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.
Cost of Living Additional Support for Islanders
£305,000 extra funding to OIC from Scottish Government for cost of living support to islanders
Emma Roddick MSP: The Scottish Child Payment Supporting 265 Orkney Families
“Monday was a real watershed moment for families across the country as the Scottish Child Payment, a payment unique to Scotland within the UK, was raised from £20 to £25 and extended to include eligible children up to age 16.”
Food Insecurity Sees Many Scots Running Out of Food
The highest levels of food insecurity were among single parents and single adults under the age of 65.
£360,000 in Benefit Payments to Orcadians But Challenges Ahead For Social Security Scotland In Increase In Referrals
“The year ahead will remain difficult for many of us but our commitment to our clients remains strong and we will continue to listen to their feedback as we develop our service and prepare to deliver new benefits.” David Wallace CEO Social Security Scotland
Emma Roddick MSP: Scotland’s Baby Box Transforming Lives
“According to the latest figures of boxes distributed by health boards, 235,622 boxes have been distributed across Scotland since the start of the scheme, with 908 having gone to families in Orkney.”