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Scottish Government investing in tackling child poverty

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The Scottish Government says that it has invested £6 billion to support low income households across Scotland over the last three years. This week it will set out plans to use investment to tackle...

First Minister accepts recommendations on misogyny

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The recommendations of the independent report on Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland have been welcomed in principle by the First Minister. In a parliamentary statement on International Women’s Day 2022, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon...

Government to accelerate development of renewable energy in Scotland

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The Scottish Government will respond to rising gas prices and the instability caused by the Russian invasion with a swing to renewable energy. Net Zero and Energy Secretary, Michael Matheson, will address the Scottish...

Dunard Centre – still looking to plug a £15 million hole in the budget

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Further finance has been agreed for the new £75 million Dunard Centre to be built in the city centre. At a meeting of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland City Region Deal Joint Committee on...

Scotland to help Ukraine with medical supplies and equipment

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Scotland is sending critical medical supplies and equipment to help Ukraine following the illegal invasion by Russia. More than 500,000 emergency items which are valued at about £2.9 million, including hypodermic needles and oxygen masks,...

Government begins campaign against speeding drivers

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A campaign to remind drivers there is no excuse for speeding has been set up by The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland. Speeding which is reported in a fifth of fatal collisions. A third...

Scottish Minister writes to Russian Ambassador

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Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Angus Robertson, has written to the Russian Ambassador for the UK to condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russia “in the strongest possible terms”. In the letter to Ambassador Kelin, Mr...

Audit Scotland says reforming the NHS is key to the government’s recovery plan

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Audit Scotland has reported on the NHS in Scotland 2021. The Scottish Government is told that its focus must now be on transforming health and social care services. This will help address the growing...

Coronavirus – Scotland to vaccinate children aged from five to eleven

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that The Scottish Government has received JCVI advice recommending the universal vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds. Ms Sturgeon said:“Although it has yet to be published officially by the...

Finance Secretary will be on maternity leave from summer 2022

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In a first for The Scottish Government, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes, has announced that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. Ms Forbes...

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...

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...

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=20 This 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...

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...

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