Today the Scottish Parliament passed the Private Housing Bill, fulfilling the SNP’s commitment to reform the private rented sector. This Bill will provide security, stability and predictability for 700,000 tenants in Scotland while providing appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.
Yesterday the Scottish Parliament passed the radical and wide-ranging Land Reform Bill – a piece of legislation that is at the heart of the SNP’s agenda for transforming Scotland.
Today George Osborne delivered his budget for the year ahead. Here’s what he’d rather you didn’t know.
As we enter the seventh year of Tory budget cuts that Scotland did not vote for, we can expect a repetition of the same record of failure that we have seen year after year from this Chancellor. George Osborne’s claim that the Tories represent economic credibility now lies in tatters with the UK government failing on key economic indicators and missing its own targets time after time.
Too many people suffer the heartache of losing loved ones to cancer. Everyone will have their own personal stories to tell – stories of courageous fights against the disease, but sadly stories of friends and family taken before their time too. We’ve travelled a great distance over the last ten years, with cancer mortality in Scotland down by 11 per cent. But more needs to be done.
Like many children who grow up in some of our poorer communities, I don’t really recall university being an option that was promoted widely as being available or indeed, expected of me. But I was encouraged to get on, to work hard and to aspire to be the best I could be. So getting to university was a big thing for me and my family.
Today Nicola Sturgeon gave her address to the SNP Spring Conference – our biggest ever pre-election conference.
The speech was packed with announcements. Here’s what you need to know.
Today the Scottish Government published Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – or ‘GERS’ for short – for the year 2014-15. GERS is produced annually and provides estimates of total public spending in Scotland, as well as tax receipts for the previous five years.
Here’s what you need to know.
Scotland’s oil and gas industry has generated well over £300 billion for Treasury coffers and it employs over 375,000 people from across the UK. It is an important industry for the north east of Scotland and the national economy, and one that has benefited UK government expenditure for very many years.