The SNP Scottish Government has launched it’s new ten-year Mental Health Strategy, setting out 40 actions to improve access to services and ensure people get help earlier.
Many more people are expected to go hungry this Christmas. I’m not talking about people in far-flung places, but in our own towns and communities. Food banks in the UK are expecting their busiest ever Christmas against a backdrop of growing need.
We’ve run up the cost.
Scottish Conservative MPs at Westminster have spent the past weeks spread misinformation on the facts of broadband in Scotland. The Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary responsible for digital connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, responded to their comments and set the record straight: Superfast broadband availability in Scotland has increased at a faster rate than other UK nations.
The Tories have drastically sped-up the equalisation of the State Pension Age – denying women born in the 1950s the pensions they are due. This has affected 2.6 million women and led to an increase in poverty.
Scotland has made huge progress in tackling homelessness. In fact, some of the action taken has been truly world leading. We have seen homelessness decrease in Scotland but we are also aware of worrying signs of an increase in rough sleeping.
Below is the letter sent by Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, to the UK Brexit Secretary, on the Brexit sectoral analysis.
Sorry if I’m the one bearing the bad news, but the truth is, we are all going to be much poorer for much longer than anybody thought possible.