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LISTEN: We speak to James Kelly MSP and @FACkilltheBill campaigner Jeanette Findlay about how Scotland treats its football fans
Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly spoke to CommonSpace’s David Thomson ahead of a final vote at Holyrood this week on the repeal of controversial legislation aimed at football fans
ON THURSDAY (15th March), the Scottish Parliament will hear the final stage of James Kelly’s private member's bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.
Richard Leonard: No new private finance deals under Labour
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard is calling for an overhaul of how public services are financed
IN A KEYNOTE SPEECH to Scottish Labour conference, Richard Leonard committed that under his leadership Scottish Labour would not sign any new private finance deals for public sector contracts, promising to end the search for market solutions and keep projects in public hands.
Scottish Labour battle over post-Brexit single market access heats up in Dundee
Scottish Labour MEP Catherine Stihler was speaking after Scottish Labour’s executive changed the motion to be voted on by party members
A SCOTTISH LABOUR MEP has said that a post-Brexit deal with the single market should not be ruled out after Scottish Labour’s executive committee (SEC) changed the text of a motion which sought to alter the party’s position.
Aunt Flo, the blob, on the rag: Why a cafe in Glasgow will this weekend be serving Bloody Marys in exchange for tampons
Saturday meets Bloody Marys and a good cause – what’s not to love?
PEOPLE in Scotland have been invited to the first ever Bloody Big Brunch this weekend in a bid to raise awareness of period poverty with some style.
Bloody Mary drinks will be available to attendees, but instead of paying with cash, organisers have asked people to bring along a box of tampons or sanitary towels instead.
Scotland on target to deliver biggest boom in social housing since the 1970s
Scottish Government has got a target of building 50,000 new affordable housing by the end of this parliament.
NEW RESEARCH HAS revealed that Scotland is on course to achieve its pledge of delivering the biggest boom in new social housing since the 1970s.
An independent report commissioned by Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Human Rights Commission Scotland found that the Scottish Government is on course of meeting its target of building 50,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament.
Calls for better support for the children of parents struggling with alcoholism
Campaigners raise the plight of young people dealing with alcohol misuse in the home as part of Children of Alcoholics Week
THERE ARE CALLS for urgent action to help youngsters who have a parent with an alcohol addiction.
At the start of Children of Alcoholics Week (11-17 February), experts have warned that more support is needed for children who have been affected by alcohol harm in the home.
New data from NHS Health Scotland has revealed that alcohol was related to 3,700 deaths and over 40,000 hospital admissions last year.
EIS union raises concern about oversight of funding to close the attainment gap
Research from the EIS found that out of 262 schools surveyed, only 23 schools have set up committees to oversee money spend aimed at closing the attainment gap
NEW RESEARCH HAS found that less than 10 per cent of schools across Scotland have any form of a committee to oversee money intended to be spent on the most disadvantaged children.
Scottish Women's Aid in line for funding boost to support women psychologically abused by their partners
If the domestic abuse bill passes at Holyrood today, it will create new safeguards for women who have been a victim of psychological abuse and coercive behaviour
A SCOTTISH WOMEN’S charity will receive funding from the Scottish Government to help train staff on the new domestic abuse offence coming into force in Scotland.
Scottish Women’s Aid will receive 165,000 pounds that will go towards training materials to help staff to improve the understanding of psychological abuse or coercive control.
MSP proposes fresh laws to increase protection for shop and bar workers after rise in attacks
Scottish Government states that everyone already has full protection in Scotland’s justice system from assault and abuse, including shop-workers
NEW LEGISLATION has been proposed to protect shop workers after new figures revealed a 10-year high on the number of incidents being recorded.
Labour MSP Daniel Johnson is due to begin consultation on his members’ bill aiming to create new offences regarding assaults on shop workers and others who are involved in the sale and supply of age-restricted goods and services, like bars and off-licences.
Support for legislation to end period poverty grows across Scotland
Trade unions, business and women’s charities have made submissions to a consultation on ending period poverty across Scotland
THERE IS GROWING support from a wide variety of organisations for legislation that could end period poverty across Scotland.
A number of organisations, including the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Engender have made submissions as part of the consultation to Monica Lennon MSP’s members’ bill to provide universal free access to sanitary products.
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