The ballot is open for SNP Members in the West Scotland region to rank candidates for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Voting closes on Friday 9 October so make sure to vote if you can. I would be very grateful if you would consider giving me your first preference vote.
I have been proud to represent the people of West Scotland Region as your MSP in the Scottish Parliament for twelve years and in that time I have helped thousands of constituents.
In order to continue towards Independence we need experienced MSPs to lead the party in the next few years. (more…)
West Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell has urged constituents who may be struggling with debt to get advice as soon as possible.
His comments come as new figures from StepChange Debt Charity show a 73% increase in the number of calls for help from people with debt problems in Eastwood between 2012 and 2014. The charity offers free debt advice to people across the United Kingdom and saw a 70% increase in Scottish clients from 2012 to 2014. (more…)
SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has written to Labour’s Ken Macintosh MSP, calling on him to withdraw their party’s “inaccurate and misleading” claims that the Council Tax freeze has been ‘underfunded’ – in light of new, independent research showing that the opposite is true.
The new analysis from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that “the money provided by the Government to freeze the council tax has resulted in local authorities receiving more income than they would have done by increasing rates by RPI%” and goes on to say that the funding given to local government was such that “it could be said that the freeze, over the period 2008-09 to 2013-14 was ‘over-funded’”. (more…)
Scotland’s 32 local authorities are to share £5.8 million Scottish Government funding to help young people prepare for the world of work and get into jobs.
The funding forms part of action to reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 40 per cent by 2021, as outlined in Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.
Councils will use the additional investment to strengthen links between schools, colleges and employers, continue developing work-based learning and career pathways for all young people, and support vulnerable groups towards employment. (more…)
New and returning students in the West of Scotland have been urged to take care in their term time homes and check out Electrical Safety First’s ‘Dear Student’ campaign.
This campaign comes as hundreds of thousands of students – many for the first time away from home – move into their term time accommodation and as new figures show that the number of house fires and the number of fire fatalities are at a record low. (more…)