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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

More Staff to Bolster Test and Protect

Scotland’s Test and Protect contact tracing system will see its workforce bolstered with the deployment of additional staff over the coming week to help address a rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf  said recent changes to the system are helping its

Funding for International Projects Ahead of COP26

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stressed Scotland’s commitment to making sure people across the world benefit from a just transition to net zero. Speaking today at the Austrian World Summit on a panel including climate activist Greta Thunberg and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall,

£10,000 Bursary for Paramedic Students

Support scheme to be introduced this year. Hundreds of paramedic students in Scotland will receive an annual bursary of  £10,000 as part of a new scheme unveiled today. An estimated 668 students will be eligible for the Paramedic, Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (PNMSB) for

Job Start Payment

Graeme urges young people in Angus to apply for Job Start Payment Graeme is urging young people in the area to apply for the Job Start Payment if they are starting a new job after a period of unemployment. The Job Start Payment is available

Social Care Personal Assistants To Receive £500 Payment

Dedicated portal to reach last group of social care workers.  A special online portal has been launched for more than 10,000 Personal Assistants across Scotland to ensure they receive a £500 thank-you payment. The Personal Assistant workforce are employed directly by disabled people, for whom

Scotland Is Your Home

The UK government’s hard deadline for EU citizens risks second Windrush scandal The deadline for the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is this Wednesday. The Scottish Government does not accept that our EU citizens should have to sign up to any sort of scheme

Corruption and Cronyism

This UK Tory government is engulfed in corruption and cronyism From the ‘Text for contracts’ scandal in May to the Downing Street flat renovations, Boris Johnson’s Tory government is stumbling from one corruption scandal to the next. This week alone, there have been two further

Tories Lose 2-year Battle to Keep Their #Indyref Polling Secret

The UK government must release secret union polling after tribunal ruling Following a two-year battle with the UK government, the Cabinet Office has finally been ordered by the courts to disclose their secret polling on independence and attitudes towards the Union – revealing what the