Believe in Scotland is supporting the Wellbeing Pension Campaign, which is fighting for pension reform that will allow older people in Scotland to live with dignity. Here, we will provide some information about the campaign and how to get involved.
More licences for oil and gas and a duty hike to make whisky the most taxed drink in the world – these two moves make it clear that the UK Treasury plans to swell its coffers by drinking deeply from Scotland’s resources. Is it taking what it can before Scotland becomes independent?
Viewers of BBC Scotland’s news coverage on TV, radio and their website early this week heard nothing about a major rift in the Scottish Labour ranks for more than 24 hours. There was a bizarre radio silence on the issue from them – while other stations and media outlets reported the story.
A raft of prominent figures in the Scottish Labour movement, the STUC and Holyrood one by one stepped forward to denounce Keir Starmer’s decision to maintain the controversial two-child benefit cap, despite previously promising to abolish it.
Too often in the debates on Scottish independence, the voice of one group is overlooked. The 16 and 17 year olds who voted in the 2014 referendum almost 10 years ago are now in their mid-20s. Many of them, like myself, will remember the referendum as the first point in their life in which they were politically active. Can we still say in Scotland that the current political situation both here and in Westminster has anything to offer young people today?
Today is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service. On the 5th of July 1948, the Scottish NHS was launched, along with the then-unified NHS England and Wales. It is regarded as one of the crowning achievements of post-war Britain, providing healthcare for all – free of charge. Seventy-five years later, it is in a perilous position, squeezed by Tory cuts and vulnerable to both health and economic crisis.
Labour has changed its mind on the policy that was central to its plan for maintaining the Union with Scotland. Now the policy of replacing the House of Lords with a Senate of the Nations and Regions is in the dustbin and with it any coherent strategy for reforming the UK and answering Scotland’s legitimate concerns about lack of democracy.
Believe in Scotland announces plans for first-ever march and rally.
The march and rally for an independent Scotland in the EU is a partnership event with Yes for EU and will take place on Saturday, 2nd September in Edinburgh.
Recent scaremongering headlines in newspapers claim - misleadingly - that Scotland has an issue with “raw sewage being dumped in rivers”. There is only one problem - it is not ‘raw sewage’ and it is not being ‘dumped’ - it is almost entirely rainwater that is deliberately led back into the rivers to avoid flooding.
The last few years have seen a sustained attack on the powers of the Scottish Parliament from Westminster. In a paper called “Devolution Since the Brexit Referendum”, Constitution Secretary Angus Robertson looks in detail at what has taken place. Here are three key takeaways from the paper.
Today the Scottish Government released its fourth paper in the ‘Building a New Scotland’ series. This paper covered the constitutional future of an independent Scotland. Following independence, Scotland would move away from the UK constitutional system by adopting a written, codified constitution, enshrining the rights of all citizens and describing the powers and limitations of the branches of government (such as parliament, government and the courts of law).
Here are five things you need to know from the announcement of today’s independence policy paper: