As a major international alcohol policy conference gets underway in Scotland, the SNP government has received praise from its chair for showing “political courage” in pursuing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie has hailed the announcement that the air fare discount available to people from remote communities will be increased and ferry fares on Scottish Government subsidised routes will be frozen for 2016-17. These announcements follow the publication of the Islands Bill consultation last week, which the SNP has encouraged islanders to respond to.
Progressive new statutory guidelines published today will put the principles of fair work at the heart of the public sector procurement process – and the SNP has called on all parties in the Scottish Parliament to join the STUC in supporting the move.
The SNP has today welcomed new figures which show that 50 per cent of capital expenditure made by local authorities in Scotland, £1.2 billion, has been invested in education and housing infrastructure.