Jenny Kane

Written 7 posts

UK Budget must protect Scottish finances

3rd March 2021

The UK Budget must provide adequate funding for Scotland and respect the devolution settlement, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has said. The Scottish Government has committed to continuing business support during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – including extending non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses – provided the UK…

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St Andrew’s Day 2020 – One million words of kindness

30th November 2020

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day this year, the Scottish Government launched the One Million Words of Kindness campaign asking people to recognise the value of connecting with and helping others by reaching out to friends, family, neighbours and communities. Edinburgh-based illustrator Emily Hogarth designed a postcard for the campaign to help spread words of kindness…

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Parliamentary Statement – BiFab update

3rd November 2020

Statement given by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop on Tuesday 3 November 2020:  I welcome the opportunity to address Parliament today on the current position facing BiFab. This Government has shown real commitment to BiFab, and we continue to explore all options to secure a future for the NnG contract in Scotland. I have been clear…

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Renewable heat scheme for Scotland’s SMEs

28th October 2020

A £4 million cashback grant scheme to encourage small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and install renewable heating has been launched by the Scottish Government. SMEs will be able to apply for a 75% cashback grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 30%…

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New consumer network

29th September 2020

    A network to ensure that consumer protection is at the core of Scotland’s economic recovery has been established. Stakeholders from organisations including Advice Direct Scotland, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice Scotland and the Scottish Government will work together to generate improved services, greater value for money and better buying choices for shoppers. The Consumer…

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Labour market statistics update – Business Minister Jamie Hepburn

19th May 2020

Between January and March 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate fell over the quarter to 74.7% and the unemployment rate estimate rose over the quarter to 4.1%. While these rates compare well against historical records, they do not reflect fully the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and how it will change over time. The Job Retention…

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Foundation Apprenticeships receive further recognition – Skills Minister Jamie Hepburn

13th January 2020

  To meet the future skills needs of Scotland’s economy it is vital industry and educational institutions work together. Foundation Apprenticeships are an important part of building strong links between the two and, crucially, equipping young people with the skills they need to progress onto a successful career or further education. I am delighted that…

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