Scottish Energy Exports to Rest of UK Double

Scotland’s latest energy statistics, published today by the Scottish Government, reveal a surge in electricity exports to the rest of the UK. In 2018, electricity exports from Scotland almost doubled from 12,868 GWh in 2017 to 24,379 GWh in 2018. Scotland continues to lead the UK in renewable energy – with provisional figures from the report indicating that 75% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption was from renewable sources – an increase on 70% achieved in 2017. Next week in Holyrood, MSPs will have their say on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill that has been described by experts as ‘at the very limit of feasibility’. The bill aims for Scotland to become carbon-neutral by

96% of New Parents Benefitting From baby Boxes

New figures have revealed that 14193 of families in Edinburgh have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day. Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017. The new Baby Box was created by a team of young people, including Sonny Robertson, 17, from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh. The new boxes will also encourage families to become more environmentally friendly, with parents-to-be receiving a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy, and liners. Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digi

Westminster Turned a Deaf Ear to Scotland’s Voice

The below column written by Gordon Macdonald MSP appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on 26 March 2019 ****** Gordon MacDonald: Westminster turned a deaf ear to Scotland’s voice We are now just a matter of days away from Brexit. Businesses are teetering on a cliff edge of uncertainty, prices are rising, vitally-needed EU citizens are still left insecure over their future, and our economy and public services are being put on the line. In days, the UK could crash out of the EU. It is absolutely staggering that the UK government is no further forward since the second humiliating defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Theresa May’s deal is fundamentally flawed and no amount of tinkering around t

Unemployment Falls As Scottish Economy Outstrips UK

Unemployment has fallen to a record-low in Scotland, as latest figures show Scottish economic growth outperforming the rest of the UK. Levels of unemployment have reached a new low of 3.4% in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK – with UK unemployment at 3.9%. The welcome jobs numbers come as economic growth in Scotland hit 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018 – higher than the 0.2% for the UK as a whole. The official statistics show that Scotland’s economy has now grown for eight consecutive quarters. However, Brexit still remains a threat to Scotland’s economy, with research showing that Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal would lead to a 6% fall in GDP by 2031, costing each person in

Tories Vote To Force EU Nationals To Pay For Help To Stay

Edinburgh Council Votes To Pay EU Nationals Application Appointment Fee SNP Leader of Edinburgh City Council, successfully passed a motion to make application appointments for EU nationals in the Capital free. The city’s application services will now sign up to help EU nationals apply quickly and freely for those finding the online application process challenging. The Council will now allocate £25,000 to help the Council’s application service keep appointments free. By making it easier and free for EU nationals to get help to apply through the Council’s application services we are doing all we can to help people through this appalling process whilst reminding them that Edinburgh is their hom

SNP Rates Cap Saves Edinburgh Businesses £4.5 Million

New figures released by the Scottish Government estimate that businesses across The City of Edinburgh will save £4.5M thanks to an SNP policy to protect small businesses. The Scottish Government’s decision to cap increases in poundage rates to below inflation will result in lower business rates for firms across Scotland. The move will save businesses in Scotland a total of £35.2 million - leaving 90% of businesses facing a lower poundage than in England. MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald, has said small businesses in the Capital will also benefit from a host of targeted rates relief measures worth more than £750 million. Announced by SNP Finance Secretary Derek Mackay in his 2019

Money Back On Empty Cans and Bottles Through in Oxgangs

Photo: Gordon Macdonald MSP, Joanna Cherry MP and pupils from Pentland Primary School using the Reverse Vending Machine at the Premier Broadway Convenience Store in Oxgangs For the next three months, customers at the Premier Broadway Convenience Store in Oxgangs will be able receive 10p for every empty plastic bottle or can returned to the reverse vending machine in the store. The store is also giving customers the option to donate their 10p to Pentland Primary School and have pledged to match all donations. Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, joined pupils from Pentland Primary School’s Eco Group, alongside local MP Joanna Cherry, for the launch. At the launch, Gordon, who is Co

Firms in Edinburgh Benefit from £24 Million in Business Rates Support

The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme provided £24M of support for businesses across Edinburgh in 2017/18 – an 38% rise on the previous year. The Small Business Bonus Scheme, delivered by the SNP in 2008/09, supports local firms by reducing their rates liability or taking firms out of business rates altogether. With businesses across Scotland receiving a total support relief of £241M last year, SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald has said the Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities across Edinburgh is clear. Commenting, local SNP MSP Gordon Macdonald said: “These figures prove the success of the Small Business Bonus Scheme for firms across Edinburgh. “Businesses i

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