Scotland's Employability Minister has urged his UK counterpart to meet with those who use Jobcentres threatened with closure before any decision on their future is made.
5% Rise In People On Antidepressants
The number of people treated with antidepressants has increased by almost 5% in the last year, according to new figures.
Official statistics show the drugs were dispensed to 814,181 patients in Scotland during 2014/15, up from 778,180 in 2013/14.
A rise of 28.5% has been recorded since 2009/10, when 633,791 people were treated with antidepressants.
Around two-thirds (66.4%) of the patients who received the drugs in the last year were female, with the peak age between 50-54 years.
Antidepressant treatment also increased with deprivation, with 225,969 patients in the poorest parts of Scotland receiving the drugs, compared to 110,507 in the least deprived areas.
Despite a rise in the number of prescriptions, the total cost of the drugs has fallen by 30.5% between 2004/05 and 2014/15, from £58.7 million £40.8 million.
Statisticians point out that many drugs classified as antidepressants can be used to treat other conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been told to boost spending on key areas such as education, mental health and the police by about £400 million if he wants the Liberal Democrats to back his Budget.
Lloyds Banking Group has been named the top employer in Scotland for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity.
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