MACDONALD WELCOMES PLANS FOR NEW FORTH VALLEY COLLEGE FALKIRK CAMPUS
19 October 2014
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed further detail following the announcement by Scottish Government Finance Secretary John Swinney that Forth Valley College is to receive a significant share of a £140 million NPD (Not for Profit Distribution) investment to develop a new college campus in Falkirk.
It is proposed the new campus will be built on the site of the College’s existing Middlefield Building which is scheduled to be demolished between November 2014 and March 2015.
The announcement will allow the college to progress to a full business case for the new campus and will kick start consultation with partners, employers and the local community.
Welcoming the further detail, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“I am over the moon that the funding has been secured for a new Falkirk campus for Forth Valley College. There have been some disappointments along the road to securing funding however many people have been working behind the scenes to ensure this result. Indeed, I have lobbied the Education Secretary Mike Russell myself on a number of occasions, who has been very aware of the need for a new campus in Falkirk.
“Our SNP Scottish Government has shown yet again that it is a listening government and has delivered once more for Falkirk district in what will no doubt be a significant boost for students, staff and the wider community”.
Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College said:
“This is fantastic news and will allow us to complete the final part of the jigsaw in our estates development strategy. We aim to offer the very best to all our learners and a new Falkirk Campus will provide modern, inspiring learning environments similar to those which are already available at our Alloa and Stirling Campuses.
“As part of a regional approach, we will create a state-of-the-art campus with clear links to local employment opportunities. This is a very exciting development for the Falkirk area and we look forward to delivering a new campus which will meet local needs.”
The image shown above is an artist's impression of what the new campus may look like.
MACDONALD’S ANGER AS FIGURES SHOW 21% OF FALKIRK DISTRICT’S CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY
16 October 2014
WESTMINSTER’S FAILURES ON CHILD POVERTY ‘A DISGRACE’
POWERS TO TACKLE POVERTY AND INEQUALITY SHOULD BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has reacted angrily to a report which shows 21% of children in the Falkirk Council area are living in poverty.
The new report has highlighted the ‘disgraceful’ extent of child poverty in Scotland – and shows exactly why powers over the economy and welfare should be in Scotland’s hands, rather than Westminster’s.
The report by the Campaign to End Child Poverty confirms that one in five children in Falkirk district now live below the poverty line – with child poverty growing by three per cent in the last year as the impact of Westminster’s cuts agenda continues to hit families and communities across the country.
Today’s report follows on from previous figures showing that Westminster’s policies could force another 100,000 children in Scotland into poverty by 2020.
Commenting, Falkirk East’s SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“That one in five children live in poverty in a wealthy, energy rich country like Scotland is nothing short of scandalous. We’re one of the richest countries on earth and yet thousands of children grow up in poverty and inequality continues to grow – this is an unacceptable and unsustainable state of affairs that is only worsening as Westminster’s austerity agenda continues to hit.
“This is exactly why the powers to tackle poverty and inequality should be in Scotland’s hands rather than in the hands of a distant Westminster establishment which is engaged in a systematic and relentless attack on the poor.
“With substantial economic and welfare powers in Scotland’s hands we can take strong action to replace poverty with opportunity and to replace austerity with prosperity – ensuring that every child in Scotland has the same opportunities in life regardless of their background and that Scotland’s wealth is reinvested for the benefit of everyone who lives here.
“For too long poverty has been accepted as an inevitability by Westminster - while Tory and Labour politicians choose to spend tens of billions of pounds on nuclear weapons while cutting the services ordinary people rely on and attacking the welfare state.
“The fact that Tory conference cheered as George Osborne announced his latest round of cuts which will hit working families is a chilling reminder of the attitude of the Westminster parties to social justice – the race to the right between Labour and the Tories amounts to nothing less than a shameless and sustained attack on the poor.”