Day: 5 October 2021

Boris Johnson ‘determined to unite and level up’ as Universal Credit cut plunges thousands into poverty

Boris Johnson will announce his plans to focus on levelling up the country, amid concerns that cuts to benefits will actively work against it. The Prime Minister is to address the Conservative Party conference tomorrow, where he will announce his intention to “get on with our job of uniting and levelling up across the UK”. His …

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Glasgow Warriors coach Nigel Carolan on striking successful rugby balance

When he joined Glasgow as attack coach in the summer, the Irishman knew he was coming to a squad with a long and proud tradition of expansive play, and that he would certainly not have to coax them into being more adventurous. But, in common with head coach Danny Wilson, the Irishman was convinced that …

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Celtic Connections: Festival returns in 2022 with live performances

Celtic Connections will return early next year with live performances after being forced to go online this year due to the pandemic. The event will be held in Glasgow from January 20 to February 6, with an 18-day programme featuring traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz, soul and world music. More than 1,000 musicians are due …

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Cop26: No Scottish Government vaccine passports needed

Those attending the Cop26 summit in Glasgow will not need to use the Scottish Government’s vaccine passport system to enter the conference. Around 30,000 people are expected to visit the city in November for the international summit on climate change. Instead, delegates have been asked to take a daily lateral flow device test and will …

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SNP urged to set up specialist environment court after international law breach

SNP ministers have been urged to create a specialist environmental court for Scotland after the country’s legal system was found to be breaking international human rights and environmental law. In July, findings from a UN body revealed that Scotland’s legal system was in breach of international environmental and human rights law due to the extremely …

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Scotland’s £300m winter plan for NHS and social care amid ‘worst ever’ pressures

HEALTH and social care services in Scotland are to be bolstered by an extra £300 million of funding amid warnings that the NHS is facing its “most challenging winter ever”. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf set out the winter plan hours after figures revealed worsening pressures facing A&E departments, as well as mounting backlogs for elective …

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Scottish Secretary Alister Jack admits he does not know anyone on Universal Credit

THE Scottish Secretary has admitted he does not personally know anyone who is going to be affected by the cut to Universal Credit. Alister Jack made the comment ahead of the withdrawal of the £20-a-week uplift, which charities have described as a “lifeline”.  The UK Government introduced the uplift to help with the impact of the …

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St Johnstone confirm Liam Gordon has signed new contract until 2024

LIAM GORDON has penned a new three-year deal with St Johnstone. The 25-year-old centre-back has signed fresh terms to extend his McDiarmid Park stay until the summer of 2024. A boyhood Saints fan, the defender has become an integral part of Callum Davidson’s successful double-cup winning outfit. And with Gordon entering the last year of …

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Hopes of new pay deal to end months of ScotRail disruption as strike is announced for COP26

SCOTRAIL workers are being offered a new pay deal in a bid to put an end to a six months dispute and to try and prevent strike action during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. The Scottish Government said that it is hopeful that a “fair pay increase” can be agreed for staff. …

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