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 funding of £1.7 million and the PlayTalkRead campaign has been allocated a further £1 million. Bookbug is run by the Scottish Book More...

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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...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, June 8th, 2015
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Holyrood wants Westminster to cut back on spending cuts

Nothing very new in this headline is there? Anyone who followed the various messages from the SNP during the recent General Election campaign will have heard this before. Now it is being put direct to the new Conservative Government in More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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NHS Staff numbers on the rise

In Edinburgh figures published recently in Edinburgh by Numbers show that the largest employer is the Health sector which is responsible for 45,200 employees in the city. This is only 1% less than the national average More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, May 15th, 2015
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Prime Minister visits Edinburgh

The Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to Bute House earlier today to hold talks with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. More powers for Scotland and ending austerity were all under discussion. During their More...