Public Health Scotland have released statistics on breastfeeding. Overall breastfeeding rates continue to increase in Scotland, mainly due to an increase in mixed breast and formula feeding. Almost two thirds (66%) of babies born in Scotland in 2020/21 were breastfed for at least some time after their birth. There are marked inequalities in breastfeeding, with babies [...]
Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.
The Winter Support Fund will help those on low incomes, children and people at risk of homelessness against a backdrop of rising living and fuel costs. Key elements of the package include: £10 million to help people who are struggling to pay fuel bills £25 million flexible funding to help local authorities support wellbeing and respond to financial insecurity based on local [...]
Scotland’s new benefit take-up strategy outlines plans to make sure that nobody misses out on financial support due to a lack of awareness or barriers to applying. Actions from the strategy include: working with partners to improve targeting of information and advice, challenging myths and stigma around claiming benefits, and continuing to remove barriers to accessing social security in Scotland. [...]
The Scottish Government is focusing on increasing the participation levels of women and girls in sport and activities. This includes a Scottish sport media summit aimed at exploring, through a collaborative approach, ways to increase visibility and coverage of women’s sport across all platforms. Additional investment will benefit the wider sporting system and be delivered in partnership with sportscotland.
A refreshed digital health and social care strategy has been published which sets out how the Government plans that we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services.
The police in Scotland recorded 18,809 crimes in September 2021. This was 4% lower than the 19,684 crimes recorded in the same month of 2020 (when pandemic restrictions were in place) and 8% lower than the 20,405 crimes recorded in the same month of 2019 (for which there was no pandemic or restrictions on movement).