Scottish Government

Is Scotland Really Creating a National Identity Scheme?

Jim Killock | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

Your criminal record, educational attainment and health data could be used to decide when the state should intervene in your life, and equally, when to withdraw benefits from people who are deemed less needy.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

The Bedroom Tax in Scotland Is Over: A Victory for Tenants

Alan Wyllie | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

This victory is not down to just one campaign or one person. This victory is due to the hard work of EVERYONE who joined the fight against the bedroom tax. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

The Scottish Government Cannot Continue to Obfuscate on Pensions

Gregg McClymont | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gregg McClymont

Pensions and savings are increasingly central to Scotland's independence debate. Today you will hear more about them at the SNP's conference. The Scottish Government's much trailed pensions paper was eagerly anticipated. Finally answers to the difficult questions would be forthcoming, we were told. A blueprint for unwinding Scotland from a UK pensions system built up over generations was expected. It didn't happen.

Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

We have read how turbines impact human health and after years of mockery from pro-wind groups, we now have the first peer-reviewed, science-based report confirming that turbines do have harmful impacts on humans...

The Biggest Privatisation in Two Decades, and not a Peep out of the Scottish Government

Ann McKechin | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

The Business, Innovation and Skills committee plan to quiz the secretary of state on the privatisation this autumn. I hope that by then the Scottish Government might have at least hinted at what would happen to postal services in an independent Scotland. With less than 18 months until the referendum, it's another uncertainty that the people of Scotland deserve to have clarified.

Rapists Are People Too

Ben Acheson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

Victims, and society as a whole, must recognise that rape is a crime just like any other and rapists must be punished appropriately for breaking their contract with society. 'Appropriately' is the keyword. No matter how much we want to string them up, our laws should be above human emotion.

Plain Cigarette Packaging Wins Scottish Government Support

PA | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK

Cigarettes and other tobacco products should be sold in plain packaging, the Scottish government has said. The pledge makes Scotland the first part...

Charlie Thomas

Are There Unintended Consequences From Banning Cigarette Displays? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

Imperial Tobacco has lost its fight to continue displaying cigarettes in shops in Scotland. The Supreme Court ruled against the tobacco giant's app...

'Chaos' As Thousands Of Scottish Students Hit By Loans Shambles

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of students are still without their bursaries and loans despite being more than a month into the term, with reports of some being forced to ...

Skin Doctors' Anger As Sunbed Centres Claim Health Benefits

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

Sunbed centres are allowed to extoll the benefits of the tanning machines as a source of Vitamin D, despite complaints from the Scottish government, t...

Public Figures Call For New Lockerbie Inquiry

Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

More than 40 politicians, religious leaders and journalists have signed a letter calling for an independent inquiry into the Lockerbie bomber's convic...

'Megrahi Died With A Guilty Verdict Still Hanging Over Him'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

More evidence will come out that will force the Scottish government to re-examine the late Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's conviction, his bi...

Trump In Hot Air Outburst Against Wind Farms

PA | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could "completely end" tourism in Scotland and the country is "in effect committing financial suicid...

Newspaper Publishes Lockerbie Bomber Files In Full

PA | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK

The full report of the legal grounds for the Lockerbie bomber's second appeal has been published online by a newspaper. The Sunday Herald today pos...

'The SNP Is Here For You And Your Family'

PA | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics

Scotland will have the best package of free nursery education in the UK, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today. Mr Salmond said his Scottish ...

Convicted Murdered Released Early From Life Sentence

PA | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK

Convicted murderer Andrew Walker, who killed three fellow soldiers over 25 years ago, has been released early from prison on compassionate grounds. ...

Scottish Government Raise Tuition Fees For Non-Scottish Students

PA | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

MSPs have rubber-stamped the Scottish Government's decision to allow universities to raise fees for students from the rest of the United Kingdom. H...

Scotland To 'Employ' Babies As 'Teachers' In Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Scotland are to "employ" babies as teachers as part of a programme to reduce bullying and aggression in schools. The initiative, called Roots of Em...

10 Reasons to Oppose the 'Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill'

Kirk Leech | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics
Kirk Leech

The Scottish government has recently introduced the 'Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill' which aims to cri...

Radioactive Leak Found At Former Power Station In Scotland

Posted 08.12.2011 | UK

Scotland's environment secretary has called for a full investigation after a radioactive leak was found at the former Dounreay power station. The l...

Megrahi, The Scotsman and the Unionists

Peter Curran | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Scotsman is in no doubt what the big story is today - Megrahi's death bed 'confession'. It puts confession in quotes, but it's a nod and a wink - ...

Universities Scotland Defend Fee Hike For English Students

PA | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Increasing charges for students coming to Scotland from the rest of the UK is "tough but necessary", the body which represents universities ...

Stormont Freezes Tuition Fees For Home Students While Other UK Students Pay The Price

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Tuition fees for Northern Irish students attending universities in Northern Ireland will remain at £3,465 a year, according to a new fees structure o...

Scotland Defends Tuition Fees Policy As Human Rights Lawyer Mounts Bid

The Scotsman | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The Scottish Government has defended students from the rest of the UK tuition fees, after a human rights lawyer warned he intends to mount a legal cha...