MAXWELL WELCOMES AGE SCOTLAND’S KEEP WARM IN WINTER CAMPAIGN

2015 CalendarSNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has teamed up with Age Scotland, the national older peoples’ charity, to promote a campaign to help older people in the West of Scotland get prepared for winter.

This year’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign aims to prevent older people suffering needlessly during the winter months by highlighting what support is available.

The initiative is backed by the Scottish Government which has helped to fund Age Scotland’s annual ‘Hot Tips’ calendar as part of the campaign.

The 2015 calendar offers useful information about how older people can prepare for cold weather during winter, including important advice on health, welfare benefits and how to reduce fuel bills. (more…)

MAXWELL DELIVERS CHRISTMAS CHEER TO BARRHEAD POSTAL WORKERS

IMG_2023Stewart Maxwell MSP (West Scotland)  has visited Royal Mail’s Barrhead delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Mr Maxwell was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Robert Taylor, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the Barrhead area in the run-up to Christmas.

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SMITH COMMISSION PROPOSALS FALL SHORT OF PROMISED POWERS

ParlyBuildingSNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has reacted with disappointment to the proposals put forward by the Smith Commission, which will fail to deliver the extensive new powers that were promised to the Scottish Parliament.

The Smith Commission was set up by the Westminster Government to examine what additional powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. It had representatives from all of the major political parties and it was expected to deliver the ‘extensive new powers’ promised to Scotland during the referendum campaign. (more…)

NEW POWERS OVER TAX, WELFARE AND EMPLOYABILITY NEEDED FOR SCOTLAND

Prince's Trust / Scottish Parliament.SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has today welcomed a new report from the Campaign for Scottish Home Rule calling for the Scottish Parliament to be able to raise what it spends. 

The Raise What You Spend report calls for substantial devolution of powers over taxation – and states that any tax which is devolved to the Scottish Parliament should be devolved in full. 

The Scottish Government submission to the Smith Commission states that 71 per cent of people polled in a Panelbase poll in October “backed control of all taxation raised in Scotland”. (more…)

WESTMINSTER PARTIES MUST BACK POWERS TO STRENGTHEN SCOTLAND

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today calling on Scottish Labour leadership candidates and the Westminster parties to back the devolution of ‘extensive new powers’ for the Scottish Parliament on tax and welfare.

While reports today show Labour is still at odds amongst itself on the devolution of income tax, support is growing across civic Scotland for the transfer of substantially more tax and also welfare powers. More than 60 organisations have called for devolution of welfare, while a number of organisations have also called for devolution of the minimum wage.

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