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.
Scheme Helps Swim Instructors To Teach Deaf Kids
Almost 100 swimming instructors have been trained to teach deaf children how to swim thanks to a new scheme.
The first year of the two-year programme has led to 97 swimming teachers learning the communications and skills techniques, such as using cue cards and sign language, needed to help deaf youngsters become confident swimmers.
A total of 48 deaf children in Scotland have taken part in swimming lessons and taster days organised by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and one deaf young person has been funded to become a qualified swimming teacher.
Heather Gray, NDCS Scotland and Northern Ireland director, said: "This deaf-friendly swimming project continues to be a major boost to our objective to ensure that no deaf child or young person is disadvantaged in their pursuit of sport.
"Far too many deaf young people are being denied the opportunity to swim because many swimming providers don't know how to meet their needs.
"Being able to swim is not only a life-saving skill, great fun and fantastic for building confidence, it opens up a whole world of water-based activities.''
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.
Audiences can choose from more than 300 events and screenings at this year's Glasgow Film Festival, including some ''absolutely brilliant experiences'', organisers have said.
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