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Scotland to grow 27% faster than UK –

Scotland to grow 27% faster than UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In Insider today: ‘Forecasts by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) say growth in Scotland is to drop from 1.4% in 2018 to 1.2% in 2019, but this will still be ahead of the 1.1% forecast for the UK. Out of 12 nations and regions analysed by PwC, only the South East of England is expected to grow at…
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Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training –

Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Senior? Monica Lennon seems unaware that Scottish GP training already meets its professional body standards: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf Maybe the RCPCH should have a word with the RCGP about the GPST rather than the Labour Branch moaning at the SNP?  
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Trafficking of children more than 50 times higher in England than in Scotland –

Trafficking of children more than 50 times higher in England than in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the regular Scottish insert part of BBC Breakfast this morning at 06:26am, we heard this scary headline: ‘The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland has gone by more than 50% in two years. Figures released by the UK crime agency show around a third were children. 228 cases were…
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Unemployment in Tory UK is 15% higher than in Scotland –

Unemployment in Tory UK is 15% higher than in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Breathe, breathe.... Between November 2018 and January 2019, unemployment rate in Scotland was 3.4% while the UK rate was 3.9%, below 4% for the first time since whenever. Scottish Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said ‘Scotland is performing particularly well on unemployment rates for women and young people. At 2.6% for women and 7.4% for young…
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Scotland’s prosecution service beats target for 12 years in a row! –

Scotland’s prosecution service beats target for 12 years in a row! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has a target of 75% being acted on within 4 weeks. Since 2007-2008, it has beaten the target, with the figure for last year at 79%. TuS is grateful to Tory MSP, Liam Kerr, for asking the parliamentary question leading to this good news: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190318.pdf  
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‘Lavish’ Tavish Scott exposes dastardly SNP plot to improve 4G in his patch –

‘Lavish’ Tavish Scott exposes dastardly SNP plot to improve 4G in his patch – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Too easy! Think of your own title for this. The expensive Lib Dem MSP for the Shetland Islands, Lavish Tavish, tabled a parliamentary question which might provide the data for an attack on the SNP government’s failure to do the UK government’s work for them. Here it is: https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Simple&Keyword=question&ExactPhrase=False&DateChoice=3&SortBy=DateSubmitted&ResultsPerPage=10 Readers will no doubt already be…
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BBC Scotland say the English were to blame in 2014 too! –

BBC Scotland say the English were to blame in 2014 too! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the next episode of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref, Brian Little, referring to English colleagues who came up to Scotland in 2014, will make the explosive claim: ‘I'm not cynical about [BBC DNA] that but I was quite surprised by some of my colleagues failing to understand their own assumption that the Yes side was…
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‘Brexit needs psychopaths’ and luckily Scotland’s Standards Commission refuses call to cull them –

‘Brexit needs psychopaths’ and luckily Scotland’s Standards Commission refuses call to cull them – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
God, I’ve worked beside a few, so this Freedom of Information request intrigues me but as Hard Brexit looms, you hear people saying in the streets: We need someone to take charge and to sort this mess out? What like Hitler did? No, I didn’t say that, Churchill! Wasn’t he a war criminal? Maybe but,…
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Scottish Labour Branch too poor to employ researchers? –

Scottish Labour Branch too poor to employ researchers? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Mass turnout of full Scottish Labour membership fails to impress man asked to join for photo-shoot.  This parliamentary question by Daniel Johnson MSP seems a bit daft:  Question S5W-22190: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/03/2019 To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Police Scotland has not published a disaggregation of hate crime incidents…
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Kezia Dugdale makes herself useful by asking an easy question –

Kezia Dugdale makes herself useful by asking an easy question – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
  The former Labour branch leader asked a Parliamentary Question yesterday: ‘To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it is making in increasing free childcare from 600 to 1,140 hours per year by 2020, and whether it expects to meet this target on time. (S5W-21870)‘ The answer: ‘The…
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As Joseph Rowntree watches on, SNP Government ACTS to reduce child poverty with £450 000 grant –

As Joseph Rowntree watches on, SNP Government ACTS to reduce child poverty with £450 000 grant – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In 2019, it’s clear to all that Tory policies are a conscious attack on the poor and vulnerable. In 2018, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation had this to say about the Scottish Government’s intentions to reduce child poverty: ‘The Scottish Government’s commitment to building a social security system that has dignity and respect at its core…
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Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive? –

Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) SBNN In Insider today: ‘Value of whisky exports rises 7.8% as Scotland's food and drink abroad brings in record £6.3 billion.Bottom of Form Total exports increased by £293 million in 2018, a 4.9% rise, according to HMRC. Food exports have grown by 125% since 2007.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/value-whisky-exports-rises-78-14134882 Total UK food and drink exports for year…
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SHOCK as TWO head teachers resign from Scottish Government panel for boring reason –

