Good news you might have missed

By , 11/03/17

This week the news was dominated by the Chancellor’s budget speech. But there was also plenty of good news in Scotland that you might have missed.

Here’s just some of what happened this week.

The proportion of school leavers in Scotland going into a job, training or continuing education has reached a new record high.
 
 
The new figures also show that 88.7 per cent of school leavers from the most deprived communities are going on to positive destinations.
 
 
The number of staff working in our NHS is at a new record high.
 
 
There are 12,200 more staff working in our NHS compared to when the SNP took office - that’s almost enough to fill the SECC in Glasgow.
 
More women than men have been appointed to public boards in Scotland for the first time.
 
On International Women’s Day new figures were published showing that in 2016 59 per cent of new appointments to public boards in Scotland were women - up 20 per cent since 2012.
 
And we will introduce legislation to create gender balanced boardrooms across the public sector in Scotland by 2020, tackling the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles. Read more about our action to improve gender equality.
 
The extension of free school meals to all children in Primary 1 to 3 saves families in Scotland around £380 per child per year.
 
 
The Scottish Government has given planning consent to a new floating offshore wind farm that will create 110 jobs
 
The new wind farm has the capacity to power 56,000 homes - that’s the equivalent of half the number of households in Aberdeen.
 
The winning Baby Box design has been chosen.
 

From summer 2017, all babies in Scotland are to be provided with a Nordic-style ‘baby box’ in a bid to reduce infant mortality and help families at the start of a child’s life. Read more about our support for Scotland’s families.
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