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Delivering thriving local communities

Consultation on planning guidance. People are being asked for their views on how the planning system can support healthy, thriving and connected communities as part of a consultation launched by the Scottish Government. As part of implementation of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), draft guidance

Putting Victims and Witnesses at the Heart of the Justice System

Legislative reforms introduced to Parliament. Legislation proposing a significant package of reform to ensure victims are treated with compassion and their voices heard across the justice system has been published. The Victims, Witnesses and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill will require justice agencies to make efforts

Affordable Housing Initiative for Key Workers

Help to Provide More Homes in Rural Scotland Up to £25 million is being made available to help councils identify affordable homes for key workers in rural communities. The five year initiative, set out in the Scottish Government’s priorities for the next three years, will enable

£15 million mental health funding

Community support for third year of fund to help more projects. Projects to support mental health and address social isolation and loneliness in adults will share a further £15 million this year. The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for adults, launched in 2021, has now

Key campaigners & charities back bold vision for Scotland

Support for First Minister’s Priorities First Minister Humza Yousaf has set out his bold, ambitious vision for government – based on the values of equality, opportunity and community. Among other measures, it includes pledges to tackle child poverty by investing further in the Scottish Child

A Fair Economy Supporting Scotland’s People

Priorities for Sustainable Growth Outlined Fair work and more efficient public services will be at the heart of Scotland’s economy, Deputy First Minister Shona Robison has pledged. Plans to deliver real benefits to the people of Scotland through a strong, green economy, underpinned by the

A Fresh Start for Scotland

Priorities of ‘Equality, Opportunity, Community’ Set First Minister Humza Yousaf has published a new policy prospectus, setting out how the government will deliver for Scotland over the next three years. In his first major statement to Parliament, the First Minister said three missions, centred on

Tax Changes for Second and Empty Homes

Councils empowered to prioritise homes for living in. Plans to enable councils to raise the amount of council tax paid on empty and second homes will be included in a new consultation to help increase housing availability. First Minister Humza Yousaf will announce proposals at

Delivering Housing to 2040

Ensuring everyone has a home that meets their needs. Increasing and accelerating housing supply, tackling homelessness, ending rough sleeping and progressing Scotland’s 20-year housing plan are key priorities for Housing Minister Paul McLennan. On his first public visit as Housing Minister, Mr McLennan visited the

Section 35 Order

Request for judicial review of UK Government use of veto. The Scottish Government will challenge the Secretary of State for Scotland’s use of Section 35 of the Scotland Act to stop the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill going forward to Royal Assent following the Scottish