December, 2018


Put ‘Wates Principles’ into action with worker engagement, says TUC


The TUC has welcomed the publication today (Monday) of the ‘Wates Principles’, a new code for the corporate governance of large private companies that was developed in consultation with stakeholders, including the TUC. Included in the principles are recommendations that... (Continue reading)

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World-first carbon ‘net-zero’ hub of heavy industry to help UK seize global economic opportunities of clean growth

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The UK could have the world’s first ‘net-zero carbon’ cluster of heavy industry by 2040, thanks to up to £170 million of new funding announced at COP24 climate talks in Poland today (13 December). Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire... (Continue reading)

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Scottish Budget: NUS Scotland Reaction

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Responding, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said: “Today’s budget failed to state how the Government intends to invest in and deliver a student support system based on fairness, parity and clarity, as set out in the independent review of student... (Continue reading)

Scottish Budget: Scottish Greens Reaction


Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (12 Dec) criticised SNP Ministers for failing to use the publication of the draft 2019-20 Scottish Budget to act on the need for local tax reform and the climate crisis. The Greens have... (Continue reading)

Scottish Budget: Scottish Labour Reaction


Scottish Labour reacts to the Scottish Government Budget (December 12th). “Our communities have been damaged by almost a decade of Tory austerity. “People have had enough, and the time for tinkering around the edges is over. “The Scottish Parliament has... (Continue reading)

£2.6 million contract award for A9 dualling

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Two consecutive sections of the A9 to be dualled are included in the last of the latest series of ground investigation contracts for the A9 Dualling programme awarded today (December 13th). Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd will undertake the £2.6 million... (Continue reading)

Second round of £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme opens


The second round of the Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme has opened today (12 December) inviting bids from colleges and post-16 providers to attract industry professionals to teach in further education. The scheme forms a key part of the Government’s... (Continue reading)

Investing in Scotland’s future


Budget delivers increased funding for health, education and economic investment. A significant cash injection to health and care services and funding to help prepare Scotland’s economy for ‘Brexit’ are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the... (Continue reading)

Tax decisions to protect public services


Budget sets out plans to protect low and middle income taxpayers (December 12th). Fairness and investment in public services will continue to be ‘front and centre’ of the Scottish Government’s tax policies in the year ahead, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay... (Continue reading)

FSB welcomes ‘savvy’ Scottish Government Budget


FSB Scotland react to latest Scottish Budget from the Scottish Government (December 12th). Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland Policy Chair, said: “Like smaller firms across Scotland, Derek Mackay today showed that he’s getting on with business despite the ‘Brexit’ backdrop. This... (Continue reading)

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