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09/02/15 16:38

Media Briefing - Monday 9 February 2015

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 9 February 2015

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

The First Minister is in Dundee with the Education Secretary, Angela Constance, to announce a new Scottish Attainment Challenge. The Challenge will be backed by an Attainment Scotland Fund of more than £100 million over four years to drive forward improvements on educational outcomes in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. It will focus on improving literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing in primary schools in these areas, with the clear objective being to give all primary school-aged pupils – regardless of background – the best start in life.

Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Secretary Keith Brown has addressed the Core Cities Summit in Glasgow where he has announced that €15 million has been set aside within the Scottish European Regional Development Fund Programme for 2014-2020 to make Scotland’s cities smarter, using new technologies to accelerate and transform the delivery of city services.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay has welcomed the launch of Stagecoach’s new smart ticketing scheme for school pupils.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, has launched the Scottish Government’s ‘Seen something? Say something’ campaign. It aims to raise awareness of the issues of adult harm and adults who are at risk of being harmed, and urges Scots to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or exploited.

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

Asked whether the pre-election period for the UK General Election will have a bearing on Scottish Government activity, the FMOS said that it will have some effect but that guidance was still being agreed.