Holyrood News

Praise for Borders' Wellbeing Initiative

This week Michelle Ballantyne, MSP for South Scotland, praised the efforts of Volunteer Centre Borders and NHS Borders for the Volunteering for Wellbeing Initiative.

SNP ‘clueless’ about where to put 400 new benefits staff

The SNP government has admitted it has no idea where in Scotland it’s going to place hundreds of new staff working for the country’s new benefits agency.

An estimated 400 staff will be hired to work in councils across Scotland to help deliver the newly-devolved powers to communities.

Scotland’s block grant going up in real and cash terms

New analysis has revealed that Scotland’s block grant from Westminster is going up – both in cash and real terms.

The figures show increases in both measures, despite the SNP claiming that the UK Government is cutting cash to Scotland.

Worries Grow Over Standardized P1 Testing

Education Secretary John Swinney has been urged to scrap testing for five-year olds in their first year of school. This comes after teachers and parents sent in dozens of complaints about the tests.

FMQs : Antidepressant use without a prescription

Today I asked the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response to accidental drug deaths involving antidepressants used without a prescription, and about the publication of the Scottish Government's upcoming drugs strategy.