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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Applications open for £100m fund supporting SMEs and newly self-employed people

Today (30 April 2020), applications opened for the Scottish Government’s £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people. This funding will be delivered through three separate funds that will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies. Support includes a £34 million hardship fund for […]

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Inverclyde Businesses get £5.4m cash support through crisis

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed new figures showing that 481 businesses in Inverclyde have received Scottish Government grants to support firms through the coronavirus crisis. Inverclyde Council has awarded a total of £5.4m through a Scottish Government scheme to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. This grant support is worth […]

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Almost 2,000 carers in Inverclyde get cash boost from Scottish Government

CARER’S ALLOWANCE SUPPLEMENT HELPS THOUSANDS IN INVERCLYDE Thousands of carers in Inverclyde have benefitted from Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £452 a year, introduced by the Scottish Government. New figures show that 1,930 carers in Inverclyde have received CAS payments since the payment was introduced in September 2018. The Carer’s Allowance Supplement […]

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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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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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One in five locally worse off due to Brexit

Brexit will negatively affect almost one in five people in Inverclyde, with 18% of locals deemed to be in vulnerable communities, new analysis from the Scottish Government has found. Published last week, ‘The Local Level Brexit Vulnerabilities in Scotland Report’ found that urban areas, especially those in Inverclyde, have significant populations at risk from the […]

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Inverclyde please as no fracking to be allowed in Scotland

SCOTLAND “GLOBAL LEADER” ON TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has outlined his support for the Scottish Government’s finalised policy of no support for ‘fracking’ in Scotland. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse today confirmed that the Scottish Government would not license any fracking development. This position was confirmed following a comprehensive […]

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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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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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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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Labour must “get on board” with full devolution of rail

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called on Labour MSPs to get behind the full devolution of rail services to Scotland, after a former Labour transport minister urged that the Scottish Parliament be given full responsibility over Network Rail. Tom Harris, a senior adviser to the Rail Review, said that all lines, signals, stations and infrastructure […]

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EU citizens urged to stay in Inverclyde

MSP: “YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WELCOME IN SCOTLAND” SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in Greenock and Inverclyde to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty. This week the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home – promising to continue […]

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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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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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