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Month: September 2016

CHILD MAINTENANCE CHANGES PUT DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS IN DANGER

CHILD MAINTENANCE CHANGES PUT DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS IN DANGER

UK GOVERNMENT MUST SCRAP “TAX ON CHILD SUPPORT” The Scottish National Party has called on the UK Government to “stop putting domestic abuse survivors at risk” and scrap the 4% “tax on child support” being introduced for processing child maintenance payments.   The Child Support Agency – which processes child maintenance payments between parents – is closing down and will be replaced by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).  Changes to how the service operates means that the parent caring for the…

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Quantitative Easing

Quantitative Easing

My SNP colleagues and I have long advocated for an end to the austerity measures of the Tory UK Government that deepen economic and social inequalities. The SNP are concerned that the UK Government have persistently failed to couple monetary policy with necessary fiscal measures. We firmly believe that they should listen to the SNP, scrap austerity and invest in public services and infrastructure that benefit the whole of society.   The Backbench Business Debate on QE was sponsored by…

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HAMMOND IN HIDING AS ECONOMIC GROWTH FIGURES SLASHED IN THE WAKE OF BREXIT VOTE

HAMMOND IN HIDING AS ECONOMIC GROWTH FIGURES SLASHED IN THE WAKE OF BREXIT VOTE

BCC FINDINGS SHOULD ACT AS A “WAKE-UP CALL” FOR UK GOVT The SNP’s Treasury spokesperson has called the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) findings a “damning wake-up call” for the UK government as the BCC downgraded the UK’s economic growth forecast following the EU referendum. In their first forecast following the EU referendum, the BCC cut its growth predictions for the UK. In its findings, they also downgraded GDP growth forecasts to 1.8% for 2016 and 1.0% for 2017. The conclusions…

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NEW POLL SHOWS “VIRTUAL DEAD HEAT” IN INDEPENDENCE VOTE

NEW POLL SHOWS “VIRTUAL DEAD HEAT” IN INDEPENDENCE VOTE

A new poll by Ipsos Mori has shown support for independence virtually tied with support for the union, with 48% of likely voters backing a Yes vote in the event of a second referendum.  The poll also found that of those who changed their mind on independence following the Brexit vote, a majority moved from No to Yes, with the overall result well within the statistical polling margin of error of 4%. Commenting, West Dunbartonshire’s SNP MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes said:…

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SNP SEEK ACTION ON NUISANCE CALLS

SNP SEEK ACTION ON NUISANCE CALLS

The SNP have brought forward a bill at Westminster seeking a change in the law to tackle nuisance calls. The Unsolicited Marketing Communications (Company Directors): Ten Minute Rule Bill, which will have its Second Reading on 18th November, proposes to hold company bosses personally responsible for nuisance calls, by giving the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the power to take action against the named Directors of companies found to have made unsolicited marketing calls in breach of the Privacy and Electronic…

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Grouse Shooting

Grouse Shooting

Responsibility for the environment and wildlife management is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The SNP fully recognise the positive role that is played by shooting estates in the management of Scotland’s natural environment and in wildlife conservation, as well as the positive effect on employment in rural areas, and the Scottish Government will continue to work with shooting estates to achieve positive outcomes in this area. The Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage support the Wildlife Estates Scheme – an…

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Homelessness Reduction Bill

Homelessness Reduction Bill

This is a matter which is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the SNP Scottish Government has pioneered the most progressive approach in the UK towards tackling homelessness.   In 2012, the Scottish Government passed groundbreaking legislation requiring local authorities to provide every unintentionally homeless person with a home. In December 2012, we achieved our homelessness commitment that all of those assessed as unintentionally homeless by local authorities will be entitled to settled accommodation as a legal right. We believe…

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COMMONS SPEECH: SOUTH KOREA AND THE DOG MEAT TRADE

COMMONS SPEECH: SOUTH KOREA AND THE DOG MEAT TRADE

Speech from House of Commons debate on South Korea and the dog meat trade Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (West Dunbartonshire) (SNP) As always, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Nuttall. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hertsmere (Oliver Dowden) on securing the debate, which has generated considerable interest in my constituency, especially from constituents who are rightly concerned about the mistreatment of animals not only in the UK but across the globe. I am grateful to my…

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