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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Inverclyde GP practices to receive funding boost

The Scottish Government has unveiled that GP practices in Inverclyde will receive a funding boost this year. The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £20 million support will be given to GP practices across Scotland to help with the costs of running their practices. The ‘GP Premises Sustainability Loan Scheme’ aims to ease the […]

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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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Stuart McMillan MSP lodges Industrial Diseases Bill

Today, Stuart McMillan MSP lodged his Proposed Recovery of Medical Costs for Industrial Disease (Scotland) Bill, which aims to enable Scottish Ministers to recover, from the party responsible for causing an industrial disease, certain costs incurred by the NHS in providing care and treatment to those suffering from that disease. The Greenock and Inverclyde SNP […]

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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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Retail chiefs urge MSPs to back SNP budget plans

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has called on his political opponents across the West of Scotland region to get behind the Scottish Government’s budget proposals, following a warning from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) that a defeat would create a “thick layer of uncertainty” for businesses at an “already challenging time”. Speaking […]

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SNP plans to invest £500 million in historic childcare expansion

SNP MSP, Stuart McMillan, has hailed a Scottish Government announcement that promises to commit almost £500 million to expand early learning and childcare provision across Scotland. Announcing the Scottish Government’s draft budget proposals for 2019/20 in Holyrood last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined the investment that will support the SNP’s plan to almost […]

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Inverclyde MSP supports Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

This week, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is joining Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in raising awareness about how women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer. In the UK, over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year – yet it is one of the only cancers that is preventable. Cervical screening […]

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SNP MSP welcomes funding to tackle attainment gap in Inverclyde

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has challenged his political opponents to back the Scottish Government’s plans to invest over £8 billion in Scotland’s education system. Announcing his draft budget proposals in the Scottish Parliament last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP outlined plans to commit £180 million for raising attainment in schools, […]

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McMillan welcomes new drug driving laws

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the news that Scotland’s stringent road safety laws will be strengthened further by the introduction of drug driving limits and roadside testing on 21 October this year. There will be a zero tolerance approach to eight drugs most associated with illegal use, including cannabis, heroin and cocaine, with limits set […]

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Political parties urged to back NHS investment

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has called on his political opponents across Inverclyde to get behind the Scottish Government’s draft budget proposals that commits an extra £729 million for health and care services. Last month, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP announced plans to increase spending on NHS frontline boards by £430 million – a 4.2% on […]

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Mental Health Minister visits Mind Mosaic

On Wednesday 9 January, the Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP, visited Mind Mosaic’s Children and Family Therapies Service at the request of Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan. The visit came about after Stuart visited Mind Mosaic’s premises at Ladyburn Business Centre in October last year, as he wrote to the Minister about […]

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McMillan shows his support for #CanWeHaveOurBallBack campaign

• GambleAware’s social media campaign highlights the close relationship between betting and football • New analysis shows 80% of marketing spend by gambling companies is now online Stuart McMillan MSP is lending his support to a social media initiative that seeks to raise awareness and encourage discussion about the relationship between football and betting. GambleAware’s […]

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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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Inverclyde approach sees end of the line for IBM Halt

As of 9 December 2018, train services between Glasgow Central and Weymss Bay will no longer call at IBM Halt following joined-up pressure from local stakeholders. Since IBM staff left the Spango Valley site in September 2016, trains have continued to stop at the station, resulting in the area becoming a hot stop for anti-social […]

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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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