Holyrood Highlights: extra heritage funding, protecting human rights, and Living Wage pledges hit 700


  1. On the first week back after the festive break, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism, Fiona Hyslop, marked the start of the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology by announcing new funding to help preserve Scotland's historic sites.
  2. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced £107 million of extra funding for health and social care, and visited the new £200 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
  3. It was announced that Scotland's A&E performance was the best in the UK for the last 21 months.
  4. The Scottish Government led a debate on the impact of Brexit on Human Rights in Scotland, with particular reference to the Tory plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
  5. Rona Mackay campaigned for a change in the road layout in Kirkintilloch, appearing on the John Beattie Show to discuss the issue.
  6. SNP MSP Clare Adamson spoke on the issue of Type 1 Diabetes in Scotland.
  7. New figures show that tourism in Scotland continued to grow in 2016.
  8. Scottish Canals became the 700th Scottish-based Living Wage accredited employer, keeping Scotland on track to reach 1,000 by the autumn.
  9. Education Secretary John Swinney visited schools to learn about the walking bus initiative and the positive impact it was having on attainment.
  10. On Wednesday, the Scottish Government led an important debate on International Development.