MAXWELL AND STURGEON HIGHLIGHT BARRHEAD LIVING WAGE PROGRESS

002Stewart Maxwell MSP welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the West of Scotland as she visited Scotland’s 100th Living Wage accredited company, McKean Developments Ltd – a small construction business based in Barrhead.

The Poverty Alliance, which runs the Living Wage Accreditation scheme in Scotland has indicated that more than 100,000 employees of accredited companies are now benefitting from the Living Wage.

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KIRSTEN OSWALD CHOSEN AS SNP EAST RENFREWSHIRE CANDIDATE FOR GENERAL ELECTION

KOSM_PicSNP members have selected Kirsten Oswald to stand as their candidate for the East Renfrewshire seat at the 2015 UK General Election.

Kirsten lives in Clarkston with her husband and two children and is well known in East Renfrewshire for her community work locally.

Commenting, Kirsten Oswald said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by the local SNP members to fight the East Renfrewshire seat. (more…)

MAXWELL URGES PAY RESTRAINT FOR UNIVERSITY PRINCIPALS

Prince's Trust / Scottish Parliament.SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today urging pay-restraint for university principals – as it emerged many university heads are receiving huge pay increases at a time when many students and university staff are struggling to make ends meet. 

As reported today, university principals across Scotland have accepted pay rises significantly above the level of inflation –with some principals’ salaries going up by as much as eight per cent.

These pay increases come despite many university staff receiving pay-rises below the rate of inflation in recent years.

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MAXWELL WELCOMES LONGER PRISON SENTENCES FOR KNIFE CRIME

Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed new figures which show the average custodial sentence for handling an offensive weapon in Scotland has risen by 7 per cent in the last year an is now three times higher than in 2004-05.

A detailed analysis for 2013/14 also shows that if you are caught carrying a knife or other pointed weapon in Scotland, you are now likely to receive a custodial sentence that is around 90 per cent longer than for the same offences in England and Wales. (more…)

SCOTLAND HAS ‘WORLD CLASS’ HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has welcomed a new expert report which has found that Scotland’s higher education system is “world-class” – and that the impact of the research of Scotland’s higher education institutions is performing higher than the UK average.

The research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014 results has found that each of Scotland’s 18 higher education institutions undertakes research of “world-leading” quality – and that 77 per cent of Scottish research submitted to REF in 2014 was “world-leading” compared to a UK average of 76.1 per cent.

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