SHOCK as TWO head teachers resign from Scottish Government panel for boring reason – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
I caught the big eejit hiding from reporters in here. We don’t know which opposition education spokesperson or correspondent took their turn to make this freedom of information request:  FOI reference: FOI/19/00478 Date received: 13 Feb 2019 Date responded: 12 Mar 2019 Information requested How many resignations have there been from the Teacher Panel in each of the…
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Middle-earners to pay less tax in Scotland and yet get more for it! –

Middle-earners to pay less tax in Scotland and yet get more for it! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
An inside job, I know, as Tom Arthur SNP asks: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf So less tax and despite that, these universal benefits worth thousands:
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NHS Scotland cancelled operations fall by 7% –

NHS Scotland cancelled operations fall by 7% – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Miles Briggs, SCUP, yesterday asked the Scottish Government how many NHS operations have been cancelled in each year since 1999. Jeane Freemen told him that recording only began in 2015 and that the figure for 2018 was 32 010, down from 34 581 in 2016. https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf So, that’s a 7% reduction at the same time…
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Bring out your dead! Reporting Scotland’s plague on journalism –

Bring out your dead! Reporting Scotland’s plague on journalism – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
‘Infection control measures here in Scotland are among the best in Europe but it’s impossible to completely guarantee that hospitals are safe.’ That is of course, the headline we should be hearing and it’s a truth closer to the shared experience and information needs of most viewers but by that time, the damage had been…
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As Theresa moves to cut school meals, Kezia finds things better in Scotland –

As Theresa moves to cut school meals, Kezia finds things better in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Equality and Human Rights Commission, yesterday Another useful parliamentary question from Kezia Dugdale MSP, Labour: As you might expect, the answer is long, so here’s an extract covering the efforts made by the SNP Government to compensate for the worst of the UK Government’s austerity programme, recognised today by the EHRC (above) and including free…
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How Reporting Scotland forced an unnecessary hospital inquiry on us –

How Reporting Scotland forced an unnecessary hospital inquiry on us – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
  Let’s be clear, this inquiry would not be taking place but for BBC Reporting Scotland’s leading (others followed) coverage of the deaths of five patients at two Glasgow hospitals. None of the five patients died because of hospital acquired infections. There is no scientific basis for this inquiry. There are at least three good…
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Lib Dem triumphant as he finds increasing self-harm for Reporting Scotland –

Lib Dem triumphant as he finds increasing self-harm for Reporting Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Information/FOI-Responses.aspx I suppose, if you keep digging for dirt, preferably blood stains or body parts, you will find something now and again. This is not Liam Kerr MSP Liam Kerr has found a juicy if smelly morsel in a Freedom of Information request to the Scottish Prison Service which he has been able to pass…
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New poll fails to ask the big question but is still fascinating –

New poll fails to ask the big question but is still fascinating – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In one of the first full-Scottish polls for some time, respondents were asked how they had voted in 2014 but not how they might vote in another independence referendum. It’s an obvious missed opportunity, unless your funder has reason to fear the result. Anyhow, there’s still a lot to ponder over and to influence future…
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8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity –

8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The UK as a whole generates up to 20 000 MW with wind power, on a good day, on and offshore. Scotland generates up 5 700 MW. I suspect Scotland does it more reliably due to more windy days but never mind that for the moment. You’ll see that Energy Voice has concentrated on the…
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Semi-literate investigator finds no redundancies were required to pay Alex Salmond costs –

Semi-literate investigator finds no redundancies were required to pay Alex Salmond costs – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Who on earth wrote this? It’s tempting to think it must have been an arithmetically challenged Labour MSP or, mind you, one of the Tory lot? Maybe it was a junior at the BBC? FOI reference: FOI/19/00501 Date received: 19 Feb 2019 Date responded: 14 Mar 2019 Information requested What is the total costs the Government must pay…
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8% of the population but 20% of the space jobs! –

8% of the population but 20% of the space jobs! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Set phasers tae Malky! From the Scottish Government’s Space Exploration and Affordable Housing Department today: ‘Scotland’s space sector could be worth £4 billion by 2030, Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said today. Speaking during a parliamentary debate on Scotland’s space sector potential, Mr McKee outlined the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to introduce at least one spaceport…
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Dundee is best in Europe! –

Dundee is best in Europe! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
I know that Dundee, Independence City, has its challenges so I’m always up for reporting good news there. From Insider today: 'Video games degrees at Abertay University in Dundee have been ranked best in Europe for the fifth year in succession. The influential Princeton Review again rated Abertay as number one in Europe for undergraduate level games…
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Who suspects Scottish Government staff of blacking-up? –

Who suspects Scottish Government staff of blacking-up? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Surely the Scottish Tories didn’t make this FoI request FOI reference: FOI/19/00481 Date received: 11 Feb 2019 Date responded: 8 Mar 2019 Information requested The number of disciplinary cases involving Scottish Government employees 'blacking up' and, a breakdown of outcomes of these cases, e.g. formal warning, dismissal. Response You have asked for information about Scottish Government employees.  This…
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