#WheelsinMotion is a new campaign jointly supported by Public Health Scotland, Transport Scotland, Paths for All, Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Sustrans Scotland and Scottish Cycling. This shared campaign encourages people to leave the car at home in favour of walking, wheeling and cycling for essential journeys, wellbeing and exercise.
Rural Scotland Key Facts 2021 compares and contrasts circumstances in remote and accessible rural areas to the rest of Scotland. It includes these findings: Population growth is faster in rural Scotland There is a higher proportion of older people in rural Scotland, particularly in remote rural areas Rural areas are a ‘very good’ place to live Rural [...]
The proportion of pupils in Higher or Further Education is at a record high on a national basis. 93.3% of pupils had a ’positive destination’ including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, official statistics show. The proportion of school leavers in higher or further education is at a record [...]
A new report into the extent of hate crimes committed in Scotland has highlighted almost two-thirds of all race-related hate offences had a visible minority ethnic (non-white) victim, a group that makes up around 4% of the population. The detailed study looking at the characteristics of victims and perpetrators of reported hate crime incidents in 2018-19 [...]
An initiative to help drive projects that celebrate locally sourced and produced food and drink has reopened for applications. The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s Regional Food Fund aims to support the food and drink sector with grants of up to £5,000 available to applicants. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2021.
The Environment Strategy creates an overarching framework for Scotland’s environmental strategies and plans, including the Climate Change Plan. An overview of the initial selection of indicators for the environment strategy for Scotland monitoring framework and plans for reporting progress has been published.
A new £15 million fund has been announced to support affordable lending services. It will support Credit Unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which offer financial help to those who have poor credit and are often turned away from high street banks.
The February summary of employment, unemployment and economic inactivity sourced from the Labour Force Survey and other labour market statistics has been published.