SCOTLAND MUST CHOOSE ITS OWN FUTURE IF ALL ATTEMPTS TO COMPROMISE REJECTED

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The Prime Minister today made it clear the UK is heading for an economically disastrous hard Brexit. 

Nearly seven months since the referendum - the Scottish Government is still the only administration to publish a detailed plan on how to deal with Brexit and the economic, social, democratic and cultural risks associated with it.

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and the Scottish Government is doing all it can to make sure the Tories cannot ignore and act against Scotland’s interests. 

Commenting at Holyrood this evening, SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald said:

“Theresa May today confirmed that she plans to take the UK towards an economically dangerous hard Brexit. The Prime Minister has chosen to pander to the obsessions of the hard-right of her Tory party, rather than act in the best interests of the country.

“Today’s speech made it clear she’s looking at replacing our membership of the single market with a low wage, de-regulated economy that would see a race to the bottom - leaving everyone worse off as a result.

“If the Tories get away with dragging Scotland out of the EU and the Single Market they’ll think they can get away with anything.

“The Scottish Government has published compromise proposals that will keep Scotland in the Single Market and the Tories at Westminster must now show they are taking these plans seriously.

“The  Tory government must not be able to take Scotland out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a better future.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES £29 MILLION NEW FUNDING FOR COMMUNITIES AND THIRD SECTOR

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Angus MacDonald, MSP for the Falkirk East constituency, has welcomed the announcement this week which means that community and third sector projects that try new ways to tackle poverty and improve people’s lives can now apply for a share of £29 million funding.

Speaking on Tuesday 17th January, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

"I am really pleased to be able to welcome the announcement made by the First Minister this week which will see almost £30 million being made available over the next two years to support the Fairer Scotland Action Plan which was published a few months ago.

"£18.9 million will be put into a new Aspiring Communities Fund to help organisations find new, long lasting community led solutions to poverty, by increasing economic activity or enhancing services to meet local needs.

"Meanwhile the £9.7 million Growing the Social Economy Programme will enable third sector organisations to try new ideas and approaches, by collaborating with research organisations or supporting people to improve their skills.

"I would encourage third sector and community groups to consider whether they might be able to access these funds to help deliver these important objectives here in Falkirk district."

SNP MSP SIGNS UP TO TACKLE FUEL POVERTY

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SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has signed up to tackle fuel poverty in his constituency, by teaming up with Home Energy Scotland to help residents struggling to heat their homes.

The Scottish Government’s fuel poverty alleviation scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures.

Since Warmer Homes Scotland was launched (figures up to 31 July 2016) 8 out of 10 who have qualified have received completely free energy efficiency measures. Most have received measures valued at over £4,000. The most common measures installed are a new gas boiler (to make creating heat more efficient) and/or insulation (to keep the heat in better).

Commenting on the scheme, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:

“The Warmer Homes Scheme is a great initiative from the Scottish Government which has helped vulnerable people heat their homes, and ensure their homes are more energy efficient. People who qualify for the scheme find that they can receive help of over £4000 to make sure their homes are more comfortable to live in.

“Any of my constituents who are in difficulty in heating their homes can now come to my office, and we will make the referral. I would encourage anyone in need of this help to drop in and my team and I will make sure that Home Energy Scotland has the information needed to start the process of helping constituents stay warm.”

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