7,686 MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT IN TEN YEARS

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SNP SECURING SKILS FOR THE FUTURE

The SNP has supported 7,686 Modern Apprenticeships in the Falkirk district in ten years of Government - with 37,000 young people currently going through an apprenticeship in Scotland.

Many areas in Scotland have experienced an increase in MA uptake of over 80% in the last 10 years – with 84% more MA starts in Falkirk district compared to 2007.

The SNP manifesto has committed to delivering 30,000 apprenticeships each year by 2020, up from 15,000 when we took office, targeting the additional places on higher level courses, including graduate-level apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 10 March.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East MSP said:

“I am delighted that as we celebrate this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the latest statistics show that the SNP Government has supported over 200,000 apprentices in 10 years.

“In the Falkirk district, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of apprenticeships since 2007 – increasing from 497 to 918 in 2015/16, and with 596 apprentices having started in the 2016/17 year so far.

“The SNP’s extra investment and focus over the last decade has transformed apprenticeships - building bridges with industry, filling skills gaps and enhancing productivity, while giving our young people the skills they need to be at the forefront of our economy and our jobs market. 

“We delivered on our manifesto target of reaching 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships each year back in 2011-12 and we have now raised that target to 30,000 per year by 2020.

“This Modern Apprenticeship Week I would encourage all businesses to think about how their business could benefit from taking on an apprentice.”

MSP CALLS FOR OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT POSITIVE INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

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Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in the Falkirk district, in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.

Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit Falkirk district with the continuation of electrification of the railways, as well as direct attainment funding for schools and additional resource funding for Falkirk Council.

Angus MacDonald MSP has condemned Labour and the Conservatives, including Alison Harris MSP, for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout Falkirk district.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS, which will allow NHS Forth Valley to deliver further improvements for patients.

“Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including from an additional £4.5 million funding for Falkirk Council, vital for services across the district.

“This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with £3,538,800 attainment cash going directly to primary and secondary schools right across the Falkirk district.

“Additionally - 70% of businesses in the Falkirk district will see either a reduction in their rates or no change at all after the revaluation.

“It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in Falkirk district.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP BACKS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RATES RELIEF

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MEASURES PROVE SNP GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS BACK FALKIRK DISTRICT’S BUSINESSES

OVER 4,800 FALKIRK DISTRCT BUSINESSES HELPED BY SNP’s ACTION

SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald has backed the Scottish Government’s proposals on business rates, after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced a wide-ranging relief scheme this afternoon that will offer strong support to businesses across Falkirk district.

Overall, the complete package of Scottish Government relief will ensure that 70% of Falkirk district’s business will see either no change or a decrease in their business rates bill – with more businesses being entitled to support through the small business bonus scheme. The Scottish Government had already taken action to reduce the rates poundage to help businesses who have seen a revaluation.

The relief proposals will provide support for hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes, which had seen their rates rise the steepest following the 2015 revaluation. Any rises in this sector will be capped at 12.5% - providing substantial support to the growing tourism and hospitality industries in Falkirk district.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“This announcement by the Scottish Government proves once again the SNP’s commitment to local businesses across Falkirk district – with the substantial package of support ensuring that many businesses will not see any rise in the rates that they pay.

“The support for the tourism and hospitality sectors is very welcome – after these industries were left facing substantial hikes in their rates bills. The cap of a 12.5% increase provides excellent support to hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout Falkirk district.

“The extension to the small business bonus will see over 100,000 firms across Scotland pay no rates whatsoever, which is a strong package of support for local businesses, and comes in addition to other funding offered in the Scottish Government’s budget, including the £500m Scottish Growth Scheme, and action taken to reduce the rates poundage.

“This relief package shows that only the SNP are interested in taking decisive action to support communities and businesses, whilst the Tories chase cheap headlines by carping from the side-lines.

“Overall, 70% of businesses in Falkirk district will see either a decrease or no change in the bills that they pay – helping to protect jobs and support firms in Falkirk district. It is time for the opposition parties to put their political opportunism to one side and to get behind the substantial support that the Scottish Government is proposing.”

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