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Figures recording the number of deaths caused by drugs in Scotland are expected to be released later today, with medical and recovery experts expecting the country’s “shameful” number and rate to once again rise.
Ahead of the publication, our politics team examine which MSPs have been responsible for responding to the crisis, why Westminster and Holyrood are at “loggerheads” over the problem and how the SNP government has presided over the problem these last 14 years.
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We revealed how care home inspections seized-up during the coronavirus, with only 5% of complaints being carried out as the sector was brutalised by the pandemic.
Also, Scotland’s social security secretary Shona Robison 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.