Rural action group seeks new board members


A group dedicated to developing the local rural area is seeking new board members.

Successful applicants for the board will join the Local Action Group (LAG) for the Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Programme, which has £2.8m to develop and fund rural activities and projects from 2014-2020.

In its 2007-2013 programme the LEADER Programme funded a number of local rural projects, including:

  • £36k to rebuild the Dale Bridge over the River Carron after it was badly damaged
  • £35.9k to the Topps Wood Education project, which got Denny High and its clusters schools involved with tree planting and habitat creation projects
  • £1,150 to the Real Jobs Falkirk Muiravonside Project, which allowed the visitors café in Muiravonside to stay open during holidays by employing and training young people with special educational needs and helping them develop skills

Board applicants should have a background in economic and/or community development within rural parts of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk and have the skills and knowledge to develop the LEADER programme. The group seeks more representation from small businesses, active community representatives, social enterprises, farmers, land managers and local agencies.

Anyone interested can fill out an application form and skills checklist at Completed applications should be emailed to Emma McMullen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or posted to the address on the application form.



Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has welcomed new figures showing a significant drop in youth unemployment in Scotland over the past 12 months.
The Labour Market Statistics published by the ONS show a 5.1 per cent drop, which means lowest level of youth unemployment since 2008, and also shows a 42,000 overall rise of people in work compared to this time last year.
Commenting, Mr MacDonald, said:
“The employment figures are very encouraging. Scotland’s future is in our young people – so it is vital that that we do everything that we can to give them the opportunity to learn skills and provide opportunities for rewarding work.
“However, there is no room for complacency and we will continue to work to improve youth and overall employment levels – in spite of the Tories' planned further cuts, which need to be reversed.

“In government in Scotland, the SNP are on track to deliver 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year by 2020, and we are expanding  entitlement to Educational Maintenance Allowance – scrapped south of the border - to support 57,000 school pupils and college students, making it easier for them continue their education.

“The SNP has restored free higher education – and Nicola Sturgeon has made clear there will be no tuition fees in Scotland for as long as the SNP are in office.

“We are doing all we can to strengthen and grow our economy to provide more opportunities for young people. Our strong team of SNP MPs will stand up for the rights of young people at every turn, and work to halt the Tory austerity programme in order to support more of our young people into work, education or training.”





SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of further funding to improve local A&E services.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced that £9m in investment will be allocated to health boards across the country from the Scottish Government’s Unscheduled Care Fund – including funding of £402,760 for Forth Valley Health Board.

Welcoming the funding, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“The SNP’s record on our health service is second to none and is delivering real results for AREA – with both NHS funding and staff numbers at a record high. Today’s investment is a further example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that the NHS continues to deliver the first class service that local people deserve.

“While A&E services have faced challenges in recent months, we are now seeing real improvements – and today’s major investment for Forth Valley Health Board is further welcome confirmation that improving local A&E performance is a top priority for the SNP.

“The SNP will never be complacent with our health service because we know there are always challenges and there is always more which can be done to support patients and staff – but today’s investment shows that the Scottish Government’s commitment to our NHS is continuing to deliver for local people.”


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