Fears over economic impact on shielders

Fears are mounting of a two-tier emergence from lockdown, with those more vulnerable to the virus and who are shielding suffering the worst losses of income. Citizens Advice research has found that 70 per cent of shielders who contacted them for help had not been furloughed under UK Government measures. (Guardian)

Scottish parliament to hear evidence on coronavirus homelessness

The Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee will today (28 May) hear evidence on how hundreds of rough sleepers have been re-homed during the pandemic in Glasgow. Campaigners are expected to urge parliamentarians to extend and maintain pandemic era measures to provide accommodation to Scotland’s thousands of homeless people. (Evening Times)

Calls for green recovery from Covid-19

The UK Government have been called on to create a ‘green recovery’ from Covid-19 ahead of the 2021 UN climate conference in Scotland. Speaking as talks commenced to re-organised the event, initially slated for this November in Glasgow, Mary Robinson, former UN climate envoy, said: “Very definitely we need to tie together a green recovery and Cop26 – that is imperative. UK leadership can and should urge forward a net-zero carbon transition from the Covid-19 crisis.” (Guardian)

Tory complaints mount on Cummings

61 Conservative MPs have now called on Dominic Cummings to stand down from his role as senior adviser, as constituents inundate their MPs over his lockdown breaches. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on his party and country to “move on” from the scandal. (Guardian)

Controversy has gripped the BBC over its response to Newsnight complaints

Controversy has gripped the BBC over its decision to suspend its Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis on Wednesday (27 May) for a monologue critical of the UK Government’s handling of special adviser Dominic Cummings’ breaches of lockdown rules. A BBC statement said the segment “…did not meet our standards of due impartiality. Our staff have been reminded of the guidelines.” (BBC

A majority of Scots want an independence referendum within the next five years

A majority of Scots want an independence referendum within the next five years, according to an Ipsos Mori poll (27 May). 53 per cent desire the referendum, while only 34 per cent believe it should never take place. (Herald)

Decline in global energy investment expected to hit renewables hard

An unprecedented $400 billion decline in global energy investment is expected to hit renewable energy sources hard. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that any transition away from fossil fuels will be disrupted. (Guardian)

The American continent is becoming the new global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organisation has announced that the American continent is becoming the new global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The US is expected to soon reach 100,000 deaths, with growing fears about the spread of the disease in Central and South America. In recent months Europe has been the centre of the contagion. (Guardian)

Glasgow’s global climate summit may be re-scheduled for November 2021

Glasgow’s global climate summit, postponed from November this year may be re-scheduled for November 2021. The UK Government will push for the date at a meeting of the UN climate conference bureau on Thursday 28 May. (STV)

Funding of cycle and walking paths is to be hiked

Funding of cycle and walking paths is to be hiked as part of the transition from lockdown in Scotland. An additional £30 million will be set aside for cycle infrastructure and the widening of pavements as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘transport transition plan’ which will also see bus and train users expected to wear face masks. (Scotsman)