Battersea Dogs and Cat Home hosted by MSP Rona Mackay in Holyrood

Battersea Dogs and Cat Home hosted by MSP Rona Mackay in Holyrood

MSP Rona Mackay has hosted Battersea Dogs and Cats Home at the Scottish Parliament for a drop-in session.

The event in late October follows the Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP speaking out in favour of raising the maximum jail-term for animal cruelty.

Ms Mackay indicated on BBC Radio Scotland recently the maximum term should be raised to five years in prison for the most extreme cases.

At the time, she said: “I am very much in favour of exploring opportunities to increase the sentencing for those charged with crimes of cruelty to animals. We need to send out a strong message that these vile crimes against defenceless animals are unacceptable, and we need to put it into perspective of all types of violent crime.”

In hosting Battersea, it gave a chance for fellow MSPs and staff to drop in and hear about the case for increasing prison time for animal cruelty.

MSP Rona Mackay speaks of her relief at fracking ban backing

MSP Rona Mackay speaks of her relief at fracking ban backing

MSP Rona Mackay has spoken of her relief that there will be no fracking in the constituency or anywhere in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament last week backed the SNP Government’s motion to ban fracking by 91 to 28, following an announcement from Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

The extraction of unconventional oil and gas from beneath the ground would have been a disaster, the MSP said.

Ms Mackay added: “I am overjoyed that MSPs have, by a landslide, rallied behind the SNP government’s fracking ban. The democratic will of Scotland is that fracking will not, under any circumstances, take place in our beautiful country.

“We know that Torrance and Bishopbriggs, at least, were targeted by energy giants, who sought to take in huge profits from the destruction of our environment.

“This would have seriously risked the contamination of our water supply, torn apart greenspace and caused great upheaval in the earth below us. And, that is just scratching the surface of the problems it causes.

“I’m sure the majority of people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden will be delighted that our ban on fracking has been backed by the Scottish Parliament.”

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From Rona Mackay MSP by Alan Ferguson (07342 061722)

BACKGROUND: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41722485

MSP encourages constituents to consult on public investment bank plans

MSP encourages constituents to consult on public investment bank plans

MSP Rona Mackay is urging constituents to take part in a public consultation on a Scottish National Investment Bank.

The establishment of a national investment bank was a key measure announced in the Programme for Government in September.

Launched on Friday October 20, views are now being sought in the consultation on how best the Bank can meet its objective of supporting the Scottish economy.

Ms Mackay said: “Allowing the public to influence policies and legislation is a hallmark of our democracy. I hope as many constituents as possible can engage with this massive undertaking of setting up a public-owned investment bank.

“The fine details are still to be considered, and to do this we have the crème of Scotland’s financial sector, including Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins to head up efforts.

“The new Scottish Investment Bank will help bring about economic growth that benefits everyone, by supporting both private and public sector projects.

“The truth is, radical action is needed to tackle inequalities in Scotland, and this Bank is part of a wider effort to secure inclusive growth and prosperity for the people of Scotland.”

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NOTES TO REPORTER

Link to consultation: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/economic-policy-unit/scottish-national-investment-bank/

Background: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-41695773

Public-owned green energy company will secure the LOWEST prices for Scots

Public-owned green energy company will secure the LOWEST prices for Scots

MSP Rona Mackay has echoed comments made by First Minister on setting up a publicly-owned renewable energy company.

Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP party conference in Glasgow the company will sell the clean energy to as “close to cost price as possible”.

Further details will be announced by the Scottish Government in its Energy Strategy, but the company will be set up by the end of this parliament, 2021.

Ms Mackay said: “The announcement of a publicly-owned green energy company will be very well received by people not just in Strathkelvin and Bearsden, but across the whole of Scotland.

“While more details are to be announced, the energy would be generated in Scotland or bought wholesale, and would be renewable energy.

“It will not be a project designed to rake in profits from people heating their homes in the winter, but sold at as close to the cost price as possible.

“The new company will not have the concerns the corporate giants have, such as big bonuses and shareholders.

“It would give people – particularly those on low incomes – more choice and the option of a supplier whose only job is to secure the lowest price for consumers.”

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From Rona Mackay MSP by Alan Ferguson (07342 061722)

Rona Mackay: Scotland’s new free childcare policy will save families £350/month

Rona Mackay: Scotland’s new free childcare policy will save families £350/month

NEW assistance with childcare will help save working parents hundreds of pounds every month, MSP Rona Mackay has said.

Plans to push the manifesto commitment forward were announced at the SNP’s party conference in Glasgow on October 10 by leader Nicola Sturgeon.

The expansion of free childcare, which will start in 2020, will save working parents around £350 a month per child.

Ms Mackay said: “I am thrilled the First Minister used her speech at the SNP party conference to focus on the delivery of this radical free childcare policy.

“Free childcare has already been increased to 16 hours a week for all three and four year olds – up from 12.5 hours in 2007 – and extended to two year olds from low income households, saving families up to £2,500 per child per year.

“With what Nicola Sturgeon said at the conference, we’ll hit 30 hours a week, saving families hundreds of pounds a month per child.

“I am pleased we will remove barriers to private and third sector providers delivering funded Early Learning and Childcare, and ensure parents have genuine choice of provision across sectors.

“This means that parents can choose a nursery or childminder that best suits their needs and ask the local authority to fund it, so long as the provider meets the agreed standards.”

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MSP Rona Mackay ‘absolutely delighted’ at fracking ban

MSP Rona Mackay ‘absolutely delighted’ at fracking ban

MSP Rona Mackay has spoken of her delight at the Scottish Government’s fracking ban.

Paul Wheelhouse, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, made the announcement after a moratorium and lengthy consultation with communities.

A motion will now be tabled to vote on the SNP government’s position after the autumn recess.

Ms Mackay said:

“I am absolutely delighted the SNP government has banned fracking with immediate effect.

This has been a policy I have long supported and campaigned for.

“The fact is, the SNP government has taken a cautious and evidence-based approach to banning fracking, and it is simply too big a threat to our environment, infrastructure and public health.

“Residents in East Dunbartonshire, and indeed across Scotland, will be able to breathe a sigh of relief fracking will not be taking place beneath their homes.

“Energy companies, whose only concerned is to rake in profits, will not be allowed to tear apart the beautiful Scottish countryside.

“Communities have made their voices heard loud and clear over fracking, and today the Scottish Government stands side-by-side with them.”

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More info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41484153