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10/02/14 13:05

Media Briefing - Monday 10 February 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 10 February 2014

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is at the Maryhill Community Centre in Glasgow to announce £7m in funding for welfare reform mitigation projects and visit a lone parent support group, OPFS (One Parent Families Scotland. The FMOS said that analysis shows that single parent families are set to see their household income reduce by eight per cent by 2014/15 due to welfare reforms. The average household – including lone parents – will be £700 a year worse off because of changes to child and working tax credits. The FMOS highlighted over the last nine months, Scottish Government funding allowed OPFS to help nearly 300 families on topics ranging from unclaimed benefits to debt advice

The FMOS advised journalists that the First Minister is in Valencia, Spain as part of a fact-finding group who are viewing the technology installed at Iberdrola’s La Muela pump storage system. The FMOS confirmed that the First Minister was not expected to be making any speeches during his visit to Spain.

The Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is visiting the new crime campus in Gartcosh, the FMOS advised where he will chair a meeting of the Scottish Serious Organised Crime Taskforce.

The FMOS then ran through the key events for the rest of the week.

When asked, the FMOS confirmed that the Deputy First Minister would be carrying out other engagements in London, as well as give a speech to an audience at UCL (University College London) on Thursday.