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More Choice for People Experiencing Homelessness

Legislation to Suspend Local Connection Rules People experiencing homelessness in Scotland will have the ability to settle and access support wherever they choose under legislation coming into force tomorrow. People can currently be asked to demonstrate their local connection to the area where they present

NHS Staff Offered Record High Pay Rise

Average Uplift of 7.5% is Highest Offer in the UK A ‘best and final offer’ has been made to NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) workers following pay negotiations with trade unions and employers. The record high pay offer, the best in the UK, will ensure

Minimum Unit Pricing Reducing Alcohol Consumption

Minister welcomes research which concludes measure has cut sales. Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) “is achieving one of its key aims” according to Ministers after a new report concluded that it has been effective in cutting alcohol consumption. – Graeme It is encouraging to see that

Scotland Leads Global Action for Nature

International Support for Edinburgh Declaration Over 280 governments, cities and local authorities across the world now support an ambitious Scottish Government-led international plan for nature – and it is hoped more will sign up at COP27. The Edinburgh Declaration is a shared agreement to protect

First Minister’s Emphasis on Winter Vaccinations

First Minister thanks NHS workers as she receives winter vaccinations As she received her COVID-19 and flu vaccines at Glasgow Central Mosque Vaccination Centre, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took the opportunity to thank everyone contributing to making this year’s winter vaccination programme a success. More

Scottish Child Payment Increased

Extension opens benefit to more than 400,000 children The Scottish Child Payment has today been increased to £25 and been extended to include eligible children up to age 16. First launched in February 2021 at £10 per week per child for children under the age

Scotland ‘Significantly Limited’ While Unable to Borrow

Committee: Devolve Powers to Tackle Cost Crisis A new report has called for Holyrood to be given borrowing powers from Westminster in order to tackle to the cost-of-living crisis. The report by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice & Social Security Committee, published earlier this week,

Scotland and Climate Change

Scotland will play our full part in tackling the climate emergency We have likely all noticed the unusually mild autumn we have been experiencing recently. In fact, some days in October have felt more like summer. While these warm conditions are certainly unusual in Scotland,

Support for Veteran Medal Replacements

Scheme Launched Ahead of Remembrance A new fund has been launched for veterans to reclaim the cost of replacing permanently destroyed or stolen service medals. Veterans Secretary Keith Brown announced the new scheme during a Parliamentary debate on Remembrance and support for the Veterans and

Planning for Net Zero

Promoting Development that Combats Climate Change Developments which reduce carbon emissions to tackle climate change and restore nature would be promoted under finalised proposals for long term planning reform. The revised draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) sets out sustainable policies against which planning applications