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SNP Climate Change Plan needs to provide more funding to key areas

19 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP’s climate change plan has been criticised after it was revealed that it included a cut in the money going towards tackling transport emissions. The budget for reducing emissions from vehicles was cut by £26 million, despite pollution levels … Continue reading


Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP speaking during First Minister's Questions held in the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh today. 09 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Sturgeon refuses to act as her government hammers businesses large and small

19 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Nicola Sturgeon has refused to help out businesses across the country struggling to cope with her government’s tax hikes. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson challenged her at First Minister’s Questions today after firms of various sizes spoke of “daylight robbery” … Continue reading


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Experts blast SNP’s budget process and ‘Tory cuts’ rhetoric

18 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP’s claim that its budget from Westminster is reducing has been criticised by experts. Last week, finance secretary Derek Mackay was unable to back up his claim of “Tory cuts” when his own budget actually shows the Scottish Government … Continue reading


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Now SNP blames its rising unemployment figures on Brexit

18 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP minister in charge of employment has blamed Brexit for Scotland performing worse than the rest of the UK on jobs and growth. Commenting on statistics which show unemployment rose by 11,000 in the last quarter to 5.1 per … Continue reading


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SNP should take indyref threat off table following PM’s ‘clear and reasonable’ plan

17 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP now has “no justification” for maintaining its threat of a second referendum after the Prime Minister’s “clear and reasonable” Brexit plan was outlined today. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said many of the nationalists’ requests had been recognised … Continue reading


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New NHS crisis as adults wait 2 years for mental health care

16 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Scotland’s NHS waiting times crisis has intensified, after it emerged some adults have been forced to wait more than two years for psychological therapy. New figures have shown at least two health boards had individuals waiting more than 105 weeks … Continue reading


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SNP doesn’t know cost of delayed trauma network

13 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government does not know how much the network running four new major trauma centres – now delayed by at least three years – will cost. It emerged yesterday that the centres in Scotland’s four main cities, which were … Continue reading


Councils shouldn’t be bullied by SNP into accepting budget

13 Jan 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has been told it can’t use “bully-boy tactics” in persuading councils to accept budget settlements before the process has even been approved by parliament. Finance secretary Derek Mackay has told local authorities that they must sign up to … Continue reading