Road to 2014 Blog

Cabinet in Stornoway for #IslesCab

The Scottish Cabinet met in Stornoway this week! Watch the public discussion here: And catch up on all the news: Working with the islands – Cabinet to highlight support for island communities: Hebrides farmed salmon jobs – Local company is Western Isles success story: New homes for the Isles – Deputy First Minister marks the…

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Migrant contribution to economy and society

Today I am visiting Aberdeen, and ahead of a Town Hall meeting I met members of the city’s Polish Association to hear about their experiences of living and working in Scotland, and discuss links between Poland and Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises the enormous contribution Poles make to Scottish life and the positive role that…

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UK budget shows cuts still to come

After watching the UK Chancellor give his final budget statement before the referendum it’s clear that independence is the only way Scotland can properly create opportunities and secure the investment in public services and the economy Scotland needs. The budget may have included some welcome but overdue support for key Scottish industries but it failed…

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Scotland’s finances

The coming referendum presents an opportunity to ensure that the key economic decisions are taken in Scotland for Scotland. Having responsibility for our own finances and our own vast natural resources would allow us to make choices in our own best interests. Scotland’s finances: Fiscal position over the past five years ‘stronger than the UK’…

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Opportunity for creativity and innovation

Scotland has many creative, innovative companies and academic institutions capable of identifying growth opportunities and delivering industry solutions.  And only with independence can we create the best environment for our businesses to thrive in partnership with academia in developing pioneering and groundbreaking industry advances. Watch Finance Secretary John Swinney’s full speech here.

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