LOCAL MSP URGES PEOPLE IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON TO DOWNLOAD ‘PROTECT SCOTLAND’ APP

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FREE, ANONYMOUS APP WILL HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND SAVE LIVES

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has urged people in Coatbridge & Chryston to download the new ‘Protect Scotland’ app – to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and support the easing of lockdown restrictions. 

The app can be downloaded onto phones and will let users know if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.  

The app will automatically alert users if someone reports that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 and that they have been in close contact recently.

No personal identifiable information will be entered on the app and the Scottish Government has assured that it will not monitor the location of individuals as the app uses Bluetooth technology, and not GPS, to identify contacts.

Since launching last night, the app has already been downloaded more than 50,000 times. 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The Scottish Government has now launched the ‘Protect Scotland’ proximity tracing app, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus and complement the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect.

“The app – which takes less than a minute to download – will allow us to alert people at risk far more quickly, so that we can all take steps to reduce the risk of infecting others. 

“Scotland’s official contact tracing app will help us all to protect ourselves, our family, our friends and our community by enabling faster contact tracing.

“The more people who have the app, the more it can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

“That’s why I’m urging people in Coatbrige & Chryston to download the app, and let’s all protect Scotland.”

ANTI-POVERTY PAYMENT COULD BENEFIT NEARLY 13,000 CHILDREN IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

“GAME-CHANGER” BENEFIT CENTRAL TO SNP AMBITION TO TACKLE CHILD POVERTY

An estimated 13,000 children across North Lanarkshire could benefit from the Scottish Government’s ground breaking anti-poverty payment, new figures have revealed.

The Scottish Child Payment will be worth £10 per child for low-income families by the end of 2022, with introduction for under-6s starting by early 2021.

Latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment – with nearly 30,000 children and families estimated to benefit in North Lanarkshire.

The brand new benefit was described as a “game changer” and a “lifeline” by anti-poverty campaigners and is central to the SNP’s ambitions to tackle child poverty.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious and ground-breaking new benefit which will directly tackle child poverty across the country. 


“This support is needed more than ever, and when this additional £10 per week per child becomes available in February, it will be a lifeline for many such families in North Lanarkshire.  

“It will help reduce financial pressures and demonstrates the potential of social security to make a positive difference and reflect our society’s shared values of compassion and fairness.

“Tory cuts are driving too many families in North Lanarkshire into poverty – but the SNP is determined to use every power at our disposal to help families make ends meet.”

UK GOV MUST EXTEND FURLOUGH SCHEME TO SAVE LOCAL JOBS  

 

 

SNP MSP: FOLLOW GERMANY’S LEAD OR HAND SCOTLAND POWERS IT NEEDS

 

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has issued fresh calls for the UK government to extend the furlough scheme into 2021 – after Germany indicated that it will look to extend its version of the scheme to 24 months.

 

The UK Tory Chancellor has already cut back on the Job Retention Scheme, with the furlough scheme set to end entirely on 31st October 2020.

 

With chains such as Boots, Royal Mail Delivery and Carphone Warehouse, who employ hundreds of staff across Coatbridge & Chryston, announcing widescale job loses – the SNP MSP has said a premature end to the furlough scheme in the middle of a global pandemic would be ‘catastrophic’ to the local economy.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“In the past few weeks alone we’ve seen businesses such as Boots, Royal Mail Delivery and Carphone Warehouse, announce substantial job loses that could affect staff here in Coatbridge & Chryston.

 

“In European countries like Germany, reports of an extension to their version of the furlough scheme will come as a welcome relief to millions of workers and businesses who are worried about their future.

 

“Yet in stark contrast, the UK Tory Chancellor at Westminster is choosing to prematurely shut down our furlough scheme and throw thousands of Scottish jobs on the scrap heap.

 

“The jobs and livelihoods of working families here in Coatbridge & Chryston are on the line. It’s time for the UK government to rethink its catastrophic plans to scrap the furlough scheme early and extend the measures into 2021.

 

“If they continue to refuse, then the Tories should let Holyrood have these powers so Scotland can take the action we need to save jobs.”

£712,800 FOR CARE EXPERIENCED YOUNG PEOPLE IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

 

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SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has said new funding from the Scottish Government will help provide targeted support for care experienced young people in North Lanarkshire.

 

North Lanarkshire has been handed £712,800 to invest in projects designed to boost the attainment of local care experienced children and young people.

 

The council will work with Chief Social Workers, and Directors of Education, to decide how this year’s funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support.

 

Across Scotland, the SNP Government has pledged £11.6 million to support the fund.

 

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor MSP said:

 

“The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life.

 

“The challenges posed by this pandemic mean that the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the attainment gap are now more important than ever.

 

“That’s why I’m delighted to hear that North Lanarkshire will receive this funding boost to help break down the barriers faced by care experienced young people living in Coatbridge & Chryston.

 

“Last year the fund was used to support a host of projects – from outdoor learning schemes, to providing looked after children with laptops to study from home.

 

“I look forward to seeing how the council will put this money to good use, and offer some of our most disadvantaged pupils the support they deserve.”

NEW SUPPORT TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON INTO WORK

SNP GOVERNMENT’S ‘JOB START PAYMENT’ NOW OPEN TO APPLICATIONS

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Local MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor has welcomed a new Scottish benefit introduced today that will help 16 to 24-year olds into work if they have been unemployed for over six months.

 

The SNP Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment is a one-off grant of £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job.

 

The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment rises to £400 if the person has a child.

 

It is estimated around 5,000 young people across Scotland will benefit from this new financial support in its first year.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“The job prospects of young people in Coatbridge & Chryston have been hit hard by this pandemic.

