ANGUS MACDONALD PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR WASPI CAMPAIGN

SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald has, today (29th September) pledged his support to the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

State pension equalisation has been planned since the 1995, however  the 2011 UK Pensions Act saw an accelerated pace applied to equalisation, meaning 2.6million women across the UK born in the 1950s were going to have an extra 5 years added to their retirement age, a move which angered many.

Mr. MacDonald, who was unable to visit the rally planned outside Holyrood due to an event he was hosting, said that he understood the frustrations felt by those affected and pledged his support in calling for the UK Government to act swiftly in order to resolve this situation.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:

“Once again the Tories have pulled the rug from under the feet of hard working people. We have seen elderly people and those who have disabilities severely affected by changes to the benefits system, and now we see women affected by this Tory Government playing fast and loose with people’s lives.

“What they need to realise is that a state pension is not a benefit; it is something which has been paid for as a result of decades of work. It is clear that the SNP have been the only team proactively finding solutions for the UK Government to implement. It is now up to the Tories to show their support for these women, who they are treating unfairly, and start living up to being a government for everyone, and not just for the privileged few.”

DOGS TRUST MEETS FALKIRK EAST MSP TO DISCUSS ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visited the Scottish Parliament last week (Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September) to discuss their Dog Manifesto and priority animal welfare issues for the new Parliament with 68 MSPs including Angus MacDonald.

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the sale and use of electronic training aids. Dogs Trust is deeply concerned by their use, a notion the Scottish public support, with 77% of those polled by YouGov supporting a ban. 

Dogs Trust Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder explains: “We were delighted to visit the Scottish Parliament last week, and meet with Angus to discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto. At the top of our agenda is the currently unregulated use of electronic training devices.

“We are calling on MSPs to back our calls for a full ban on the sale and use of static pulse, spray and sonic collars. We are working to ensure the welfare of all dogs and are grateful for the support we have received from across the political spectrum for these issues.”

Angus MacDonald MSP said: “I am proud to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the welfare issues that electronic shock collars and other aversive training devices can cause to dogs. Such devices use pain or fear to train dogs and like Dogs Trust I believe this hugely affects the well-being of man’s best friends. The charity’s rehoming centres in Scotland only use reward-based training and I want to see these methods guaranteed for all dogs to ensure their welfare, so I am calling on the Scottish Government to take action to prevent the sale and use of these terrible devices.”

It is expected that the Scottish Government will respond to their consultation on the ‘potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids in Scotland’ shortly.

The Dogs Trust Public Affairs team also engaged with MSPs on the breeding and sale of dogs and their work as part of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) which focusses on the online advertising for sale of pets.

To read Dogs Trust’s Scottish Manifesto visit: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/dogs-trust-public-affairs-news

Statement on Shale Shipment to Grangemouth

I remain sceptical about the process of fracking, and fully support The Scottish Government’s series of independent research projects into unconventional oil and gas to examine potential environmental, health and economic impacts to inform our evidence-led approach. These are due to report later this year, with the public consultation taking place during winter 2016/17. The moratorium will remain in place throughout this process and the Scottish Government will use the results of the consultation to inform its decision on the way forward. I am confident in the extensive research and evidence gathering programme which has been undertaken by the Scottish Government. Obviously fracking cannot be  carried out in Scotland under the moratorium which is in place and I am fully supportive of this.

However, this first shipment of shale gas from the US stands as a symbol of security for industry in Grangemouth for the foreseeable future. This is a positive step for the local economy, and for Scotland as a whole, helping to secure 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in Falkirk district and the wider Central Belt.

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2016

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