In the midst of all the political upheaval emanating from Westminster, which is understandably dominating the headlines, it’s important to remember that - in Scotland at least - the business of government goes on.
This week I launched the new Access to Elected Office Fund, a £200,000 scheme to help disabled people become candidates in next year’s local elections.
Taking action to increase the under-representation of disabled people in politics is just one way we’re delivering on our commitment to equality for disabled people.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that she’ll be exploring all available options to protect Scotland’s place in Europe. Democracy, economic prosperity, social protection, solidarity and influence - these are the vital interests that the Scottish Government will seek to safeguard by keeping Scotland in Europe.
The importance of protecting our economic interest is underlined by new Scottish Government analysis on the impact of Brexit. This shows that leaving the EU could reduce Scottish tax revenues by between £1.7 billion and £3.7 billion a year by 2030. For the Scottish economy as a whole, it could cost up to £11.2 billion a year in the long term.
For Scotland to continue to benefit from all of the economic and social gains we currently enjoy, it is clear that full membership of the EU’s Single Market - not just access - must be protected. Get more information on why membership of the single market is important here.
By contrast, while Theresa May has said that “Brexit means Brexit”, it’s not at all clear what that means. In truth, it’s little more than a soundbite that lacks any clear sense of direction.
To make things clearer, here’s a summary of the approaches taken by different countries outside of the EU.
This week is World Breastfeeding Week - an important initiative to help raise awareness of the benefits that breastfeeding can bring to people all over the planet.
Today the UK Supreme Court ruled on a failed bid to scrap the Named Person service.
Today Nicola Sturgeon delivered a speech setting out the five key Scottish interests that must be protected after Scotland voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU.
We are now exactly one month on from the EU referendum. It seems in some ways no time at all - and, in others, a lifetime. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.
From the renewal of Trident to the prospect to being taken out the EU against our will – Scotland’s democratic deficit has never been clearer.