 

“So, this announcement of extra support to help our young people into work really couldn’t come at a better time.

 

“This payment will help local people with the extra expenses that are often attached to a starting a new job, such as travel costs, new work clothes or even childcare.

 

“In Government, the SNP is working hard to create new opportunities for work as we rebuild our economy. I’d encourage anyone in Coatbridge & Chryston who thinks they may be eligible to apply online.”

HOLYROOD BACKS £16.941 MILLION FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE TO TACKLE COVID-19

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed a Holyrood vote approving £16.941 million extra funding for North Lanarkshire in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Almost £258 million extra funding has been approved for vital local services across Scotland, such as food provision for those in need, education and social care.

The Scottish Government is in discussions with local authorities over providing a further £72 million – which will bring the total additional funding to almost £330 million.

This extra funding is on top of the local government finance settlement of £11.4 billion, which already provided an increase of £589.4 million (5.8%) compared to the previous year.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The pandemic has put real pressure on families and local services, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured North Lanarkshire has more cash to deal with this.

“This funding boost is supporting access to food, welfare payments and frontline services.

“I also welcome the additional flexibility given to councils in how money is spent, allowing resources to be diverted to the COVID-19 response if required.”

FULTON MACGREGOR MSP WELCOMES RETURN TO FULL-TIME SCHOOLING

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Commenting on today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that schools will return full-time in August, without distancing, if Scotland continues to make progress on suppressing the coronavirus – Fulton MacGregor MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston said:

 

“Thanks to the united effort of people here in Coatbridge & Chryston, and across Scotland, who have stuck to government advice we have now made significant progress in the fight against COVID-19.

 

“I’m absolutely delighted by today’s announcement that if we stay on the right path, and continue to suppress this virus, our young people can return to school full time from August.

 

“This is an important step not only in ensuring our young people get the education they deserve, but it’s also positive news for working families.

 

“I want to send my gratitude to our amazing teachers and school staff in Coatbridge & Chryston who have helped us get to this stage.

 

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but this SNP Scottish Government is working hard to support families and communities across the country.”

 

FULTON MACGREGOR THANKS THOUSANDS OF NORTH LANARKSHIRE VOLUNTEER DURING PANDEMIC

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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has praised the thousands of North Lanarkshire residents who have signed up to volunteering schemes during the pandemic.

1182 have volunteered with the British Red Cross in North Lanarkshire while 1836 have signed up to Volunteer Scotland, according to new figures provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

While not all volunteers have been called upon, many have started to deliver food parcels, ensure essential supplies and medicines reach vulnerable people and phone those who need assistance or companionship.

Scotland Cares links British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes to local authority and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as required.

Volunteers are matched with local needs in a range of organisational settings, when those needs arise. It is up to the requesting organisation to decide how and when volunteers are deployed.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and many in our communities have depended on the help offered by others.

“The thousands of people in North Lanarkshire who have volunteered to help are a real credit to their community and I want to thank each and every person who has signed up.

“Not all volunteers have been needed so far, but volunteers will play a critical role in supporting and rebuilding our communities – and many will be asked to help in the weeks and months to come.”

£7,478,859 FUNDING BOOST FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

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SNP GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCE £50 MILLION PACKAGE TO IMPROVE ATTAINMENT

 

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has said pupils living in North Lanarkshire’s most deprived communities will benefit from targeted funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 

North Lanarkshire Council will receive a £7,478,859 investment from the SNP Scottish Government to support pupils from deprived backgrounds.

 

To help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, schools and local authorities will have flexibility to redirect some of this funding from existing plans to best support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families, with a continued focus on equity in education.

 

The £50 million package is in addition to the £250 million Pupil Equity Funding package announced in May for the next two years and an investment of £9 million to provide 25,000 laptops to assist pupils learning at home.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“In Government, the SNP has put closing the poverty-related attainment gap front and centre of its plans to improve education.

 

“This latest funding boost for Coatbridge & Chryston demonstrates this Government’s ambition to transform our schools and ensure that every young person gets the chance to succeed in life, regardless of their background.

 

“The Education Secretary, John Swinney, has also handed councils the flexibility to use this funding to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic so no child gets left behind.

 

“There’s still a lot to do in reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland – but universal benefits like free school meals for our youngest pupils, free prescriptions and free higher education are helping keep more money in the pockets of hard working families here in Coatbridge and Chryston.”

LOCAL MSP ENCOURAGES PARENTS IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON TO APPLY FOR BEST START GRANT

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ELIGIBLE FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE £250 AHEAD OF NEW SCHOOL TERM

 

Fulton MacGregor MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston has encouraged parents of children aged four to five to apply for the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant.

 

A one-off £250 payment is currently open to eligible families, with a child who was born between 1st March 2015 and 29th February 2016, who will be starting primary school later this year.

 

The School Age payment can be used for anything from a new pair of school shoes or arts and crafts materials for children.

 

The payment is part of the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant, a package of three payments for families in receipt of eligible benefits – including Universal Credit and Housing Benefit – to help at key stages in a child’s life.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“Covering the costs of a child starting school can be tough on family finances, especially in the current climate.

 

“The SNP Government’s school age payment offers low income families, or those who receive support like Universal Credit, a £250 payment around the time children start at primary school.

 

“We’re absolutely determined that every child, regardless of circumstances, gets the best start in life. So in these unprecedented and difficult times, I’d encourage families across Coatbridge & Chryston to check what other financial support they may be eligible for too – such as school clothing grants or free school meals.”