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23/01/14 12:38

Media Briefing - Wednesday 22 January 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS): January 22, 2014

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing and outlined the main events of the day.

These included:

  • Overnight information issued on the budget bill from Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, highlighting the Budget Bill 2014-15 will do everything possible to tackle the effects of Westminster’s cuts.
  • Welcome of today’s labour market statistics which shows that Scotland is the best performing of the four nations of the UK in terms of unemployment and employment rates. The FMOS highlighted the unemployment rate of 6.4 per cent for September to November 2013 is the lowest since January to March 2009.
  • The extension of funding for a project which can transform the lives of thousands of Malawians by delivering affordable and accessible renewable electricity.
  • A new leaflet for schools and sports clubs highlighting the dangers of concussion in young people launched today.
  • Insolvency statistics released this morning by the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) which show that personal insolvencies have decreased by 2.2 per cent on the previous quarter and by 13.7 per cent on the same quarter of the previous year.

FMOS also highlighted to journalists the departure of the Scottish Government’s Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns, who is moving to a post with Strathclyde University which will focus specifically on health inequalities.