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The Scottish Conservatives have called on ministers to deliver on a pledge to publish a national strategy to combat loneliness by the end of the year.The government vowed to publish the new strategy, one of the first in the world, by the end of 2018.The Tories said the wait since…
Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.Total funding for both the revenue and capital budget in the settlement is up more than £210 million, with overall Scottish Government support to local authorities at £11.1…
The Care Inspectorate have announced the appointment of Peter Macleod as their new Chief Executive.Mr Macleod is currently Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Worker, at Renfrewshire Council, a post he has held since January 2015. Welcoming the appointment, Paul Edie, Chair, Care Inspectorate said: “I am delighted to…
The “cruel” two-child benefits cap must be brought to an end in Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn has said.Speaking in Edinburgh at a Christmas lunch attended by people who have experienced poverty, the Labour Party leader described the cap as “inhumane” and said that much more must be done to tackle the…
A council has admitted failings at a care home where a worker sexually abused young boys.Victims of Brian Newman came forward following the Jimmy Saville scandal and a report has revealed numerous problems at the Woodhead Road children’s unit, where the abuse took place between 1990 and 1996.The former care…
Plans to scrap the one-year time limit on raising sexual harassment complaints against MSPs have been put forward at the Scottish Parliament.The proposal is one of a series of recommendations made by a working group set up in the wake of concerns about sexual harassment in Scottish politics.Following a survey…
A former NHS Tayside boss was given double the payoff she was entitled to because of the “total incompetence” of the assistant chief executive, MSPs have learned.A settlement payment of more than £64,000 to former chief executive Lesley McLay was in lieu of six months’ notice, despite only having three…
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.In Holyrood on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced funding of more than £825 million, as part of a total investment in excess of £3 billion, to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the…
A new campaign has been launched in a bid to promote more “gender-equal play” in nurseries and childcare.The Care Inspectorate – the body which inspects registered childcare providers – said the initiative has been brought in because “childhood and play is becoming more gendered and polarised between girls and boys”.It…
People living in rural areas are less likely to survive cancer than those who live in cities, according to a new global review.Researchers examined 39 studies and found 30 of them reported a "clear survival disadvantage" for rural people compared to those living in urban areas.The study found those living…
Health boards in Scotland are missing out on potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds by not claiming back money due for treating non-European citizens, a Holyrood committee has heard.Under a scheme introduced by the Department of Health in 2014, health boards and NHS trusts across the UK that report the…
Puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku do not counteract mental decline in old age but can provide a higher point from which decline begins, a study has found.Researchers found that, while regular problem-solving will boost mental ability in old age, it had no impact on the rate of mental decline…
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