LETTER FROM SENIOR EUROPEAN POLITICIANS SHOW SUPPORT FOR SCOTLAND IN THE EU

FIFTY SENIOR EUROPEAN POLITICIANS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER SAYING AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND WOULD BE WELCOME IN THE EU.

A letter sent to the Scottish Parliament has shown that the doors to a European future are open to Scotland, should that be the path we choose.

You can read the letter here:

Letter 1

Letter 2

Letter 3

Letter 4

You can find more on this story at the Herald website:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15213118.Fifty_European_politicians_would_welcome_an_independent_Scotland_to_EU/?ref=twtrec

LABOUR PFI SCHOOL SHAME AS FALKIRK COUNCIL COUNTS COST

Falkirk Council logo on side of council building - Copybraes

£425 MILLION TO BE PAID OUT THIS YEAR ACROSS SCOTLAND – ROBBING MONEY FROM VITAL SERVICES

Labour’s disastrous PFI schools scheme continues to cost Falkirk Council millions of pounds every year, analysis by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has revealed – proving they are a party which cannot be trusted to manage vital public services.

The duff deals made by Labour during their time in power at Holyrood will cost local authorities across £426.8 million in this financial year – with Falkirk Council facing a £13.2million bill, demonstrating Labour’s short-term thinking and profligate use of public money.

SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald has slammed Labour’s toxic legacy, which continues to rob our local authority of vital funding for education and other public services. The total nationwide cost of the toxic PFI legacy across all projects topped £1 billion in 2015/16, with this figure continuing to rise.

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

“The toxic legacy that Labour’s PFI deals have left our schools and Falkirk Council continues to cost millions of pounds every year – and proves once again that only the SNP can be trusted to deliver on education and local funding.

“While Labour carp from the sidelines about the SNP’s record, it is increasingly clear that we are still paying for the mess that Labour left over a decade ago – with payments in 2017/18 to be as high as £426.8 million across all our council areas, and Falkirk Council facing a bill of £13.2million for 2017/18 across the district. By the end of the PFI contract, Falkirk Council will have paid out over £400million of public money without owning any of these schools, but will have first choice to buy them at additional cost to the taxpayer. This is gross mismanagement of public money in the worst possible sense.

“Labour’s spendthrift and reckless handling of our public finances continues to rob Falkirk Council of funds which could be put towards delivering better local services. And let’s not forget the potential consequences of Labour’s dodgy deals on jerry-built schools across Edinburgh – forced to close for nearly 500 days because of fundamental safety concerns.  

“It’s high time that Labour apologised for this toxic legacy that they’ve left for our schools, Falkirk Council and local authorities across the country.”

SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT TAXPAYERS AFTER SIX YEARS OF FREE PRESCRIPTIONS

Prescriptions

TAXPAYERS SAVING £160 A YEAR THANKS TO UNIVERSAL POLICY

Falkirk district taxpayers are making significant savings on prescriptions compared with their counterparts south of the border, after calculations revealed that people in the NHS Forth Valley area are saving up to £160 a year on average on their medication when compared with patients across health boards in England after six years of the free prescription policy.

The Tories at Westminster recently announced a hike in prescription charges to £8.60, which came into effect on Saturday 1st April, six years to the day since charges were abolished altogether in Scotland. The SNP remains committed to ensuring that those facing illness do not have to choose between medication and other necessities such as food or heating their homes by protecting free prescriptions.

The average number of prescriptions taken out by patients across the NHS Forth Valley area each year is 19, which, if charged at the rate that has come into force in England today, would cost people £163.40 a year.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, said:

“The SNP’s flagship free prescriptions policy has been an overwhelming success and is one of the reasons that people continue to put their trust in the SNP after nearly 10 years in Government.

“We have removed a significant financial burden on people who are sick or suffering from long term illness – meaning that they don’t have to prioritise heating their homes or feeding their families over their health.

“The SNP is firmly committed to providing public services that are free at the point of use – with action taken to abolish prescription charges, tuition fees, charges at NHS-run hospital car parks and bridge tolls, protection of free eye tests, investment in childcare and a firm commitment to build even more affordable housing.

“While the Tories at Westminster charge sick people a small fortune for vital medication, and the Tories at Holyrood campaign for tax cuts for the wealthiest in our society, the SNP remains committed to ensuring that people receive the medication that they need, without charge, when they need it.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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