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Sixty Icon Syrian refugee housing target met three years early
Scotland has met a target to provide homes for 2,000 Syrian refugees three years ahead of schedule.
BBC - Posted 18/12/2017

Ministers vows: new Scottish welfare system won't demonise benefit claimants
Scotland's social security minister has vowed that the new Scottish welfare system will not demonise claimants as benefit cheats.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 18/12/2017

Scottish budget 2017: Greens put £150m price on support
The Greens have said they cannot support the Scottish budget as it stands - but could do so if an extra £150m is given to councils.
BBC - Posted 17/12/2017

Sixty Icon Will the Scottish Budget help to tackle poverty?
Between announcement of the UK and Scottish Budgets, JRF published state-of-the-nation reports on 2017 poverty rates for Scotland and the UK. Jim McCormick asks how far the budgets addressed the warning bells sounded by these reports.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Posted 17/12/2017

Sixty Icon Budget: ‘Difficult times set to continue’ after local government funding settlement
The “really difficult times” faced by local government over the last few years will remain into the future despite a more measured approach by the Scottish Government in delivering the local government settlement for next year, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).
Scottish Housing News - Posted 16/12/2017

Budget: Housing investment measures welcomed across the sector
A £756 million contribution to the Scottish Government’s target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021 and an increase of £138.9m for the More Homes Programme were amongst the investment plans set out in the 2018-19 Draft Budget by finance secretary Derek Mackay.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 16/12/2017

Sixty Icon Fife Council review concludes St Andrews HMO ban ‘not having desired impact’
A ban on new HMOs in St Andrews town centre has failed to do as intended and further inflated house prices, according to a review commissioned by Fife Council.
The Courier (register) - Posted 15/12/2017

Sixty Icon Scottish Government plans to increase 50,000 affordable homes budget
The Scottish Government plans to increase its investment in housing by nearly £140m to help meet its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.
Inside Housing - Posted 15/12/2017

Parliament event to celebrate 10 years of River Clyde Homes
River Clyde Homes’ 10th anniversary celebrations kicked-off in style last week when Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan hosted an event at the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 15/12/2017

Most taxpayers to pay less than rest of UK
Additional revenues raised to protect NHS and other services.
The Scottish Government - Posted 15/12/2017

Budget: Local Government funding settlement
Public services protected despite cuts to Scotland’s block grant.
The Scottish Government - Posted 15/12/2017

£600 million for broadband
Every home and business will have access to superfast broadband by 2021, as a result of a £600 million investment confirmed today by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government - Posted 15/12/2017

Scotland's budget: what does it mean for me?
The changes to the income tax system in the Scottish budget mean almost everyone in the country will notice some difference in their lives. But what other big measures were in there, and exactly does will mean for you?
BBC - Posted 15/12/2017

Summary of draft budget: Key points at a glance
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has delivered the Scottish draft budget for 2018-19. Here are the key points from his speech.
BBC - Posted 15/12/2017

Scottish Budget 2017 business reaction
Organisations from across the country have had their say on the draft Scottish budget proposals from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.
insider.co.uk - Posted 15/12/2017

Scots finance minister unveils bold tax-raising plan
Income tax in Scotland is to be radically restructured in a bold attempt by Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay to cancel out reductions in Scotland’s direct grant from Westminster.
Public Finance - Posted 15/12/2017

Sixty Icon Scrapping LBTT for first time buyers on homes under £175,000 ‘not the answer’
Scrapping Scottish stamp duty for first time buyers on homes up to £175,000 will not address wider problems in the market, experts have said.
Evening Express - Posted 15/12/2017

Scottish budget statement by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay
Below is the statement given by Scotland's Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, on the Scottish Government's budget plans for the year ahead. Check against delivery.
SNP - Posted 15/12/2017

Think Tank labels Scottish Budget income tax plans an 'unnecessary risk'
The Scottish Government has taken an "unnecessary risk" with its planned income tax changes, an independent think tank has said.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 15/12/2017

Social Security Bill ‘does not allow for adequate parliamentary scrutiny’
Changes are needed to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can scrutinise the detail of how Scotland’s new social security system will operate, according to a report issued by Holyrood’s social security committee.
Scottish Housing News - Posted 15/12/2017

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