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CAMPBELL CONDEMNS CUTS TO CLYDESDALE INCOMES

Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has today hit out at Chancellor George Osborne for punishing those trying to get ahead in Clydesdale. Following the news that the budget will particularly badly affect young people and low income working families, analysis has come to light showing that the chancellor’s rebranding of the newly raised minimum wage is little more than a sleight of hand. Even at the much publicised £9 figure by 2020 it will still be short of a true living wage, as calculated by the charities who campaign for low-wage workers. Overall, given the cuts to tax credits, early analysis by the Resolution Foundation showed that a low-earning couple with two children would be £850 worse off, requiring 5 years of 2% pay rises to offset their losses.1

 

Commenting Ms Campbell said:

 

“Given this was the first all Tory budget in the best part of two decades we had expected some very punitive measures and despite the improved minimum wage it is clear this budget will cause real hardship for families in Clydesdale. The Tories trumpet their support for hard work but those who need tax credits are amongst the hardest working in our community, working long hours for little reward. Other low earners, young people and vulnerable groups have also been hit hard. Local Tory MP David Mundell, who remains part of the government, has a lot to answer for, given the impact of these cuts on Clydesdale households.

 

“We really see the Tory Government’s true colours with the raising of inheritance tax thresholds to a £1million for couples. If they wanted to reward hard work the chancellor wouldn’t be cutting public services to fund a tax cut for wealthy.”

 

ENDS

 

1.For more analysis from the Resolution Foundation see: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/media/press-releases/welcome-boost-on-low-pay-but-severe-welfare-cuts-will-mean-big-losses-for-many-low-income-working-families/

 

CLYDESDALE MSP JOINS PROTEST WALK AGAINST SCHOOL TRANSPORT CUTS

SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell joined a protest walk on Saturday morning against South Lanarkshire Council’s transport cuts. 

 

The walk from Kirkfieldbank to Lanark Grammar took place to demonstrate what the school bus service change means in practice for local children. 

 

Organised by mum, Julia from Kirkfieldbank, the walk attracted a range of people including parents, children and local residents.  Lisa Cameron MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and Cllr Vivienne Shaw also attended to show support.

 

Commenting, Aileen said:

 

“Parents are rightfully concerned about the proposed transport cuts – the walk highlighted that routes deemed ‘safe’ often have narrow pavements, blind corners and fast traffic.

 

“These walking routes have the potential to damage school attendance, further inequality in the classroom and increase congestion on our roads.

 

“Families are expressing their concerns loudly and clearly – the council needs to listen and stop these plans from going ahead in August.”

 

 

DOUGLAS BUS PILOT ‘A STEP FORWARD FOR THE COMMUNITY’ SAYS MSP

 

SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the launch of a three month pilot run for the 73 bus service through Douglas.

 

The bus route, which is launching on Monday 29 June until Friday 25 September, will go through Crawford, Douglas and Lesmahagow. 

 

Ms Campbell has hailed the announcement as positive news for Douglas after residents campaigned for better transport provision. As Clydesdale MSP, Ms Campbell conducted a survey of Douglas residents last year to gather opinions of bus services in the area. The survey found strong support for improved services in order to meet community needs, boost the local economy and attract new people to the area.

 

Commenting, Aileen said:

 

“The bus pilot is excellent news for Douglas residents who have worked hard to put forward the case for improved transport services. After seeing the results of my 2014 Douglas Transport Survey, it was clear that many residents felt the area was losing out economically and socially due to difficulties with access. 

 

“Residents can make the most of this service during this trial period and continue to make the case for a long-term solution. I will continue to liase with residents, SPT and the Rural Development Trust to ensure the community voice will still be heard come the end of the trial period in September.”

 

CAMPBELL HIGHLIGHTS FARM SAFETY WEEK 2015

 

Aileen Campbell MSP, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has today highlighted Farm Safety Week 2015. The annual event, launched in 2013, aims to cut the amount of accidents in the farming industry. In 2014/15 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded, with 33 also being the average over the preceding 5 years. 

 

The initiative is promoted by the Scottish Government, NFU Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive and NFU Mutual, working as the Farm Safety Partnership in Scotland. Each day there is advice on different issues available, from falls to child safety. 

 

Aileen commented:

 

“As someone who was brought up on a farm, I know all too well some of the dangers that come about from the nature of the work involved. As Farm Safety Week 2015 gets underway I would encourage local farmers to have a look at some of the advice on offer to keep themselves safe on the farm.” 

 

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead added his support for the joint initiative saying:

 

“Farm Safety Week is much-needed to help raise awareness of safety issues on Scotland’s farms.  There are four causes that account for over 70 per cent of work-related deaths on Scotland’s farms - falls from height is one of them, along with transport, equipment and cattle handling.  I hope this will be a life-saving initiative to tackle the high numbers of accidents and fatalities in the agriculture industry, which is the highest in any working environment across these islands.”

 

Summer Surgery Tour 2015

I was delighted to kick off my summer surgery tour in Abington and Coulter yesterday. Please see the list below for upcoming dates. If you live in Clydesdale, and have any issues you would like to discuss, then please come along to one of them!

 

Wednesday 1st July

Tarbrax Village Hall 10.30-11.30am

Forth, The Inns 12 noon-1.00pm

 

Tuesday 7th July

Auchenheath Hall 10.30-11.30am

Brocketsbrae Hall 12 noon-1.00pm

Coalburn, One Stop Shop 2.00-3.00pm

 

Thursday 9th July

Chapelton Hall 10.30-11.30am

Glassford Hall 12 noon-1.00pm

Sandford Hall 1.30-2.30pm

 

Thursday 16th July

Thornton Road Centre 10.30-11.30am

Rigside Hall 12.30-1.30pm

Surgeries

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