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Forget being hard or soft on crime – be smart instead – Iain Smith

If we truly want to reduce offending within our communities in Scotland then we must move beyond tokenistic, meaningless terms like being “hard” or “soft” on crime. We need to be cleverer. ‘Smart Justice’ offers a chance to stand back from the crime (the “what”) and focus on the person committing the crime (the “who”). …

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Still Better Together: How Unionists can beat the SNP again in indyref2 – Blair McDougall

Reading events since the 2014 referendum is like a Rorschach test: there’s an element of people seeing what they want to see. The nationalist sees their movement on the cusp of historic success. Their opponent instead sees it splintering under the pressure of its own contradictions. We’d all do well to look a bit closer …

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Proposed Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill – Mark Griffin MSP

In December, as part of my Members’ Bill campaign to establish a new Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council, I asked the First Minister whether Covid-19 should be classified as an in industrial disease. The response was optimistic – and rightly so. Because the research from the University of Glasgow and Public Health Scotland that I …

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Bereavement policy priorities for the next Scottish Government – Suzanne Grahame

In any given year, almost a quarter of a million Scots experience a new bereavement while a majority (72%) have experienced at least one bereavement in the last five years. Tragically, with more than 6,000 people in Scotland having lost their life to coronavirus, the number of grieving Scots is currently rising. Yet, despite bereavement …

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Supporting the LGBT+ community through homelessness – Caryn Nicolson

It’s a chilling fact that there are far too many people in Scotland who are homeless or at risk of being so. Let me pull out a few uncomfortable numbers from the annual update on homelessness by Scotland’s chief statistician, released in August and covering 2019-20: There were 36,855 applications for homelessness assistance. There were …

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Scottish immigration and the battle for independence – Kieran Isgin

As support for Scottish independence is on the rise, questions are beginning to be asked about how Scotland would deal with its borders and immigration policies. A poll carried out by STV news found that support for an independent Scotland has now reached a record high of 58% with only 39% unreservedly opposing it. Debates …

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Analysing Scottish attainment data – Professor Lindsay Paterson

The latest annual report on school leavers’ attainment and destinations does not make heartening reading. Even the Scottish government’s media operation could not hide the decline compared with last year, but that untypically but only slightly candid news announcement concealed a deeper problem: decline has been quite consistent since about 2014 or 2015. I’ll come back at …

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