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One-Third of Scotland’s Eligible Population Vaccinated

1.5 Million Have Received 1st Dose Graeme has welcomed news that Scotland’s vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to a third (33.4%) of those eligible – more than 1.5 million people (1,515,980). In addition, the roll-out among those aged 65-69 has

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.

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

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

Huge Gaps in UK Business Support & Missing £735m

Scotland & Freelancers Neglected  Graeme has called out Chancellor Rishi Sunak on both his failure to address gaps in business support where the self-employed are concerned and his reneging on a promised additional £375 million of such support for Scotland. It follows the Chancellor’s latest