Scottish Parliament slams Universal Credit ahead of UN inquiry into Tory austerity
Tory welfare cuts will result in £3.7b reduction of social security spending in Scotland
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT united against both the Scottish Conservatives and the UK Government during a debate on the impact of Universal Credit and Tory welfare cuts on those in poverty in Holyrood today [6 November].
The debate comes as the United Nations special investigator on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, begins a two-week inquiry into the impact of austerity in the UK and its effect on human rights.
Fundraising for monument to Scottish conscientious objectors tops £25,000
Campaign hopes to erect bronze memorial in Edinburgh for the centenary of the end of imprisonment of First World War objectors next year
THE CAMPAIGN for an Edinburgh memorial to the thousands of Scottish conscientious objectors (COs) who refused on political, religious or moral grounds to fight in the First World War has announced that over £25,000 has already been raised towards its construction.
Analysis: Disastrous hare-culling shows big landowners are irresponsible custodians of Scotland
With hares on eastern Scottish moorlands at less than 1 per cent of what they were in 1954, questions about the ownership and stewardship of Scottish land are more pressing than ever
THAT Scotland’s mountain hare population is under threat is not, strictly speaking, news.
Edinburgh protest demands 'zero tolerance' for racism following attack on Syrian refugee
Anti-racism campaigners rally in Edinburgh in support of stabbing victim Shabaz Ali
HUNDREDS of supporters and anti-racist campaigners appeared in an Edinburgh demonstration of solidarity with Shabaz Ali, the Syrian victim of a racially-motivated attack in the city’s capital last week.
Scotland calls time on cheap booze as minimum pricing starts
Alasdair Clark and David Thomson report on the official introduction of minimum unit pricing, an attempt to tackle the prevalence of alcoholism in Scotland
CHEAP BOOZE will no longer be available in Scotland as the country bids to tackle alcoholism, becoming the first in the world to implement minimum unit pricing on alcohol.
New legislation has come into force today [1 May] which will require retailers to charge a minimum of 50 pence per unit in a bid to tackle the social and health damage caused by cheap, high strength booze.
'Not acceptable': Nicola Sturgeon joins Greens in condemning mountain hare culling
Green MSP Alison Johnstone highlighted the ‘sickening slaughter’ after footage of hare culling was released by the BBC
THE LARGE-SCALE CULLING of Scottish mountain hares is “not acceptable”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated at First Minister’s Questions.
Sturgeon made her condemnation of the practice in response to a question from Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who described the practice as “sickening slaughter”.
Scottish Greens urge fairer funding of GP practices to help most deprived
Figures from the NHS show that 10 per cent of the most deprived postcodes in Scotland receive just £3.79 more per patient than those in the least deprived
THE SCOTTISH GREENS are urging the Scottish health secretary to target GP spending in the most deprived areas in Scotland.
Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has written to Shona Robison to outline how GP practices in the most deprived areas only receive £3.79 more per patient than those in the wealthier areas.
Green MSP lodges amendments to boost Social Security Bill
Alison Johnstone seeks to eliminate unnecessary medical tests, set targets for ministers and determine claimants get all benefits they are entitled to.
ALISON JOHNSTONE MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill, which aim to ensure claimants receive all the benefits for which they qualify.