The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP today announced that the replacement for Ravenscraig Hospital will now proceed. The replacement had been delayed due to a change in funding classification as a result on the EU changing their accounting requirements last year.
The Scottish Government have been working with the UK Government and also the EU to conclude the classification issue as it has held up a number of projects across, Scotland, the UK and in other EU member states.
Stuart McMillan MSP has lobbied for the replacement of Ravenscraig for many years. Now that this funding classification issue has been concluded, Mr. McMillan said:
“I am delighted with today’s announcement and I’m sure that there will be many relieved people in Inverclyde today.
“The campaign to replace Ravenscraig has had a few twists and turns over the years and the most recent with the funding classification change last year added to them.
“The replacement has now been given the green light to proceed, along with another health project and 10 school projects in the West of Scotland.
“On completion this care home will offer state of the art facilities to those using the facility.
“This has been a hugely successful week for Inverclyde with the additional jobs and funding at Ferguson’s, the City Deal announcement for the Greenock Ocean terminal and now today’s excellent news.
“Clearly, the Scottish Government value Inverclyde and what it contributes to Scotland.”