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Month: March 2017

Hardgate Mineshaft Collapse – Update (31-03-17)

Hardgate Mineshaft Collapse – Update (31-03-17)

I have been contacted by the Coal Authority to confirm that they will finish their cavity in-filling and stabilisation works next week.   The Council have confirmed to me that they have plans in place to get on-site as soon as the Coal Authority give them the go ahead, to start road reinstatement works. The Council expect to finish this work by the end of June.   When the Council take over, they will still have a 5m by 15m…

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JOINT COMMITTEE SESSION HELD ON SOCIAL SECURITY POWERS FOR SCOTLAND

JOINT COMMITTEE SESSION HELD ON SOCIAL SECURITY POWERS FOR SCOTLAND

MPs and MSPs from the House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Committee and the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee took part in a joint session last Monday (20th March 2017) to discuss the devolution of social security powers to Scotland. MPs and MSPs questioned Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green and Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Securities and Equalities Angela Constance on the transfer of 13 benefit payments from Westminster to Holyrood – which represents control of around 15% of social…

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TRIGGERING OF ARTICLE 50 SHOWS UK WIDE APPROACH “SHATTERED BEYOND REPAIR”

TRIGGERING OF ARTICLE 50 SHOWS UK WIDE APPROACH “SHATTERED BEYOND REPAIR”

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has commented on this week’s triggering of Article 50, which formally begins the process of the UK leaving the EU. Any notion of a UK-wide approach, as promised by the Prime Minister following the referendum, is “shattered beyond repair”, and leaves Scotland and Northern Ireland in a position where we are being dragged out of the EU against our democratically expressed will. Martin Docherty-Hughes MP commented: “This week’s decision to unilaterally trigger Article 50 shatters beyond repair…

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Protections for Ancient Woodland

Protections for Ancient Woodland

‘Protection for Ancient Woodland’ is a devolved matter, and the UK Government’s Housing White Paper does not apply in Scotland, and therefore my SNP colleagues and I will not vote on measures which have no impact on Scotland.   The Scottish Government is streets ahead of Westminster on housing, having abolished the unaffordable Right to Buy, which has allowed the SNP to deliver thousands of new homes available for social rent.  Moreover, the Scottish Government are investing over £3 billion…

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Sale of English Student Loans

Sale of English Student Loans

As you may be aware, students affected by the sell-off will be those students who entered repayment between 2002 and 2006 and only those living in England at the time they applied for their student finance. This decision will not impact Scottish students and the SNP Scottish Government have no intention of following the UK Government down the same privatisation path, that will ultimately be a bad deal for students. While this decision does not impact Scottish students – and…

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Job Centre Closures

Job Centre Closures

Thank you to my colleague Chris Stephens MP for securing this cross-party debate on Job Centre closures, which are affecting constituencies across the UK. We are all working together to keep pressure on the Minister and wider Department for Work and Pensions. You can view the whole debate here. You can view my statement following my recent meeting with the Minister for Employment Damian Hinds MP about the plans to close Alexandria Job Centre by clicking here.

BUDGET DEBATE: CHANCELLOR URGED TO RETHINK NATIONAL INSURANCE INCREASES FOR SELF-EMPLOYED

BUDGET DEBATE: CHANCELLOR URGED TO RETHINK NATIONAL INSURANCE INCREASES FOR SELF-EMPLOYED

Speech from House of Commons debate on UK Government Budget Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (West Dunbartonshire) (SNP) I want to focus on a couple of issues: the Chancellor’s assault on the Scottish whisky industry and the ill thought out increases in national insurance contributions for the self-employed. Let me declare an interest as the treasurer for the all-party group on Scotch whisky—a position that has offered me the opportunity to establish a close working relationship with this vital industry, which is…

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MP ISSUES CALL TO HELP SHAPE SCOTLAND’S NEW SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

MP ISSUES CALL TO HELP SHAPE SCOTLAND’S NEW SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM

RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP TO SOCIAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE PANELS Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has called on his constituents in West Dunbartonshire to sign up and help shape Scotland’s new social security system – with the Scottish Government seeking to learn from the experiences of those currently using the service At least 2,000 people with experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system – allowing the Scottish Government to learn from mistakes made…

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