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Category Archives: Angus South

Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders

Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday. The clinic in Arbroath is one

School Clothing Grant to Support 2,473 Angus Children

£239,000 Additional Funding Locally Graeme has encouraged any eligible parents who have not already done so to apply for the Scottish Government’s School Clothing Grant, which an estimated 2,473 school children across Angus are set to benefit from. The grant helps families pay for school

Music Tuition & Core Curriculum Fees Removed

No Bills For Families Graeme has welcomed an agreement with COSLA that will see fees for children learning a musical instrument at school removed, thanks to more than £7 million funding from the Scottish Government. Councils will also receive £6 million to waive core curriculum

Young Scots Benefit From Job Start Payments

Over £270K Paid Out To Date Graeme has encouraged more young constituents to apply for the Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment, with successful applicants having benefitted from over £270,000 of support thus far since its launch. Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found

Fireworks & Pyrotechnics Bill

Consultation on Legislation to Improve Safety A consultation on new legislation around the sale and use of fireworks and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics has been published, and Graeme has encouraged constituents to contribute and make their views known. The proposed Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill

Calls to Extend EU Settlement Deadline

Failing to Act ‘Unacceptable’ Graeme has backed renewed calls for Boris Johnson to extend his government’s arbitrary deadline on applying to its EU Settlement Scheme, in order to prevent EU nationals from losing their rights overnight. It comes as Tory Immigration Minister Kevin Foster said “I

Double Payment for Unpaid Carers

Extra Cash for Carer’s Allowance Recipients Thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment this winter under legislation recognising the additional pressure they face as a result of the pandemic. If approved by Parliament, the Bill, published today, will mean more than 91,000 carers

Up to £23.6m to Improve Bus Services

First Round of Awards from Bus Partnership Fund Up to £23.6 million from the Bus Partnership Fund (BPF) has been awarded to tackle the negative impact of congestion on bus services – including £497,000 to the Tayside Bus Alliance which covers Angus. The Fund supports

£20m for Advanced Tech to Treat Cancer

Surgical Robots for NHS Scotland An investment of around £20 million in 10 surgical robots will result in less invasive procedures and boost hospital capacity across Scotland. The Scottish Government investment will take the total number of this type of surgical robot across the country