News you might have missed

While the Queen’s Speech this week exposed a Tory government failing to get on with the day job, the SNP Scottish Government got on with the job of delivering for Scotland.

Here’s just some of the news you might have missed from this week.



The number of young people getting qualifications at Higher level or above is increasing, with the number of young people from the poorest parts of Scotland leaving school with at least one Higher up.  


Scotland has now had the best performing hospital A&Es in the UK for 26 months straight.


Registration for the baby box is open. And the list of contents has been published.



The Scottish Government published the Social Security Bill to create a Scottish social security system with fairness and dignity at its heart. And the system will be based on social security as a human right – a UK first.



Scotland’s food and drink sector continues to go from strength to strength. In the first three months of 2017, food and drink worth £1.2 billion was exported, up £124 million on 2016. That’s a 10 per cent increase.



The Queensferry crossing is to open to cars on 30 August, it was announced.



A Scottish Government and National Lottery fund to incentivise film production in Scotland has generated £17.5 million for the economy – returning £10 for every pound spent.