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.”

BREXIT COULD LEAD TO WEAKENED ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

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ANGUS MACDONALD MSP & JOHN MCNALLY MP WARN BREXIT COULD SEE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EROSION

SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald and his Westminster colleague for Falkirk, John McNally MP, have issued a stark warning about the protection of Scotland’s environment in light of Brexit.

The majority of the UK’s environmental protection laws were derived in Brussels and have ensured that the UK’s environment has improved dramatically from once being known as the “dirty man of Europe.”

These warnings come after the publication of a report by the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) which has pointed to a complex series of challenges for Scotland’s environment post Brexit and in the worst case could lead to the loss of the EU’s enforcement protection of environmental law.

Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee, was keen to highlight these issues ahead of the Scottish Government outlining their Climate Change Plan on Thursday 19th January.

Mr. MacDonald said:

“Brexit clearly presents us with many different, complex challenges. However the importance of Scotland’s clean air, land and habitats for our wildlife and marine life cannot be understated. Indeed, they are some of our most important and valuable assets and these should be protected at all costs.

“It would be utterly regrettable if the UK Government, appearing to lean towards the hardest of hard Brexits, fails to realise this importance and chooses, instead, to continue down a pathway towards the environmental protection of the 1970’s. And there was little to nothing protecting Scotland’s environment then.

“The UK Government should be telling us exactly how they plan to strengthen the protection our natural environment after Brexit. However it would not surprise me in the slightest to find that, like the majority of Brexit planning so far, they are still staring at blank pages in Whitehall.”

John McNally, MP for Falkirk commented:

“A recent Environmental Audit Committee report suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn't take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50. The findings show the need for the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation.

“It’s disturbing enough to hear economists predicting that a hard Brexit on Scotland could cost 80,000 jobs and cut wages by £2,000 a year. Now on top of that there is the threat to our environment. Scotland depends on the worldwide reputation it has for clean air and pure water. It is vital to the future of our homegrown produce that Scotland should be banking these environmental laws. They must not be diluted.”

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