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Devolution at 20: MSPs should forget the party politics and work together – Kate Forbes

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. There is no guidebook for new MSPs – whether it is the legislative process, how to engage across and within parties or managing constituency business. So, you learn on the job, …

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Advice & support are needed when life ends, as well as when life begins – Alison Payne

Earlier this month Sue Ryder & Hospice UK published a report looking at Bereavement support in Scotland.  The report suggested that 53,000 people could be missing out on support that could help them during these tragic periods. I wasn’t surprised to hear this. There was only six years between the birth of my first child …

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First steps in meeting the challenge of deaths from suicide in Scotland – James Jopling

Along with many other charities, the Samaritans in Scotland have broadly welcomed the new suicide prevention action plan published by the Scottish Government and new Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP.  Her recent appointment is also welcome and the content of the final plan is undoubtedly testament to her insight and expertise in mental …

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Tackling the link between disadvantage and suicide – James Jopling

Although not often considered in this way, suicide is an issue of inequality. The latest figures from National Records of Scotland show that the rate of suicide is almost three times higher in Scotland’s least affluent communities compared to our most affluent. Whilst the causes of suicide are complex, and individual deaths can rarely be attributed to …

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The NHS: Why every party now claims paternity of Labour’s baby – Tom Harris

This is the latest in a series of individual contributions to the publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, which aims to set out a possible vision for Scotland’s future which can inform and influence the policy debate in the coming years. The contributions are by people from a range of different backgrounds and political perspectives who have looked at …

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An Observatory for Sport in Scotland – Charlie Raeburn

An Observatory for Sport in Scotland * – “supporting the Scottish sport stakeholders and networks – through robust research, indexing of participation, and resultant opportunities”   The answers to the questions about the state of community sport in Scotland will be varied. What is community sport? Who is trying to answer the questions? Sport can be a force …

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Choice is the key if the NHS is to enjoy a healthy future – Tom Harris

This post by Tom Harris, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 30 August 2015, is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. So frequently repeated has the phrase about the NHS being Britain’s national religion been that it has become a cliché as well as …

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