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The Tories pose a "shambolic threat" to the income of pensioners, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said. Ms Dugdale attacked Prime Minister Theresa May for a "chaotic" and "humiliating" U-turn over capping the costs elderly people could face when paying to be looked after. That combined with Conservative plans…
Conservative members of a Holyrood committee have "dissented" from an official report which claims "destitution is built into the UK asylum process". The Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee investigated asylum and destitution, where people are left without adequate accommodation or the ability to meet essential living needs. Committee…
An extra £9 million of funding has been announced for hospital accident-and-emergency departments in a bid to help them meet waiting-times targets. Health Secretary Shona Robison pledged additional funding for this year as she insisted the Scottish Government is determined to bring down waiting-times further. Ministers want 95% of all…
Disabled people will be offered internships in the Scottish Government as part of a series of measures to help them into work. The internship programme starts in September and forms part of 120 places offered in the public sector, voluntary and charity organisations and politics. Non-disabled people are twice as…
Substantial improvements are required in some health and social work services for older people in Edinburgh, following a joint inspection of services in the city carried out by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The report, published today, assessed how well health and social work services provided by the…
A nursery in Fraserburgh has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children. Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate have served a formal improvement notice on Peek A Boo Nursery after concerns were raised during an unannounced inspection in April 2017. Inspectors were concerned that insufficient…
The Scottish Conservatives will scrap their opposition to free prescriptions north of the border, it has emerged. Ruth Davidson said she recognised the "large amount of support" for free prescriptions in Scotland with a commitment to maintain them now to be included in her party's manifesto for the General Election.…
Drinking heavily is more harmful to the poorest people in society, who are at greater risk of illness or death because of alcohol consumption, according to a medical study. Published in medical journal The Lancet Public Health on Wednesday, it found there is a marked link between socio-economic status and…
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