Water Charges Increase Will Add to Painful Squeeze for Scottish Families
Responding to the announcement by Scottish Water that residential charges will increase by 2.8% from April, Scottish Labour’s Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said:
“Scottish families will be dismayed by this increase which comes on the heels of gas and electricity price rises, making it even more difficult for hard working families to make ends meet.
“There is a strong argument that this increase has come in response to the SNP cutting the budget for Scottish Water. Each small increase in costs combine to create a real and painful squeeze for families which makes for a very unhappy start to 2013 for tens of thousands of Scots.”
Simpson Launches Cross Party Group on Rugby in Scottish Parliament
A cross party group focusing on Rugby met for the first time this week. The group was set up by Scottish Labour’s Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, but has received cross-party support, with many interested in taking part.
The group will work closely with the Scottish Rugby Union, and aim to;
‘Promote Rugby in all its forms at all levels in Scotland (National professional club, club, school (both current rugby playing and those with no history of rugby), community and street rugby for men, women, boys and girls; union and league, sevens and touch).To develop links with other parliamentary groups in other jurisdictions. To seek to establish a parliamentary team to play other parliamentary groups.’
After the first meeting, Dr Simpson had to say;
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, not just because of a personal interest in Rugby, but because in Scotland we have a long relationship with Rugby, and I think an interest in sport has a key role to play in tackling some of the health concerns we see in Scotland.”
“With London hosting last summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, Glasgow soon to be the home of the Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup being held just south of the border I hope Scottish people’s passion for sport will continue to grow, and that, in turn, we will see knock on effects in our attitudes to exercise and physical fitness.”