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Westminster WILL deliver, says Carmichael

October 14, 2014 by


    The UK Government will deliver on its pledge to bring significant new powers to the Scottish Parliament as part of further devolution within the UK, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said yesterday. It coincided with the publication of a UK Government Command Paper, a summary of the proposals set out by the 3 main […]

Homebuyers could be in for Swinney budget boost

October 9, 2014 by


A new tax to replace stamp duty could be a bonus for homebuyers when Finance Secretary John Swinney sets out the Draft Scottish Budget for 2015/16 today. He is expected to focus on polices which will help to make Scotland a more prosperous country, tackle inequality and protect public services. Scotland’s economy has returned to […]

Searching for the Great British High Street

August 25, 2014 by


High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt today urged town and cities across Britain to get their applications in for the Great British High Street competition before it closes on 30 August. The minister has written to all town teams and the local community to encourage them to take part in the competition, run by the Future […]

Scottish Government unveils jobs plan

August 12, 2014 by


Independence will equip Scotland for the first time ever with a fully-powered economic policy aimed at putting job creation in Scotland first, the Scottish Government says. Published today, A Jobs Plan for an Independent Scotland sets out a long-term, ten-point jobs plan for an independent Scotland. The paper aims to show how, with control of […]

Altmann: Older workers ‘still have so much to offer’

July 14, 2014 by


Economist, policy expert and consumer champion Dr Ros Altmann CBE has been appointed by the Westminster government as its new Business Champion for Older Workers. The appointment, announced today by DWP Minister Steve Webb, marks the latest step in the government’s drive to support over-50s in the UK labour market. Dr Altmann – a former […]

A time for community: Prime Minister issues Ramadan message

June 28, 2014 by


Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a message to Muslims at the start of the holy month of Ramadan: I want to send my very best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan. This is an incredibly special time of year for Muslims at home and abroad: a time for charity, for contemplation […]

£0.5m Foodbank fund open for applications

June 3, 2014 by


Food aid organisations in Scotland can now apply for funding through the £500,000 Emergency Food Fund (EFF). The Scottish Government fund is part of a £1 million investment in food aid, with £500,000 already committed to charity FareShare which redistributes surplus food from retailers to charities supporting their local communities. According to figures produced by […]

Thirty thousand respond to Zero Hours Contract consultation

March 17, 2014 by


Zero Hours Contracts: fair deal flexibility or a licence to exploit? The Westminster government received more than 30,000 responses to their consultation on zero hours contracts which closed last week. Business Secretary Vince Cable acknowledged there has been ‘some abuse’ but said the controversial contracts do have a place in today’s labour market, but the […]

Scotland’s Future: Cabinet to answer questions at EICC event

December 10, 2013 by


Over 300 people from organisations across civic Scotland will meet in Edinburgh today to put questions to the Cabinet about Scotland’s Future. The Scottish Government has invited hundreds of people – from large and small businesses, trade unions, the voluntary and public sector, charities and other Scottish organisations to the event at the EICC. The […]

Senior politicians send greetings to mark beginning of Ramadan

July 9, 2013 by


Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has recorded a video message to mark the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan. Mr Clegg’s message to the nation’s Muslims: Salaam alaykum. As Muslims during Ramadan around the world fast for self-discipline and improvement. Spend time in prayer and contemplation, and come together, united in a spirit of sacrifice, […]