First Time Buyers looking for help to buy a house are likely to be disappointed.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has condemned the Scottish Government for giving the NHS a below inflation spending increase.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for a Diversification Fund to be set up in Scotland to help post offices improve and diversify during the recession.
Such a fund has already been introduced by the Welsh Assembly and similar support could be provided to the post office network in Scotland.
Cathy Peattie is calling on the new Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop, to give the Antonine Wall the support it deserves.
Colleges only get a fraction of the money they need to support their students. Scottish colleges asked the Scottish Funding Council for £21.3 million, to meet the increased demands for bursaries caused by the increase in people going to college this year – £17.1 million for students who started courses in September and £4.2 million for new students starting in January. They have only been given £11.9 million.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to provide more investment for work-based training in Community Learning and Development, highlighting the work of the local Linked Work and Training Trust Central.
The Minister has agreed to facilitate a meeting on the issue with the Funding Council.
Commenting on the announcement of government support through Regional Selective Assistance (RSA), for modifications to the KG Ethylene Cracker at INEOS Chemical site, Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie said:
“Grangemouth is hugely important to the Scottish Economy, and I have been calling for this to be properly recognised within the Government’s strategy. It is crucial that improvements such as the cracker upgrade are given support, particularly in the midst of global economic problems.
“I would welcome a discussion with Ineos about their plans for Grangemouth. We need assurances about jobs and consultation with the workforce, and I hope the First Minister will take this on board in his discussions with the company.
“I will of course also be looking for assurances from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will build on this investment through a continuing commitment to the sustainable development of the industry and infrastructure of the Grangemouth area.”
Welcoming Alex Salmond’s first official visit to Grangemouth, which followed cent visits to Grangemouth by Jim Murphy, the Secretary of State for Scotland and by the China UK Business Council. Local MP Michael Connarty said:
“The need for substantial investment in the chemical processes at INEOS were part of the discussions with Jim Murphy, and have been part of my ongoing dialogue with the company as the gases coming to Grangemouth from the North Sea have changed. I welcome the decision of INEOS to commit to investment in the Ethylene Cracker upgrade and the support being offered by Scottish development through Regional Selective Assistance. This shows how important our campaign to retain RSA for the Grangemouth area was when RSA areas were reviewed by the UK government in 2006. I look forward to further commitments to investment on the INEOS site in the future”
The Year of Homecoming is in danger of being a disappointment if traditional arts and culture are not properly supported, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.
Cathy Peattie, who is a prominent supporter of Traditional Arts and the Convener of the Cross-party Group on Culture and Media, highlighted the problems facing traditional arts and language in Scotland. She warned that people coming to Scotland for the Homecoming will get limited access to traditional music and culture as part of their visit due to funding problems for traditional arts and language groups.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie, who is Convener of the Cross Party Group on Culture & Media, has tabled a motion drawing attention to the criticisms of current plans for the arts in Scotland made in a letter signed by 440 people.
Commenting on the motion, Cathy said:
“The problem is not Creative Scotland as originally conceived, but the way in which the plans have been developed by the current Scottish Government, with important aspects being diminished or dropped. For example, as the letter notes, the current proposals ignore cultural entitlements, and setting up Creative Scotland clearly needs additional expenditure, but funding is being squeezed. Ultimately this will be at the expense of our arts and culture.
“We are being asked to believe that the cut-down cut-price version will be an improvement, but the 440 people who have signed this letter have looked carefully and dislike what they see. I don’t think it’s too late to sort the problems, but we can only do so if the Scottish Government stops ignoring them, takes on board the criticisms, addresses the funding issues and works to build an arts organisation that is more in tune with artistic communities, recognises cultural entitlements and expands public access and involvement in our arts and culture.”
A grand day was had by all. Or to be precise, a two-grand day, since the event, a charity fashion show in Grangemouth, raised over two thousand pounds.