SNP shielding Inverclyde residents from Tory bedroom tax

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed Scottish Government intervention to protect Inverclyde residents from Tory welfare cuts. New figures show that 1,615 Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) were made to those on low incomes in Inverclyde between April and September this year. The total award value spent in Inverclyde in this period was £1.16m – with […]

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Tory MSP must back cross-party calls for free TV licenses

OVER 4,000 OVER 75s TO LOSE OUT IN INVERCLYDE SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has challenged regional Tory MSP Jamie Greene to get behind calls to stop free TV licences for over-75s being scrapped, after Tory leaders refused to sign a cross-party letter criticising the plans. Figures revealed that 4,363 of people in Inverclyde […]

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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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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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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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