First Minister to resign

  On the day after the historic Scottish Independence Referendum the First Minister called a press conference at Bute House to issue his resignation as leader of the SNP and as First Minister by the time of the SNP conference in November. Mr Salmond said he would not accept nomination for leader at its Scottish National Party’s annual conference More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Drinking water improvements

Scotland’s drinking water quality has never been better according to the regulator’s report which shows that Scottish Water’s compliance with the standards for drinking water in 2013 continued to improve. Scottish More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Rise in new homes across Scotland

Official figures published today reveal that the number of new homes in Scotland has risen by seven per cent in the last year, the first annual increase since before the recession. In Edinburgh there are new developments More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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New marine strategy launched on Portobello Beach

  Plans to tackle the problem of marine litter  were launched on Portobello Beach yesterday by Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead. Costing Scotland £16.8 million every year, marine litter More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Edinburgh MSP tables motion on charity chief’s retirement

EADIE CONGRATULATES RETIRING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF CHILDREN 1st  MSP for Edinburgh Southern Jim Eadie has today tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Anne Houston on her achievements as the Chief More...

By Sarah Boyack On Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Housing Bill to allow homeowners to get on with repairs

Lothian Labour MSP, Sarah Boyack, has welcomed new laws to help homeowners get on with common repairs to their property. The provisions, passed yesterday evening as part of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, will allow More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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Sale of Council houses to sitting tenants brought to an end in Scotland

The Scottish Government had a long session yesterday to approve The Housing (Scotland) Bill which is designed to improve condition of houses let to either private or social tenants. The new law also prevents the More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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Rice to chair new Scottish Fiscal Commission

  The Scottish Government has approved the Finance Committee’s recommendations to appoint Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group, Lady Susan Rice, as Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission. Professor More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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Independence will make a difference to the film industry

  Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop spoke to film industry representatives today to tell them that only independence will improve support to that sector of the creative industries in Scotland.   She is this More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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Greens welcome promise on tackling youth unemployment

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy committee, today welcomed a pledge by the Scottish Government to implement findings from the Wood Commission to tackle youth unemployment. Ministers More...