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Budget stage 1; NHS, economy and the low paid to benefit

Scot Gov Website News Article: Scotland’s NHS, the economy, public sector workers and the low paid will benefit from the Scottish budget, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said today as he confirmed he had reached an agreement that will see the financial plan passed at all stages by the Scottish Parliament. The budget takes steps to […]Read More »

Scot Gov Call for strengthened Brexit dialogue

Russell sets out suggestions to new Minister of State. (Scot Gov News) The UK Government must work more closely with devolved governments as they embark on a second phase of negotiations with the EU in order to achieve best possible outcome, said Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell. Following economic […]Read More »

Scotland’s economy continues to grow

GDP grew by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017. (Scot Gov News Website) Scotland’s economy has remained resilient going into the second half of 2017 despite a challenging economic environment and continued Brexit uncertainty, the Economy Secretary has said. According to the latest GDP statistics published by the Scottish Government today, the Scottish economy […]Read More »

Analysis shows Single Market essential for Scotland

Jobs and living standards must come first. (Scot Gov News Article) New economic impact analysis by the Scottish Government confirms that in the event of Brexit taking place, the best way to protect the economy would be to remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union. A failure to remain in the Single Market […]Read More »

Scot Gov: Current Trade Bill unacceptable

Scottish Government can’t recommend consent (Article via The Scottish Government cannot recommend that the Scottish Parliament gives legislative consent to the UK Government Trade Bill as currently drafted. The UK Government has recognised the role of the Scottish Government in implementing trade deals and the Trade Bill confers powers on Scottish Ministers to do […]Read More »

'Staying within the Single Market is vital for Scotland’s future'

“Continued membership would maintain labour force” – Russell Staying within the Single Market is vital for securing Scotland’s future workforce, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell said today. (Article via Mr Russell visited Stoddart’s beef processing company in Broxburn, West Lothian and heard from the Managing Director about concerns […]Read More »

£756 million investment in affordable housing.

A 28% funding increase will help deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over this Parliament, as announced in the Draft Budget by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay (article via In 2018/19, more than £756 million will be made available through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme – 28% higher than the previous year. The programme is […]Read More »

Scot Gov: Superfast broadband rollout to benefit rural areas

Prioritising rural Scotland (article via The first phase of the £600 million ‘Reaching 100%’ broadband programme will focus on delivering superfast broadband access to Scotland’s rural and island communities, to provide a truly national fibre network. The procurement will be made up of three regional Lots (North, Central and South), with each containing a […]Read More »

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