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Scotland’s devolved benefits bill to soar by £68m

1 Jun 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Planned spending on welfare in Scotland is set to soar by an extra £68 million following revisions by the Scottish Fiscal Commission. It was revealed yesterday that public services are already facing a £1.7 billion hit after the SNP was … Continue reading


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Cash to fund drug and alcohol support slashed

1 Jun 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Money to tackle drug and alcohol addiction has been cut again, new figures have revealed. In a letter to Holyrood’s Health Committee, it was confirmed there has been a £1.5 million reduction in funding for drug and alcohol partnerships. This … Continue reading


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Petition to protect police dogs surpasses 30,000

1 Jun 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A petition to increase legal protection for service animals, including police dogs and horses, has exceeded 30,000 signatures. The petition, launched on the 10 May this year, is part of a campaign organised by Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr calling … Continue reading


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SNP’s economy chaos to cost Scotland £1.7bn

31 May 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scotland’s public services are set to suffer to the tune of £1.7 billion over the next five years, official figures confirmed today. The gaping hole was revealed as it was confirmed the SNP is on course to collect significantly less … Continue reading


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Sturgeon accused of ignoring everyone except independence diehards

31 May 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon is more interested in appeasing independence diehards annoyed at her separation blueprint than dealing with key devolved issues, the Scottish Conservatives have said. At today’s First Minister’s Questions, Ruth Davidson asked why the SNP government was ignoring matters … Continue reading


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Fire brigade faces £400m maintenance backlog

31 May 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scotland’s single fire service has a maintenance backlog totalling nearly £400 million, a report published tomorrow will reveal. It means the organisation is struggling to replace and repair vehicles and equipment, with the deficit nearly outnumbering the fire service’s entire … Continue reading


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£5bn of business rates appeals outstanding

30 May 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scottish business rates appeals statistics have been published today showing that around £5 billion worth of appeals by 68,000 businesses are still outstanding. The figures show that a third of businesses have appealed their revaluations, however, only 5,673 appeals have … Continue reading


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Decline in deprived students going to university

30 May 2018 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The number of entrants to university from the most deprived areas in Scotland has continued to decline according to the Scottish Government report on Widening Access 2016/17, published today. The report demonstrates that last year only 13.8 per cent of … Continue reading