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Don’t Leave the Job Half Done

Remaining Under-40s Urged to Get 2nd Vaccine Dose People aged under 40 who have still to receive their second dose of a COVID vaccine are being urged to book an appointment, or go to a drop-in clinic, and maximise the protection offered. The number of

Phase 2 of Schools Return

More Pupils Back from 15 March Graeme has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that all remaining primary school children are set to return to school full-time from 15 March – with all secondary pupils returning on a part-time basis from that date. Regulated childcare, including

Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Reaching All Adults Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has welcomed the interim advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the next stage of the coronavirus vaccination programme. She has confirmed that vaccination programme will continue in line with this independent

One-Third of Scotland’s Eligible Population Vaccinated

1.5 Million Have Received 1st Dose Graeme has welcomed news that Scotland’s vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to a third (33.4%) of those eligible – more than 1.5 million people (1,515,980). In addition, the roll-out among those aged 65-69 has

Youngest Pupils Return to Classroom

Remote Learning to Continue for Majority The majority of primary and secondary school pupils will continue with remote learning until at least mid-March while children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and primaries 1 to 3 will return full-time to classrooms from Monday 22 February.

More Than £14m Awarded in Winter Hardship Payments

Financial Help for Families in Need £14.41 million in COVID Winter Hardship Payments has been paid out to support struggling households as part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Plan for Social Protection. A total of 144,128 of the payments have been made by local authorities

Welcome Support for Childminders

Payments to Support Business Sustainability Graeme has welcomed grants of £750 being paid to all registered childminders in Scotland, in order to secure the sustainability of their businesses. Funding of more than £3.2 million has been made available to ensure that all childminders registered with

£244m Paid to Businesses in January

Doubling of Councils’ Discretionary Fund Graeme has welcomed the increased payments made to support pandemic-affected businesses in Scotland since the tightening of essential public health measures at Christmas. New statistics show businesses have received £276 million in Scottish Government support since November 2020 – through

Graeme Backs Vaccination Information Campaign

People Urged to ‘Roll Their Sleeves Up’ Graeme has got behind a new Scottish Government campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. The ‘Roll your sleeves up’ campaign emphasises the importance of the vaccine and its safety, as

Huge Gaps in UK Business Support & Missing £735m

Scotland & Freelancers Neglected  Graeme has called out Chancellor Rishi Sunak on both his failure to address gaps in business support where the self-employed are concerned and his reneging on a promised additional £375 million of such support for Scotland. It follows the Chancellor’s latest