Older people and mental health: Is 'tackling loneliness' enough?
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon J Davies takes a look at older people and mental health issues, a conversation that is often forgotten.
“IT’S the loneliness,” says Mandy, 62, based in Clydesdale. “When you’re in a room on your own and you sit and start to think ‘why bother washing the dishes; who’s going to see it? Why wash my hair today – it can wait another couple of days yet.”
Unlocking Democracy: Five reasons why Scotland should give prisoners the vote
As the Scottish Parliament’s equality and human rights committee recommends lifting the ban on prisoner voting, CommonSpace takes a closer look at the reasoning behind this
THE BLANKET ban on prisoner voting should be lifted in full by the Scottish Government, according to a new report by the Scottish Parliament’s equality and human rights committee.
Scottish scheme tackling "sickening" fuel poverty to be extended through foodbank partnership
‘Quick Credit Voucher’ pilot scheme spurs Holyrood debate from SNP MSP
A PILOT SCHEME aimed at helping foodbank users tackle the effects of fuel poverty will be the subject of a debate in the Scottish Parliament today (20 February), following a deal struck between local SNP politicians and Scottish Power.
Holyrood welcomes Palestinian firefighters trained in Scotland
Members of the Hebron Fire Brigade are receiving joint-support from FBU, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Government
PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTERS who have received training in Scotland thanks to a joint initiative between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Government met with MSPs at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.
Christina McKelvie: Situation in Catalonia "can't just be about the legality"
MSP Christina McKelvie talks to CommonSpace about her parliamentary motion calling on the international community to recognise the Catalan Republic
SNP MSP CHRISTINA MCKELVIE has launched a motion in the Scottish Parliament, calling on the international community “to recognise the vote of the Catalan Parliament for an Independent Republic of Catalonia”.
"Toxic fag end": Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly votes in favour of fracking ban
Unconventional oil and gas extraction condemned as “the toxic fag end of the fossil fuel industry”
MSPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a stricter ban on fracking, following a two-hour debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.
The ban was backed by 91 MSPs, with only 28 voting against, and received support from four out of the five parties represented in Holyrood, with only the Scottish Conservatives opposing the ban.
Human rights campaigners join Greens in call for prisoner voting rights
Holyrood’s Equalities Committee urged to back an end to prisoner voting ban
THE Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament will meet on Thursday (7 September) to hear evidence on prisoner voting, with Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie and prisoner rights groups calling for a lift of the blanket ban.
"Shameful": SNP MSP hits out at global rollback of human rights
The findings from an Amnesty International report prompt concerns about the current state of human rights across the world
A HUMAN RIGHTS charity has express grave concerns about the current state of human rights across the world.
The findings of a report from Amnesty International show fears of a backtrack on fundamental human rights, with Turkey, Egypt and the Philippines condemned for their conservative approach to universal rights and freedoms.
Scottish Government will oppose any UK plan to charge businesses for employing EU nationals
In response to a parliamentary written question from SNP MSP Christina McKelvie, the Scottish Government has confirmed it will oppose extending the Immigration Skills Charge to EU nationals
THE SCOTTISH Government has confirmed it will oppose any levy that hits employers who employ EU workers.