kristenmcnicoll

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Island voices to be heard

7th April 2019

National consultation to empower island residents. Island communities are being encouraged to help shape the policies that affect them. A national consultation will inform the development of the first ever National Islands Plan, asking island residents to share opinions on the specific challenges they face – such as population retention, connectivity, economic development, housing, and…

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Response to UK Government Spring Statement

13th March 2019

Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has responded to the UK Government’s Spring Statement today, saying: “Amid the continuing uncertainty around the UK’s EU exit, the Spring Statement failed to provide businesses with any reassurances about their future and offered no clarity on future funding for Scotland. “Years of austerity and continued uncertainty at the hands…

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Growth deal confirmed as Ayrshire celebrates major investment boost

8th March 2019

A multi-million pound investment package that will change the face of Ayrshire was rubber-stamped today (Friday 8 March) by the three Ayrshire Councils and the UK and Scottish Governments. The £251.5 million Ayrshire Growth Deal was signed and sealed, kick-starting a range of projects across the region. The UK and Scottish Governments will each invest…

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Statistics highlight importance of EU market to Scotland

7th March 2019

The publication of HMRC’s latest Regional Trade Statistics this morning shows the importance of the EU market to Scotland. Commenting on the statistics, Trade Minister Ivan McKee said: “These are very encouraging figures. The value of Scotland’s annual goods exports increased by 6 per cent to £30.3 billion. This is a higher growth rate than…

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Rates reform progress

22nd February 2019

Implementation of Barclay Review moves to next stage. Businesses have given their views to help shape a bill to implement changes to the rates system. The Non Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill which supports growth, increases fairness and streamlines administration will be introduced to Parliament before Easter. An independent analysis report of consultation responses, along with…

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Statement on Ayrshire Growth Deal

30th January 2019

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Whilst I am disappointed that the UK Government has decided to depart from previous practice of agreeing joint announcements on growth deal support, I am glad to see that the UK Government has finally moved to make its commitment to Ayrshire clear. This is something which we have been urging…

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Statement on Arjowiggins/Stoneywood Mill

23rd January 2019

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “We held a positive meeting this morning with Arjowiggins management, the administrators, union and other local stakeholders. Everyone wants what is best for the workforce and company so our focus is on supporting the business and the administrators in doing all we can to safeguard jobs at the mill. “In…

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This Week: 04/01/2019

4th January 2019

Infrastructure priorities for 2019 Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson has set out his priorities for 2019 in an article on our blog. Read more Return to work travel advice People are being urged to plan their return to work travel, with the trunk roads and other transport networks in Scotland expected to be busy over the…

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Growing our strong investment in infrastructure during 2019 – Michael Matheson

31st December 2018

Infrastructure investment is one of the four pillars of the Scottish Government’s economic strategy which is why in 2019-20 our capital programme will invest more than £5 billion across Scotland. We know the value of investing in infrastructure goes beyond the physical homes, schools, hospitals we see as the projects begin to open. It unlocks…

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This Week: 28/12/2018

28th December 2018

Priorities for 2019 Finance and Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has set out his priorities for 2019 in an article in The Herald. Read more Improving ferry access Further accessibility improvements will be made on Scotland’s ferries following the fourth round of awards from the Ferries Accessibility Fund. Almost £80,000 is being awarded to Serco NorthLink…

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