EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE EXPANSION TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

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SCOTTISH GOVT INVESTMENT WELCOMED BY LOCAL MSP

The Scottish Government announcement that there will be an extra £1.5 million investment for more nursery teachers and graduates in deprived areas across Scotland has been welcomed by local MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald – with Falkirk district set to receive 8 additional teachers or graduates.

The new staff in Falkirk district, part of 435 additional staff nationwide, is part of the wider strategy of tackling the attainment gap and giving every child an equal start in life. The provision of extra high qualified childcare professionals will ensure that young people in Falkirk district benefit from the highest quality care and early years education.

The Scottish Government is taking decisive action to improve early years learning and childcare, including expanding guaranteed free provision to 1140 hours by 2020 – which will have a positive impact for families across the Falkirk district.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald said:

“This new funding is very welcome news for Falkirk district, helping to ensure that more children in our most deprived communities are able to benefit from specialised childcare and high quality early years learning.

“The Scottish Government is committed to closing the attainment gap, and targeting funding in this way, as well as expanding the guaranteed free childcare provision to 1140 hours by 2020, is important in making this happen, and to ensure that every child across the Falkirk district gets an equal start in life.

“The 8 new graduates or teachers that will be joining our workforce in Falkirk district will help improve childcare provision in our communities, and I look forward to seeing the Scottish Government continue to invest in our children’s futures.”

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."

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