Low-income families in Orkney will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.
“This is an occasional reminder of the age old truth that if you have to ask permission to leave then it isn’t an equal partnership. Why must we beg for a piece of what’s already ours?”
The proposals which have had a mixed response from politicians are coming when 133,000 people in the UK have died because of Covid.
“What is now being proposed is the least likely model to get at the truth, victims and survivors will get less information not more.” Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past
“The current proposals – to introduce an amnesty while at the same time reducing the legal powers to achieve information recovery – are very likely to be in breach of human rights law”
“It’s a callousness to the value we place on human lives that the UK Government has displayed in legislation going through the London Parliament.”
Seven years on, we can see the first independence referendum not as a choice between change and no change, but as a choice of what sort of change we wanted and, crucially, who gets to deliver it.
“Our fear is that we are on the brink of a crisis in urgent and emergency care, and fewer staff will be inclined to work in Emergency Medicine and a depleted workforce will be facing higher demand.”
“For the cocooned first world, the early days of Covid 19 catapulted the entire world population including us in the rich portion into that primal mindset, of being beset by an unknown, incurable and killer disease.”
“ My freedom affects your freedom “Professor Stephen Reicher (Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St Andrews and a member of the SAGE subcommittee on behaviour science)
“We have serious concerns that the methods used to categorise priority areas for the Levelling up Fund are badly flawed”
“the absence of Highland, Orkney and Shetland in the list of priority areas is baffling given the economic and social fragility of these places.” SIF