Royal Mail : universal service under threat


Rural communities’ worst fears over Royal Mail privatisation are set to come true, the SNP has said, after reports today that the company is struggling to meet its Universal Service Obligation (USO).

Students in Scotland more satisfied than rUK

The SNP has welcomed a new survey showing higher satisfaction amongst students in Scotland than in the rest of the UK – highlighting the strength of Scotland’s higher education sector and the damaging impact of Westminster’s tuition fees south of the border.

Tax inconsistency damaging oil and gas


The SNP has today welcomed comments from a leading oil and gas boss calling for a predictable tax regime to help bring about stability for the industry in the North Sea.

Moves to cut carrier bag use welcomed

The SNP has today welcomed the approval by a Scottish Parliament committee of moves to reduce the use of single-use carrier bags in Scotland – despite opposition from the Conservatives.

Child maintenance change: children could miss out

SNP spokesperson for Work and Pensions Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has raised concerns over changes to child maintenance payments which could see children lose out on support.

Carmichael must withdraw 'patriotic' claim

The SNP has called on Alistair Carmichael to withdraw his claim made yesterday that voting No in the referendum would be the “patriotic decision” – and pointed out that the claim is completely at odds with his previous comments on the subject.

Darling must reveal secret treasury discussions

Alastair Darling must reveal the content of his “private discussions” with Treasury Permanent Secretary Sir Nicholas MacPherson on the issue of the independence referendum.

SNP publish energy priorities for Europe

The SNP has today published its priorities for energy in Europe, promising to campaign for better support for marine renewables, to push for reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme and to work towards a nuclear energy free future for Europe.

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"Poorer Together" says leading economist

Leading economist and former Standard Life Chief Economic Adviser Professor David Simpson has today said that we are “poorer together” as a result of Westminster’s failure to manage the economy properly and the handling of the UK financial crisis.