Scottish Government publishes new air quality strategy

The Scottish Government has published a new strategy, setting out Scotland’s air quality framework for the next five years. 

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures for 2020/21

The provisional data released shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21.

In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2016/17-2020/21 is 136.

Launch of consultation on licensing order for short term lets

Consultation on the details of a licensing scheme for short term lets will take place over seven weeks this summer.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison has announced the publication of a draft licensing order for consultation, ahead of laying the final legislation at the Scottish Parliament in September.

Actions underway to clean up Scotland’s busiest bathing water

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), South Ayrshire Council and Scottish Water are collaborating to clean up the water at one of Scotland’s busiest bathing waters, Ayr (South Beach) ahead of a unique ‘staycation’ summer.

Zero Waste Scotland reveals Scotland’s consumption footprint is unsustainably high

Zero Waste Scotland publishes a new landmark report, The Scottish Material Flow Accounts, that reveals the size of Scotland’s consumption footprint for the first time.

The report shows the average Scot consumes 18.4 tonnes of materials every year which is the equivalent of 50kg per day on average.   The weight calculated for the average European was 14.1 tonnes.

Scottish Government publish updated Strategic Framework and Physical Distancing Review

The Scottish Government have published updated Strategic Framework and Physical Distancing Review, following the First Minister’s statement to Parliament on 22 June.  

During the statement First Minister announced the whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

Consultation launched on sale and use of fireworks

A consultation on new legislation on the sale and use of fireworks and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics has been published.

The proposed Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill follows the report of an independent Fireworks Review Group which recommended tightening legislation to reduce the harm fireworks can cause.

The eight week consultation will seek views on the creation of a new offence of carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Scottish Government launches climate campaign

Ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year, the Scottish Government has announced a television, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to help tackle the climate emergency.

Minimum Unit Price of alcohol has positive lasting impact

A study has found that, the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol has had a lasting impact in Scotland and is starting to have an effect in Wales, a study has found.

The study led by Newcastle University and published in Lancet Public Health shows a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy for alcohol, introduced in Scotland in 2018, continues to have a positive impact on lowering drinking levels two years on. 

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