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First Steps Towards a National Care Service

‘Real life experts’ to help focus on what really matters to people receiving social care. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and Minister for Social Care Kevin Stewart have welcomed the first meeting of a Social Covenant Steering Group, set up to help guide the development of

Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders

Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday. The clinic in Arbroath is one

School Clothing Grant to Support 2,473 Angus Children

£239,000 Additional Funding Locally Graeme has encouraged any eligible parents who have not already done so to apply for the Scottish Government’s School Clothing Grant, which an estimated 2,473 school children across Angus are set to benefit from. The grant helps families pay for school

Music Tuition & Core Curriculum Fees Removed

No Bills For Families Graeme has welcomed an agreement with COSLA that will see fees for children learning a musical instrument at school removed, thanks to more than £7 million funding from the Scottish Government. Councils will also receive £6 million to waive core curriculum

£12m to Health Boards for Emergency Care

Supporting the NHS The Scottish Government has released £12 million in additional funding to health boards across Scotland to support non-COVID emergency care. This immediate action will help put measures in place to reduce waiting times for urgent or emergency treatment, with a focus on

Young Scots Benefit From Job Start Payments

Over £270K Paid Out To Date Graeme has encouraged more young constituents to apply for the Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment, with successful applicants having benefitted from over £270,000 of support thus far since its launch. Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found

More Staff to Bolster Test and Protect

Scotland’s Test and Protect contact tracing system will see its workforce bolstered with the deployment of additional staff over the coming week to help address a rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf  said recent changes to the system are helping its

Funding for International Projects Ahead of COP26

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stressed Scotland’s commitment to making sure people across the world benefit from a just transition to net zero. Speaking today at the Austrian World Summit on a panel including climate activist Greta Thunberg and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall,