MACDONALD WELCOMES FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT

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INITIATIVE RUN BY NHS FORTH VALLEY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STROKE ASSOCIATION

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the provision of free blood pressure checks on Tuesday 20th June at the Council Chambers of the Municipal Buildings in Falkirk, being provided by NHS Forth Valley in conjunction with the Stroke Association.

The Stroke Association has said that up to 80% of all strokes could be avoided if people were aware they were suffering from high blood pressure. Over 100,000 people are affected by strokes in the UK every year, and by recognising the warning signs early enough, strokes can be avoided.

Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East constituency commented saying:

“I welcome this initiative and would encourage everyone in the Falkirk district to get along to the Municipal buildings in Falkirk on the 20th of June to take advantage of this free blood pressure check.

“All too often in Scotland, we see the issues arising by conditions which may be preventable if we recognise the causes, and rectify them sooner, rather than going through treatment after it has happened.

“Even if one person is given the opportunity to find out they are at risk, and start on a path to prevent stroke or another condition later on in life, will be worth the effort of providing free blood pressure checks. So ensure you take time out of your day to go along, even if you are in fine health.”

More information can be found here:

https://nhsforthvalley.com/free-blood-pressure-checks-for-falkirk-residents/

FALKIRK DISTRICT RECEIVES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, FalkirkEast has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.75 billion Scottish Government investment in affordable housing across Scotland, which includes £33 million investment in the Falkirk Council area.  

Councils and house-builders across Scotland’s 32 local authorities will have the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed, for the first time, for the next three years until 2021.

In 2018-19, £532 million will be shared amongst local authorities – rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:


“This is excellent news for the recently formed minority SNP Administration in Falkirk.”

“The announcement that Falkirk district will receive £33 million over the next three years provides the certainty that Falkirk district and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensures we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in Falkirk district.

"Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our house-building sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.

The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm,affordablehome and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES INEOS INVESTMENT IN GRANGEMOUTH

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ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS PART OF EUROPEAN EXPANSION PROGRAMME

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed the announcement by INEOS to invest in its site in Grangemouth as part of a wider programme of expansion in Europe.

The KG cracker, which produces feedstocks for the other chemical plants, has a current capacity of around 750,000 tonnes per year. However, the investment announced yesterday (12th June 2017) will see that capacity raised to over 1 million tonnes per year. Similar expansion is planned at Ineos’ site in Norway, with investment also expected in Antwerp in Belgium.

After meeting with John McNally, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Primers UK, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald commented on the announcement:

“I welcome this announcement from INEOS, which shows their commitment to investing in Grangemouth. INEOS have had significant recovery plans in place over the past few years to get their site in Grangemouth back to a level of sustainable operation. This process clearly has not been easy, and I am glad we are now seeing the efforts of the hard-working staff and management come to fruition with news of this announcement.

“I trust that this work continues, and INEOS continue to be a positive partner in growing the local economy with investment in the future, however this must come as part of collaboration moving forward in the interests of all.”

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