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7/9/2021
Record £36 Billion Investment To Reform Nhs And Social Care
Prime Minister pledges to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and cut waiting times with new £36 billion investment for health and social care.   Responsible, fair, and necessary action taken to provide biggest catch-up programme in the history of the NHS and reform the adult social care system.  
7/9/2021
Triple Lock on Pensions Suspended
The government has confirmed a one-year suspension of the "triple lock" formula for annual state pension increases.   The move follows government concern that a big post-pandemic rise in average earnings would have meant pensions increasing by 8%.  
7/9/2021
Annual Review Of State Pension And Industrial Death Benefit Rates
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions explains uprating for State Pension and Industrial Death Benefit in relation to the general level of earnings for 2022 to 2023.   With permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I will make a statement on the annual up-rating of State Pensions and survivors' benefits in Industrial Death Benefit.  
7/9/2021
A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22Thumbnail for article : A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22
Over the last 18 months, the world, and our own individual places within it, have changed immeasurably.  While the pandemic may have defined our lives for those dark and difficult months, the Scottish Government is determined that it does not define our future.  
7/9/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 September 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 7th) sold 21 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (8) averaged 230.6p (-6.9p) and sold to 247.0p per kg and £1,628.40 gross.  
7/9/2021
National Insurance Increase from 2022 - Then as Levy 1.25 percent from 2023Thumbnail for article : National Insurance Increase from 2022 -  Then as Levy 1.25 percent from 2023
The 1.25 percentage point increase means somebody on £20,000 a year would pay an extra £130, while someone on £50,000 would pay £505 more - as the chart below shows.   The same increase will still apply after the National Insurance rise is replaced by the Health and Social Care Levy in 2023.  
7/9/2021
Programme For Scottish Government 2021-22 - Executive Summary
While leading Scotland out of the pandemic remains our foremost priority - continuing our mass vaccination programme and preparing for a booster campaign in the autumn – this sits alongside rebuilding a stronger, more resilient health and care system centred on people; renewing our drive to eradicate child poverty and improve living standards; ending Scotland's contribution to climate change; and building a wellbeing economy which secures sustainable, inclusive growth for everyone, in all parts of Scotland.   The pandemic has strengthened our determination to ensure we do not just return to the status quo, but use this opportunity to secure a greener, fairer and more prosperous recovery, recognising that we cannot do it alone.  
7/9/2021
Office of Budget Responsibility - An Initial Response To The Prime Minister's Announcement On Health, Social Care And National InsuranceThumbnail for article : Office of Budget Responsibility - An Initial Response To The Prime Minister's Announcement On Health, Social Care And National Insurance
Paul Johnson, IFS director, said in response to today's announcements: "Today's announcements constituted a Budget in all but name.  £14 billion of tax raised through a supposedly new tax, equivalent increases in spending on health and social care, and an announcement of spending totals for the next three years certainly constitute a major fiscal event.  
7/9/2021
What Do The UK Announcements Mean For Scotland, Wales And Northern Ireland?
From the Institute For Fiscal Studies Today (7 September 2021) The short-term increases in NICs and longer-term new health and social care levy will apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as England, contributing around £1.9 billion a year to the £14 billion a year raised across the UK.  The devolved governments will also receive additional funding via the Barnett formula as a result of the higher funding for health and social care in England - between £1.7 and £2.1 billion a year over the next 3 years.  
7/9/2021
CBI Scotland Initial Reaction To Programme For Scottish GovernmentThumbnail for article : CBI Scotland Initial Reaction To Programme For Scottish Government
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"With Glasgow hosting COP26 later this year, the Scottish Government is right to focus on its plans for a net zero economy.  Yet given the need to cement Scotland's economic recovery post-pandemic, businesses will feel there ought to have been a greater focus on boosting growth.  
6/9/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 6 September 2021
7,065 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   52,193 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 14.5% of these were positive.  
6/9/2021
COSLA Highlights Scottish Councils Reducing Funding From Scottish GovernmentThumbnail for article : COSLA Highlights Scottish Councils Reducing Funding From Scottish Government
Briefing highlights the financial pressures faced by Scottish Councils The key financial challenges facing Scotland's 32 Councils are highlighted in a briefing prepared by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), COSLA said today (Monday 6 September 2021).  The document comes as Pre-Budget Scrutiny begins.  
6/9/2021
Care Workers Begin Industrial Action For Better Pay
Care Workers In Hanover To Start Industrial Action Against "Insulting" Pay Cut Plan.   Care workers employed by the charity and social landlord Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association will start a programme of industrial action against their management's "insulting" 1 per cent pay offer.  
6/9/2021
Zero Carbon Islands
Islands contributing to net zero commitment.   At least three of Scotland's islands will become fully carbon neutral by 2040, the Islands Secretary Mairi Gougeon has announced.  
5/9/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 5 September 2021
6,368 new cases of COVID-19 reported 48,033 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 14.2% of these were positive.   0 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends).  
5/9/2021
School Flu Vaccinations Get Underway
Free vaccine extended to secondary school pupils Primary and secondary school pupils will start receiving their flu vaccine tomorrow (Monday 6 September 2021) as Scotland's biggest flu immunisation programme gets underway.   Over four million people will be offered the free flu vaccine this year with secondary school pupils eligible for the first time.  
5/9/2021
Record Investment To Transform Scotland's Nhs
Record investment to ensure Scotland's NHS is ready to meet changing patient demands and the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be at the heart of the 2021/22 Programme for Government (PFG) next week.   The PfG will confirm plans to introduce an unprecedented increase in frontline health spending of 20% over the current Parliament.  
5/9/2021
Backing For Staff Facing Abuse
Wearing of face coverings vital to limit COVID-19 spread.   Abuse directed at retail and bar staff who ask customers to comply with the law and wear face coverings will not be tolerated, Justice Secretary Keith Brown has said.  
4/9/2021
Claim For Wages Through The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Make Sure Final Claims Are Up To DateThumbnail for article : Claim For Wages Through The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Make Sure Final Claims Are Up To Date
For employers making claims under the Furlough Scheme make sure your claims are entered in time.   Claims for furlough days in August 2021 must be made by 14 September 2021.  
4/9/2021
Shortage of Computer Chips May Mean Shortages This ChristmasThumbnail for article : Shortage of Computer Chips May Mean Shortages This Christmas
The problems seems to be growing for makers of anything that contains computer chips.   From phones to cars and everything in between if they need a chip inside to make it work then there is plenty of bad news.