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Youngest Pupils Return to Classroom

Remote Learning to Continue for Majority The majority of primary and secondary school pupils will continue with remote learning until at least mid-March while children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and primaries 1 to 3 will return full-time to classrooms from Monday 22 February.

Scottish Child Payment Begins

New Benefit Opens to Angus Families  Graeme has welcomed the introduction of the Scottish Child Payment, which is set to make a difference to families across Angus at a time when they need it most. The new SNP Scottish Government benefit will provide families with a

More Than £14m Awarded in Winter Hardship Payments

Financial Help for Families in Need £14.41 million in COVID Winter Hardship Payments has been paid out to support struggling households as part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Plan for Social Protection. A total of 144,128 of the payments have been made by local authorities

Welcome Support for Childminders

Payments to Support Business Sustainability Graeme has welcomed grants of £750 being paid to all registered childminders in Scotland, in order to secure the sustainability of their businesses. Funding of more than £3.2 million has been made available to ensure that all childminders registered with

£244m Paid to Businesses in January

Doubling of Councils’ Discretionary Fund Graeme has welcomed the increased payments made to support pandemic-affected businesses in Scotland since the tightening of essential public health measures at Christmas. New statistics show businesses have received £276 million in Scottish Government support since November 2020 – through

Devolved Nations Call for Tax-Free NHS Bonus

Graeme: PM Must Exempt £500 Payments  Graeme has called on Boris Johnson to ‘do the right thing’ and confirm that devolved nations’ £500 bonus for NHS and social care workers will not be taxed. It comes after Northern Ireland also announced that health workers are

Scottish Government Budget Summary

This budget continues the Scottish Government’s urgent measures to control the virus and protect our economy and people in the immediate term, while also ensuring a strong recovery and a fairer, stronger and greener future. At its core this budget focuses on three key guiding

Graeme Backs Vaccination Information Campaign

People Urged to ‘Roll Their Sleeves Up’ Graeme has got behind a new Scottish Government campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. The ‘Roll your sleeves up’ campaign emphasises the importance of the vaccine and its safety, as

Graeme: PM Must Protect Rights of EU Nationals

Significant Number Will Miss Settlement Scheme Deadline Graeme has said that the Prime Minister should automatically extend the rights of EU nationals in the UK – or at the very least cancel the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme. The renewed call from the SNP –

No Scottish Tories Oppose Universal Credit Cut

Graeme Condemns ‘Shameful’ Abstention Graeme has described as “shameful” the refusal of a single Scottish Tory MP to oppose planned cuts to Universal Credit in a Commons vote on Monday. The vote sought to make permanent the current £20 uplift to the benefit – something