Media Briefing - Monday 7 April 2014
A Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:
The First Minister will today be making a speech at Glasgow Caledonian University’s inaugural conference at their New York campus, as part of his Scotland Week programme where he will be highlighting Scotland’s excellence in education and entrepreneurship.
The First Minister has also announced investment of £1.2 million which will help support the creation of up to 400 new jobs in Kilmarnock with the expansion of Portfolio Recovery Associates UK (PRA UK).
The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has today commented on a new analysis of the UK Budget that could see Scottish welfare spending reduced by £6 billion pounds over the six years to 2015-16. Ms Sturgeon emphasised that the Scottish Government is committed to mitigating against the effects of Westminster welfare reforms where possible whilst warning that the majority of cuts were still to come and that they will impact on the most vulnerable in society, setting back the progress of tackling poverty by at least ten years.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will today be attending the Coal Industry Task Force meeting in Hamilton, where he will renew his calls for the UK government to ensure that the £15 million coal levies raised from coal produced in Scotland be reinvested to enable the restoration of open cast mine sites here.
The SGS then ran through key events for the rest of the week:
When asked if the media would have advance access to the First Minister’s speech at Bloomberg New Energy Finance on Tuesday in New York, the SGS responded that further details would be available from the Communications First Minister desk.
Asked whether the publication of Census Release 3C would include new information, it was confirmed that it would be further breakdowns of previously published statistics on ethnicity and religion and that further details on this would be available through GROS from the Culture and External Affairs desk.
The SGS confirmed that there would be a news release around the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison’s attendance at the SportAccord convention in Turkey.
When asked about the period of time covered by the statistics on organ donations to be released on Wednesday, the SGS confirmed that the statistics cover the period 2013 to March 2014 and that there should be comparative figures from previous years.