Education Maintenance Allowances given funding boost

The Scottish Government has announced an additional £16 million a year to help students from low income families to stay in education. Changes to Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) could mean thousands more young women and men improve their employment prospects by staying in education. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that income More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Scottish Government begins search for new Lord President for the Court of Session

The Scottish Government has announced that the process of appointing a new Lord President for Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session, has begun. This follows the retirement of Scotland’s More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Senior civil servant took taxi journeys of less than a mile

Scotland’s most senior civil servant enjoyed a string of chauffeur-driven car journeys of less than a mile – all at the taxpayers’ expense. Sir Peter Housden, who stepped down last month, was regularly More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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More funding for pre-school pupils across Scotland

Education Secretary Angela Constance has announced funding of £2.7 million for pre-school programmes to improve literacy in children. Bookbug, which aims to encourage reading from an early age, will receive increased More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Future of Green Investment Bank called into question

The Deputy First Minister says that the future of the Green Investment Bank must be guaranteed, despite plans by the UK Government to privatise it. The UK Government has announced plans to begin the process of moving More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Scotland to continue to have a say in the BBC’s future

The Scottish Government’s role in the future of the BBC will be guaranteed in a Memorandum of Understanding between it, the UK Government, Scottish Parliament and the BBC. The agreement follows interventions More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Edinburgh MSP in praise of the Community Empowerment Bill

by Marco Biagi, MSP for Edinburgh Central and Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Last week I visited the Crags Community Sports Centre, a fantastic community led facility in the shadow of More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, June 21st, 2015
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Meningitis B vaccine to be introduced in Scotland later in the summer

The Scottish Government has announced that from 1 September, the meningitis B vaccine will be introduced to the routine childhood vaccination programme in Scotland. Scotland is now one of the few nations in the More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Edinburgh MSP says Malleny 3G pitches will have to be locked

Gordon MacDonald MSP has written for us about the difficulties facing the new sports pitches recently unveiled in Balerno. A lot of hard work went into providing these pitches for the area, and it seems that their More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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Government to fund projects to tackle problems of women in custody

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson used a visit to an Edinburgh based service to help women in the criminal justice system to announce  £639,500 funding which  is to be awarded to 12 projects working to tackle More...

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