Scottish Government

Scottish Government sets out new approach for COVID testing in health and social care

Health secretary Jeane Freeman has announced plans for a significant expansion in testing for hospital patients, health and social care staff, and communities in Level 4 areas.

Published 26 November 2020

Langstane Housing Association secures homelessness funding

Langstane Housing Association has outlined how it will make use of funding it has received through the Scottish Government’s Homelessness Prevention Fund.

Published 25 November 2020

Scottish funeral support payment received by almost 6,000 people this year

Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment from the Scottish Government in its first full year, according to new statistics.

Published 25 November 2020

New kit and training distrubuted by Scottish Government to help families get online

More than 23,000 iPads and Chromebooks are being distributed among digitally excluded low-income families and care leavers in Scotland, as part of the latest phase of the £43 million Connecting Scotland programme.

Published 25 November 2020

Expressions of interest invited for new Highland Coastal Communities Fund

The Highland Council is inviting communities to come forward with expressions of interest for projects that, if successful, could receive a share of funding aimed at supporting coastal communities throughout Highland.

Published 24 November 2020

Scottish National Investment Bank officially opens for business with first £12.5m investment

The Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) has officially opened for business today with a mission to focus on supporting Scotland’s transition to net zero; extending equality of opportunity through improving places, and harnessing innovation to enable Scotland to flourish.

Published 23 November 2020

Scottish Government announces £35m investment in digital planning

The Scottish Government has announced a £35 million five-year programme which will make it easier for planners to work together and for members of the public to get involved in creating and shaping their places.

Published 23 November 2020

Finance secretary Kate Forbes calls for £98bn economic stimulus package

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has called on the UK Government to prioritise public services and economic recovery through a fresh fiscal stimulus package of £98 billion, ahead of the Spending Review on Wednesday.

Published 23 November 2020

Scottish Government extends affordable housing programme for rural and island communities

A five-year programme to fund affordable housing projects in rural and island communities is being extended, housing minister Kevin Stewart has told Parliament.

Published 12 November 2020

Enhanced fire safety measures in high rise buildings propsed by West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire Council is seeking comments from the Scottish Government on a plan to introduce enhanced fire safety measures across the area’s high rise buildings.

Published 12 November 2020

Regulator launches consultation on Energy Efficiency Standard in Social Housing 2

The Scottish Housing Regulator is consulting on indicators to allow it to monitor and report on social landlords’ progress towards the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency Standard in Social Housing 2 (EESSH2).

Published 11 November 2020

Affordable Highland homes promised to new salmon workers

New homes will be built in the Highlands in an attempt to entice workers to salmon farms due to a shortage of affordable housing throughout the region.

Published 10 November 2020

Existing Homes Alliance Scotland calls for energy efficiency to be at the heart of recovery with 2021 election manifesto

The next Scottish Government should invest at least £1.3 billion over the next Parliament in making Scotland’s homes highly energy-efficient and zero carbon emissions from heat, according to the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland.

Published 6 November 2020

Scottish Government reveals social care winter plan

A plan outlining steps to prepare and support Scotland’s social care sector through the winter has been published by the Scottish Government.

Published 4 November 2020

Human rights should be central to budget decisions post-COVID, say MSPs

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish Government to set out how it intends to address the disproportionately negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on protected groups, such as women and young people as well as disabled people and black and minority ethnic communities, in its post-COVID economic recovery plan.

Published 3 November 2020