January, 2019

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Scottish Budget Deal: Scottish Green Party Reaction

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The Scottish Greens confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local council services such as schools and social care. Ministers are promising... (Continue reading)

New funding for UK organisations to innovate with global partners

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£6 million investment across 3 competitions will create highly-competitive, ground-breaking technologies, with the first now inviting ideas for projects. UK organisations will be able to get funding to participate in a collaborative international programme that aims to speed up the... (Continue reading)

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£70 billion blueprint to transform the North’s economy

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Transport for the North has set out an ambitious vision for the future of the North’s economy, unveiling draft proposals for northern infrastructure for the next 30 years. The Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and the Investment Programme would rebalance decades... (Continue reading)

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UK Government announces £100 million for Ayrshire Growth Deal

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The UK Government will invest £100 million in the Ayrshire Growth Deal, the Scottish Secretary David Mundell has announced today as he visited HALO Kilmarnock and Ayrshire College. This takes the total of UKG investment in the Growth Deals Programme... (Continue reading)

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Technological trials to help future proof roads

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Funding for new technology that could help stop potholes from forming has been announced by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The government will provide £22.9 million for research and trials on new surface materials or pothole repair. Real-world tests of... (Continue reading)

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Green light for Dingwall development infrastructure improvements

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Members of the Ross and Cromarty Committee have agreed to invest in infrastructure improvements for Dingwall that will “unlock” the development of 150 additional houses in the town. The current Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan allocates 470 additional new... (Continue reading)

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Aberdeenshire’s councillors unite in calling for more cash-raising powers from Scottish Government

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Aberdeenshire’s finance chiefs have made repeated calls for more powers to be devolved to local government. The authority has in the region of £20million of savings it has to make over the next year in order to balance the books.... (Continue reading)

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Carbon-cutting rail schemes share in multi-million pound government funding boost

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Solar panels that directly power trains and a system that uses hydrogen and oxygen to produce steam to power engines are just 2 projects that have been given a share of £1.75 million in government funding for use on the... (Continue reading)

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Scottish Land Commission champions engagement process for successful land management

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A new Protocol and toolkit that sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use is launched by the Scottish Land Commission. The Protocol... (Continue reading)

Health Minister announces £40m funding for new North Denbighshire community hospital

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Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced a £40m package to develop the North Denbighshire Community Hospital. The scheme will provide a healthcare and wellbeing campus at the Grade II listed Royal Alexandra Hospital and a new building offering a range of... (Continue reading)

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