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Formal Apology for Historical Adoption Practices

Heartbreak of Mothers Forced to Give Up Babies First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has delivered a formal apology to those affected by ‘cruel’ historical adoption practices. Many thousands of women – most of them young and unmarried – were forced to give up their babies for

Nicola Sturgeon Chairs Final Cabinet Meeting

Colleagues Pay Tribute to First Minister & Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today chaired her final Cabinet meeting, alongside Deputy First Minister John Swinney, ahead of both standing down from Government next week. As well as the substantive business of Cabinet being discussed, Cabinet colleagues

Minimum Unit Pricing Reducing Alcohol Deaths

Report Estimates Policy has Saved Hundreds of Lives Research estimates that 156 deaths were averted each year following the SNP Scottish Government’s implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The study comes from Public Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow. It indicates a 13.4% reduction

First Minister’s Reading Challenge Leaves Lasting Legacy

SNP Creating Generation of Bookbugs Over 1600 schools across Scotland have signed up to the First Minister’s Reading Challenge since the project started in 2016, including primaries and secondaries across Angus. The Challenge was set up to help children and young people between the ages

UK Spring Budget Falls Short on Vital Lifelines

A ‘Missed Opportunity’ for Meaningful Action Graeme has criticised the UK Government’s Spring Budget statement as falling far short on vital help for households, businesses and public services through the cost of living crisis. The Scottish Government has accused the Chancellor of the Exchequer of

MSP Visits D&A College for Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Unlocking Potential Graeme Dey marked this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week last week with a visit to Dundee & Angus College’s Arbroath Campus. There he met with young people undertaking Foundation Apprenticeships at the College. These programmes have been developed to help young people gain valuable,

Historic Pay Offer for Teachers

14.6% Pay Uplift Over 28 Months A resolution to the teacher pay dispute is now in sight after the EIS and SSTA unions voted to accept a historic sixth offer. Teachers across Scotland have been offered the largest pay package in over twenty years, with

SNP Supporting Disabled Young People to Succeed

Breaking Down Barriers to Apprenticeships “Vital” Responding to a question from Graeme yesterday in Parliament, the First Minister confirmed that more disabled young people are accessing apprenticeships thanks to targeted action by the SNP Government. During First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, the First Minister announced

Misogyny Law Consultation

Proposals to Criminalise Abusive & Humiliating Behaviour Misogynistic harassment could become a criminal offence as part of proposals aimed at providing greater protection for women and girls. A consultation has been launched on the draft reforms, which would create five new laws to provide police

Women and girls’ safety on public transport

Report makes 10 recommendations Women and girls are being forced to adapt their own behaviour and change their travel habits in order to feel safe on public transport, according to research commissioned by Transport Scotland. Now a report has made 10 recommendations to help them