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Here’s how the two-party Westminster system fails Scotland

Christian Wakeford, a right-wing, Brexit-loving Tory MP, has defected to the Labour Party. That, combined with Keir Starmer’s drift towards the right, shows that Labour and the Tories are increasingly two sides of the same Westminster coin – and increasingly out of touch with Scotland.

‘Historic’ Offshore Wind Opportunity

First Minister hails “truly historic” opportunity of ScotWind. Billions will be invested in high quality green jobs as part of Scotland’s transition to net zero. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the “truly historic” opportunity for Scotland’s net zero economy, as the winners of the

Placements Help Pandemic Response

Around 12,000 students support healthcare delivery. Around 12,000 students will assist in the safe delivery of health and social care as services continue to respond to the pandemic. More than 3,000 nursing and midwifery students are heading out on placements this month. A further 7,000

Staff Joining Social Care to Have Fees Waived

SSSC registration and PVG checks to be funded. New staff joining the social care workforce are to have entry costs paid by the Scottish Government until the end of March. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration will now

Vaccination Vital as Omicron Remains a Threat

People urged to get boosted as soon as possible. Anyone who has not yet received their booster or third dose is being urged to come forward now, to give the best possible protection against the Omicron variant. That includes anyone who was unable to attend

Dental Charges Scrapped for All Under-26s in Scotland

Young people in Scotland under the age of 26 are now eligible for free NHS dental treatment, after the SNP Scottish Government fulfilled its election pledge to scrap dental charges. Around 600,000 young Scots will now receive free dental care, with Health Secretary Humza Yousaf confirming

Revealed: Tory Cuts Cost Pensioners £520 in 2022

New analysis reveals that almost one million Scottish pensioners have been directly impacted by the Tories’ pensions cut. Here’s a quick summary. Pensions triple lock: a Tory broken promise In their 2019 manifesto, the Tories promised to keep the ‘triple lock’ on pensions – which

A New Deal for Tenants

Views sought on plans to deliver fairer rented sector. Plans to deliver a new deal for tenants, with stronger rights, greater protections against eviction and access to greener, higher-quality, more affordable housing, have been launched. The proposals, which are open to public consultation from today,

Adult Disability Payment Launch Dates Announced

New Applications to open in March. The Scottish Government’s next benefit, Adult Disability Payment (ADP), will open for new applications in pilot areas from 21 March 2022. This new payment, to be administered by Social Security Scotland, will replace Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability