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A healthy outlook - New Health Secretary Alex Neil outlines his priorities

A healthy outlook - New Health Secretary Alex Neil outlines his priorities | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Scotland’s new Health Secretary, Alex Neil is reflecting on how he and his family have benefited “enormously” from the National Health Service over the years as he contrasts the treatment his son has received on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Talking Point: Person-centred Care - Look out for more user-friendly policies in the next few months

Talking Point: Person-centred Care - Look out for more user-friendly policies in the next few months | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The NHS is a complex organisation whose services range from helicopter evacuations to toothbrushing advice in nursery schools, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil wrote recently.
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Preparing to party

Preparing to party | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
For some, the ‘save the date’ notification by the Scottish Government of an official Independence Day in March 2016 was an act of hubris by a political party unwilling to consider failure.
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UK Government publishes legal advice on independence - 57-page report suggests Scotland may have to apply for membership of international organisations

UK Government publishes legal advice on independence - 57-page report suggests Scotland may have to apply for membership of international organisations | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Legal advice on Scotland’s status following a ‘yes’ vote to independence has suggested it may have to apply for membership of international organisations including the European Union and the United Nations.
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Poll shows increased independence backing - 'Yes' vote up to 34 per cent but more than half still say 'No'

Poll shows increased independence backing - 'Yes' vote up to 34 per cent but more than half still say 'No' | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Support for independence has increased according to the latest opinion poll.
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Making Connections - The new chief officer of Voluntary Health Scotland, Claire Stevens, shares her ambitions for the sector

Making Connections - The new chief officer of Voluntary Health Scotland, Claire Stevens, shares her ambitions for the sector | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The voluntary sector is Claire Stevens’ passion.
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Talking point: Better connected

Talking point: Better connected | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The confirmation that super-fast trains could be shaving an hour off the route from London to Manchester gives a glimpse into the future.
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Tracker: Local Government - Covering business in the parliamentary chamber as well as individual committees and cross-party groups from the last fortnight

Tracker: Local Government - Covering business in the parliamentary chamber as well as individual committees and cross-party groups from the last fortnight | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
General questions
31.01.13: Local planning decisions
Iain Gray (Labour) asked the Scottish Government what its position is on whether local planning decisions should be made by local councillors.
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Living beyond the ‘C’-word - Saying goodbye

Living beyond the ‘C’-word - Saying goodbye | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
If I ever write my story, it will be called ‘The woman who cried’! Am I so unusual, I wonder? But it does seem the admission of shedding tears is still worthy of comment.
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Minister defends climate change blueprint

Minister defends climate change blueprint | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse has defended a report on how Scotland will meet its climate change ambitions – despite criticism that it did not go far enough.
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City square revamp debacle - Glasgow City Council has decided to drop plans for an extensive revamp of George Square, saying the space would be given a “substantial facelift” instead.

City square revamp debacle -  Glasgow City Council has decided to drop plans for an extensive revamp of George Square, saying the space would be given a “substantial facelift” instead. | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The move came after strong opposition emerged for proposals for a redesign, with many objecting to the idea of removing the statues and an online petition attracting thousands of supporters.
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A teacher writes - Scots believe in equality but deliver a quite different message to their children

A teacher writes - Scots believe in equality but deliver a quite different message to their children | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Scotland is plagued by under-achieving young people and it’s not because of low self-esteem.
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Investing in social - Private money could more than double a fund's investment in communities

Investing in social - Private money could more than double a fund's investment in communities | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
A new year, new beginnings. But for Alastair Davis, chief executive of Social Investment Scotland (SIS), changes have been under way for many months now.
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Talking point - Davos

Talking point - Davos | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
A new year, new beginnings. But for Alastair Davis, chief executive of Social Investment Scotland (SIS), changes have been under way for many months now.
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Second chance - National companies are increasingly looking to Scotland’s prisons, Holyrood learns

Second chance - National companies are increasingly looking to Scotland’s prisons, Holyrood learns | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Seldom does provision for prisoners, pre and post-release, evade a pugnacious response from certain parts of Scottish society.
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Farage seeks to boost UKIP fortunes in Scotland and ignite proper EU debate - UKIP to focus on disaffected Tories and Old Labour votes

Farage seeks to boost UKIP fortunes in Scotland and ignite proper EU debate - UKIP to focus on disaffected Tories and Old Labour votes | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage, the charismatic leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), is spearheading a recruitment drive in Scotland following his party’s recent surge in polls.
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Government’s flagship ‘back-to-work’ scheme hit by court ruling - Judges back appeal from two claimants who faced benefits cut for refusing to work "for free"

Government’s flagship ‘back-to-work’ scheme hit by court ruling - Judges back appeal from two claimants who faced benefits cut for refusing to work "for free" | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Thousands of unemployed people on ‘back-to-work’ programmes across Scotland can no longer be compelled to complete the schemes after a landmark court ruling, lawyers claimed today.
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Risk to humans ‘low’ from drug found in horsemeat

Risk to humans ‘low’ from drug found in horsemeat | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer said there is still a very low risk to humans after traces veterinary  drug were found in horse carcasses.
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Interview: Richard Dixon - The new man in charge at Friends of the Earth Scotland hopes to see it return to being a major campaigning force

Interview: Richard Dixon - The new man in charge at Friends of the Earth Scotland hopes to see it return to being a major campaigning force | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
When it comes to ‘The Environment’, Friends of the Earth is perhaps one of the best known of the movers and shakers.
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Pregnant Pause - Is Scotland on the right track to reduce unplanned teenage pregnancy rates?

Pregnant Pause - Is Scotland on the right track to reduce unplanned teenage pregnancy rates? | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rate remains among the highest in western Europe.
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No silo mentality - The Green Party education spokeswoman sees the links between social issues, and is a fan of Scandinavian solution

No silo mentality - The Green Party education spokeswoman sees the links between social issues, and is a fan of Scandinavian solution | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
A female politician elected to her national parliament for a small left-liberal party, balancing her political career with her commitments as a mother, and holding a strong belief in Scandinavian social democracy, was at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse just...
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Carry-on Farage - UKIP’s leader, MEP, Nigel Farage has all the humour and comedic facial contortions of a camp Mike Yarwood but when it comes to politics, he’s nobody’s fool

Carry-on Farage - UKIP’s leader, MEP, Nigel Farage has all the humour and comedic facial contortions of a camp Mike Yarwood but when it comes to politics, he’s nobody’s fool | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Once dismissed as fringe players and described by David Cameron, in a quote that has truly come back to haunt him, as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, UKIP is fast becoming the one the PM has to watch.
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“No health risk” from horsemeat, governments claim

“No health risk” from horsemeat, governments claim | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Ministers have downplayed the health risk of the tainted meat scandal.
Both UK and Scottish ministers have said the issue of horsemeat being found in products marketed as beef is an issue of labelling and not public health.
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Positive Parenting - Help parents to be as effective as they can be and give them the best possible chance to look after their own children.

Positive Parenting - Help parents to be as effective as they can be and give them the best possible chance to look after their own children. | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
Dr Mary Hepburn has been an unwavering champion for socially deprived women for nearly three decades.
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A woman’s work - Equality in work is not just about fairness, it's about economic performance

A woman’s work - Equality in work is not just about fairness, it's about economic performance | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The recession hit everyone hard; harder hit still, however, have been women.
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Threat facing councils’ consumer protection services - Consumers could be put at risk of scams and rogue traders because the long-term viability of local authority trading standards services is und...

Threat facing councils’ consumer protection services - Consumers could be put at risk of scams and rogue traders because the long-term viability of local authority trading standards services is und... | Holyrood magazine | Scoop.it
The Accounts Commission looked at trading standards and food safety services provided by Scotland’s 32 councils and said people depend on them more in tough economic times.
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