SNP rates cap saves Inverclyde businesses £200,000

New figures released by the Scottish Government estimate that businesses across Inverclyde will save £200,000 thanks to an SNP policy to protect small businesses. The Scottish Government’s decision to cap increases in poundage rates to below inflation will result in lower business rates for firms across Scotland. The move will save businesses in Scotland a […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP backs Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

Stuart McMillan MSP lent his support to Marie Curie’s big fundraising appeal month, the Great Daffodil Appeal, at an event at Scottish Parliament recently. Meeting with staff and volunteers from Marie Curie, the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP was interested to hear about care and support provided to people living with terminal illness in Scotland. Marie […]

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Craigend Resource Centre receives share of £20m Regeneration Fund

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has welcomed the news that Craigend Resource Centre will receive almost £1.2m from the Scottish Government’s £20m Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF). The Greenock-based centre is one of 18 projects being awarded RCGF funding in 2019/20. Commenting, the local SNP MSP said: “Craigend Resource Centre is an asset […]

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No-Deal Brexit will have dramatic impact on Inverclyde

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WARNS OF 7% FALL IN GDP The Scottish Government has warned that a no-deal Brexit would hammer Scotland’s economy, with national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) predicted to fall by up to 7%. The Chief Economic Advisor to Scotland reports that a no-deal Brexit has the potential to push the Scottish economy into recession, […]

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Scottish budget plans for fairer Scotland passed by Holyrood

Today, the Scottish Government’s 2019-20 budget plans have been formally approved by the Scottish Parliament. Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has supported the Finance Secretary’s proposals since he presented them to Parliament in December 2018, with some of the key budget promises including extra funding for education, the health service and infrastructure. To ensure […]

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Inverclyde GP practices to receive funding boost

The Scottish Government has unveiled that GP practices in Inverclyde will receive a funding boost this year. The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £20 million support will be given to GP practices across Scotland to help with the costs of running their practices. The ‘GP Premises Sustainability Loan Scheme’ aims to ease the […]

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Labour and Tory campaign to hit Inverclyde economy, says McMillan

Today, Stuart McMillan MSP has hit out at opposition parties for putting pressure on the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Region Deal Partners to pursue a business case that would damage Inverclyde’s economy. Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council are leading the Glasgow Airport Access Project (AAP), the £1.13bn City Deal’s flagship project, for which […]

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Texas Instruments plant saved from closure

Inverclyde’s SNP elected representatives are welcoming the news that Texas Instruments (TI) has been saved from closure, preventing the loss of over 300 jobs at the site. Today, TI have signed an agreement with leading global semi-conductor manufacturer, Diodes Incorporated, who will purchase the plant and continue production and employment in Greenock. Stuart McMillan MSP […]

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Budget gets Holyrood backing with boost for local services

SNP SUPPORT INCREASE IN INVESTMENT IN INVERCLYDE Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP backed the SNP’s budget plans last night, which offer economic stability in the face of Brexit while giving a cash boost to the NHS, schools and other vital services. Despite Westminster cuts of almost £2 billion in a decade to Scotland’s block resource […]

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Retail chiefs urge MSPs to back SNP budget plans

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has called on his political opponents across the West of Scotland region to get behind the Scottish Government’s budget proposals, following a warning from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) that a defeat would create a “thick layer of uncertainty” for businesses at an “already challenging time”. Speaking […]

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SNP plans to invest £500 million in historic childcare expansion

SNP MSP, Stuart McMillan, has hailed a Scottish Government announcement that promises to commit almost £500 million to expand early learning and childcare provision across Scotland. Announcing the Scottish Government’s draft budget proposals for 2019/20 in Holyrood last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined the investment that will support the SNP’s plan to almost […]

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SNP MSP welcomes funding to tackle attainment gap in Inverclyde

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has challenged his political opponents to back the Scottish Government’s plans to invest over £8 billion in Scotland’s education system. Announcing his draft budget proposals in the Scottish Parliament last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined plans to commit £180 million for raising attainment in schools, […]

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Local politicians call for more broadband investment from UK Government

Inverclyde’s MSP and MP have called on the UK government to revise its approach to digital connectivity and invest more money delivering high-speed broadband for residents and businesses, after it was criticised for ‘short-changing’ Scots on high-speed broadband by a parliamentary committee. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity committee this week called on the […]

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Political parties urged to back NHS investment

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called on his political opponents across Inverclyde to get behind the Scottish Government’s draft budget proposals that commits an extra £729 million for health and care services. Last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP announced plans to increase spending on NHS frontline boards by £430 million – a 4.2% on […]

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Step closer to National Investment Bank

Stuart McMillan MSP has said SNP plans to establish a Scottish National Investment bank will help transform inclusive growth across Inverclyde. Last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP announced plans for an initial investment in the bank of £130 million as part of his draft budget proposals for 2019/20. Subject to regulatory and legislative approval, […]

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Budget delivers for Scotland amidst Brexit chaos, says McMillan

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP set out his 2019-2020 budget in the Scottish Parliament, which prepares Scotland’s economy for the opportunities of the future, enables the transformation of essential public services, and builds a more inclusive and just society. It does so in the context of continuing UK austerity, which has reduced the Scottish Government’s […]

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McMillan welcomes transfer of Gourock-Dunoon ferry link to CalMac

Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today that the Gourock-Dunoon ferry service will transfer to CalMac when the current contract ends next month, becoming part of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network. From the 21st January 2019, CalMac will provide a passenger-only service, in line with the current timetable arrangements, and consideration […]

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Housing Minister visits Slaemuir with Stuart

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning visited Slaemuir in Port Glasgow yesterday with Stuart McMillan MSP to hand over the final house of a new £5m, 28 home development to its new resident, Anne Deighan. Two years ago, River Clyde Homes (RCH) completed a consultation exercise to gather residents’ views on the […]

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Local MSP hosts Ocean Youth Trust Scotland in Parliament

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted Greenock-based youth work charity, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS), in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday evening for an event to celebrate the success of their On Course with Cashback programme. OYTS offer residential sailing voyages to young people aged 12-25 to realise their true potential, and are […]

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