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30/09/13 13:40

Media Briefing - Monday 30 September 2013

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 30 September 2013

The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced £7.45 million Scottish Legal Aid Board funding support, to help people facing serious debt and money problems resulting from benefit changes. Nearly seventy new projects throughout Scotland will receive financial support under the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Making Advice Work (MAW) programme.

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, is chairing the NHS Orkney annual review.

Finance Secretary John Swinney is in Inverness visiting a day centre for the elderly to highlight public sector reform.

Sports Minister Shona Robison has commented on the four-year investment announcement for the 17 sports featured at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, is attending the launch of the National Women’s Mentoring Service Public Social Partnership, aimed at reducing reoffending among women.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse is in Forth Valley to open a new viewing platform and Trail Network at Larbert Woods.

The first Wildlife Crime Annual Report is published today.

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

When asked if there was any information to release over access to medicines, the SGS said she would ask the Communications Healthier team to get back to the journalist to confirm.

The SGS confirmed that the Corporate Communications team would be responsible for issuing any Scottish Government response to the Scottish Information Commissioner’s annual report.

The SGS informed journalists she would get the Communications Wealthier and Fairer team to get in touch to confirm what was included in the planning performance statistics.