ScotGov: Birds of prey, wild mammals, livestock and pet dogs & cats were all found to be victims of accidental or deliberate poisonings as reflected in figures unveiled by Scotland's Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) recently.
A report by the Government's Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) scientists outlines an increase in the number of cases investigated in 2010, some involving the incorrect storage & usage of approved pesticides.
ScotGov: The annual report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) on the quality of public supplies during 2010 found that well over 99% of tests on samples complied with strict regulatory standards. Compliance tests showed an improvement, significantly for pH (hydrogen ion), colour, iron & Trihalomethanes (THMs).
AS: Scotland’s public sector is in the first year of major spending cuts and public bodies must focus on their long-term financial sustainability to ensure effective public services in the future. An Audit Scotland report (Scotland’s public finances – addressing the challenges) says bodies need to have clear priorities and plan their budgets & workforces to deliver these.
ScotGov: Scotland's Chief Statistician has published Free Personal and Nursing Care, Scotland 2009-10. This statistics release presents information on the number of people benefiting from free personal care & free nursing care in Scotland and how much Local Authorities spend on personal care services.
DfE: New figures reveal how the new English Baccalaureate is ‘having an immediate impact – hugely increasing the proportion of pupils taking the core academic subjects most valued by universities and employers’. Pupils who achieve a GCSE grade C or better in English, maths, a language, history or geography, and two sciences achieve the EBacc.
The take-up of history, geography & languages indicates that the EBacc is reversing the long-term drift away from these subjects, and that they are bouncing back to the levels of a decade ago. 29% of pupils about to start Year 10 have opted for triple science compared to 16% in 2010.