ANGUS MACDONALD MSP THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND CONSUMER CHAMPION CAMPAIGN, KEEP ME POSTED

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Local MSP, Angus MacDonald has thrown his support behind leading consumer rights campaign, Keep Me Posted after meeting the campaign’s chair, Judith Donovan CBE, at Scottish Parliament this week.

The MSP praised the campaign’s efforts to ensure that service providers offer consumers the choice of how they receive bills and statements.

Keep Me Posted is a partnership of leading charities, consumer organisations, trade unions and businesses. It believes that every consumer has the right to choose, without disadvantage, how they are contacted by banks, utility companies and other service providers.

Angus MacDonald MSP met the campaign’s chair, Judith Donovan CBE, in the Holyrood to discuss the campaign and the importance of consumer choice.

Commenting after the meeting, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said:

“Those who have the greatest need for paper statements and bills are not limited to the older generation, but include those that are disabled, and those that lack access to the internet or have basic digital skills.

“There are currently 506,000 people living in Scotland who don’t have access to the internet. These people run the risk of being financially penalised or losing track of their budget. The UK’s consumers deserve the right to choose how they receive communications from businesses so I fully support the Keep Me Posted campaign in its fight to make sure companies honour this.”

Research conducted by the campaign has found that consumers do believe that they should have the right to choose how they are communicated with (81 per cent) while a further half (41 per cent) worry that they might miss a payment without a reminder through the post.

Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said:

“Since the launch of Keep Me Posted four years ago, 95 organisations have pledged their support in ensuring that consumers retain the right to receive paper statements without penalties.

"We want this to be the year that consumers’ rights are honoured by companies. If the organisations that are failing to give consumers real choice are left unchallenged, it will be too late to get back what we have lost. However, with the backing of Angus MacDonald we are one step closer to making sure that the people of Falkirk East keep their right to choose.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP SHARES CONCERNS OVER RISE IN STILLBIRTH RATES AT NHS FORTH VALLEY

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Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has questioned the Scottish Government on the recent findings that stillbirths in the NHS Forth Valley area had risen above the national average in the first half of 2016.

NHS Forth Valley has announced that they are to review the uncharacteristic rise in stillbirths over the first half of 2016.

Questioning the Scottish Government, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, submitted this written question:

“To ask the Scottish Government when it will receive the findings of NHS Forth Valley’s internal inquiry into the increase in the number of stillborn babies in the area in 2016?”

Minster for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, answered saying:

“NHS Forth Valley has taken action locally to internally review all of their cases of stillbirth. The Board has also commissioned an independent external review to look into their 2016 stillbirths.

The Scottish Government supports the action that NHS Forth Valley is taking to understand and learn from this unexpected rise in the number of stillbirths locally, and expects them to act on the findings of the reviews. The Board has agreed to share the outcomes of both internal and external reviews, when complete, with the expert Scottish Government Stillbirth Group, to ensure that learning is shared across Scotland to improve outcomes and help drive down stillbirth rates.”

Welcoming the answer from the Scottish Government, Angus MacDonald commented:

“Clearly this is a very upsetting issue for everyone involved, and it is right that the findings of the internal inquiry, and any external review, are considered by NHS Forth Valley, and any recommendations forthcoming are implemented, so that anything which can be done will be done, to prevent this situation from happening again.

“I welcome the answer from Aileen Campbell MSP, and it is encouraging to see that the Scottish Government are committed to working with the board of NHS Forth Valley to share any findings with the Scottish Government Stillbirth Group in order improve outcomes and drive down rates of stillbirths across Scotland.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP MAKING EARTH HOUR 2017 MATTER

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Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald is making WWF’s Earth Hour matter this year by showing his support for a strong Climate Change Plan for Scotland.

This year’s switch off event takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March.  Around the world homes, workplaces and iconic landmarks will be going dark for an hour in the world’s biggest demonstration of support for action on climate change.

In Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge are just a few of our famous landmarks marking the hour.

Urging the communities of Falkirk East to join in, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“I’m delighted to support Earth Hour once again this year and would encourage as many of my constituents as possible to sign up. With Climate Change high on both the Scottish Parliament’s and the Scottish Government’s agenda, and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Change targets met 6 years early, we are heading in the right direction, however there is much more to do.

“Locally for Earth Hour, the iconic Kelpies lights will be switched off between 8.30pm - 9.30pm on 25th March and there are plans to encourage visitors at the time to get active with fitness classes in front of the Kelpies to produce energy to light the sculptures!

“Earth Hour is more than just one hour of darkness; it's our chance to be the difference that we need to protect our planet today and every day. Join me and millions around the world for #EarthHour on Saturday 25 March at 8.30pm. It’s the biggest voluntary action to highlight the threat of climate change. Take part and sign up at http://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour

Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said:

“Yet again Earth Hour is capturing the public’s imagination with thousands of people across the country gearing up to take part and show they care about our planet.   From church groups to classrooms full of children its important decision makers, politicians and business leaders are left in no doubt people care about the impacts of climate change and want action.

“With the Scottish Parliament currently considering a draft Climate Change Plan, it’s great to see so many MSPs signalling their support for strong action to cut climate emissions. The enthusiasm of the public and politicians should give the Scottish Government the confidence to push on to a low-carbon economy.”

Now in its tenth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to grow.  Last year 178 countries and took part.  You can sign up for Earth Hour at wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour 

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