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Graeme Visits Arbroath Round O Five O

Marking International Day of Older Persons Graeme recently paid a visit to local Arbroath charity Round O Five O, coinciding with the 31st International Day of Older Persons. Observed around the world every 1st October since 1991, following its establishment by the United Nations General

A National Discussion: Education

Every child and young person in Scotland is being encouraged to get involved in a National Discussion on education. Let’s Talk Scottish Education invites those aged three to 18 to share their ideas, views and experiences. Feedback from young people, as well as from parents, carers,

Emergency Budget Review

Leading Economists to Give Expert Advice Members of an expert panel providing advice to the Scottish Government as part of its Emergency Budget Review (EBR) have been confirmed. Sir Anton Muscatelli, Professor Frances Ruane and Professor Mike Brewer will assess the impact on Scotland of

Accessing Help for Cost of Living

New ‘One Stop Shop’ Website for Advice & Information A new website providing information on the wide range of advice and financial support available to people in Scotland has been launched. Developed by the Scottish Government as a ‘one stop shop’ to help those struggling

Rural Visa Pilot Proposed

Tailored Migration Solution Needed A proposal for a bespoke rural visa pilot scheme for Scotland, endorsed by the Scottish Parliament, has been published. This community-driven and employer-based migration proposal has been jointly developed by the Scottish Government, local authorities and key representatives from employers and

New Draft Cycling Framework for Scotland

Climate Week Sees Consultation Launched The Scottish Government has launched a 12-week consultation on the new draft Cycling Framework for Scotland. The published document sets out the draft strategic priorities for everyday cycling to 2030 – supporting the Active Travel vision of communities shaped around

‘Gaping Hole’ In Support for Off-Grid Homes

Rural Scotland ‘Hung Out to Dry’ The SNP has condemned the UK Government’s lack of support with energy bills for households not connected to the energy grid. The UK Government previously announced it would offer just £100 in total to households across the UK who

Graeme’s Column

Over the past couple of weeks, many of us will have felt the keen sense of living through a moment in history. The passing of the Queen was an event few had truly contemplated, despite her advanced years. As we have heard amongst the many reflections

Help Shape the New National Care Service

Applications Open to Join Lived Experience Experts Panel Adults with first-hand experience of social care services in Scotland are being invited to help design the new National Care Service (NCS) from today. Applications are now open for both the Lived Experience Experts Panel (LEEP) and

21 Million Free Bus Trips for Scotland’s under 22s

New marketing campaign launched to encourage further take up With over 21 million free journeys having been made since January 2022, the Scottish Government has launched a new marketing campaign, encouraging more people under the age of 22 to take up free bus travel. With