Scotland bearing the brunt of Tory austerity as new figures show poverty on the rise
Relative poverty, child poverty and income inequality on the rise, new statistics show
STATISTICS PUBLISHED today by the Scottish Government indicate a continued increase in poverty in Scotland, with a marked rise coinciding with the recession and the introduction of austerity policies.
Around 860,000 people in Scotland each year are living in relative poverty before housing costs, and over one million after housing costs – a fact which campaigners have linked to a lack of affordable housing.
Major disruption as emergency services rush to bring Glasgow fire under control
Emergency services are battling to bring a fire on one Glasgow's busiest streets under control
By Alasdair Clark and Morgane Colinet
MAJOR DISRUPTION in Glasgow city centre as emergency services rush to bring a "well developed" fire under control on Sauchiehall street, one of the main pedestrian areas in Glasgow.
Emergency crews have been dealing with the fire on the pedestrian area since around 8:20am on Thursday morning, with eight fire appliances in attendance alongside a police "command unit".
"Promises were made": Campaigners argue Freedom of Information laws must be made fit for purpose
Experts will appear before a Scottish Parliament committee to scrutiny FOI legislation
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT may not be being adhered to in the spirit in which the act was intended, experts with tell a Scottish Parliament committee examining the effectiveness of the legislation.
'They know we have an alternative': Continuity Bill passed by parliament
Holyrood votes in favour of emergency legislation at final stage as Tories deride democracy
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT has voted in favour of the Continuity Bill, the Scottish Government’s emergency legislative alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill, by 95 votes to 32.
The result came shortly after news broke that the Welsh Assembly had successfully passed its own Continuity Bill. There is now a period of four weeks in which a legal challenge may be made to the UK Supreme Court in order to dispute the Continuity Bill’s legality.
National Union of Journalists condemns Ruth Davidson's call for RT to be banned
Banning the Russian-funded news organisation would be “an extreme step” and “would put the livelihoods of journalists at risk”
THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) has hit back at Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson’s recent call for the Russian-funded broadcaster RT to be banned in the UK, saying that “journalism and journalists should not be banned”.
UK Government accused of betraying press abuse victims over Data Protection Bill
Opposition MPs have criticised the government for ditching a commitment to "Leveson 2"
COMMITMENTS to a second Leveson inquiry into the standards of the press have been scrapped from the new Data Protection Bill by the UK Government, a move criticised by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson MP as a "betrayal" to victims of press abuse and phone hacking.
TSSA slams Tory cuts to Scottish railways following launch of national investment strategy
Transport union asks if the Tories’ ideological commitment to the private sector will saddle Scotland’s railways with debt
THE TRANSPORT SALARIED STAFFS’ ASSOCIATION (TSSA) has condemned enormous cuts made to the funding of Scotland’s rail infrastructure by the UK Government, following the publication of the Scottish Government’s rail investment strategy for the next decade.
Nicola Sturgeon expands challenge to get Scotland's children reading
Nicola Sturgeon announces a nationwide roll-out of literacy initiative to secondary schools, libraries and community groups
THE FIRST MINISTER’S READING CHALLENGE, a nationwide initiative to encourage Scotland’s children to read, is to be expanded following a positive evaluation of its impact thus far.
The Reading Challenge, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Scottish Book Trust, offers resources and guidance to Scottish schools in order to promote reading for pleasure amongst children.
Tory MSP explains tweet singling out Muslim MSPs in call for condemnation of ‘anti-Semitism’
Jackson Carlaw has faced criticism for asking Scotland’s Muslim MSPs to condemn efforts to block pro-Israeli groups from anti-racism march
SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE MSP Jackson Carlaw has come under fire after singling out SNP MSP Humza Yousaf and Labour MSP Anas Sarwar in a call for condemnation of reports that pro-Israeli groups were blocked from a Glasgow Stand Up to Racism on Saturday.