SNP investing £10.5m in Inverclyde schools

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has hailed Scotland’s Schools for the Future school building programme for investing £10.5m in Inverclyde, on the same day the SNP Scottish Government has opened a hat-trick of new high school buildings in Largs, Dundee and Edinburgh. A total of £8.4m has been invested in building new Inverclyde schools and a […]

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Inverclyde Loses £1.2m Because of Tory Welfare Cuts

Freedom of Information figures supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions have shown that Inverclyde has lost out on £1.2million because of Tory cuts to disability benefit. The information – requested by investigative news outlet The Ferret – shows the number of people who have lost out on social security benefits following the change […]

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McMillan welcomes passing of Historical Sexual Pardons Bill

Stuart McMillan MSP is pleased that the Scottish Parliament has passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill. The aim of this Bill is to provide a form of redress against the discriminatory effect of convicting men for same-sex sexual offences in the past, for activity that is now legal. Commenting, the Greenock […]

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McMillan demands Perjeta in Scotland now

Stuart McMillan MSP is supporting Breast Cancer Now Scotland’s campaign demanding that Perjeta, a cancer drug, be made available to women in Scotland living with incurable breast cancer. The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP has written to the General Manager at Roche, the manufacturer of Perjeta, as well as the Director of the NHS’s National Procurement […]

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McMillan commends Scotch Whisky Association Action Fund

Stuart McMillan MSP has commended the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) Action Fund which this year has awarded £180,000 to fifteen local initiatives working to reduce alcohol harm in Scotland. The fund extends the SWA’s commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking. This is the fourth round of awards from the fund set up […]

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McMillan backs support for Carers ahead of Carers Week

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has pledged his backing for Carers Week which begins next Monday, by committing to support local carers across Inverclyde. Mr McMillan has signed up to the Carers Week pledge to take carer friendly action – highlighting the tireless work of the 6.5 million unpaid carers across the […]

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Local MSP and MP Welcome Sustainable Growth Commission

A new report by the Sustainable Growth Commission has been welcomed by local MSP Stuart McMillan and MP Ronnie Cowan. The commission, established by the First Minister in September 2016 and chaired by Andrew Wilson, and funded entirely by the SNP. It was given the remit – To assess projections for Scotland’s economy and public […]

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Brexit expert addresses Greenock community concerns

A Brexit expert has spoken on the likely scenarios facing the community following the country’s withdrawal from the European Union next year. Member of Scottish Parliament, Stuart McMillan hosted Professor Alex de Ruyter from the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, at a talk last night to discuss the Brexit concerns of businesses […]

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Inverclyde Schools Receive £3,505,999 Attainment Funding Boost

Primary and secondary schools across Inverclyde will receive £3,505,999 from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund in 2018/19 to help boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils. Nine local authorities in Scotland and an additional 74 individual schools will share £50 million funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund for initiatives targeted at children […]

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McMillan’s Pressure Sees ScotRail Deliver Free Journeys

Today, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan can confirm that ScotRail will offer a free trip anywhere in Scotland, per month, for season ticket holders on Inverclyde routes as compensation for the old Class 314 trains currently running on the lines. Mr McMillan met with the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, to discuss the temporary […]

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MSP Warns Tory Government Not To Abandon Erasmus+

The SNP’s Stuart McMillan has warned that Erasmus+ is yet another example of the “massive benefits of the European Union that we stand to lose because of a Tory hard Brexit”, ahead of a Holyrood debate on the scheme’s value to Scotland today. The Erasmus+ scheme was worth nearly €21m to Scotland in 2017. This […]

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Local politicians denounce Westminster Brexit power grab

Inverclyde’s SNP politicians have further criticised the UK Government’s attempts to ban the Scottish Parliament from legislating on some reserved areas, and for trying to claw back some of these powers. Stuart McMillan MSP and Ronnie Cowan MP expressed their dismay over the EU Withdrawal Bill which they believe undermines the current Devolution settlement. As […]

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McMillan Welcomes New Gourock/ Kilcreggan Ferry

Greenock & Inverclyde MSP Start McMillan has warmly welcomed news from SPT that they have terminated the Kilcreggan ferry contract early, allowing the new operators to take over operations sooner than expected. Commenting, Stuart said: “I am glad to hear SPT have agreed to allow the new operators, Clyde Marine Services to start sailings early […]

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Inverclyde Businesses Benefit from £55m in Rates Relief Over 7 Years

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SCHEME SUPPORTS 1,226 BUSINESSES ACROSS INVERCLYDE New figures show that the Scottish Government’s business rate relief scheme saved businesses in Inverclyde £55 million between 2009-10 and 2016-17. Across Scotland, this scheme has saved taxpayers around £4.5 billion between 2009-10 and 2015-16 by reducing their rates liability and taking many firms out of business […]

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McMillan commends dedication of NHS staff

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has commended the tremendous efforts of NHS staff during March of this year as the number of planned operations rose despite severe winter weather and travel disruption. March saw unseasonably cold weather, with Scotland’s first ever red weather alert across large swathes of the country and the army providing […]

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Inverclyde families to benefit from £1 billion childcare investment

Families in Inverclyde will benefit from almost £1 billion of Scottish Government investment in free childcare, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has said. Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package. The Scottish Government will invest an […]

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Assistance for Inverclyde Council following extreme weather

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the announcement of a £96,000 payout from the Scottish Government to Inverclyde Council to help cope with winter damage to roads. The announcement was made as part of a £10million package divided between all 32 local authorities in Scotland. The distribution was agreed with local authority group COSLA. The […]

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Tory Assault on Devolution Threatens Inverclyde’s Food Industry

Local SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has warned that the Tory Government’s assault on devolution poses a significant threat to Inverclyde’s growing food sector. The amendments published last week to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill could prevent the Scottish Parliament from legislating to protect farming, food standards, plant health and the environment for up to seven years, […]

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£2 Limit for FOBTs Welcomed by McMillan

News coming out of Westminster today indicates that Chancellor Philip Hammond MP has finally listened to expert advice and agreed to cut the maximum stake on fixed odds besting machines (FOBTs) to £2. Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan, who has campaigned on this issue for many years, has welcomed the move. Commenting, Stuart said: […]

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Tory welfare cuts behind rise in food bank use

Stuart McMillan, SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, has criticised the UK government for “driving families to food banks” after new figures reveal the number of food parcels has increased over the past year. The Trussell Trust’s annual foodbank statistics show that the number of food parcels distributed in Scotland surged by 17% in 2017-18 […]

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Scotland hits 95% broadband target

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has hailed the news that the SNP Scottish Government has already exceeded its Programme for Government pledge to deliver fibre broadband to more than 95% of premises in Scotland as a “landmark achievement.” The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is being delivered through two projects – the first covering the […]

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