‘Completely unacceptable’: John Swinney condemns Home Office following reports of children detained at Dungavel
Reports that child refugees are still being held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre almost a decade after the Home Office announced an end to the policy have led to fresh calls for the devolution of asylum powers
Urgent action needed to tackle mounting pressure on the NHS, Audit Scotland report finds
The NHS “urgently needs to move away from short-term fire-fighting to long-term fundamental change”, according to Audit Scotland
SCOTLAND’S PUBLIC spending watchdog, Audit Scotland, has found mounting pressures on the NHS which require a faster pace of reform if a pattern of declining performance is to be halted.
NUJ reaffirms commitment to gender equality following controversy over ‘misogynistic’ Herald article
Herald journalist Brian Beacom’s argument that the BBC is “pushing women beyond the level of their talent” has been criticised by Nicola Sturgeon, Monica Lennon, WIJ Scotland and Engender
THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS has reaffirmed its commitment to gender equality in media, following controversy over recent articles by Herald journalist Brian Beacom, whose arguments against the BBC’s “obsession” with female presenters have been condemned as sexist by politicians, campaigners and industry figures.
Airbnb challenge: Greens set out amendments to planning bill to regulate short-term lets and holiday homes
New proposals would tackle the growth of short term lets or holiday homes by requiring council planning permission for a change in use
SCOTTISH GREEN MSPs will seek to amend upcoming Scottish Government planning legislation at Holyrood to require council planning permission before owners can turn homes into holiday homes or short term lets, in a bid to tackle the housing crisis.
Green housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate in Holyrood about the proposed change after the parliament returns from its summer break.
STUC youth conference calls for action to end period poverty to be ramped up
The STUC youth conference hightlights the issues women faced while having their period as they support action to end period poverty.
THE STUC youth conference is calling on the Scottish Government to have free sanitary products throughout the public sector and to apply pressure on to private sector workplaces to do the same.
Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central yet to introduce free sanitary products four months after agreeing to
In December 2017, Network Rail agreed to install free sanitary products
TWO OF Scotland’s biggest train stations have still not offered free sanitary products to its passengers, four months after they agreed to do so.
A series of tweets from @EndPeriodPoverty – a twitter account that is part of Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon’s campaign to end period poverty – showed that both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central train stations have not put in a machine in the female toilets that will allow access to free sanitary products.
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.