Alloa Athletic Football Club Promoted to the First Division

Motion S4M-06668: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/05/2013

Alloa Athletic Football Club Promoted to the First Division

That the Parliament congratulates Alloa Athletic on being promoted to the first division of the Scottish Football League; notes that this follows a 3-1 aggregate win over Dunfermline Athletic in the recent play-off final; acknowledges that this is the Wasps’ second successive promotion and will see the team in the first division for the first time in 10 seasons; commends the manager, Paul Hartley, on securing back-to-back titles in only his second year of management; believes that the chairman, Mike Mulraney, has played a major role in bringing stability and a platform for the club to progress; wishes the team all the best in the first division, and hopes for continued success.

SNP Council threaten to evict those hit by Bedroom Tax

SNP Council threaten to evict those hit by Bedroom Tax

Local Labour activists are responding swiftly to lies and threats from the SNP run council, to protect victims of the bedroom tax from eviction.

Resident’s in Clackmannanshire who are deemed to be ‘under-occupying’ their council homes are having their benefits cut, and thus the payments expected from them increased, under the new ‘bedroom tax’.

In March the SNP leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Gary Wormersley, stated that no evictions would be made in the coming year due to the effects of the bedroom tax, and yet letters are now being sent to residents in arrears threatening them with legal action to repossess their homes.

Dr Richard Simpson, Scottish Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife said:

“The story of a local Granny has hit national headlines this week, as Clackmannanshire Council has threatened her with legal action to repossess her home. They are likely not to be the only Clackmannanshire residents being faced with such action.

“Often policies such as the bedroom tax and the subsequent effects are hitting low income households and the most vulnerable the hardest, where this extra money is most difficult to come by.

“To then threaten people with eviction and the loss of their homes seems a callous move by the SNP led Council. Further to that, their promises for no evictions are apparently meaningless as they are threatening residents with legal action regardless. I feel for my constituents left in this worrying position, and hope the council stand by their word of no evictions for victims of the bedroom tax. It also leaves us to consider the question of what other lies the council leader has told us, if his no evictions policy is proving to be fictitious.”

In response to the SNP council’s actions local Labour activists are creating a petition to urge for an end to evictions for victims of the bedroom tax. Anyone wishing to sign this, or get involved in campaigning, can contact Labour councillors for more information.

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Notes to editors;

  1. http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/council/press/?release=3451
  2. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/bedroom-tax-eviction-nightmare-local-1903620

Coalfields Community Challenge

Coalfields Community Challenge

Two local entrepreneurs have been awarded funds as finalists of The Coalfields Community Challenge. The Coalfields Community Challenge programme is a six months development programme aimed at new and emerging social enterprises creating employment in former coalmining communities, including areas in Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Fife.  Entrepreneurs submit ideas to create jobs and boost communities, and in return those selected for the programme receive business development support, mentoring and training with an opportunity to win a financial award at the end of the programme.

Wendy Scott, of Friends of Plean Country Park in Stirling, was awarded £4,000 to benefit the voluntary charitable organisation, which aims to conserve, enhance and promote the park for the benefit of people and the natural environment. The group communicates with Stirling council to promote the views of those using the park, and volunteers their time to run projects in the park such as Health Walk days.

Angela Beardsley was awarded £9,000 for the Resonate Arts House in Alloa, and arts and education centre aiming to include everyone interested in the arts, whether professional artist, hobbyists or those completely new to creativity. They provide a huge range of workshops, including children’s pottery, home decoration, comic book illustration and Tai Chi.

Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife said:

“It is encouraging to see people like Wendy and Angela, and the teams working with them, doing so much to help regenerate former coal mining communities in creating jobs and local services. The support provided by The Coalfields Regeneration Challenge, both financial and in the form of advice, mentoring and training, is allowing many more to support their own communities and bring their ideas to a reality. I know this is now the third year of the project and hope to see its good work continue for many more years to come.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

http://coalfieldscommunitychallenge.org.uk/