Scotland has benefited from membership of the European Union for decades, and I believe – as I have for all my political life – that EU membership was and remains the best option for Scotland. Now, however, that membership and those benefits are under direct and severe threat as a result of a situation not of our making, and not supported by Scottish voters. As a nation, working with others, we must find the right way to counter that threat and secure the best possible deal in the coming negotiations both in Europe and within these islands.
Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s plans for the next year.
Here’s just some of the action the SNP Scottish Government is taking to support Scotland’s remote and rural communities.
From making our NHS fit for the future to the concessionary bus pass scheme, here’s just some of the action we’re taking in government for Scotland’s older people.
The First Minister has set out the Scottish Government’s plans for the next year.
Against the backdrop of the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, here’s what the Scottish Government is doing to support businesses, grow our economy and create jobs.
Today Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s programme for Scotland for the year ahead. It maintains a focus on the day-to-day priorities of government, against the backdrop of the political and economic uncertainty caused by Brexit.
The Programme for Government includes measures to create a more equal society, grow our economy, and protect Scotland’s place in the world. Read the plan in full here.
Here’s just some of what it includes.
Today we return to the Scottish Parliament for the beginning of a new term. It has not exactly been the quiet recess many will have hoped for after a busy election period, with the repercussions of a vote to leave the EU, a new and increasingly right wing UK Tory government and the continued squabbling of the Labour party to contend with.
A warm welcome to all of you here today.
As we return to Parliament next week, after a summer in which the work has never really stopped, we have a big job ahead of us.
So to focus minds at the outset, let me remind you of the results of the most recent Scottish Social Attitudes survey.