McMillan encourages constituents to make their homes warmer before winter

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is encouraging his constituents to consider how they can have a warmer winter, thanks to Scottish Government funding. Warmer Homes Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government, provides energy-saving home improvements including wall and loft insulation, central heating, draft proofing, and home renewables systems. Most people who get help […]

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Local MSP visits ‘Art in Action’ as part of summer-long campaign to put art at the heart of a vibrant future Scotland

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde visited RIG Arts on Monday (19 August 2019) as part of the nationwide Art in Action campaign, which is being spearheaded by Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN). SCAN, the member-led body for contemporary visual art in Scotland, launched the Art in Action campaign to champion the valuable role […]

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SNP drive to end fuel poverty in Scotland

MSP SAYS NEW BILL WILL “MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE” IN INVERCLYDE MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has given his backing to the Scottish Government’s world-leading Fuel Poverty Bill that was passed unanimously by MSPs this week [11th June]. Under the plans no more than 5% of households in Scotland will be in fuel […]

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Employment in Scotland rises to record high

CONTINUED GROWTH IN SCOTLAND DESPITE WESTMINSTER SHAMBLES SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has praised new figures showing that Scotland’s employment rate has risen to 75.9% – the highest on record. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9% for February to April 2019 and the unemployment rate fell […]

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Serious violent crime in Inverclyde halved over last decade

SNP APPROACH TO JUSTICE WORKING FOR COMMUNITIES New analysis has revealed that serious violent crime has fallen by 53% in Inverclyde in a decade. Police recorded crime figures have revealed that serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by 53% in Inverclyde between 2008/09 and 2017/18 and by 38% across Scotland. A separate study into […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP connects with high-speed broadband

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan visited Openreach engineers working on an installation of ultrafast broadband technology for new homes in Gourock on Friday (7 June 2019). He saw a ‘full fibre’ network being built directly into the new homes near Kirn Gardens to deliver ultrafast internet connections. The future-proof, reliable services can carry speeds […]

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Inverclyde benefits from over £1.3m CashBack for Communities funding

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has welcomed the news that Inverclyde has received £1,342,029 (£1.34m) in CashBack for Communities funding since the Scottish Government Programme was introduced in 2008. The CashBack for Communities scheme reinvests criminal assets into community projects that support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potentially criminal […]

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McMillan demands urgent action to fix Newark Roundabout

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has today demanded urgent action from Transport Scotland to fix the abysmal road surface at Newark roundabout. The local SNP MSP has twice contacted Transport Scotland asking for the road to be repaired, but has been told that this will not happen until October as the defect is not […]

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MSPs pledge to fight MS during MS Awareness Week

This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS. MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But […]

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Local MSP hosts event to get Inverclyde’s creative juices flowing

On Wednesday 10 April, Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed Creative Scotland to the Tontine Hotel for an event bringing together local stakeholders from the creative sector. Creative Scotland’s Executive Director, Screen Isabel Davis, and Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Karen Dick, gave a presentation before taking questions from the audience, which consisted of over 40 local […]

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Two Inverclyde groups benefit from Climate Change Fund

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the news that two Inverclyde groups have received a share of almost £300,000 in Scottish Government funding for 2019-2021. Inverclyde Association for Mental Health and Belville Community Garden Trust have been awarded £185,316 and £149,791 from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund, respectively. Inverclyde Association for Mental Health, […]

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Over 95% of new parents benefitting from Baby Boxes

New figures have revealed that 20,244 families in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day. Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017. A team of young people, including 16 year-old […]

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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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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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