“Adoption UK now calls on other UK governments to follow Scotland’s lead in issuing a formal apology to all those who have been affected by forced adoptions, and to meet the needs of all adopted individuals who would benefit from support.”
Emma Roddick MSP “Being an SNP member is so core to my life.”
“Uncertainty is part and parcel of any leadership election in political parties”
Budget Good News For Orkney’s Ferries
“The Government gave a commitment some years ago to fully fund those services so the second commitment is that that is a commitment we will honour. ” John Swinney Deputy FM Scotland
Scotland’s Baby Box Marks Up 250,000 Deliveries
The Baby Box – an idea taken from a successful scheme in Finland – has £400 worth of items in it. It is available free to every expectant mum who wishes one for each baby she has.
“We need to reach across the divide in Scottish politics, and my judgement now is that this needs a new leader.”
“If all parties were to take this opportunity to try to de-polarise public debate just a bit, to focus more on issues, and to reset the tone and tenor of our discourse.” Nicola Sturgeon
Funding Boost For Local Organisations Which Help People Stay Connected
Orkney Men’s Shed is one of several organisations which will benefit from the Scottish Government funding
Protests & Demonstrations Mark The Start Of February
Demonstrations supporting workers rights and events marking the anniversary of leaving the EU were held across Scotland
Emma Roddick MSP : Blocking the Gender Recognition Bill is an ‘attack on democracy”
“The fundamental fact is that the Gender Recognition Bill cannot and will not affect the Equality Act. The UK Government knows what it is doing by taking this political stance.”
Tory Tax Proposals Would See “NHS Orkney losing £4.1million of funding”
The SNP has estimated that under Tory plans for income tax, health and social services would be hit by devastating cuts with NHS Orkney losing £4.1million of funding.
The Scottish Budget
39% of Scottish adults (1.8 million individuals) are not affected by the 2023-24 policy changes as their income is below the UK-wide Personal Allowance.