Ending the Tampon Tax

It is inexcusable that, in the twenty-first century, we still effectively tax women for menstruating. 


Transforming private renting

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.



Transforming land ownership in Scotland

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.


#Budget2016: what George Osborne would rather you didn’t know

Today George Osborne delivered his budget for the year ahead. Here’s what he’d rather you didn’t know.


The alternative to Osborne’s failed austerity project

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.


In the fight to beat cancer, we’re determined for Scotland to lead the way

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.


An equal chance for all to go to university

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.


Nicola Sturgeon's #SNP16 Speech: What you need to know

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.


Scotland’s finances: 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.

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