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New ministers appointed to The Scottish Government

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Subject to parliamentary approval, Jenny Gilruth has been appointed as Transport Minister, while Neil Gray MSP joins the government.The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the two changes to her Ministerial team which comes after...

Coronavirus – changes tointernational travel restrictions

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Following agreement at a cross-UK meeting earlier today, testing requirements for most people are being removed.Fully vaccinated people arriving in Scotland are no longer required to take tests. Further work will be done...
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Frequently asked questions about the changes to regulations on smoke alarms

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Advice Direct Scotland is keen to ensure that Scots homeowners and landlords have access to proper advice over the potential implications of new regulations on interlinked smoke alarms which are due to come into...

Coronavirus – omicron measures will end on Monday

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While case numbers remain relatively high, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced to The Scottish Parliament that the tightening of the restrictions which came into effect almost a month ago will be relaxed...

Coronavirus – numbers and changes to self-isolation and travel

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From today self-isolation period guidance has changed as announced on Wednesday, and guidance on tests for international travel has also been amended.Today marks another milestone as the millionth confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported....

Coronavirus in numbers

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The number of positive cases of Covid-19 reported since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 will pass one million in Scotland by Thursday.Today in the UK 194,747 new Covid cases were recorded...

New Year message from the First Minister

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has issued a resounding Happy New Year to everyone with a message hoping for health and peace in 2022.Ms Sturgeon said: "2021 has been dominated by the challenges of...

Coronavirus – highest daily rate of cases reported

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The Scottish Government has reported rising numbers of Covid-19 cases over the three days since Christmas. These numbers use provisional data and there will be a catch up tomorrow when parliament reconvenes.The figures...

Coronavirus – temporary measures come into effect

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Temporary measures to limit the spread of the Omicron variant whilst the accelerated booster vaccination programme takes effect have come into force.From 05:00 on 26 December attendance at large events has been limited to:100...
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Coronavirus – nightclubs to close from 27 December

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Nightclubs will close from 27 December to tackle the transmission of Omicron which continues to spread rapidly.The measure follows feedback from nightclubs on the impact of incoming restrictions needed to slow the spread of...

Coronavirus – new measures to be introduced from midnight on Friday

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Following the First Minister's address to the nation and her statement to The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, additional measures to manage the increased risks of transmission associated with Omicron will be introduced from midnight...

Coronavirus – First Minister addresses the nation

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Earlier on Tuesday evening the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the nation following an earlier statement to MSPs at The Scottish Parliament.https://twitter.com/scotgov/status/1470849260258213897?s=20This is what the First Minister said:The last two years have...

New Chief Nursing Officer appointed

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Health Secretary hails “excellent leadership.”Professor Alex McMahon has been appointed Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer.He has been carrying out the role on an interim basis since October, and will now take up the position on...

Letter from Scotland

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We’ve been mining coal since the 13th century and, without realising it till recently, polluting the planet with its noxious fumes.But on Thursday morning, we finally left the Age of Coal behind us.  The...

Coronavirus – Jason Leitch becomes a vaccinator – and wants you to sign up...

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National Clinical Director joins national programme.The National Clinical Director Jason Leitch is becoming a vaccinator and urges others to enrol and help accelerate the national booster vaccine programme.Since 19 November, the equivalent of 300...

Coronavirus – a year of vaccinations

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The first Covid-19 vaccination was administered on 8 December 2021, only nine months after the first lockdown was announced in Scotland.As at this morning the number of vaccines delivered in the UK continues...
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Coronavirus – more cases of omicron discovered

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The Scottish Government has confirmed that cases of the omicron variant have increased to 29.Earlier in the week The First Minister confirmed that the first cases of the new variant appeared to trace...

Coronavirus – omicron variant update

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Chief Medical Officer, Gregor Smith, delivered a briefing to the media at St Andrew's House on Monday.Six cases of the new omicron variant have been identified in...

Milestone reached 200,000 Baby Boxes delivered

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More than 200,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered to expectant mums and dads since The Scottish Government's Baby Box scheme was first introduced.Every newborn baby who is born in Scotland is entitled to...

Moving towards a circular economy

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The Scottish Government recently appointed a Circular Economy Minister, following its cooperation with the Scottish Greens, and today there was an update on progress.Circular Economy Minister, Lorna Slater, has only been in the...

Coronavirus – Booster vaccine to be offered to people over 40

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The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is to offer booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine s to those aged 40 – 49 and second doses for those aged...

#LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries announced

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Some of the country’s leading dance institutions and organisations have teamed up again, following the success of #LoveDanceScotland Commissions, to offer the #LoveDanceScotland Recovery Bursaries, highlighting the importance of working in partnership, and enabling...

Historic miners pardon bill published

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The new Scottish Government bill to pardon workers of some offences has been published.The legislation will pardon former miners who were convicted of certain offences related to strike action during the 1980s.The Miners’...

COP26 – Glasgow must result in credible action

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to deliver a keynote speech on Monday setting out how COP26 in Glasgow can lead the world into the green revolution.She will call on international leaders to take credible...

Coronavirus – red list now reduced to just seven countries

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From Monday 11 October a total of 47 countries will be removed from the international travel red list.The changes, which are the first since 4 October when the traffic light system was scrapped, have...
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Plans for Lands Tribunal to amalgamate with the Scottish Land Court

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The Scottish Government has announced that the Lands Tribunal for Scotland and the Scottish Land Court will be merged into one body.This follows public consultation last year, and the new entity will be an...

Government funding for the digital economy closes after two days

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The Scottish Government opened the latest round of funding from the DigitalBoost Fund on Tuesday and so far thousands of bids for funding have been received. The portal has now been closed due to...

New Makar appointed by the First Minister

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Poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie has been appointed as Scotland’s next Makar.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed Ms Jamie to the role at The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.The role of Makar involves taking a...

Scottish Government appoints senior health officers

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Professor Alison Strath has been appointed as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Professors Graham Ellis and Professor Nicola Steedman have been confirmed as Deputy Chief Medical Officers. These are all full-time appointments.Professor Strath has been...

Local projects urged to apply to new government fund

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Gordon MacDonald MSP has urged projects across the capital to apply for the newly launched Scotland Loves Local Fund.The scheme has been launched by The Scottish Government to support local projects run by organisations...

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