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Bill in Scottish Parliament would make all new homes so insulated they would need almost no heating

Labour MSP Alex Rowley has proposed a bill in the Scottish Parliament that would require all newly built housing in Scotland to pass the ‘Passivhaus’ standard, an architectural design that keeps a stable temperature so almost no heating is required. According to the Passivhaus Trust, ‘Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort using […]

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Tenants in all Scottish uni-owned halls granted rent freeze, but no guarantee for private halls

Tenants’ rights minister Patrick Harvie has said in parliament that tenants in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will receive the “same level of protection” from the recently announced rent freeze and eviction moratorium as private tenants. However, it is unclear whether this means that tenants in PBSA will have their rents capped at 6 September levels, […]

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UCU and NUS hold joint rally outside Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday February 23, the University and College Union (UCU) and National Union of Students (NUS) hosted a joint rally outside the Scottish Parliament, which was attended by hundreds of university staff members on strike and interested student and community supporters. The rally comes during a 10 day strike action by UCU branches across the […]

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The Student investigates: the fight for abortion clinic buffer zones

Since October 2020, the Back Off Scotland campaign group has been on the front line of counter-protests against pro-life demonstrators who have gathered outside abortion clinics in Edinburgh, and more widely across Scotland. On 4 November, the Scottish parliament debated a motion from Green MSP Gillian Mackay in favour of implementing so-called buffer zones around […]

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Data not dates as Sturgeon calls for independence after pandemic

Nicola Sturgeon has called for the timing of any future Scottish independence referendum to be determined by “data not dates”, despite the party previously committing to hold a referendum by the end of 2023.  In a wide-ranging speech to the SNP’s annual conference, the First Minister also criticised the UK government’s new Nationality and Borders […]

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Defamation: why is the law changing in Scotland?

In early March 2021, all eyes were on the Scottish Parliament as Nicola Sturgeon was scrutinised for the handling of sexual harassment complaints. Amidst the headlines, it was easy to miss the unanimous passing of the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. This landmark piece of legislation aims to modernise and simplify the law of […]

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Exclusive interview with Bonnie Prince Bob – The indy outsider hoping to shake up the Holyrood establishment

In 1745, Charles Edward Stewart, best known as “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, led a Jacobite revolt to return the British throne to his father, James Francis Edward Stewart and ultimately bring independence back to Scotland. Almost 300 years later, an independent candidate lending his name to the romanticised historical figure is challenging to win the Edinburgh […]

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NUS release demands ahead of Scottish Parliament elections

The National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Budget for Better,’ ahead of the upcoming elections to the Scottish Parliament. The campaign calls for a significant investment in the mental health services currently provided in Scotland’s colleges and universities, as well as increases to bursaries and to the student loan repayment threshold. […]