MACDONALD REACTS TO DWP OMNISHAMBLES
27 January 2017
SNP MSP SLAMS MAJOR COMMUNICATION ERROR FROM UK GOVERNMENT
Following on from reports that Grangemouth JobCentre had been earmarked for closure in 2018, it has been revealed that this may not now be the case.
Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, has received an apology from the Private Secretary to UK Government Minister for Employment, Damien Hines MP, with an admission that they are unaware of how this mix-up occurred.
Commenting on this latest development, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“Clearly confirmation from the UK Government that Grangemouth JobCentre is to remain open is welcome news and will give a sense of relief to the communities reliant on these services.
“However, the complete omnishambles that we have witnessed in the last few hours would suggest that the DWP is in a far worse state of confusion than they would like to admit.
ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES FIRST BUS U TURN
27 January 2017
BO’NESS INCLUDED IN FIRST BUS LOWER FARES PACKAGE
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed today’s announcement (27th January) by First Bus, that it is to include Bo’ness in its lower fares package.
This announcement comes after months of pressure put on the company by Angus and the residents of Bo’ness. A public petition started by Bo’ness resident Gail Nash garnered the support of over 1,000 people, and formed part of a wider public engagement which saw commuters feeling hard done by First Bus having to pay extra for the same service received by other parts of the Falkirk district.
Commenting on this announcement, Angus MacDonald MSP, who represents Bo’ness at Holyrood, said:
“I’m delighted that First Bus have finally seen sense and included Bo’ness in their lower fares packages.
“Not only have I been pressing for this change to happen, but thousands of my constituents, affected by this unfair treatment, have been coming forward to let First Bus know their thoughts.
“This is proof positive of what we can achieve together as a community to fight back against inequality. Not only is this good for the town of Bo’ness, it will prove to be beneficial to the surrounding economy and may even prove to be beneficial for First Bus too.
“Although I had asked for this change of heart before Christmas in 2016, I am glad that First Bus has now decided to provide a late, but welcome, gift to the people of Bo’ness.”
Local Bo’ness campaigner, Gail Nash commented saying:
“I'm delighted to hear First Bus East Scotland Ltd have changed the area which their £15 zonal ticket covers to include Bo'ness. The decision to exclude Bo'ness in the first place was very disappointing and led the way to an online petition which gathered 1,227 signatures which has hopefully contributed to this reversal.
“This will mean residents travelling out of the town and visitors coming to the town can enjoy equitable fares across the council area.”