Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed recently published figures which show that the smoking rate in Scotland has declined at its fastest level since 1999.
The figures released in the Scottish Household Survey 2014 also revealed that 20 per cent of adults now smoke, a decline of three percentage points over the previous three years.
Smoking rates in the most deprived areas have dropped from 40 per cent in 2010 to 34 per cent in 2014. (more…)
Stewart Maxwell MSP has today highlighted new figures that show the shameful impact of Tory cuts to tax credits. Figures released by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that 2,300 families in Eastwood and 346,000 children across Scotland will be negatively affected by the changes announced by George Osborne.
These figures come in the aftermath of an IFS report showing that the vast majority of children living in poverty are from working households, further highlighting the damage being caused to the finances of working families by the Tory government’s economic policies.
Kirsten Oswald, MP for East Renfrewshire, has welcomed confirmation that Stewart Maxwell MSP will fight Eastwood Constituency for the SNP in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Ms Oswald defeated Jim Murphy, then leader of Scottish Labour, in May’s General Election.
She looks forward to continuing the momentum for change in 2016 with SNP victories in Eastwood and across Scotland.
Stewart Maxwell MSP has been selected by SNP members to contest the Eastwood constituency in next year’s Scottish Parliament election.
Mr Maxwell has represented the Eastwood constituency as a regional MSP for the West of Scotland since 2003. He served as the Minster for Communities & Sport in the first ever SNP Government and is currently convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.
SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today welcoming research finding support for further powers “greatly outstrips” support for the status quo.
The research was carried out for the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change by YouGov in November and December last year and is published in the latest National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Economic Review.