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CAMPBELL WELCOMES ACTION TO SECURE TEACHER NUMBERS IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has welcomed the announcement that each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, including South Lanarkshire Council, has signed up to the deal proposed by the Scottish Government to safeguard the number of teachers.

 

As announced by the First Minister at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday 26th February, an agreement has been reached for councils to maintain teacher numbers and their pupil-teacher ratio for next year at 2014/15 levels – supported by a £51m package of support from the Scottish Government. In South Lanarkshire, this has led to 9 posts being retained in Primary 1 in the areas with the highest Free Meal Entitlement; 3 behavioural support posts in secondary schools and 28 posts in council nurseries.1

 

This came on the same day as a poll that showed the SNP is by far the most trusted party to safeguard the future of Scotland’s education system – outstripping Labour by more than two-to-one.

 

Commenting, Ms Campbell MSP said: 

 

“My colleagues in the SNP Government are to be commended once again for their action to ensure our children get the best start in life. This funding from the SNP government will protect jobs in South Lanarkshire. This is excellent news for teachers and families, both in Clydesdale and across the country. Having quality teachers in our classrooms is one of the best ways to ensure our children have the best start in life.

 

“The SNP has an excellent record on education – with exam results standing at a record high, investing even more in tackling the attainment gap to ensure our least advantaged children have the opportunities they deserve and now securing teacher numbers in every local authority area in Scotland. This is exactly why people in Scotland trust the SNP with our education system more than each of the other parties put together. We remain committed to making sure our education system works for every child and that’s why I’m particularly glad to see this support protecting our most disadvantaged and our youngest children.

 

 

“We are clear that there is more to be done to ensure every child in Scotland has the first-class education system they deserve. Parents across the country can be assured, however, that the SNPGovernment will continue to work tirelessly to protect and improve our education system.”

 

Notes 

 

1.  As outlined in the Press Release from South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government Funding secured the following reductions in SLC job cuts:

 

“SAVING EDR 13: Class Sizes of 18

AMENDMENT: Reduce the saving from 14 to 5 posts. This will retain additional teaching staff in Primary 1 classes in the 20 highest Free Meal Entitlement schools.

 

SAVING EDR 14: Secondary Schools

AMENDMENT: Reduce saving from 7 posts to 4 posts. This will retain posts for behavioural support in the highest Free Meal Entitlement secondary schools.

 

SAVING EDR 18: Early Years

AMENDMENT: Reduce the saving from 35 posts to 7 posts. This will retain more teacher posts in council nurseries.

 

The total impact on the savings package of these changes was £636,000, making the total projected savings £17.606m. It is anticipated that £636,000 will be South Lanarkshire’s share of additional resource that the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy has indicated will be available to local authorities which maintain teacher numbers in 2015/16.”

 

The full release is available here: http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/press/article/1258/council_s_balanced_budget_secures_key_services

 

Further information from the Scottish Government can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Keeping-teachers-in-Scotland-s-classrooms-166f.aspx

 

Poll: SNP most trusted with Scottish education http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/feb/poll-snp-most-trusted-scottish-education 

 

Nicola Sturgeon announced the agreement in an answer to Jim Eadie MSP: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=9798&i=89852&c=1801714#.VPBjH6KGFjR

 

 

CLYDESDALE MSP TO CHAIR TRANSPORT SURGERY IN LANARK

 

Aileen Campbell MSP for Clydesdale has organised an event for constituents to meet representatives from transport organisations.

The representatives who have confirmed they will sit on the panel so far include a ScotRail representative and Transport Scotland Operations and Timetable Strategy Manager Allan Brown. Representatives from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and new franchise contractor Abellio, have also been invited to attend.

The event, which is set to be held in Lanark Memorial Hall on Monday 16th February, will focus on rail service provision in the area following the Lanarkshire timetable in change in December 2014.

There is limited spacing available at the event, therefore if constituents would like to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a spot.

CAMPBELL NOMINATES LOCAL CHARITIES FOR NATIONAL AWARDS

Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has nominated several local Clydesdale charities for the Scottish Charity Awards 2015 which will take place in Edinburgh on June 4th.She is also encouraging other local Clydesdale charities to put themselves forward for the prestigious award ceremony, which has six categories from which charities can gain an award.

Aileen has nominated The Hope Café Lanarkshire for the Charity of the Year Award due to its outstanding contribution to the community, promoting positive mental health. Ms Campbell also nominated Clydesdale Community Initiatives for the Celebrating Communities Awards, along with The Clydesdale Foodbank and New Beginnings Clydesdale for the Perfect Partnership Award.

Commenting, Aileen said:

 

“Clydesdale charities offer hope and inspiration to so many people across the community. Clydesdale has a very strong community driven spirit, and that is reflected in the fantastic work our local charities do for our communities, and those most in need. I am thrilled that they have the chance to gain national recognition for the hard work they do at the Scottish Charity Awards 2015 and I hope many more local charities come forward and enter the competition as well.”

Survey on NHS Out of Hours

I'm running a survey to find out what my constituents think about NHS Lanarkshire's proposals for our Out of Hours services - namely shifting the service centre to Hamilton. It would be great for people from across Clydesdale to participate - this would help me fully put forward the needs of health service users in the area. 

If you live in Clydesdale, you can share your views with me through my short survey which should only take 2-3 minutes to complete:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SDZYZXT

NHS LANARKSHIRE OUT OF HOURS SERVICES

I have been writing to groups across Clydesdale to raise awareness of the current NHS Lanarkshire consultation on potential models for our Out of Hours services. 

Please do consider taking the time to let the NHS know your views on the proposals at: http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Involved/consultation/OOH/Pages/default.aspx

Clydesdale residents may also want to attend the following public meetings to find out more information:

• Hamilton/Larkhall/Lesmahagow - Thursday 29 January, South Lanarkshire Council Banqueting Hall, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 OAA 18:30-20:30

• Lanark/Biggar/Carnwath - Monday 16 March, Lanark Memorial Hall, Bonnington Auditorium, St Leonard Street, Lanark, South Lanarkshire ML11 7AB 18:30-20:30

• East Kilbride/Strathaven - Tuesday 24 March, The Village Centre, 12 Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire G74 4HG 18:30-20:30

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