ANGUS MACDONALD HAILS PUBLICATION OF VETERANS STRATEGY A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD

The publication of a new strategy for supporting veterans in Scotland has been welcomed today as a positive step forwards.

The post of Scottish Veterans Commissioner was established in 2014 to deliver improved support for veterans in Scotland and the publication of today’s strategy sets out the work that the Commissioner will undertake.

The strategy makes clear that housing and employability issues will be prioritised by the Commissioner in 2015.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald said:

“The publication of this strategy is a positive step towards improving the support that is offered to veterans in Falkirk district and throughout Scotland.

“Making sure that former members of the armed forces get the support and assistance that they deserve is so important and this strategy shows that the Scottish Veterans Commissioner is determined to make a real difference.

“The SNP Government has been determined to provide greater support to the estimated 400,000 ex-service men and women in Scotland, with measures like extending the free bus pass to injured veterans.

“I am sure that the work of the Veterans Commissioner will help to drive further improvement and I very much look forward to that.”

MACDONALD SLAMS ‘LACK OF OFFICIAL CLIMBDOWN’ FROM FALKIRK COUNCIL ON ‘LUDICROUS’ SCHOOL HOURS REDUCTION

MACDONALD TABLES QUESTIONS IN PARLIAMENT AND CONTACTS EDUCATION SECRETARY

 

 

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has slammed the failure by Falkirk Council to back down on what he termed the ‘ludicrous’ plan to reduce primary school hours from 25 to 22.5 per week, despite comments made by senior Labour Councillors that the local authority is “not going to cut school hours, and will find the savings from elsewhere”.

 

 

In correspondence with concerned parents, Councillor Dr Craig R Martin is quoted as saying:

“The quick answer is the council are not going to cut school hours, I repeat we are not going to cut school hours, and will find the savings from elsewhere.”

 

 

Commenting on Councillor Martin’s correspondence, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“It seems clear that the Labour/Tory coalition that runs Falkirk Council had no intention of cutting school hours despite making statements in the local press that they would. For them to continue to state that the reduction in school hours is still ‘on the table’ is disingenuous to say the least.”

 

“This is a disgraceful attempt to use our children’s’ education as a political tool in the run up to the General Election and beyond, which is both unforgiveable and irresponsible.”

“Falkirk Council claim to be strapped for cash however a recent Audit Scotland report stated that they have over £12 million of unallocated reserves and over £30 million of allocated reserves. This is on top of the additional money the Scottish Government has agreed to give Falkirk Council to maintain teacher numbers.”    

Angus MacDonald has tabled questions to highlight the issue in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the situation in Falkirk and raising his concerns regarding the affect the Council’s actions will have on attainment levels. He has also written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance MSP to highlight to her the concerns of his constituents over this issue.

Angus MacDonald MSP Supports Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

 

Wearing his daffodil with pride, Angus lent his support to Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament on 3 March 2015.

 

Angus met staff and heard about the work of the charity that cares for terminally ill people and their families across Scotland. He posed with a placard pledging support for people with a terminal illness.

 

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser, which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March. The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to local people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the two Scottish Marie Curie Hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

 

Angus MacDonald MSP said:

 

“Marie Curie is a highly regarded organisation that continues to provide an excellent service to cancer patients and their families in difficult times. Their caring and professional support is immense and I know many people the length and breadth of Falkirk district will be supporting this appeal to raise funds for Marie Curie. The work Marie Curie does with patients who have cancer is invaluable, not only for the individual but also their family and friends. 

 

The Great Daffodil Appeal reminds us all of the great work Marie Curie nurses do every day, and I encourage all to wear the bright yellow daffodil pin with me this month to show support for this year-round effort.”

 

Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said:

 

“It’s thanks to the support of MSPs such as Angus we can spread the word about the Great Daffodil Appeal and raise vital funds to support terminally ill people in Scotland. Every March millions of people across the UK support our biggest fundraising campaign and it’s easy to join in, simply give a donation and wear your daffodil pin. With the support of the Scottish Parliament Scotland will lead the way in caring for people with a terminal illness.”

 

To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107

 

 

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