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Sharing intimate images could land prison sentence

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A new law which came into force will make it easier to prosecute people who share intimate images without consent.Those convicted of the new offence of ‘disclosing, or threatening to disclose, an intimate photograph...

Independent review seeks views

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A consultation is underway on financial support for college and university students.It is part of an independent review chaired by Jayne-Anne Gadhia which is looking at ways to improve how students in Scotland are...

Next steps on deposit return scheme

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Detailed work on how a potential deposit return scheme might operate in Scotland has been commissioned by the Scottish Government.Deposit return schemes, in existence round the world, see consumers pay a small deposit that...

Scottish Government starts male vaccination programme

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A vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM) has started in Scotland to protect against the HPV (Human Papillomavirus).The vaccine will be offered to MSM up to and including the age of...

Government set up a fund to support young disabled

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Young disabled people will be able to access a £5m fund to help them live more independent lives, Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell announced this week.The Independent Living Fund (ILF) will provide a short-term...

Government to hold consultation on pre-recorded evidence in criminal trials

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Views are being sought on the best way to spare child witnesses from having to give evidence during criminal trials.The consultation seeks views on the Government vision that all child witnesses will have their...

Government welcomes new figures on positive destinations for university graduates

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Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has welcomed the publication of new statistics showing 91 per cent of Scotland’s university graduates are going into positive destinations.Statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show...

Government to focus on ‘modern and person-centred’ care

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Transforming services to ensure people with dementia receive the support they need at all ages and stages of the illness is at the centre of Scotland’s third dementia strategy.The government says that the three...

Equality projects boosted by multi-million investment

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Over 200 projects working to promote equality and address discrimination will benefit from more than £20m investment over the next year.More than £5m will be provided to organisations supporting engagement with communities experiencing prejudice...

Soft opt out system of organ and tissue donation

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The Scottish Government intends to introduce legislation for a soft opt out system of organ and tissue donation.Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has confirmed plans to bring forward legislation during this Parliament after 82...

Computershare to create 300 new Edinburgh-based jobs

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Plans by Australian financial services company Computershare to open a new technology centre of excellence in Edinburgh, creating 300 jobs, have been welcomed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The company secured a £2m grant from...

New law on underage drinking introduced today

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A new law which makes if an offence for someone to make alcohol available to a child or young person to drink in public comes into effect today.This is part of an overarching piece of...

Fishing – Scottish Government rules out rod licence proposal

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Proposals to introduce rod licences and a new wild fisheries levy will not be taken forward, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.The Scottish Government has ruled out these measures, as well as the criminalisation...

More blueberries from Scotland

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Scientists at the James Hutton Institute are undertaking research to find ways of growing blueberries in Scotland.The Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced new plant breeding technology being used in a Scottish Government funded...

Finance Secretary looking forward to presenting his first budget

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will present his first budget to Holyrood later today, when the Scottish Government can employ its new powers over income tax for the first time. He seemed in relaxed mood yesterday...

Book Week Scotland 2016 offers a full programme of free events

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Book Week Scotland may not be taking place till the end of next month but this morning the full programme for the fifth national celebration of books and reading was announced. (But not until everyone...

#SP16 SNP launch their ‘most ambitious’ manifesto yet

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 The SNP manifesto will be launched at the EICC this morning by the party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.In it the SNP are to pledge what they say is their most ambitious programme...

Police statement in response to Scottish Government stop and search consultations

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Police Scotland's  Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams has given a supporting statement in response to the Scottish Government stop and search consultations.The consultations are part of a commitment to ensure the police have appropriate...

Comment – Will Holyrood think again about empty property relief?

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By Michael Court One of the less publicised measures in Finance Secretary John Swinney's Budget are giving cause for measured consideration by many commercial Scottish property professionals.The proposal unveiled in December is to limit the...

Storm Frank continues to affect much of Scotland

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A second meeting of the Scottish Government's resilience committee has been held, as Storm Frank continues to affect much of Scotland.The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and portfolio Ministers have been updated on the...

Holyrood announce increase in Living Wage

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The government says that a 40 pence increase in the Living Wage, calculated independently and set by the Living Wage Foundation in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, will benefit thousands of employees at Living Wage-accredited...

Consultation launched to give football fans a greater voice

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A consultation into the best ways of increasing supporter involvement in football clubs has been launched.The Scottish Government is launching the exercise to inform potential future legislation to protect the rights of football fans. The consultation,...

Shared knowledge is the way forward for Aquamarine Power

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Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has secured a three month contract with Wave Energy Scotland to share knowledge gained through the development of Oyster technology.The work package, known as ‘Project Know-How’, will enable Aquamarine...

Government allocates funding for war memorials

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A further twenty war memorials across Scotland will be restored to their former glory after being awarded grants totalling £160,000, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.The money from the latest round of funding from...

Bingo was nearly a full house!

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by Robert Pearson Over recent years bingo halls have closed all across Edinburgh. Many reasons for that spring to mind especially the introduction of the national smoking ban in certain premises. North Edinburgh’s nearest bingo hall...

Glasgow party flats policy holds key for Edinburgh action

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Over the last few years, I have been working with local campaigners to tackle anti-social behaviour associated with 'party flats'. These flats are residential properties rented out for a short period of time - often...

Leith Biomass Plant turn attention to government subsidies

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Protesters against the planned Leith Biomass Plant have turned their attention to government subsidies in the hope that they will be the key to preventing Forth Energy’s plans to build a power plant in...

Holyrood – Spending Review

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Over three quarters of a billion pounds will be transferred from resource expenditure into the capital investment programme to support economic recovery, it was announced today.The Scottish Spending Review 2011, published today, confirms that...

SNP get £500,000 from Stagecoach founder

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A £500,000 pledge of support from Scottish entrepreneur Brian Souter is to be used by the SNP to help propel its bid for a second historic term in government. Announcing the pledge today,...

Holyrood pitches renewables target even higher

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Scotland's renewable electricity target for the next decade is being raised from 50 per cent to 80 per cent, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today.The FM confirmed the Scottish Government's increased national target -...

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