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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is visiting Scotland today. We have a preview ahead of his trip (which will take in Fife) here.
REVEALED: Vast majority of care home complaints were not investigated
Regulators only investigated 5% of complaints about care homes for older people as Covid-19 was leaving a trail of tragedy across Scotland last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Social security secretary Shona Robison shares ‘grave concerns’ over Universal Credit cuts
Scotland’s social security secretary has called on the UK Government to reconsider plans to ditch the £20 increase in Universal Credit that could see 500,000 people plunged into poverty.
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