A growing debt crisis is arising as sharp rises in energy and food bills are causing a significant fall in real incomes for Scottish households, a new report has warned. The publication, from Holyrood’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee, issued the stark revelation as it outlined recommended steps for both the UK and Scottish governments to take in the wake of the cost-of-living crisis.
Former minister Derek Mackay has been invited to Holyrood to give evidence in person to a committee of MSPs investigating the delayed Ferguson Marine ferries. Mr Mackay was transport minister when the contract was approved to build two ferries at the Port Glasgow shipyard. He resigned from the Cabinet in 2020 after it emerged he had sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old schoolboy, and he stepped down as an MSP at the end of the parliamentary term in 2021.
The Rosehall Primary Euroquiz team finished 11th out of over 400 schools that competed. After two years of being held remotely, the Euroquiz 2022 final returned to its traditional arena: the debating chamber at Holyrood. Rosehall’s pupils spoke about their recent visit to Edinburgh – the first for many of them – and what it was like sharing a seat with some of Scotland’s biggest decision-makers.
DEREK Mackay has been asked to appear in person before a committee investigating the so-called ferries fiasco. The former Finance Secretary has been invited to give evidence at Holyrood’s Public Audit committee in their ongoing probe into what went wrong with the procurement and construction of two ferries at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.
Around 30 local riders came together outside the Scottish Parliament along with their bikes after hearing an increasing number of stories of theft in the city. A group of furious Edinburgh motorcyclists gathered in the city centre on Friday to share their concerns over bike thefts around the capital.
Former minister Derek Mackay has been invited to Holyrood to give evidence in person to a committee of MSPs investigating the delayed Ferguson Marine ferries. Mr Mackay was transport minister when the contract was approved to build two ferries at the Port Glasgow shipyard. He resigned from the cabinet in 2020 after it emerged he had sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old schoolboy, and he stepped down as an MSP at the end of the parliamentary term in 2021.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second Scottish independence referendum – and it could decide the future of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. Sturgeon proposed to Scotland’s parliament, Holyrood, a date of 23 October, 2023 for the second vote on independence in a decade (dubbed indyref2).
Until we have a vision of a less Anglocentric, more conciliatory Britain, nationalists will keep trying for independence On the face of things, now may not seem like an ideal time to be restarting the campaign for Scottish independence, as Nicola Sturgeon has done this week.
For years Nicola Sturgeon has been clear on why she believes Scotland should be an independent country - the problem she has faced since 2014 is how to deliver on her promises of a second independence referendum. But since she declared two weeks ago that all would be revealed before the Scottish Parliament broke for summer recess, there has been feverish speculation about what she would say.
Decentralisation of power from Holyrood, full devolution of local taxes and directly elected mayors are among the proposals made by campaigners and politicians pushing for reforms to local government in Scotland. Other plans to improve local democracy include giving councils powers to raise funds, long-term funding deals, local ownership of services, and quarterly public meetings between Scotland’s first minister and council leaders.
Transgender reform and Scottish independence: As SNP stokes politics of identity and division, ordinary women's voices are not being heard – Susan Dalgety
My first close encounter with Shona Robison was 30 years ago, when we shared bunk beds in a grand house just outside Dublin. She slept on the top bunk if my memory serves me correctly. We were both young politicians back then. She was a rising star in the SNP, and I was one of a generation of angry young Labour women, many of whom went on to make a big impact in Holyrood.
Outfits worn by the Queen during her appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations are going on display. From this Sunday, outfits worn by the Queen during her Silver, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees can be seen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Plans to overhaul the prison system in Scotland are to be examined by MSPs. Holyrood’s Criminal Justice Committee is calling for views on the matter, ahead of hearings set to take place later in the year. The Scottish Government’s Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill looks to refocus the way remand is used in Scotland’s prisons, with an emphasis on reserving it for those who pose a risk to public safety or wilfully fail to turn up for trials.
MSP submits Scottish football independent regulator motion at Holyrood and brands elite clubs 'exploitative'
RICHARD Leonard, the Labour MSP for Central Scotland, yesterday branded the treatment of young players by Scotland's leading clubs "exploitative" and submitted a motion at Holyrood calling for a debate on the establishment of an independent regulator for the game in this country. The move follows the refusal by the elite clubs in the Club Academy Scotland (CAS) system to scrap the use of multi-year registrations for children under the age of 16 which campaigners claim violate United Nations human rights guidelines.
Scotland's drugs policy minister has called for major changes within months to tackle Dundee's overdose crisis, as she warned city leaders: "I'm not prepared to put up with it." Scotland’s drugs policy minister has called for major changes within months to tackle Dundee’s overdose crisis, as she warned city leaders: “I’m not prepared to put up with it.”
More than 300 officers and archers from the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland took part in the Reddendo parade, watched by Her Majesty and her eldest son, the heir to the throne. The Queen has joined Prince Charles for her second major public appearance of Holyrood Week at a unique military event at her Edinburgh palace.
Alex Cole-Hamilton, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, is writing to Nicola Sturgeon pressing for full disclosure of the Queen’s advance access to Holyrood legislation after the Guardian revealed bills were “almost certainly” changed to suit the monarch’s personal interests. The Scottish government has refused to release letters from the Queen’s representatives about their lobbying, despite evidence compiled by the Guardian that at least 67 Holyrood bills have been subject to her veto, under a secretive mechanism known as crown consent.