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Month: May 2016

West Dunbartonshire Citizen Advice Bureau and Local MP Supporting Local People

West Dunbartonshire Citizen Advice Bureau and Local MP Supporting Local People

West Dunbartonshire’s Citizen Advice Bureau will be piloting joint advice and support surgeries with Martin Docherty-Hughes MP from next month.   Since being elected in May last year, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has been holding surgeries throughout West Dunbartonshire and now has regular monthly public drop-in sessions set up in Alexandria, Dumbarton, Clydebank, Dalmuir and Faifley Libraries.   From Friday 4th March 2016, West Dunbartonshire CAB will attend Martin’s surgeries in Alexandria, Dumbarton, Dalmuir and Faifley libraries to help provide advice…

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REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OF “COMPLEXITY AND WORKABILITY” OF EVEL

REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OF “COMPLEXITY AND WORKABILITY” OF EVEL

SNP: UK GOVERNMENT MUST USE EVEL REVIEW PERIOD TO “ESTABLISH COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSALS”   The Scottish National Party has today called on the UK government to urgently review the House of Commons Standing Orders on English Votes for English Laws.   The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee report “The Future of the Union: English Votes for English Laws” has raised concerns about the “complexity and workability” of EVEL; mirroring comments made by Martin Docherty-Hughes MP in his Maiden Speech last…

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4 OF 5 PARTIES ON SMITH COMMISSION BACK SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ON FISCAL FRAMEWORK

4 OF 5 PARTIES ON SMITH COMMISSION BACK SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ON FISCAL FRAMEWORK

CROSS-PARTY UNITY AGAINST TORY PLANS TO SLASH BUDGET BY BACKDOOR The SNP has welcomed backing for the Scottish Government’s position in the fiscal framework negotiations from representatives of four of the five parties on the Smith Commission – with only the Scottish Tories refusing to say whether they back either the Scottish Government plans to secure a fair deal for Scotland or the UK Government’s proposal to cut Scotland’s budget by the backdoor. Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland…

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UK GOVERNMENT MUST RATIFY EU CONVENTION TO TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

UK GOVERNMENT MUST RATIFY EU CONVENTION TO TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The SNP are calling on the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention – the “gold standard” legal framework for tackling violence against women.   The SNP, who have secured a Westminster debate on the issue, will argue that the UK government must ratify the European convention to ensure comprehensive policies are coordinated between government, local authorities and charities working to combat violence against women.     The debate takes place during a week of outcry across the UK following comments…

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SNP: UK GOVERNMENT MUST REVISIT PENSION INEQUALITIES FOR WOMEN BORN IN 1950s

SNP: UK GOVERNMENT MUST REVISIT PENSION INEQUALITIES FOR WOMEN BORN IN 1950s

The SNP has called on the UK government to immediately revisit the state pension inequalities for women born in the 1950s as a petition from the Women Against State Pensions Inequality (WASPI) was debated in the House of Commons.   Paisley’s Mhairi Black MP led a backbench business debate on the issue at the beginning of January and the SNP’s motion, that called on the UK government to introduce transitional measures, received cross-party support.   The WASPI Campaign’s petition, which calls fair…

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Statement from Martin Docherty MP on the Polaroid Closure Announcement

Statement from Martin Docherty MP on the Polaroid Closure Announcement

[UPDATES WILL FOLLOW AS WE HAVE THEM] “I am gravely concerned to hear of the proposals being put to the workforce of Polaroid Eyewear by the parent company Safilo; I am in contact with West Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Government to ensure that our skilled local workforce are supported and that we can do everything possible to retain this wealth of experience within our community. I will be meeting with workers and local Directors on Thursday to assure them…

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£46,226 LOTTERY BOOST FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITIES

£46,226 LOTTERY BOOST FOR WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COMMUNITIES

Five local projects are among a wide range of the latest 159 ventures across Scotland sharing over £1.2m of National Lottery funding from small grants scheme Awards for All Scotland.   In West Dunbartonshire, The Clydebank TLC Group received a £8430 Awards for All grant from Big Lottery Fund. This group work with people who suffer from stress and provide ways for the members to develop or relieve the stress. They will use the funding for books, trips, room hire and…

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Statement from Martin Docherty MP on the Vale of Leven Hospital

Statement from Martin Docherty MP on the Vale of Leven Hospital

“Services at the Vale of Leven Hospital (VOLH) are a top priority for the SNP in Dumbarton & the Vale of Leven at all levels. Our members and politicians are people who live and work in the community, making these services extremely important to all of us on a very personal level. Following the announcement in the local press of a campaign to save services at the VOLH, the statement from the Health Board Chairman, that Greater Glasgow & Clyde…

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