31/03/2016

Getting it right for Scotland’s children: what you need to know

We all want Scotland’s children to get the best start in life. Undoubtedly, parents and families are best placed to provide that for their children.

However, it is not always possible, no matter how hard we might try, to predict in advance which children might become vulnerable. The Named Person policy is an important part of trying to ensure that when things are not going well for children, something is done about it.

29/03/2016

Getting young people into high-skilled, high-quality jobs

As a teacher I know there are often a number of barriers to young people entering the workforce. That’s why I’m delighted that developing the skills of our young people and getting them into good, well-paid work is at the heart of our plans to create a prosperous and inclusive economy.

28/03/2016

Securing a bright future for Scottish steel plants

Steel defines the community in which I live and has been central to my family’s own story. It was what brought my grandfather over from Ireland in the 1920s and it was the closure of Ravenscraig, after a decade of Thatcher government, that provided the catalyst for my involvement in the SNP.

27/03/2016

Charting a new course: dignity and respect in supporting disabled people

If a government cannot afford to give dignity to disabled people in our society, then it cannot and should not have respect.

27/03/2016

Ruth Davidson’s silence on disability shows she backs Westminster Tories

The moment that Thursday night’s televised leaders’ debate came alive for me – and perhaps the moment at which the Holyrood election campaign came alive – was when the discussion turned to welfare, and specifically the events which have seen the near implosion of the Tory cabinet at Westminster following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.

25/03/2016

Introducing Mhairi’s Campaign Diary: Edinburgh Northern & Leith

As the youth ambassador for our Scottish Parliament election campaign, I’ll be visiting Holyrood constituencies across Scotland in the run up to the 5th May. 

23/03/2016

Most trusted government in the EU and record support for independence – the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey in summary

Since 1999 the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has been asking people across Scotland their views on how the country is run.

The 2015 survey was published last week. Here’s our summary:

22/03/2016

Tories need to go back to the drawing board on social security reform

The new Work and Pension Secretary Stephen Crabb’s first statement to Parliament confirmed that drastic cuts to disability benefits announced in last week’s budget will now not go ahead.

While this is welcome news in the short-term, it will be of little comfort to the many thousands of disabled people who have already found themselves stripped of vital welfare support. The statement also raises some important unanswered questions.

20/03/2016

Tory austerity: a choice, not necessity

Austerity from the current Tory Government at Westminster is a policy choice, not a necessity.

The Conservatives’ continued obsession with austerity is ideological and one which chooses to turn a blind eye to the impact upon the most vulnerable in our society.

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