Category Archives: Economy

Proposed Closure of RBS Branches

I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven. The … Continue reading

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Active Travel Debate

I was very pleased to contribute to the debate earlier in the week on promoting active travel in Scotland. We all know there are significant health, environmental, and economic gains from getting people to be more active. and the easiest … Continue reading

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Kez Dugdale responds to Brexit Bill

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale today said Labour will not support the Tories’ EU Withdrawal Bill unless there is a ‘clear presumption of devolution’. Ms Dugdale said the Tories are intent on forcing through a Brexit that risks jobs and … Continue reading

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Unclaimed social security payments

The Scottish Government must ensure more is done to raise awareness of social security entitlements. Scots are missing out on £2 billion of social security payments according to new research. This includes unclaimed working or child tax credits, housing benefit, … Continue reading

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More cuts to local services

The Scottish Government announced yesterday that they will cut a further £327 million from local authority budgets next year across Scotland. I am not sure how much more our public services can take.  Local authorities are already under enormous pressure … Continue reading

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Credit unions in South Scotland

I was delighted to meet this week with Alison Dowling, Head of Business Development, at Capital Credit Union. Capital Credit Union, although based in Edinburgh, has a bond area which covers a large part of the South Scotland Region. A … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world. Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed … Continue reading

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Fiscal Framework: Claudia welcomes agreement

I was pleased that last week an agreement was finally reached on a fiscal framework which for the first time will allow the Scottish Parliament to take on new tax and welfare powers. The Smith Commission set up after the … Continue reading

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SNP back more cuts

The recent Stage 1 budget debate was an opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives by using the powers of the Scottish Government to put more money into schools and other vital services. Despite having this power SNP … Continue reading

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