MACDONALD HERALDS EUROPEAN FUNDING FOR LOW CARBON TRANSPORT INITIATIVES

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FALKIRK DISTRICT TO BENEFIT FROM ACTIVE TRANSPORT HUB

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion in Parliament welcoming a total of £3.25 million of funding to five organisations across Scotland, including the joint project between Falkirk Council and Forth Environment Link.

The project will see an active transport hub being created in Falkirk, as well as 20 new charging points for electric cars, which will be powered by an array of 168 solar panels at the Falkirk stadium.

The funding, from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund will also see similar strategies taken forward in Dundee and Aberdeen.

Commenting on the news, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:

“This is very welcome news, and well worthy of highlighting in Parliament.

“As part of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee, we are looking at how we can encourage transport methods which are environmentally beneficial, and provide sustainable solutions to becoming a low carbon economy. I am pleased to see this funding being awarded to Falkirk Council and the Forth Environment Link in order for these projects to take shape.

“This funding also shows the benefit of having access to vital Funding from Europe, like the ERDF, which has also provided funding for projects to tackle poverty and inequality, boosting our small and medium size enterprises and enabled more work to be done towards realising a circular economy. It is vital that access to this remains in place post-Brexit, and I will certainly be calling on the UK government to pay close attention to this.”

Text of Mr. MacDonald's motion to Parliament:

Motion Number: S5M-06552
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 29/06/2017

Title: European Regional Development Funding Awarded to Scotland

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of £3.25million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund, which was awarded to organisations across Scotland in order to develop active travel and low-carbon transport hubs; notes that Falkirk Council and partners, Forth Environment Link, have been successful in their application to this fund, which will enable an active travel hub in Falkirk town centre and a low-carbon vehicle hub at Falkirk Community Stadium to be created that will incorporate 20 electric vehicle charging bays powered by a 168-bay solar array; recognises the importance of developing low-carbon travel and transport initiatives building sustainable and environmentally beneficial infrastructure, which encourages more people to use low-carbon transport methods; acknowledges what it sees as the significant impact that ERDF has had in Scotland in supporting initiatives to tackle poverty, to boost small- and medium-sized enterprises and develop initiatives to support the circular economy; considers the impact that it considers Brexit will have on sources of funding available to projects designed to support and enhance Scotland’s diverse economy; congratulates Falkirk Council and Forth Environment Link on securing this vital funding, and looks forward to seeing this project come to life.

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES PASSAGE OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE BILL FOR SURVIVORS SEEKING JUSTICE

HR Chamber

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East has welcomed the passage of the Limitation Childhood Abuse Scotland Bill in the Scottish Parliament.
 
The Bill, which will have retrospective effect, removes the three year time limit in which victims of childhood abuse can bring a civil action against their abuser – meaning that survivors can pursue justice later in life.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
 
“This Bill is a big step forward in ensuring that survivors of childhood abuse are able to access justice later in life.
 
“While bringing a civil action may not be the right solution for all survivors of child abuse, it is vital that survivors have the choice to come forward as and when they feel ready to do so.
 
“Those who have suffered abuse as a child may delay disclosing the trauma for a whole host of reasons, including a difficulty processing what has happened to them, feelings of shame, suppressed memories or indeed pressure from the abuser. And it’s important that they have the choice to take the time to come forward.
 
“While it remains the case that the courts will weigh up the available evidence in each individual case, these changes to the law will give survivors the all-important choice about what actions they can legally take to seek justice.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP URGES EXPECTANT MOTHERS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT TO SIGN UP FOR BABY BOX

Baby Box Web

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald is encouraging all expectant mothers across Falkirk district, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.

These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

This comes on top of the SNP Government using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances, the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, said:

 “The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.

“For mothers in Falkirk district looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters.

“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, to help low income families via our new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances- replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.

“The new Best Start Grant will be introduced in 2019.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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