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Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders

Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday. The clinic in Arbroath is one

£12m to Health Boards for Emergency Care

Supporting the NHS The Scottish Government has released £12 million in additional funding to health boards across Scotland to support non-COVID emergency care. This immediate action will help put measures in place to reduce waiting times for urgent or emergency treatment, with a focus on

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