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What is the Scottish Government?

The Scottish Government is responsible for running devolved matters like health, education, the environment, housing and the police and fire services in Scotland.

It does not have any control over issues like benefits and immigration, which are dealt with by the UK Parliament and UK Government.

It is formed by the political party or parties who have the most MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

All the MSPs vote for which MSP they want to be in charge of the Scottish Government. The MSP with the most votes becomes the First Minister and leader of the Scottish Government.

The First Minister of Scotland is currently Nicola Sturgeon from the left-leaning Scottish National Party.

The UK Government hands the Scottish Government a pot of money. The UK Government decides how much money it hands over but it’s up to the Scottish Government how it spends it.

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