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.
Scotland on target to deliver biggest boom in social housing since the 1970s
Scottish Government has got a target of building 50,000 new affordable housing by the end of this parliament.
NEW RESEARCH HAS revealed that Scotland is on course to achieve its pledge of delivering the biggest boom in new social housing since the 1970s.
An independent report commissioned by Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Human Rights Commission Scotland found that the Scottish Government is on course of meeting its target of building 50,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament.
Greens call for local tax reform as Scottish budget reaches final stage
The national budget must not become “an annual rear-guard action against local cuts”, says Patrick Harvie
THE 2018-19 BUDGET for Scotland is expected to pass its final stage today (21 February) thanks to support from the Scottish Greens, who have argued to further reforms after winning concessions on local authority funding.
Kezia Dugdale resigns as Scottish Labour leader
Kezia Dugdale made the surprise announcement that she is stepping down last night, after two years as Scottish Labour leader
KEZIA DUGDALE has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour effective immediately, days before the beginning of a new session of the Scottish Parliament, describing the decision as “best for me and best for Scottish Labour”.
Dugdale’s deputy, Alex Rowley, will serve as interim leader until a leadership election can be held.
GERS 2017 guide: Scotland reacts to latest figures
CommonSpace finds out what some key figures are saying about the latest snapshot of the Scottish economy.
THE ANNUAL GERS figures inspire many interpretations and often fierce disagreement. This year seems to be no different.
The Scottish Government and SNP have celebrated Scotland’s notional deficit dropping by £1.3bn, along with the fastest increase in onshore revenues since consistent records began.
News in 5 Minutes: More than 700 US troops now deployed in Syrian fighting, Willie Rennie says he will defend the union as SNP attempt to “burn it down” and George Galloway’s children’s book title
CommonSpace brings you the news so you don’t have to go looking for it
TODAY’S INSTALMENT (10 March) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: More than 700 US troops now deployed in Syrian fighting, Willie Rennie says he will defend the union as SNP attempt to “burn it down” and George Galloway’s children’s book title.
News: More than 700 US troops now deployed in Syrian fighting