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Rape crisis centres across Scotland are to receive £1.5 million to expand support services. Equalities minister Christina McKelvie (pictured) said the Scottish Government is “committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls”. The centres offer confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to those who have experienced…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
A former orphanage resident has delivered a scathing attack on the organisation responsible for her care, saying it needs to take “responsibility” for the impact it has had on people’s lives.The witness said those who stayed at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire had been left living as “charity cases”.She also claimed…
Professional optimism across public services to emphasise the ability of people to recover from drink problems is needed to help cut Scotland’s alcohol death toll, a report has found.The Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (Shaap) report also called for action to tackle barriers to services caused by stigma.The study…
The parents of a young woman who killed herself in jail after enduring "horrific experiences" have called for a review of Scotland's prison system.Katie Allan's family said on Thursday they wanted a meeting with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as they launched a campaign calling for change.The 21-year-old geography student was…
Offenders convicted of crimes involving violence or knives will generally no longer be able to serve part of their sentence at home on an electronic tag curfew.Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced the change in a statement at Holyrood on reviews of the curfew commissioned following the murder of father-of-three Craig…
Union and council leaders in Glasgow say they have had a “positive and constructive” meeting following a two-day strike over equal pay.Hundreds of schools were closed and care services affected when more than 8,000 members of the Unison and GMB unions walked out on Tuesday for the 48-hour strike –…
A £50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in childcare.Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges…
A Scottish Conservative MSP has defended welfare reforms, claiming those who do not work “cannot have as many children as they like”.Michelle Ballantyne also told the Scottish Parliament’s chamber that Universal Credit was a “key part of reducing inequality in this country”.She said the six-in-one benefit payment was “working for…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry he was sexually assaulted by three men over a number of years during his time in care.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse in Inquiry in Edinburgh.The inquiry heard he was admitted…
The NHS in Scotland is not financially sustainable and its performance has continued to decline, Scotland’s public spending watchdog warned.A new Audit Scotland report found health boards were “struggling to break even” and said no part of the country had met all of the key national targets for the service…
A financial compensation scheme for victims of child abuse in care is to be set up by the Scottish Government.Ministers also intend to make fast-track payments to survivors aged 70 and over, and those approaching the end of their lives through illness.An independent inquiry is currently examining historical allegations of…
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