Scotland's Economy

  • Achieving Scotland’s full potential in a digital world

    22nd March 2017 by

    Scotland must seek and seize every opportunity to ensure it continues to have a thriving, open, digital economy. That is why, I visited Tontine House in Glasgow today to launch our refreshed digital strategy and outline the Scottish Government’s vision of Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking digital nation, and to see first-hand how young aspiring digital businesses are being supported in Glasgow.

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  • Taking action on pregnancy discrimination

    8th March 2017 by

    Rosalind Bragg, director of Maternity Action discusses pregnancy discrimination and the importance of removing any barriers to work.

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  • Employability discussions in Brussels

    6th February 2017 by

    Last month I spent time in Brussels to talk about the challenges and solutions of employability across the EU and how the Scottish Government might continue to contribute. We discussed employment support services for disabled people and the long-term unemployed and the new, fairer approach we will be taking.

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  • Supporting woodlands

    1st February 2017 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing discusses forestry and the need for our woodlands to be a share national endeavour.

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  • Protecting our Consumers

    13th December 2016 by

    Having the correct information and advice empowers all of us as consumers, helping us to find the most competitive deals for goods and services, such as energy and broadband.  It also reassures us that help is there if things go wrong, and that something will be done to tackle wider consumer harm and market failings....

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  • A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

    3rd December 2016 by

    Making sure disabled people have access to decent incomes and fairer working lives is one of the key ambitions at the heart of our new disability delivery plan – A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People. The plan recognises that even in the 21st century many disabled people are still unable to live their lives as...

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  • National Consumer Week

    1st December 2016 by

    I am deeply concerned by research from consumer group Which? showing people in Scotland receive more nuisance calls than anywhere else in the UK. These calls are annoying for almost all of us. But for those whose circumstances make them particularly vulnerable – like older people who can be at home more – they can cause fear, distress and even financial loss. It’s a story I hear often as an MSP, and I heard it again this week, when I spoke to a woman who has had her confidence and her savings destroyed by a scam that began with an…

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  • Autumn Statement response

    24th November 2016 by

    Yesterday, the true cost of Brexit was revealed – and it is huge. Lower growth, lower tax revenues, higher borrowing, higher debt and, perhaps worst of all for family budgets, higher inflation. Here is what I had to say immediately after the Chancellor made his statement: .@DerekMackaySNP on #AutumnStatement: the real cost of Brexit is...

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  • Employability services

    23rd November 2016 by

    The third sector plays a significant role in delivering employability services in Scotland. Whether it is delivering end-to-end services across the employability pipeline, or providing specialist support for clients with particular needs, the sector has particular strengths in recognising the needs of the individual and is versatile in pulling together the multiple layers of support...

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  • Update on Modern Apprenticeships

    8th November 2016 by

    Today, Skills Development Scotland published positive statistics showing more than 12,500 Modern Apprentices have started work in Scotland since April. This is great news for both our young people and our economy. Modern Apprentices are an important part of our drive to increase skills in our workforce, bring in new talent, and support vulnerable groups...

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