First Minister pledges increasing funding for childcare

The First Minister the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon has promised that there will be twice as much spent on free nursery places, early learning and childcare over the term of the next Parliament. In a wide-ranging education speech at the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon laid out the Scottish Government’s ambition to see every child have the More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Government invests £14.3 m in Wave Energy Scotland

  Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today. ‘Wave Energy More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Government continues its freeze on council tax

The Scottish Government has frozen council tax which can be charged by all 32 councils across Scotland for the eighth year in a row. Local authorities have confirmed that in setting their budgets for 2015-16 they More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Edinburgh meeting to discuss child protection

  A wide-ranging public information campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation is being launched by the Scottish Government later this year. Children’s charities, police and young people are being consulted More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Harvie to speak out for Assisted Suicide Bill

Patrick Harvie MSP will tomorrow appear before Holyrood’s Health Committee to give evidence on the Assisted Suicide Bill. The Committee has been taking evidence from a series of witnesses, and now Patrick, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Additional NHS Lothian funding confirmed for next year

Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has confirmed that NHS Lothian will receive an additional £37.7 million in 2015-16. This brings NHS Lothian’s general allocation increase to 3.2 per cent on 2014-15, bringing More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, February 7th, 2015
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Clan events planned for Scotland in 2015 get funding boost

Local Clan events to benefit from over £26,000 in funding. Local clan events across Scotland are to received £26,000 in funding support from the Scottish Government. Applicants to the Scottish Government’s Clan More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Government announce funding of £10.85bn for councils

The Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney announced almost £11billion of funding for councils across Scotland this week. This money will be paid over in the financial year 2015-16 and yet again More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Friends of the Earth claim Scottish Budget is bad news for good air quality

Reacting to the launch in parliament of the 2015-2016 budget today, Emilia Hanna, air pollution campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said: “The Government’s failure to invest in clean air measures will More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Scottish Budget reaches Stage 3 today

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Heriot Hill Nursery in Broughton ahead of the Scottish Budget Bill reaching Stage 3 later today and The Edinburgh Reporter spoke to the Minister about the plans for increased More...