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Monthly Archives: July 2021

Investing in Scotland’s Future

Here’s how we’re investing in Scotland’s young people The SNP Scottish Government has announced a £70 million investment to boost opportunities for young people, helping them into employment, education or training. This announcement delivers on an SNP manifesto promise, and meets four of our ‘First 100

Young Scots Work Promise

£70 million investment in youth employment Young people looking to enter the workforce will benefit from £70 million of investment from the Scottish Government. The Young Person’s Guarantee aims to protect people from the economic impact of COVID-19 by offering every 16-24 year old in

Free Bus Travel For Under-22s

Scheme to go live in January 2022 All residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022. The Scottish Government has confirmed the timetable for the roll out of the scheme, delivered in partnership with

Funding for Seafood Sector Recovery

Support for industry impacted by Brexit and Covid-19 Funding of £1.8 million will help Scottish seafood businesses recover from the severe economic impacts of Brexit and Covid-19. The funding, managed by trade marketing body Seafood Scotland, will support seafood businesses to access new markets within

Our Plan To Make Scotland Net Zero By 2045

Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change – but the scale of the challenge posed by the climate emergency means we can’t be complacent. That’s why, as we approach COP26 in Glasgow, we’re committed to raising climate ambition even higher – in Scotland and around

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