In response to the cost of living crisis, three Scottish Government energy efficiency and heat programmes will be boosted from April. The Home Energy Scotland (HES) advice service will be expanded, eligibility criteria for Widening the Warmer Homes Scotland fuel poverty programme will be widened to include more groups within the 60 – 75 years age [...]
Consistent service and increased visibility key factors in strengthening public confidence in policing
The Police Scotland Quarter 3 Performance Report for 2021-22 outlined findings of the service’s Your Police Survey between October and December 2021, during which members of the public shared their views on policing in Scotland. The survey showed that overall reported confidence in policing during this period (43%) has returned to levels closer to the 2019-20 [...]
Scotland’s business support network has launched a new awareness campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to access help. Entitled Whatever Your Business Needs, the campaign sees Skills Development Scotland (SDS) joining Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and all 32 local authorities to signpost employers to FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot
A Culture Strategy for Scotland has been published with the vision “Scotland is a place where culture is valued, protected and nurtured. Culture is woven through everyday life, shapes and is shaped by society, and its transformative potential is experienced by everyone. Scotland's rich cultural heritage and creativity of today is inspired by people and place, [...]
Recommendations from the independent National Partnership for Culture have been published. These include: The Scottish Government should guarantee the equitable provision of cultural education both in formal and informal education for young people. Local authorities should use culture as part of their delivery across wider local authority services. The Scottish Government should be charged with ensuring [...]
Scotland's Chief Statistician has published Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2018. This shows that between 2017 and 2018, Scotland’s carbon footprint increased by 2.6%. This increase was mainly related to emissions associated with imported goods and services although domestic emissions also increased in 2018. Between 1998 and 2017, Scotland’s carbon footprint fell by 30.5%.
The Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) provides evidence and data on trends in Scottish local government. It supports evidence-based comparisons between councils over time. The tenth annual report has now been published.