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Sturgeon - 'Scottish Secretary has head in the sand as Tories take welfare state to pieces'
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Thursday, 24 April 2014

Nicola SturgeonCarmichael claims Westminster welfare system 'fantastic' as it pushes 100,000 children into poverty

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling on Alistair Carmichael to justify his claim that the Westminster welfare system is “fantastic” – as thousands of children face poverty at the hands of the UK Government.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael claimed today that the Westminster welfare system is “a fantastic system, which provides support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities” – despite the fact it is responsible for a 400 per cent increase in food bank use and will push up to 100,000 children in Scotland into poverty by 2020.

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Miliband must rule out £4bn cut to Scotland's budget
Sandra White MSP
Thursday, 24 April 2014

banknotesNo vote would see budget cuts and no significant new powers

Ahead of his Shadow Cabinet’s daytrip to Scotland tomorrow, Labour leader Ed Miliband has faced calls to confirm his party’s support for the Barnett formula - and to explain Labour’s failure to offer substantial new powers to the Scottish Parliament.

Labour’s First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has previously confirmed that he expects Labour’s 2015 manifesto to commit to scrapping the Barnett Formula – which would see an additional £4bn cut to Scotland’s budget in the event of a No vote.  

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Sandra White MSP welcomes £1m boost for language teaching in schools
Sandra White MSP
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sandra WhiteWelcoming the announcement this morning that the Scottish Government is investing a further £1 million into the teaching of a second language to every child in Primary 1 onwards and a third language no later than Primary 5 from 2020, Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said: "This is a fantastic commitment from the Scottish Government. Knowing more than one language has numerous benefits and beginning to learn at a young age means it will become natural for young people to communicate in their second and third language as they grow older."

"Scotland is becoming ever more multicultural with increasing numbers of languages being spoken so it is encouraging that the government has increased its commitment in supporting schools to teach more languages to our young people."

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No camp hypocrisy on healthcare highlights need for Yes
Bob Doris MSP
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bob DorisTale of two governments as NHS threatened by Westminster

The SNP has today highlighted the difference in how the NHS is run north and south of the border following a damning critique of privatisation of services in England in today’s Guardian.

Colin Leys, Honorary Professor at Goldsmiths University of London, explains that increasing privatisation of services is “thwarting the best organisation of local services.. risks dangerous service failures.. and leads to financial losses.

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