Written 8 posts

Devolution of employment powers to tackle poverty

6th June 2021

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison has called on party leaders at Holyrood to back a bid for full devolution of employment powers to the Scottish Parliament to support post-pandemic recovery. Writing in a letter to opposition leaders, Ms Robison also urged cross-party support for the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government to support a national mission…

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Supporting young adults with incapacity

24th February 2021

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said: “We are removing application fees to make it easier for young adults lacking capacity to get access to their Child Trust Fund. “A Child Trust Fund is a long-term, tax-free savings account for children. The money belongs to the young person and they can only take it out when they…

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Responding to the mental health challenge of COVID-19: Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey

9th October 2020

Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. I doubt there is a single one of us who hasn’t thought about our own mental wellbeing, or worried about others, at some point during 2020. We have all been through a lot, and the introduction of temporary measures now…

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Communities Secretary thanks lockdown community food heroes

9th July 2020

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has thanked charities and local authorities for their “incredible” work to help people across Scotland access food and other support during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Speaking following meetings with charities including Cash for Kids and The Food Train to hear about their achievements over the lockdown period and the specific…

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Children and young people able to play sport again

28th June 2020

                Children aren’t renowned for taking a keen interest in politics but I’m sure that many of them (and their parents) will have rejoiced at the news emerging from Holyrood this week, when the First Minister announced a date for the resumption of organised sport.   Those children…

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Challenging racism in Scotland – Guest blog from Danny Boyle, BEMIS Scotland

18th October 2019

“Tackling racism and building connected communities is not a side issue. This is one of the most important things in society. We need the science of data – but we need the science of stories too” BEMIS Scotland held a thematic conference on prejudice motivated by racial and religious hatred earlier this week. Our intention…

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Scottish Traveller: Would you hire me?

17th June 2019

My name is Angel Hendry, I’m 24 and a Scottish Traveller. I’ve experienced several barriers, trials and tribulations growing up as a young Traveller. I first experienced discrimination towards my culture when I was three years old. I was crying in my pram as my mum was pushing me around in a shop. A lady approached and leaned over the pram…

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Gorbals born, Gorbals bread

4th September 2015

Catriona Milligan (Project worker, Bridging the Gap). Bread is peculiar stuff. For starters, it’s something of a universal constant. Everyone has experience of bread – be it sliced white, chapatti or injera. In fact – though you might not suspect it – bread has the power to draw people together. Some years ago, as part…

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