Nicola Sturgeon challenged to abandon Air Departure Tax cut in the wake of new climate targets
Labour, the Green and the Liberal Democrats pressed the first minister to shelve the aviation tax cut following the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045
Nicola Sturgeon seeks indyref2 before 2021, while holding out further devolution olive branch to opponents
The first minister today laid out plans to pursue primary legislation on a second independence referendum, establish a Citizen’s Assembly, and consider proposals from opposition parties for enhancing Scottish devolution
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.