Hyslop Welcomes Approval of The Scottish Government’s Independent Review on The 1984-85 Miners’ Strike

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Hyslop has welcomed the Scottish Government Independent Review into policing during the miners’ strike. The Independent Review of the 1984-85 miners’ strike aimed to provide an opportunity for those impacted by the strikes to share their views and have their experiences heard. The review demonstrates Scotland’s leadership and commitment to have those affected by the strikes to be heard. A range of significant evidence was reviewed by the panel, including academic reports, Government files and powerful testimonies from those who experienced the strikes first hand. The Scottish Government proudly announced today that, in principle, it accepts the recommendations outlined in the review to introduce legislation to collectively pardon the actions of miners in relation to the strike. Today’s statement marks the beginning of a new phase for the history of…
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Hyslop Welcomes Announcement of Extended Funding for Scotland’s Bus Operators

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Hyslop has welcomed an announcement that the SNP Government will further extend its funding support for Scotland’s bus operators. Announced recently by Scotland’s Transport Secretary, the SNP Government will invest up to £52.6 million in maintaining Scotland’s bus services between November 2020 and January 2021. This latest announcement is in addition to the £109.7 million in funding that the SNP Government has been providing since June to support bus services. Bus travel typically accounts for just under three quarters of all public transport journeys. This funding is to cover the anticipated loss of fare-paying passenger revenue that operators will experience due to physical distancing and reduced carrying capacity during a period when more people would normally be travelling.  Fiona commented: ‘The pandemic has been a tough time for us all,…
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Hyslop Urges Constituents to Apply for Self-Isolation Support Grant

Hyslop Urges Constituents to Apply for Self-Isolation Support Grant

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Hyslop has urged constituents who face financial hardship due to being asked to self-isolate, to apply for a £500 self-isolation grant offered by the SNP Government. The new Self-Isolation Support Grant will help people in West Lothian who face financial hardship and would lose income if they needed to self-isolate, such as those unable to work from home. The grant will be targeted at people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship. Applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant opened on 12th October and will be delivered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, which is administered by local authorities. In her role as Fair Work Secretary, Hyslop has also encouraged employers, trades unions and workers to continue…
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Hyslop Encourages Applications for ‘Scotland Loves Local’ Fund

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Hyslop has encouraged projects in West Lothian to apply for a new £1 million fund, which has been launched by the SNP government to help promote town centres and online businesses and encourage people to spend locally. Grants of between £500 and £5000 will be given out as part of the Scotland Loves Local scheme, which aims to enable visitors and residents to safely shop, eat and relax within communities. The funding aims to support small scale improvements that will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety, and can be used for measures such as protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE. Fiona commented: "The pandemic has shown the importance of supporting local businesses and produce, and this…
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Hyslop Welcomes Proposed Delay to Fire Alarm Regulations

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Hyslop has welcomed the announcement that new legislation which requires all homes in Scotland to have interlinked smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, will be delayed until February 2022. The Scottish Government recently confirmed that it will ask Parliament to approve a 12-month delay in the deadline to carry out this important safety work.  If the delay is approved, the new regulations, which extend the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds to all homes in Scotland, will be moved back to February 2022.  The Scottish Government has already made over £15m of loan funding available for Social Landlords to procure and install the necessary alarms which should help ensure that social tenants are safe in their homes.  Furthermore, the Scottish Government has also provided additional funding of…
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Hyslop Highlights ‘Linlithgow Loves Local’ Campaign

Hyslop Highlights ‘Linlithgow Loves Local’ Campaign

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Hyslop highlights the ‘Linlithgow Loves Local Campaign’ and urges the people of West Lothian to shop local. The ‘Loves Local’ Campaign in Linlithgow, a local branch of the wider ‘Scotland Loves Local’ Campaign, aims to encourage residents of Linlithgow to take their business to their local high street. The Scotland Loves Local Campaign – in association with the Scottish Government – recognises that the outbreak of coronavirus has caused significant challenges for our town centres, high streets and local businesses. Local businesses have lost out on vital business during the pandemic, and the ‘Loves Local’ Campaign is urging people to think local first and support their community, whilst being aware of the public health guidelines. Fiona commented: “Now more than ever, it is vital than we support our local shops…
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Hyslop Welcomes Funding Support for Bathgate Regal and Howden Park Theatres From £12.5m Emergency Covid Culture Funding

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Hyslop has welcomed the news that two performing arts venues in West Lothian will receive emergency funding support from the SNP Government. Many industries have faced financial struggles due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Creative Arts sector is included in this, with many performing venues still having to remain closed. In her role as Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop has been working hard to ensure the Creative Arts sector has been supported and not left behind. The latest Scottish Government support will go a long way in ensuring local arts venues avoid unnecessary closure. West Lothian performing venues Howden Park Theatre and the Regal will benefit from this financial support, which totals £120,000 for West Lothian from the Performing Arts Venue Relief fund. Fiona commented: “It has been…
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Hyslop Highlights Growing Fears of Redundancies in West Lothian as Tory Cuts Start to Hit Home

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With companies in West Lothian voicing fears of redundancies with the furlough scheme ending next month, Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has said the Tory Government must urgently reverse its reckless decision to withdraw support for jobs and businesses. In her role as Cabinet Secretary for Economy in the Scottish Government, Fiona has consistently and directly called for the extension of the furlough scheme and believes the replacement Jobs Support Scheme is ineffective and will not go far enough to save jobs.  Bakery chain Greggs, which has 25,000 workers across Scotland and the UK, is the latest company to indicate it may have to cut staff hours or jobs when the scheme ends. A local Greggs in Linlithgow Regent Shopping Centre is facing this unnecessary threat of closure. The company…
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Hyslop Welcomes £2.2 Million Emergency Funding to Support Local Music Venues

Hyslop Welcomes £2.2 Million Emergency Funding to Support Local Music Venues

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Hyslop has welcomed the news that three music venues in her constituency will receive emergency funding support from the SNP Government. Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the music industry, the £2.2 million fund will provide grassroots live music venues with vital emergency funds to help prevent unnecessary closure. Local venues Dreadnought Rock, Midnight Breakfast Club, and Purple Orange Arts Venue were told this week that they will benefit from this financial support, which totals over £50,000 for the West Lothian music industry from the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund.   Fiona Hyslop, who in her role as Culture Secretary was instrumental in setting up the Grass-Roots Music Venue Fund. Ms Hyslop has been working to make sure that Scottish Government funds reach local music venues.  Fiona…
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Hyslop Highlights 34.9% More Households in West Lothian Connected to Superfast Broadband

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Hyslop has welcomed new figures that show a huge boost to connectivity in West Lothian, thanks to significant investment from the SNP Government. According to the latest coverage statistics from Thinkbroadband, 97.9% properties in West Lothian are now connected to superfast broadband – a 34.9% increase from 2014 when only 63.0% properties were connected to internet speeds of at least 30Mbps. A report published this week from Ofcom also found that 172,889 properties across Scotland have been connected to superfast broadband in the last year alone. Despite connectivity and broadband remaining reserved to Westminster, Scotland is the only part of the UK that has guaranteed 100% superfast broadband access. While the SNP is investing £600 million in the R100 programme, the single biggest public sector investment in digital connectivity in…
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