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Issue 21

DEMENTIA, CONSUMERS IN SCOTLAND, CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH AND WOMEN IN BUSINESS IN SCOTLAND

Welcome to Issue 22. We hope you enjoy this week's articles - we are interested in similar contributions from others in differing policy areas. In the next issue we will have a focus on health and transport in Scotland so if you have a perspective you would like to share on this or another theme please contact us. As always, we welcome comment and contributions. Please contact us if you would like to discuss advertising in or writing for a future edition at scottishpolicynow@mackayhannah.com. Issue 22 will be published in two weeks' time and fortnightly thereafter.

Setting our sights high for Scotland's women-owned businesses

Research undertaken by WES at the end of last year for the Federation of Small Businesses found that women owned businesses already contribute a staggering £8.8bn into the Scottish economy every year. That’s more than some of the stated economic “growth sectors” according to the Scottish Government Growth Sector statistics.

Integrated post-diagnostic support for people with dementia in Scotland

In 2013 the Scottish Government made this commitment: “…by 2015/16, all people newly diagnosed with dementia will have a minimum of one year’s worth of post-diagnostic support coordinated by a Link Worker, including the building of a person-centred support plan”.

Children's Mental Health

Two years ago Standard Life Aberdeen, a client of ours at Message Matters, asked me to attend a meeting with its charity of the year. The company wanted to help its charity partner with some communications around its activities at Children’s Mental Health Week, and it wanted to use some of the time it pays Message Matters for to help the charity.

Consumer Scotland and the wider landscape

Consumers and the consumer protection landscape face a period of change. Much of this reflects the fast-moving environment we live in and, presents both opportunities and risks.

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