Tory welfare cuts drive record foodbank use

UNIVERSAL CREDIT ‘KEY DRIVER’ OF INCREASING NEED FOR FOOD PARCELS The number of emergency parcels handed out by food banks in Scotland rose by nearly a quarter over the last year, according to the UK’s largest food bank provider. The Trussell Trust said its food banks provided more than 210,000 packages to people in crisis […]

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UK Govt must end WASPI injustice, says local MSP

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has demanded the UK Tory government end the pension injustice for thousands of women across Scotland. Speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate (3rd April), the local MSP challenged the Prime Minister and Work & Pensions Secretary to support those who have been adversely affected by the acceleration […]

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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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Best Start Grant pays out £2.7 million in first two months

FAMILIES IN INVERCLYDE BENEFIT FROM SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT Families in Inverclyde have benefited from £2.7 million paid through the Scottish Government’s new Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment scheme since it opened for applications. Since December, Social Security Scotland has made payments to more than 7,000 low-income households. The support provided to families across […]

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Holyrood committee calls for urgent welfare reform

A report published this week by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has called for the urgent reversal of UK Government welfare cuts that have caused “significant damage” to the income of working Scots. Introduced by the Tories in 2016, the working-age benefit freeze gives a real-terms cut to households claiming benefits such as Universal […]

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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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Tories policies have broken Britain, not the EU, says McMillan

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s false choice of a bad Brexit or No Deal. The joint motion agreed by the SNP, Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems stated that a better alternative must be found – leaving the Tories isolated in their support for Theresa May’s discredited proposals. During the Scottish Government […]

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Local Councils spend millions mitigating Universal Credit

SNP MSP CALLS ON IMMEDIATE HALT TO FAILED TORY POLICY SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has renewed calls for an immediate halt to Universal Credit after it was revealed that councils are spending millions of pounds attempting to undo the damage of this failed Tory policy. A series of Freedom of Information […]

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Best Start Grant to come into force for Christmas

LOWER-INCOME FAMILIES IN INVERCLYDE TO BENEFIT FROM EARLY PAYMENT SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the announcement that the first payments of the Best Start Grant will be delivered to families in Inverclyde in time for Christmas. The Best Start Grant – which provides low-income families with financial support during the early years of a […]

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McMillan welcomes UK Government u-turn on FOBTs stake

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan MSP, has welcomed the news that the UK Government will now implement a reduced £2 stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in April 2019, six months earlier than planned. This follows the recent resignation of Tracey Crouch as sports minister due to the Chancellor’s delay in enforcing […]

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Local MSP: UK Government Budget does not deliver for Scotland

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has criticised the UK Government for failing the people of Inverclyde yet again, following this year’s Budget announcement. After promising to end austerity, the UK Government’s budget has in fact failed Scottish people, with Scotland’s resource block grant almost £2 billion lower in real terms next year than it was less […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP welcomes 2018 Programme for Government

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has applauded the Scottish Government’s 2018 Programme for Government which was set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today. Commenting, Mr McMillan said: “This Programme for Government sets out an ambitious plan that will deliver for people, communities and businesses now and make the investments that will benefit future […]

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Inverclyde to benefit from Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Scotland’s new public service to make first social security payments. SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed the news that carers in Inverclyde will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April. This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, […]

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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 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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