Osborne accused of 'misleading' over planned cuts

George Osborne’s economic credibility has been called even further into question today – after searing criticism from the IFS accused the Chancellor of “misleading” people on the extent of cuts planned.

SNP condemn sleekit Tories' Royal Mail plans

The SNP has today criticised the Tory UK government’s plans to privatise the remaining 30% stake in the Royal Mail.

Osborne cuts 'unacceptable' - Swinney

The Deputy First Minister today said the announcement of up to £170 million of further cuts to Scotland’s budget this year was “completely and utterly unacceptable”, after the Chancellor announced plans for in-year spending cuts, despite Scotland’s budget having already been set by the Scottish Parliament.

Cameron 'overlooking' Scotland's interests in EU

The SNP is today highlighting new expert evidence on the impact of the Tory government’s attempts at EU re-negotiations on Scotland – amidst warnings that David Cameron is overlooking Scotland’s interests and risks undermining Scotland’s approach to immigration and integration.

OECD report calls for end to spending cuts


The SNP is today welcoming the latest Economic Outlook report from the OECD which calls for increased investment to boost growth.

The report states that weak investment is hampering job creation and wage rises, and eating away at the prospects for long term sustainable growth.

First Living Wage government welcomed


The SNP has today welcomed the Scottish Government receiving a Living Wage accreditation – the first government to receive this accolade.

The news was welcomed by Peter Kelly, of the Poverty Alliance, who said:

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NHS staff numbers reach new record high

The SNP has today welcomed new figures showing the level of staff in NHS Scotland has reached a new record high.
The figures published today show that under the SNP the number of Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff in the NHS has increased by 8.3%. The number of NHS nurses and midwives are also at a record high – with almost 2,400 WTE more since 2006.

SNP pay tribute to Charles Kennedy

Speaking following the sad news of Charles Kennedy’s death, SNP MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber, Ian Blackford said:
“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Charles Kennedy’s death. He was a bright, articulate and gregarious man and it is so sad that he has been taken at such a young age. My thoughts are with his family and all who knew and loved him.