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Monthly Archives: August 2022

Delivering for Scottish Agriculture

Consultation to Shape Future Agriculture Bill The next stage in making Scotland a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture has been launched. People are being urged to take part in a consultation on the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Agriculture Bill. The Scottish Government climate change

Communities Feeling Safer

Crime in Scotland at 50-Year Low Crime is at the lowest level recorded by police for a 12-month period since 1974, according to statistics published today. The latest ‘National Statistics: Recorded Crime in Scotland’ bulletin for the year ending June 2022 shows there was a

Scottish Child Payment Pays Out £84m

Devolved Benefit Helping 104,000 Children A total of £84 million has been paid to families since the Scottish Child Payment was introduced less than 18 months ago. The payment of £20 per week, unique in the UK to Scotland, began in February 2021 as a

Latest 80% Energy Price Cap Rise Must be Cancelled

Typical Houshold Bill to Hit £3,549 As experts had warned they would, Ofgem have today announced a huge further rise in the energy price cap from October – an increase of 80% on the current cap of £1,971. This will see the average household energy

Graeme’s Column

The Scottish Parliament resumes in a few days’ time. Speaking personally, this year’s summer recess has been productive, informative and the kind of battery recharge I haven’t experienced since 2017. Free from the demands of ministerial responsibility, after stepping back from government in January, this

Additional Funding for Energy Advice

£1.2 Million to Ensure Household & Businesses Support Immediate funding is being awarded to key energy advice organisations, to make sure energy customers can access crucial support and advice to deal with rising energy bills and heating costs. More than £1.2 million will be distributed

Investing in Scotland’s Workforce

Up to £15,000 for Eligible Businesses Thousands of businesses can now apply for up to £15,000 to help retrain and upskill their workforce. The Scottish Government’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund provides workers in organisations of all sizes with access to training courses through local colleges,

Highlighting National Allotments Week

Raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles Graeme recently visited Sustainable Kirriemuir to discuss the positive impact of being outside. Sustainable Kirriemuir are a group of people who put climate action into practice, protecting nature and

First Minister Hosts Energy Summit

Further Action Agreed as Consensus Reached The Scottish Government, energy companies and advice organisations met at Bute House yesterday (Tuesday 23rd August) for a summit chaired by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Participants agreed that the scale of the energy cost crisis is unprecedented, with grave consequences