It’s looking increasingly likely that a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union is going to take place sometime this year.
There’s been speculation recently that David Cameron may go for a vote as early as June, if he concludes his renegotiations with other European countries in February.
Today the SNP Scottish Government announced that it will invest £379 million in the north-east, as part of an overall funding package worth £504 million - 75 per cent of the total package. Despite talking up the Aberdeen City Deal for months now, the UK Government has allocated just £125 million. Again, David Cameron’s government has over-promised and under-delivered.
The SNP will leave no stone unturned in our attempts to block the UK Government’s ill thought out and unnecessary Trade Union Bill from being applied in Scotland, as the Scottish Parliament has, once again, expressed its opposition to the Bill.
Thursday 5th May is the date when all of Scotland decides who we want to lead our country for the next five years in Government and who we want as our First Minister.
Tomorrow marks 100 days of campaigning in which the Scottish National Party will make clear that we stand proud on our record, and clear on our commitment.
Today Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, is launching Year of the Dad - joining the celebration of dads and the important role they play every day – in child development, family and community life. The year-long celebration is organised by Fathers Network Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.
In June last year Nicola Sturgeon appointed Naomi Eisenstadt as an Independent Advisor on Poverty to the Scottish Government.
We wanted Ms Eisenstadt to take a wide-ranging look at the progress the Scottish Government has made on tackling poverty – and, importantly, on what more we could do in the future.
Today the Scottish Parliament will consider the Private Housing Bill for the first time.
Few things are as important as the home you live in. The housing market has changed drastically over a generation, and with increasing numbers of people in Scotland living in privately rented homes, it’s essential that we make sure tenants get a fair deal whilst also ensuring there are safeguards for investors and landlords who provide homes.
Yesterday in Westminster, SNP MPs took part in the debate over the UK Government’s plans to abolish student maintenance grants in England and Wales. This policy stands in stark contrast to the SNP’s in Government in Scotland – we remain committed to providing bursaries and grants as part of the best support package for students in the UK.
We’re committed to promoting good employment practices and fair pay in Scotland. Over the weekend there were encouraging figures from the Resolution Foundation which showed that, over the last two decades, pay in Scotland has grown faster than any other nation or region in the UK.
This positive news demonstrates that the work of the SNP in Government to tackle low pay and promote good working practices in Scotland is continuing to make a difference.