Local MP responds to the Budget

An “Awful” Budget, by Patricia Gibson MP for Ayrshire and Arran When UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP delivered his Budget speech last week, he said his Budget would deliver a stronger UK “fit for a new age of optimism.” However, his Budget is a source of optimism for few people in Scotland …

Arran MP highlights new risk to child poverty

43% OF NORTH AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IMPACTED BY TORY UNIVERSAL CREDIT CUT Patricia Gibson MP has condemned the decision by the UK Tory Government to cut Universal Credit by £20 a week. This follows a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study which revealed that 43% of all working-age families with children in her North …

News from West Scotland MSP Katy Clark

CHANCELLOR MUST STEP IN TO SUPPORT HOSPITALITY  West Scotland MSP Katy Clark has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to use tomorrow’s Autumn’s Budget to unveil a new package of targeted financial support for the under pressure hospitality and tourism sector. In a letter to Sunak, Clark highlighted the hospitality staffing crisis that has engulfed the …

Why is the political process so slow to respond to our ecological crisis?

By Rex Weyler, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace in Canada, ecologist and journalist. Originally published on 24th September at Resilience online magazine  Rex Weyler. September 2021. Ecological crisis: Might as well speak the truth Why is the political process — worldwide — so slow in responding appropriately to our ecological crisis? We may point …

SNP-Greens Deal fails to deliver sustainability in Scotland’s seas

By campaign group Open Seas. First published on their website on 23 August 2021 The new SNP-Green deal is breaking new ground for Scottish politics. It has been cautiously welcomed from some environmental quarters, but does it promise anything new for the sustainability of our seas, and can it deliver? In the first deal of …

Getting the priorities right for Arran

People, community groups, businesses, the Arran Locality Partnership and anyone with an interest in Arran have been contributing their views on how the pandemic may have changed priorities for island life and what that might mean for the recovery, renewal and sustainability of our island communities. An online event was arranged by North Ayrshire Council …

West of Scotland MSP Calls for Emergency Child Payment Increase

Labour MSP Katy Clark has said the Scottish Government must double the Scottish Child Payment immediately to offset the impact of devastating welfare cuts. She said doubling the £10 a week payment immediately was critical, with the “triple whammy” of a cut to the uplift of Universal Credit, fuel bill hikes and an end to …

Local MP highlights shocking State Pension payment delays

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has formally written to Ms Therese Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calling on her to urgently investigate and address ongoing delays in State Pension payments. This is after being contacted by a number of constituents who have still to receive their pension payments over …

Katy Clark MSP calls for NAC to run Peel Ports

Labour MSP Katy Clark says the Scottish Government must allow North Ayrshire Council to take ownership of Peel Ports. Clark has lodged a Holyrood motion calling on ministers to intervene to grant the local authority powers to run the service. The West of Scotland MSP said: “Ministers should allow North Ayrshire Council to take over …

Katy Clark MSP investigates collapse of Pentland ferries contract

LABOUR MSP Katy Clark has called for an explanation as to what happened to concerns raised about safety and on ministers to urgently intervene following the collapse of a contract between CalMac and Pentland ferries to lease a vessel for West Coast routes. Clark said the Scottish Government must set out an immediate ferry plan …