Final ministerial appointments announced

The Scottish Government will put opportunity for all at the heart of its agenda as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon completed her ministerial team with key appointments in childcare, education and employment. New ministers will take responsibility for delivering key priorities in the Scottish Government’s programme. Mark McDonald will become the new More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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My time as an MSP – Cameron Buchanan

Cameron Buchanan has been Conservative Lothians MSP since 2013, but has just retired from politics on the dissolution of the fourth session of the Scottish Parliament. He wrote this for us in the last few days More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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The Queen will open the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament

Her Majesty The Queen is to address the new session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 2nd July, it has been announced.  The Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament (2016-2021) will be marked on 2 July in More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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New rules on dog fouling from next month

The Scottish Government has introduced new rules on dog fouling which will come into effect on 1 April 2016. Any dog owner who allows their pet to foul, and who fails to pick up after them will be charged a fine More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Scottish Government resilience meeting held today

The First Minister chaired a Scottish Government resilience (SGORR) meeting following the terrorist attack in Brussels this morning. Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Culture, Europe and External Affairs Secretary, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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Splicing the fibre for fast broadband in Edinburgh

  The newly appointed Economy Convener Gavin Barrie did not have to wait too long for his first photo opportunity. He only took up the job last Thursday but this morning he donned his hard hat and high vis More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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LBTT on second homes ‘to protect first time buyers’

As widely expected The Scottish Government has introduced legislation this evening to increase the charges on second homes from 1 April. This will affect those buying second homes for themselves or on a buy to More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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Scotland Bill recommended for approval

The Scottish Government has recommended that the Scottish Parliament consents to the Scotland Bill. A Legislative Consent Memorandum has been lodged with Parliament which highlights changes to the Scotland Bill More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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Holyrood must take action on waiting times

The Scottish Government has said that 93.5% of patients were seen and admitted or discharged within four hours at the core A&E departments across Scotland during the week ending 21 February 2016. Although this More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Scottish Government acting on organ donation

The current system of organ donation by registering in advance is not without problems. The Scottish Government aims to increase the number of organs available for donation by introducing a ‘workable More...