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 

FALKIRK DISTRICT WILL BENEFIT FROM NEW TRANSPORT BILL

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ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES TRANSPORT MINISTER COMMENTS ON BUS TRAVEL

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed comments from Humza Yousaf MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, on what bus travel could look like in the future.

Mr. Yousaf, in an article on Sunday, highlighted the issues faced by the bus industry, and cited a new Transport Bill to introduce “rail-type franchises” in which local authorities could be responsible for public bids to run local bus services, similar to the way in which railways services are operated.

A new Transport Bill will let councils establish Lothian Buses-style municipal bus companies, allowing public v private bidding wars for newly-franchised routes.

Welcoming this prospect, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:

“We all know the issues faced by passengers when it comes to bus travel, particularly in Bo’ness where residents have had more than their fair share of challenges when it comes to the provision of bus services. A new Transport Bill, allowing for local bus services to be operated by local authorities would ensure that those reliant on those services aren’t faced with the prospect of routes being cut because they have become unprofitable.

“The provision of regular bus services, focussed on the needs of local people rather than profit would allow for confidence to come back into our bus services, and would provide a much needed boost to our local communities.

“I am excited to see what this will mean for the future of bus services across the Falkirk district, as I am confident that our communities will benefit from any public sector franchise awarded in future. These comments from Humza Yousaf MSP are certainly welcome, and I look forward to supporting any bill which encourages bus services being back in public ownership.”

FALKIRK DISTRICT SCHOOL LEAVERS HEADING FOR POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

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LATEST STATS SHOW CONTINUED PROGRESS ON PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across the Falkirk district are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

In 2015-16, 95% of school leavers went onto positive destinations after leaving school in Falkirk district – an increase of 5% in the past year, and up 5% since 2011-12. The figures also showed that 37% of leavers went into higher education, whilst 28% went into employment in 2015-16.

The SNP Government has made education its number one priority in this parliament and is committed to improving education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life.

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

“The Scottish Government is committed to continually improving standards in our schools and ensuring that young people have opportunities to go on to work, education or training and make the best start in adult life.

“Our schools across the Falkirk district are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life – and additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from across the district find positive destinations after leaving school.

“I’m delighted to see 95% of school leavers in the Falkirk district now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across the Falkirk district the best start in life.”

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