Scotland‘s first Minister Alex Salmond has assured the nation that the country will enjoy 100% of its electricity needs from the renewable power by 2015.
Speaking ahead of an International conference which will take place at Edinburgh International Conference Centre and, which will debate on low carbon developments and renewable energy projects, Mr Salmond was confident that the project will meet its target by 2025.
The government now requires 80% of electricity consumption to come from renewables, such as wind, tidal generation and wave power. By 2020 the 50% of the target is expected to be met.
Around 500 delegates are expected for the conference and an animated film on the Scottish Government’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan has also been commissioned by the organisers to exhibit to open the event.
The conference will provide a forum for government, international finance, utilities and developers to engage directly, bringing projects and investors together. It is supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
It might be really strange to know that Scotland is loosing jobs at a faster rate in Western Europe with the impact of recession forcing employers to resort to layoffs in order to sustain their businesses. As per reports over 10,000 people lost their jobs in the last quarter ’09, which takes us to the present figure of 206,000 with previous years figure of 140,000.
The upward trend in the rate of jobless people has come up as one of the major concern for Scotland. Meanwhile economists suggests that this could be due to the historical nature of Scotland for lagging behind the rest of the UK. But if we compare the present figures for the jobless people in UK we can find that 7.6 per cent of people are out of job in Scotland with UK wide figure of jobless people standing at 7.8 per cent. Even analysis done by ONS has reported that Scotland’s rate of increase stands out to be the highest across the continent with just four countries including Greece, Estonia, Latvia and Romania succeeding Scotland rate of jobless people.
This report has come out to be a disappointment not only for the people of Scotland but also for the government who needs to tackle this problem soon. Liz Cameron, Chief Executive Scottish Chambers of Commerce said, “It is concerning we appear to be lagging against the reductions in unemployment being experienced in the rest of the UK. It may be some time before improving business.”
It is strongly felt that, if this problem is not addressed soon, then it might be a major setback for the ruling party and even a serious concern for the next elections. While SNP ministers have come out claiming the UK government needs to continue to spend to sustain the economy, the Enterprise Minister Jim Mather said, “ “The figures clearly demonstrate the compelling case for an economic stimulus package in the UK. Now time will tell who will decide the fate of those jobless people in Scotland.
News Source : The Scotsman
The Government of Scotland is planning to host a summit designed to improve services to children, including the most vulnerable of them.
The Children’s Summit will be hosted in June and it’s learnt that a wide range of experts and staff working in the NHS, social work and child protection, education, police, voluntary sector plus Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner will all be part of it. Prior to the Summit, Ministers are to meet groups of young people, including representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament. This would help them get a clear idea of issues to be included in the summit.
The Children’s Summit would prove to be an impetus to the Scottish Government’s work to better the lives of children. The Government is already dedicated to improving the lot of the little ones and Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, is very much confident that this summit will prove helpful in doing more towards giving children the chance in life that they need and deserve.