New support to help young people in Inverclyde into work

SNP GOVERNMENT’S ‘JOB START PAYMENT’ NOW OPEN TO APPLICATIONS Local MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed a new Scottish benefit introduced today that will help 16 to 24-year olds into work if they have been unemployed for over six months. The SNP Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment is a one-off grant of […]

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McMillan welcomes additional funding for young carers

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the news that £300,000 worth of Scottish Government funding will go towards supporting young carers across Scotland during the pandemic. This support is part of the £350 million communities funding to help people and communities affected by COVID-19. Young Scot will receive £200,000 to provide online subscriptions and e-vouchers for […]

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McMillan pays tribute to Inverclyde’s frontline workers on International Workers’ Memorial Day

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has paid tribute to local frontline workers during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on International Workers’ Memorial Day (Tuesday 28 April 2020). During his almost 13 years as an MSP, Stuart has worked alongside Action on Asbestos (formerly Clydeside Action on Asbestos) to improve the support given to […]

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McMillan makes plea to non-essential businesses to close

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has called on businesses producing non-essential items or providing non-essential services to close – especially if they cannot enable their staff to work from home or abide by social distancing guidelines. The local MSP has received a high volume of correspondence from constituents who feel like their role […]

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SNP MSP backs proposals for new ‘Scottish Visa’

TORY IMMIGRATION PLANS WILL HARM BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SERVICES IN INVERCLYDE SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has backed proposals for a new Scottish Visa to address depopulation and cut skills gaps in Inverclyde set to be made worse by Brexit. Under plans announced by the First Minister, migrants who want to live in Scotland could choose […]

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Local MSP makes case for major transport project in Inverclyde

Stuart McMillan MSP has put forward his reasons to Transport Scotland why Inverclyde needs a major transport project to support economic growth and reverse the population decline locally. The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP participated in the Strategic Transport Project Review 2 (STPR2) online consultation and provided a written response to Transport Scotland’s Chief Executive, Roy […]

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McMillan welcomes mental health investment in Inverclyde schools

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed news that the Scottish Government will invest £948,000 in Inverclyde schools over the next four years. The investment will mean that professional counselling services will be available to all secondary school pupils who require it by September next year. The Scottish Government is investing £60 […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP urges local employers to use charity’s toolkit to improve recruitment and support for deaf staff

Stuart McMillan MSP is urging local employers to use a charity’s toolkit, which has been produced to help organisations break down barriers facing jobseekers or employees who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is backing Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Working for Change campaign influencing businesses to provide […]

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Scottish Government in process of purchasing Ferguson Marine

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has today welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is now in final discussions to conclude the purchase of Ferguson Marine shipyard. Commenting on the announcement, Stuart said: “This is fantastic news for the local area, the workforce and the communities that will benefit from these two new ferries. […]

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School leavers across Inverclyde heading for work or study

YOUNG PEOPLE SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS AFTER SCHOOL Latest figures from the Scottish Government show that school leavers in Inverclyde continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with 92.3% of young people in Inverclyde going into further or higher education, employment or training nine months after leaving school. This is […]

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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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McMillan hosts FSB Spring Reception highlighting migrant contribution to Scotland’s economy

On Wednesday 8 May, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Spring Reception at Holyrood celebrating the positive economic impact of migration to Scotland. The event focused on about FSB’s new research into migrant entrepreneurship and celebrated the contribution of business people not born in Scotland to our […]

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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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Unemployment falls as Scottish economy outstrips UK

BREXIT STILL THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SCOTLAND’S ECONOMY Unemployment has fallen to a record-low in Scotland, as latest figures show Scottish economic growth outperforming the rest of the UK. Levels of unemployment have reached a new low of 3.4% in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK – with UK unemployment at 3.9%. The welcome […]

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