Fracking consultation opens to the public

Fracking consultation opens to the public

STRATHKELVIN’S MSP is appealing to the public to make their views on fracking heard.

On January 31, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction after gathering reports on the health, economic and environmental impact of fracking.

A moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, which prevents hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place while the Scottish Government investigate evidence on potential impacts.

MSP Rona Mackay is urging constituents to take part in the consultation, which can be accessed at www.talkingfracking.scot.

Ms Mackay, the MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “Fracking has been a controversial subject in Scotland, so the Scottish Government has taken an evidence-led approach to consider whether it should be allowed. Most of the areas to be fracked are under densely populated areas, so the public’s input is incredibly important.”

The deadline for submissions is May 31. Ms Mackay can be contacted for any help regarding the consultation at rona.mackay.msp@parliament.scot.

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East Dunbartonshire schools to benefit from £1.5m Scottish Government investment

East Dunbartonshire schools to benefit from £1.5m Scottish Government investment

SCHOOLS in Strathkelvin and Bearsden are set to benefit from extra funding to close the attainment gap, it has been revealed.

MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed additional funding of £1,564,800 to schools in the local authority area.

Teachers will be in direct control of the Pupil Equity Fund, which was based off the number of pupils in P1 to S3 eligible for free school meals.

Ms Mackay, the MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “I came into politics to help children, so I am absolutely delighted this extra funding is going to help our most disadvantaged.

“The SNP government has pledged to close the attainment gap so we can give every child in Scotland the best start to life, and policies like this will certainly bring us closer to that goal.

“I very much welcome that the money goes directly to the schools to be spent by teachers, and does not get caught up in the bureaucracy of local government.”

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Rona: Cervical Cancer screening figures ‘deeply distressing’

Rona: Cervical Cancer screening figures ‘deeply distressing’

WOMEN in Strathkelvin and Bearsden are being urged to get screened for cervical cancer – as shock figures show numbers are at a 10-year low in Scotland.

MSP Rona Mackay backed the campaign by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which ran at the end of January.

The group also revealed only 69 per cent of eligible women in Scotland attended a screening last year.

Ms Mackay has spoken out and urged constituents to get the potentially life-saving smear test.

She said: “The number of women missing out on cervical cancer screening in Scotland is deeply distressing.

“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 and it’s on the rise for women aged 50 or more.

“I urge women in Strathkelvin and Bearsden, and across the whole of Scotland, to get screened.

“Screening can detect cervical abnormalities and women can receive treatment before this deadly cancer develops.”

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “We have one of the best cervical screening programmes in the world which saves approximately 5,000 lives a year across the UK.

“However, the number of women attending their screening is at a 10-year low in Scotland.

“If we do not increase investment in prevention we will be faced with more women facing the physical and psychological cost of cervical cancer, increased burden on the NHS and state, and more lives lost.”

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About cervical cancer

  • The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells.
  • HPV is an extremely common virus; around four out of five people will contract the virus in their life time and anyone who is sexually active can be infected with it. The body’s immune system will usually clear it up.
  • 220,000 UK women are diagnosed with cervical abnormalities each year.
  • Over 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 890 women lose their lives every year

About cervical screening

  • Around 5 million UK women are invited to cervical screening each year.
  • Women aged 25-49 are invited every three years and women aged 50-64 are invited every five years.
  • Women who have received the HPV vaccine will still have to attend cervical screening

 

Rona: East Dunbartonshire Council set to benefit from budget funding boost

Rona: East Dunbartonshire Council set to benefit from budget funding boost

COMMUNITIES in East Dunbartonshire are set to benefit from extra funding as part one of the Scottish budget was passed.

MSP Rona Mackay welcomed the additional £3.184 million set aside for East Dunbartonshire Council by finance secretary Derek Mackay.

The second phase of the budget comes on Wednesday, February 8 as it gets scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament’s finance committee.

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MSPs banded together to oppose the SNP government’s proposals to boost funding to local services.

Ms Mackay, the MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “The SNP government is boosting funding to local services, and I am delighted £3.184 million will be given to East Dunbartonshire Council.

“In scenes reminiscent of Better Together in 2014, Labour, Tories and Lib Dem held hands and tried to block this extra funding to local democracy in Scotland.

“Their failed attempt to sabotage the budget was designed to embarrass the SNP – but quite the opposite has happened. We have proven the SNP is a party of consensus that is proud to work with others in the parliament.”

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Scotland’s Place in Europe

Scotland’s Place in Europe

SPLOGO

2 February 2017

Dear Constituents,

I am writing to you about the recently published proposals by the Scottish Government on Scotland’s Place in Europe, with the aim of getting your views and presenting you with the opportunity to express any concerns you may have.

Following the referendum on 23rd June 2016, in which a large majority in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, the Scottish Government made it clear that all options would be explored to protect Scotland’s place in Europe. This was backed by a strong mandate given by the Scottish Parliament on 28th June 2016.

On the 20th December 2016 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the publication of a set of proposals designed to mitigate the risks of Scotland being taken out of the EU. The publication, Scotland’s Place in Europe can be accessed at www.gov.scot/scotlandineurope

The Scottish Government believes that the UK as a whole should remain within the European Single Market. However, if the UK Government decides to leave, the publication sets out a different approach which would allow Scotland to retain Single Market membership as part of the UK. In this new constitutional landscape, the powers of the Scottish Parliament should be enhanced to reflect and protect Scotland’s interests and to ensure the proper functioning of the UK on leaving the EU. The proposals are put forward in a spirit of seeking consensus.

In light of the fact that Scotland’s place in the European Single Market affects so many people it is of great importance to me that the views of my constituents are taken on board. The businesses, community councils, trusts, local organisations, clubs, associations, churches, charities, and each household within the constituency are the ones whose livelihoods will be affected by the decisions taken on our place in Europe.

From Lenzie to Lennoxtown, and Bearsden to Twechar, the constituency has a diverse range of needs and unique concerns. It is such needs and concerns that – as your MSP – I would like to hear about.

I would warmly invite you to give me feedback on the proposal, and to share any considerations you feel I should take on board. If you would like to get back to me on this, please do so by Monday 20th February.

You can respond to me by email me at rona.mackay.msp@parliament.scot or by writing to me at 78 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, G66 1NZ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Rona Mackay MSP
Strathkelvin and Bearsden