Multi-million pound fund to help disabled people to stay in their own homes.
Thousands of disabled people in Scotland are set to be supported through a new Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF).
The scheme will safe-guard support given to more than 3,000 disabled people across Scotland and will build on existing care through a £5.5 million investment which will re-open it to new users, ensuring its long-term future.
The current UK Government’s support scheme is due to close in June 2015 and has been closed to new users since 2010 (more…)
Widening splits in the No campaign have emerged as a report in today’s Mail on Sunday (English and digital editions only) quote a senior Labour source admitting that the anti-independence movement is “too Tory”.
The panic among the Westminster parties is further increased as a UK gov cabinet minister acknowledged “These polls are tightening”.
The Liberal Democrats appear to have completely lost touch with reality, the SNP has said, after the Chief Secretary to the Treasury refused to rule out further rises in tuition fees in the rest of the UK after the election.
In an interview with the Guardian, Danny Alexander said that he could not rule out tuition fees in the rest of the UK rising above their current level of £9,000.
The negativity of the No campaign has continued today after Labour’s Lord Robertson argued that independence would be welcomed by the “forces of darkness” – just a day after being invited to play a more prominent role in the campaign by Anas Sarwar.
Lord Robertson’s speech took the No campaign’s scaremongering rhetoric to new lows – claiming that independence would be “cataclysmic”. This is despite Scotland’s referendum process being held up by President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry as an example of international best practice – and Lord Robertson’s successors as NATO Secretary-General both coming from independent, European nations of a similar size to Scotland, which do not have nuclear weapons on their soil. (more…)
The launch of a new campaign to do more to protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoking has been welcomed today by SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell.
With research showing that harmful chemicals from cigarettes can linger and travel as much as five hours after visible smoke has disappeared, smokers are being urged to think more about what they can do to reduce the risks to children of second-hand smoke. (more…)