January, 2020


Milestone in delivery of new schools

Education Secretary John Swinney will hail attainment improvements in refurbished or replaced schools as he joins Ladyloan and Muirfield primary pupils to open Scotland’s 99th and 100th Schools for the Future later this week. Broader benefits for pupils and communities... (Continue reading)

Plan for Scottish Visa

Proposals for a new Scottish Visa to address depopulation and cut skills gaps have been unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The proposals have been designed to work with devolution – but the principles and the practical measures proposed could... (Continue reading)

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Schools encouraged to open up sports facilities all year round

Thousands of children will benefit from more sports activities after school and in the school holidays through a £1.6 million funding boost to help schools make better use of their facilities. As part of a national drive to encourage 60... (Continue reading)

Boost for UK science with unlimited visa offer to world’s brightest and best

A new, fast-track visa scheme to attract the world’s top scientists, researchers and mathematicians will open on 20 February. This follows a commitment by the Prime Minister last summer to put science, research and innovation on the top of the... (Continue reading)

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Government to provide £1 million funding to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

A £1 million donation to help preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and ensure the lessons of Auschwitz live on for generations to come will be confirmed today (Monday 27 Jan 2020). The funding will come from the Foreign Office and... (Continue reading)

Strengthening NHS leadership

Moves to strengthen leadership across NHS Scotland as well as additional direction and support for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been announced by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. In November NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was escalated to Stage 4... (Continue reading)

Welsh Government doubles support for ‘whole school’ approach to mental health

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards across Wales to protect, improve and support the mental health of children and young people. The additional £2.5m, which will be used to support projects... (Continue reading)

Funding awarded for more Changing Places toilets in NHS hospitals

Over £500,000 has been given to 10 NHS trusts in England today to build new Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people. Thousands of severely disabled people will benefit from new government funding, which is expected to more than double... (Continue reading)

Exciting new vision for Welsh visitor economy

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister for Tourism Lord Elis-Thomas will today unveil an exciting future for the visitor economy in Wales. The Welsh Government will publish its five-year plan to grow the visitor economy, focusing on Wales’ strengths... (Continue reading)

Majority of disability benefit claims refused by UK Government

Analysis shows tens of thousands of people have completely lost their disability benefits since 2013. More than half of new claims in Scotland for the UK Government’s disability payment are refused, with tens of thousands of disabled people completely losing... (Continue reading)

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