“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
“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
Working Together to Address Ferries Issues
“We have embarked on the work that is necessary to explore those issues, and we look forward to sustaining that work with Orkney Islands Council.” John Swinney Deputy First Minister of Scotland
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.
Getting It Right: A National Care Service for Scotland
The Bill allows Scottish Ministers to transfer social care responsibility from local authorities to a new, national service.
Dignity in Dying: Changing the Law
“ I urge MSPs to sign these proposals so that Scotland can move forward progressively by providing our dying citizens with what they need – excellent care and the choice of an assisted death for those who need it.” Ally Thomson, Director of Dignity in Dying Scotland
Is Change Ahead For The Islands Bond Scheme?
“The delivery of the islands bond scheme is still being carefully considered in the light of the strong feedback that we received from island residents” Mairi Gougeon Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands
Food Security: Should Scotland Be Worried?
The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) of Scotland has warned that crofters and farmers are scaling back production due to the increasing costs they are facing in fertiliser, fuel, energy, animal feed and wages.
Men’s Sheds Praised in Scottish Parliament
In a debate on motion S6M-03064, in the name of Christine Grahame, on “Men Don’t Talk” the work of Men’s Sheds all across Scotland was highlighted.