Monthly Archives: April 2009

MSPs support Keeping the Post Public

Cathy with Margaret Curran MSP, Marlyn Glen MSP, CWU General Secretary Billy Hayes, and CWU Deputy General Secretary Dave Ward

Cathy with Margaret Curran MSP, Marlyn Glen MSP, CWU General Secretary Billy Hayes, and CWU Deputy General Secretary Dave Ward

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is helping postal workers to put their message to the Scottish Parliament. Having tabled a motion in support of the campaign to Keep the Post Public, last week she helped the Communication Workers Union to set up a lobby of MSPs.
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Swine Flu

The local Labour MP and MSP from Falkirk have spoken following the confirmation that two people from Polmont were confirmed as having contracted swine flu whilst in Mexico.

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Call for Strong Climate Change Bill

Cathy with local campaigner Norman Philp and a protesting penguin

Cathy with local campaigner Norman Philp and a protesting penguin

The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee has called on the Scottish Government to speed up its fight against climate change. The committee’s stage 1 report on the Climate Change Bill has made strong recommendations that action to cut greenhouse gas emissions should be brought forward.

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie, who is Deputy Convener of the Committee, said:

“I have been arguing within the committee for a stronger Bill that includes sustainability and other duties for local authorities and other public bodies. Our aim must be to adapt to climate change in a way that works with nature to benefit biodiversity, the economy and local communities. I am committed to achieving a reduction in carbon emissions of 3% every year between now and 2050. However, the 80% target by 2050 will not be possible if the Scottish Government does not make a start immediately. Early action is more effective action.

“The Scottish Government is under pressure from the committee, and has agreed to bring forward an interim target to cut pollution from 2030 to 2020. However, there is still no figure for the 2020 target and no firm target between now and 2019. Our report insists the government puts firm figures on the 2020 target and delivers significant early action between now and then.

“I believe the Scottish Government must focus its efforts on delivering early results, such as energy efficiency programmes for households to help people cut their fuel bills; improving public transport, transferring more freight to rail and sea, reducing commuter traffic and congestion, and promoting the use of green transport like electric cars. We have to play our part in tackling global warming and the government must set better goals if we are to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.”

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New sports centre on the Union Canal

A new outdoor activity centre has been opened on the bank of the Union Canal.

Falkirk Council and the inland waterway charity, the Waterways Trust Scotland, opened the centre to give young people in the region the opportunity to get out and get active by offering a range of activities on the canal and surrounding area.

The Action Outdoors centre was officially opened by MSP Cathy Peattie, who said in a statement: “This is a very welcome addition to the sporting facilities available to families in this area. I am sure it will be very popular, and it’s great to have it on our doorsteps, making the most of our local assets.

“This will make use the canal more accessible and enhance people’s appreciation of our local waterways.”
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MSP calls for carers’ travel concession

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for everyone who needs a companion in order to travel to be given the same concessions, whatever public transport they use.

Cathy said: “The Scottish Blind Persons’ Travel Card is an excellent scheme. It gives free travel on all bus, coach, rail and ferry services, not only to the blind person, but also, if they can only use public transport with assistance, to a companion.

“Unfortunately, other people who need to be accompanied can only take a companion when they travel by bus. I believe that they should also be able to apply for a travel card that permits them to travel with a companion on other public transport, not just buses.

“Journeys that are relatively quick and straightforward by train can become impossible if they depend on being accompanied by bus, with long journey times and poor connections.

“I don’t see any good argument against it, since the principle and the operation is already established – we would just be getting rid of an anomaly in the concessionary travel that is currently provided, and it would make a big difference to those who would benefit.”

See S3M-03815 Cathy Peattie (Falkirk East) (Scottish Labour): Extension of Concessionary Accompanied Travel