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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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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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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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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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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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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Inverclyde MSP calls on Tories to defend Inverclyde’s banking services

CLOSURES NEGATIVELY IMPACTING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ACROSS SCOTLAND SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has demanded that the Tory government steps in to save Inverclyde’s banking services in a Scottish Parliament debate highlighting the negative impact of branch closures on communities across Scotland. The debate follows a damning report by Holyrood’s Economy Committee […]

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Sharp fall in vandalism in Inverclyde over last decade

Latest figures have revealed that cases of vandalism across Inverclyde have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007 – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working. In 2007/08, there was 253 instances of vandalism per 10,000 of the population in Inverclyde, which has fallen sharply […]

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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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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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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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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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SNP budget brings boost for Inverclyde

Inverclyde Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services in Inverclyde benefiting from an extra £2.82m. The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55% of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of […]

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Inverclyde taxpayers protected under SNP budget proposals

Stuart McMillan MSP has emphasised that the proposed Scottish Government budget for 2018-19 will give Scots the best deal in the UK, and will result in almost 80% of taxpayers in Inverclyde paying less in the upcoming financial year. The Scottish Government budget will also ensure a pay rise for public sector workers and lower […]

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McMillan slams Tories for being in two-minds about Inverclyde

Last week, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, exposed the Scottish Conservatives as saying the proposed Scottish budget for 2018/19 is ‘too generous’ to Inverclyde. However, it seems regional Tory MSP for the West of Scotland, Jamie Greene, didn’t get the memo as he asked Stuart to vote against yesterday’s budget because it didn’t deliver […]

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