Online support for people facing financial difficulties. Households experiencing financial difficulties are being offered greater support to help their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Money Support Scotland website, funded by the Scottish Government, will point users to a range of organisations committed to promoting the take up of socialRead More →

The Scottish Child Payment will be doubled to £20 per week per child from April 2022. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that more than 105,000 children will immediately benefit from the increased payment, which supports low income families with children aged under 6. First introduced in February 2021 as aRead More →

The number of Baby Boxes delivered to expectant parents has reached 200,000. The milestone came after independent evaluation showed overwhelming backing for the box and its contents. A Baby Box provides families with a range of essential items for their first six months, delivered in a sturdy cardboard box, which canRead More →

Financial support for families of children with a disability available nationwide Child Disability Payment is now open for new applications across the country. For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face. This is the first ofRead More →

More than £1 million of funding allocated. Innovative projects to reopen some of the libraries that closed during the pandemic, set up wellbeing cafes or provide home library services have received more than £1 million in funding. The Scottish Government’s £1.25 million Public Library COVID Relief Fund will support 23Read More →

Children in Corstorphine have turned urban designers to help create safer, more welcoming streets in their local neighbourhood. As COP26 takes hold of Scotland, pupils from Carrick Knowe and Corstorphine Primary Schools have been sharing ideas to help people make healthy, low carbon journeys by walking, wheeling or cycling, asRead More →

Towns chosen to help drive just transition to net zero Seven towns have been chosen to help tackle the impact of climate change and secure a just transition to net zero. The Climate Action Towns programme will empower communities to come together and engage in collective climate action, taking accountRead More →

A project, led by the University of St Andrews, which will help understand the genetic basis of dyslexia and learning difficulties has been awarded a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The funding of £10,000 has been awarded for the project, ‘Specific learning disorders in Scotland’ led byRead More →

Investment to tackle “loss and damage” from climate change. Funding to help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities recover from and build resilience against climate change will be announced as world leaders gather for COP26. The Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund will provide £1 million to support a partnershipRead More →

Sport and Active Living budget doubles to £100m Driving up participation levels of women and girls will be an important part of a £100 million push which doubles Scotland’s sport and active living budget by the end of the current Parliament. Preparations are also underway for a Scottish sport mediaRead More →