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Monthly Archives: May 2022

Resource Spending Review

Plans to invest in Scotland’s future. An ambitious but realistic public spending framework has been published which outlines how more than £180 billion will be invested to deliver priorities for Scotland. – Graeme Prioritising public spending is essential to grow a stronger economy as Scotland

Scotland Leading UK on Investment

Outperforming UK on Foreign Direct Investment Scotland has recorded a 14% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2021, according to Ernst & Young’s (EY) latest Annual Attractiveness Survey results. Figures published today show this significant level of investment is compared to an increase

Treasury Cost-of-Living Action Falls Short

Calls for £30bn Support Package Scottish Government Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has welcomed the short-term action announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, but warned more support is needed for households and businesses as the cost of living crisis worsens. Following calls from the Scottish

Almost £940,000 Spent Mitigating Tory Cuts in Angus

Scotland Fighting Poverty ‘With One Hand Tied Behind its Back’ £938,260 has been spent in Angus this year on Discretionary Housing Payments, for the purpose of mitigating UK Government cuts including the ‘bedroom tax’. While highlighting the significance of this intervention, Graeme has decried the

Out of Excuses

Douglas Ross Must Resubmit 1922 Letter Scots Tory leader losing control of his own party – Douglas Ross is “out of excuses” and must resubmit his letter of no confidence to the 1922 backbench committee or risk losing any remaining credibility – after the publication

Protecting Children’s Rights

Next Steps for Landmark Legislation Plans to progress Scotland’s ground-breaking children’s rights legislation have been announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was backed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament in March 2021, but could not be implemented because of a

Foster Carers Appeal

Bid to Increase Numbers Graeme has joined the Scottish Government’s Children’s Minister, Clare Haughey, in encouraging more people to consider fostering. Currently, around 500 additional foster families are required to provide stable and nurturing homes for children who cannot be looked after at home. Ms

School Uniform: Have Your Say

New National Guidance to Be Developed Pupils, parents and carers are being asked to give their views on school uniform to help shape new national guidance. A key aim of the guidance will be to reduce costs for families, while ensuring pupils can go to

Audit Scotland Highlights Devolved Benefits Achievement

£3.9bn+ to Benefit a Million People in 2022-23 A new report published by Audit Scotland has highlighted the Scottish Government’s “significant achievement” in the scale and pace of delivering the devolved programme of social security benefits in Scotland. This includes seven new payments unavailable anywhere