POLLS SHOW YES HAS MOMENTUM BECAUSE OF POSITIVITY & TRUST

 

NO IN PANIC AS THEY ARE SEEN AS NEGATIVE & UNBELIEVABLE

 

Commenting on today’s independence poll figures which show the gap narrowing to a required swing of just 2% in an ICM poll for the Scotland on Sunday the First Minster and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond MSP said:

 

“These are very encouraging polls and show the Yes campaign has the momentum because it is more positive and more trusted than the No campaign.

 

“In contrast the No campaign is in a panic because they are seen as negative and unbelievable.

 

“It is also very encouraging that women and Labour supporters are moving to Yes and with a third of English born people already voting Yes, we are confident that more will follow as momentum continues.

 

“The problem for the No campaign is that it is stuck in a rut of negativity. Even today we see yet more evidence that they can't help themselves and just blunder on with the same old failing message.

 

“Sending out figures from the political past or dispatching Tory ministers on day trips from Westminster is not cutting any ice.”

 

The Deputy First Minster and deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon MSP added that the latest poster campaign by the No campaign simply underlined their problem. She said:

 

“Today's polls underline why No is losing ground and support, but instead of addressing it, their poster campaign indulges in yet more scaremongering. It seems they just can't help themselves.

 

"Worst of all, it insults people's intelligence. Why wouldn't our pensions be secure? After all, we already pay for them. They are our pensions. 

 

“It is just more of the same from the former Prime Minister with what is fast becoming his single transferable speech. Why on earth does he think making the same speech he did two months ago will help his argument now when the campaign he backs has lost support since its first outing?”

NEW FIGURES REVEAL 400% INCREASE IN FOODBANK USE IN LAST YEAR

 

MACDONALD HIGHLIGHTS GRIM REALITY OF WESTMINSTER CUTS

 

Figures from the Trussell Trust showing that the number of people using their foodbanks has increased by 400% in Scotland have been described as a demonstration of the grim reality of Westminster’s cuts.

 

The figures show that in 2012/13 Scottish foodbanks provided help to 14,318 people, but in 2013/14 that figure had increased by 400% to 71,428.

 

Of those people in Scotland using foodbanks last year, 22,387 - more than 30% - were children.

 

The Trussell Trust cites benefit changes, benefit delays and low income as the key causes of people in Scotland seeking support from their foodbanks.

 

At SNP Conference on Friday, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a £1 million package of support for foodbanks that will help them to provide the support that many people are now relying upon.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, said:

 

“It is an absolute disgrace that in a country as wealthy as Scotland, Westminster’s actions have forced over 70,000 people in Scotland to rely on foodbanks to survive.

 

“In Falkirk District, 3600 adults and 1532 children have had food parcels from the foodbank last year.

 

“I have seen first-hand the excellent work carried out by Alf Collington and his team at the Falkirk Foodbank and am impressed by their dedication and the numbers of families they assist.

 

“It is the grim reality of Westminster’s cuts that has seen foodbank use increase by 400% in the last year alone.

 

“It doesn’t have to be this way and the referendum in September gives Scotland the chance to do things differently.

 

“While Westminster’s cuts are forcing people to rely on foodbanks, the Scottish Government is doing what it can to mitigate Westminster’s actions. That is why the SNP Government has announced a £1 million package of support for foodbanks.

 

“Yet what Scotland really needs is the responsibility for our own decisions on tax and welfare so that people are no longer forced to rely upon foodbanks.

 

“With a Yes vote in September, we will be able to ensure that Scotland’s tax and welfare system reflect the priorities of people in Scotland and does not let people down as Westminster has so disgracefully done.”

AS MORE SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS ARE AXED MACDONALD CALLS ON FALKIRK COUNCIL TO CONSIDER COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP

Following the news this week that another school crossing patrol is to be axed in Grangemouth, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald MSP has urged Falkirk Council to consider seeking commercial sponsorship for school crossing patrols as a way to ensure schoolchildren are safe walking to school.

The MSP’s call follows reports that Grangemouth parents were informed this week by Falkirk Council that it has axed the school crossing patrol on Abbots Rd (Kingseat Avenue bridge).
Commercial sponsorship moves have been made by other local authorities as a means of ensuring school crossing patrols continue during periods of financial pressure. Sponsors pay the patrols’ salaries, usually approximately £3,000 a year, with the council picking up the management costs.


Calling on Falkirk Council to consider the proposal, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“There is no doubt that this solution is far from ideal, and it pains me to have to come up with the suggestion of commercial sponsorship, however it is clearly a better option than having no school crossing patrols at all.

“If this solution is taken on board by the Council I am sure there are many firms operating in the Falkirk Council area who would be happy to show their commitment to their local communities.
“There is a prejudice against commercial sponsorship which I fully understand and share, however ’when needs must’ if it means ensuring the safety of local schoolchildren as they walk to and from school then it is an option which must be explored.

“Ideally commercial sponsorship by local firms would allow the re-instatement of school crossing patrols already axed by Falkirk Council, however realistically it may be that this is the only way to ensure no more are axed.

“I have written to the Council asking them to consider this option in the near future and look forward to receiving their reply.”

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