ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES END OF EU ROAMING CHARGES AS DEAL REACHED
01 July 2015
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has today welcomed the announcement that the abolition of data roaming charges across the EU is a step closer. Following a deal between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, it is likely that data roaming charges will end in Europe starting from 15th June 2017. This will help to open up internet access to EU citizens travelling between member states.
However, Angus MacDonald has highlighted that during the independence referendum campaign last year, the No camp claimed that with independence Scots would face roaming charges for using mobile phones in the rUK. However, it soon emerged that plans to put in place a process of abolishing roaming charges across the EU were already underway.
Commenting on yesterday’s deal in Brussels Angus MacDonald said:
“News that a deal has been reached on this issue is very positive indeed. The abolition of data roaming charges will help to open up internet access to EU citizens travelling between member states, ensuring people across the EU can stay connected.
“Being able to enjoy the same data conditions at home and in Europe is an undoubted benefit of being part of the European Union.
"As long as the Tories insist on gambling people's jobs on their obsession with a referendum on ripping us out of Europe, the SNP will continue to make the positive case in favour of EU membership.
“And the SNP’s plan for a 'double majority’ will ensure Scotland - or any other UK nation - cannot be dragged out of the EU against its will. The opposition parties must back this common-sense amendment to ensure the democratic will of the Scottish people is respected.”
SNP MSP ANGUS MACDONALD ENCOURAGES FALKIRK DISTRICT’S SOCIAL LANDLORDS AND DEVELOPERS TO APPLY FOR EMPTY HOME FUND
29 June 2015
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed a new £4 million fund that will help bring abandoned homes and empty high street spaces back to life.
The Scottish Government’s “Town Centre Empty Fund” will help to revive empty homes and convert unused commercial spaces into new affordable homes.
Funding will be administered by Scottish Empty Homes Partnership to registered social landlords and developers in Falkirk district and throughout Scotland.
Since 2010, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has brought over 900 homes back into use and encouraged 17 of Scotland’s 32 authorities to appoint empty homes officers.
Details on how to apply for funding can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/supply-demand/emptyhomes.
The deadline for applications is 21 August 2015.
SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“I am delighted that the Town Centre Empty Homes Fund has been launched and that Falkirk district and the rest of Scotland will benefit from it. I would encourage registered social landlords and developers in Falkirk district to apply for funding so that we can begin to see empty homes being filled with those who need them and commercial spaces can be revamped for public use.
“Transforming more unused spaces into comfortable homes will help provide more affordable housing in Scotland. There are currently an estimated 27,000 long-term private empty homes and it makes sense to put these properties to good use to ensure more people have access to high quality, affordable housing.”