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.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP HIGHLIGHTS CONCERNS OVER HEALTH AND SAFETY AT PETROINEOS

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SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has highlighted his concerns over reports that PetroIneos has failed to take “all necessary measures” in the prevention of major incidents at their site in Grangemouth.

Following an inspection of the Grangemouth PetroIneos refinery, the Health and Safety Executive issued an improvement notice to comply with measures intended to prevent a major incident, and has until April to improve the situation.

After contacting representatives at the plant, Angus MacDonald MSP commented saying:

“I was disappointed to hear that the refinery site at PetroIneos had been issued with an improvement notice given that any incident, no matter the scale, could prove detrimental to the surrounding communities.

“Health and safety protocols and measures that are not as robust and as tight as they should be are always concerning, and I was alarmed at the nature of these reports in the first instance.

“Having contacted PetroIneos I am satisfied that they have put measures in place to rectify the situation, which I believe was down to the registration of certain types of equipment, and are putting in place the necessary procedures to comply with their improvement notice. However, it remains that this should not have happened in the first place, and I look forward to seeing a clean bill of health in the next report from the Health and Safety Executive as soon as it is completed.”

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