“I am absolutely delighted. This award is a brilliant thing – not just for myself but for the Orkney Pubwatch. It is good to get the recognition for all the hard work that has been put into this.” Police Sergeant Simon Hay
“No words can ever make up for what has happened to you” Scotland Apologises For Forced Adoptions
“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.”
Future Ferries: It’s Not Plain Sailing
Scotland has a complex mix of ferry provision. No other country has such a system. Is our current method of ferry provision the most suitable for our needs and what can we learn from other countries?
“We give you our consent to govern, don’t pocket it and ride away.”
“What do the people want of the place? They want it to be filled with thinking
persons as open and adventurous as its architecture.”
‘Supporting people most in need’: What’s in the Scottish Budget
“This Budget strengthens our social contract with every citizen of Scotland who will continue to enjoy many benefits not available throughout the UK.” John Swinney, Deputy FM
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
New Carer Support Payment Announced
The Carer Support Payment will be the 14th benefit to be introduced into Scotland. A pilot project of the new benefit will run towards the end of 2023 with the new payment planned to begin in the Spring of 2024.
Campaigner Urges Scottish Government To Make MRgFUS Treatment Available on the NHS.
“This would be a brilliant opportunity for the NHS in Scotland to roll out a treatment that would not only benefit so many but provide opportunities for world renowned research into many areas.” Rhoda Grant MSP
Scotland’s Journey to Net Zero 2045: Is it deliverable?
The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has issued a dire warning about Scotland’s local authorities being unable to deliver the targets set by the Scottish Government due to limits to budgets.
UK Government Vetoes Scotland’s Law Makers: Reaction Roundup
“Gender recognition is a devolved policy area and this does not change the Equality Act 2010 or give any additional rights to those with a certificate. It shortens and simplifies the process and, particularly, ends the requirement for a psychological diagnosis of gender dysphoria. This is in keeping with the guidance from the World Health Organisation and from the United Nations, which recommends change to a legal statutory process based on self-identification.