity at Energy Day at COP26 today (Thursday 4th November). First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an Offshore Wind Business Breakfast and announced plans

Rampant Sleaze at Heart of UK Government

Tories Rewrite Rules to Protect Their Own The SNP has condemned “a litany of stitch-ups and sleaze”, after the UK Government moved to overhaul the system governing parliamentarians’ conduct – after a Tory MP was found to have broken rules on paid lobbying. Whipped Tory

California Signs Scotland’s World-Leading Nature Declaration

COP26: Governments & Cities Encouraged to Take Action California has become the first US state to sign Scotland’s Edinburgh Declaration, which commits devolved bodies and administrations around the world to transformative action that will protect nature and halt biodiversity loss globally. Through its leadership of

Support for Flood-Hit Local Authorities

Discretionary Funding for Emergency Assistance In response to flooding in Dumfries & Galloway the Scottish Government has triggered the Bellwin scheme of discretionary funding, which gives emergency financial assistance to local authorities. Deputy First Minister John Swinney has visited Annan today (3rd November), where two

Finance Day at COP26

Investing to Tackle Climate Change The crucial role of private investment in efforts to achieve net zero will be set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today as part of Finance Day at COP26. The First Minister will join the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan