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Peter Chapman

SNP CAP slowdown sees 1300 farmers still waiting for payments

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

The Scottish Conservatives have accused the SNP of letting progress on CAP payments stall, following reports that the Scottish Government may escape fines due to UK-wide progress. 1300 farmers are still to receive CAP payments. Just 126 payments were made … Continue reading


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Drug use in jail now at 8-year high

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

The number of prisoners disciplined for taking drugs in jail has now hit an eight-year high, figures have revealed. Official statistics show 1164 inmates were caught either taking drugs or administering them to others last year, the equivalent of more … Continue reading


Liz Smith MSP

SNP propose reducing requirement for school playing fields

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

The SNP want to water-down the requirement for playing fields for new schools, it has emerged. At the moment, playing fields have to be a minimum size. A consultation document published yesterday by the Scottish Government proposes changing the regulations, … Continue reading


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Schools could call in nursery teachers to deal with recruitment crisis

14 Jul 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A Scottish council has warned it may have to call in nursery teachers to take primary school classes if the nationwide recruitment crisis doesn’t improve. In a briefing note, Clackmannanshire council set out a number of bleak scenarios facing the … Continue reading


Liz Smith (2)

Huge gulf exposed in number of subjects offered in schools

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

Schools which are only a few miles apart are offering pupils a vastly different number of subjects to study, new research has found. Figures have revealed that in some local authorities there is a significant difference between the school offering … Continue reading


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Nicola Sturgeon reinstated 2014 indyref domain name

12 Jul 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government reinstated the website domain name it used during the 2014 referendum, despite polls showing no increased support for separation. It has emerged the rights for website scotreferendum.com were updated last October by civil servants – at taxpayers’ … Continue reading


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Matheson urged not to shun enforcement in drive to prevent crime

11 Jul 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government has been warned not to overlook the need for crime enforcement as it seeks to boost focus on prevention. Justice secretary Michael Matheson published a report today outlining the need to prevent crime before it took place, … Continue reading


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SNP misses five out of six stroke targets

11 Jul 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Conservatives have urged for a greater emphasis on improving the quality of care for stroke patients across Scotland. The calls follow a report released by ISD Scotland that revealed, despite slow improvements, much more needs to be done. … Continue reading