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2,126 Ukrainians Welcomed to Scotland

Minister Urges Speed & Solutions from Home Office New Ukraine Sponsor scheme data shows that 2,126 Ukrainian refugees with a sponsor in Scotland have thus far arrived in the UK. 855 of those have come through the Scottish Government’s Super Sponsor scheme – the Warm

Best Start Foods Eligibility to Widen

Extra support for 30,000 families Plans to remove all income thresholds from Best Start Foods by 2023-24 have been announced as part of the second Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, ‘Best Start, Bright Futures’. This will increase eligibility to all people in receipt of a

Scotland a Safer Place Under SNP

Crime Down 40% Since 2007 Graeme has welcomed statistics which demonstrate that Scotland has become a safer place since the SNP first entered government. Figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey reveal crime to be down by 40% since 2006/2007 – to one of

Automatic Awards to Make Accessing Family Benefits Simpler

Changes planned to make sure families get support they are entitled to. Plans have been announced to automatically pay the Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payments to parents and carers who already receive Scottish Child Payment when their children become eligible. –

NHS Scotland Recruitment Boost

Additional healthcare staff and international nurses join NHS workforce. Scottish health boards have recruited more than 1,000 additional healthcare support staff and almost 200 registered nurses from overseas to help address the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS. The support staff recruitment drive, backed by £15

Free Tuition for Displaced Ukrainian Students

Costs covered from start of academic year. Displaced Ukrainian students settling in Scotland will be given access to free tuition and living cost support, subject to parliamentary approval. Under new proposals from the Scottish Government, Ukrainians wishing to embark on a further or higher education

Public Views on Adding Calories to Menus

Healthier options when eating out. The public is being invited to have its say on plans to add the number of calories to menus in the out of home food sector including cafes, restaurants and takeaways. Mandatory calorie labelling is part of action to address

Improving Lives Through Employment Support

Further funding to provide a route out of poverty. Employability services to help those most at risk of long-term unemployment will receive up to £113 million of funding. To deliver the ambitions set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and the Child Poverty

Support For Fishing Businesses and Coastal Communities

Next round of funding announced. The latest round of awards from the first year of the Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) has provided fishing businesses and marine organisations in coastal communities with £7.4 million in funding. – Graeme  The announcement of this funding is fantastic news

Scottish Child Payment Doubles

104,000 children have payment increased to £20 per week. The flagship family payment – Scottish Child Payment – has now doubled to £20 per week per child. 104,000 children are already benefiting from this increase. The payment, which is unique to Scotland, was designed to