EU Citizens Urged to stay in West Lothian

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EU Citizens Urged to stay in West Lothian Fiona Hyslop MSP: “You will always be welcome in Scotland” SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in West Lothian to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty. This week First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home - promising to continue making a strong case for their rights to be protected in any EU exit scenario. Fiona Hyslop has previously written to the thousands of EU citizens in her constituency following a successful campaign to push the UK government to scrap the £65 “settled status” fee. Fiona said; “It is important to make clear that EU citizens will always remain welcome in West Lothian and I will continue…
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Hyslop Highlights Dementia Centre Services in Livingston

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Hyslop Highlights Dementia Centre Services in Livingston Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop attended the opening day of Alzheimer Scotland’s new Dementia Centre at Grampian Court in Livingston on April 1st to hear about the variety of services and support available at their new centre. Fiona commented; “I was delighted to see round the new Dementia Centre in Livingston this week (Monday 1st April) and to meet staff and volunteers who work with Alzheimer Scotland. “As well as a lovely social café space, the facilities also includes private meeting rooms and a cosy area. Their services extend the length and breadth of West Lothian, so if someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia, I would urge making contact with this local charity who are keen to offer their support and…
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Hyslop Marks Scottish Tourism Month at Hopetoun House

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Hyslop Marks Scottish Tourism Month at Hopetoun House Fiona Hyslop the Constituency MSP for Linlithgow visited Hopetoun House to mark Scottish Tourism Month and to hear about their business and educational tourism activities. Historic Houses places in Scotland generate 4,048 jobs and spend £21m per year on goods and services from over 3,500 local suppliers. Almost half of Scotland’s Historic Houses host charity and community events and a third of them – including Hopetoun House - host visits from primary school children. Fiona said; “I was very pleased to visit Hopetoun House as part of Scottish Tourism Month last week (Friday, 29th March). “Scottish Tourism Month allows us to mark the vital contribution that tourism has to our economy, culture and heritage especially considering that 1 in 12 jobs in…
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Hyslop Highlights 14,193 new parents in Lothian Benefitting from Baby Boxes

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Hyslop Highlights 14,193 new parents in Lothian Benefitting from Baby Boxes Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed new figures that reveal 14,193 of families across the Lothian’s have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day. Commenting, Fiona said; “At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about fairness and opportunity, ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life. “In early 2018, 3,834 boxes had already been provided to parents across the Lothians since they arrived last summer. Now, just over a year later, over 14,000 new families have requested a baby box and 96% of parents across the country are doing the same. “The baby box is clearly a popular choice for…
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Hyslop Welcomes Completion of 55 Energy Efficient Homes in Winchburgh

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    Hyslop Welcomes Completion of 55 Energy Efficient Homes in Winchburgh Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the completion of the West Lothian Housing Partnership Development of 55 new energy-efficient homes at Winchburgh. West Lothian Housing Partnership’s £7million development is part-funded by a £3m grant from the Scottish Government. West Lothian Council are adding another 41 houses as part of the redevelopment and expansion of Winchburgh. Fiona commented; “I was pleased to join all the parties involved to mark the completion of these 55 energy efficient homes as part of the Winchburgh Development, supported by £3 million from the Scottish Government. “When fully completed, this huge development will include a new town centre – the first in West Lothian since the 1960s – as well as new schools,…
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Hyslop Encourages Local Businesses to Prepare for Brexit 

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Hyslop Encourages Local Businesses to Prepare for Brexit  Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, is encouraging business in West Lothian to prepare for Brexit and highlights the Scottish Government’s web links which offer support and advice as the process continues. Fiona said: “With continued uncertainty around Brexit, it is more important than ever that we all do what we can to support our local businesses in preparing for a variety of potential scenarios as the ULK prepares to leave the EU. “Even if your business does not export or import to the EU, it will still be impacted by the UK leaving the EU. It is important that our local businesses have access to this information as soon as possible. The website links below features a Brexit self-assessment tool which…
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Businesses in West Lothian Benefit from £6,565,000 in Business Rate Support

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Businesses in West Lothian Benefit from £6,565,000 in Business Rate Support Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed recent figures which show that the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme provided £6,565,000 of support for businesses across West Lothian in 2017/18 – an 25.9% rise on the previous year. The Small Business Bonus Scheme, delivered by the SNP in 2008/09, supports local firms by reducing their rates liability or taking firms out of business rates altogether. Fiona commented; “The Scottish Government’s commitment to small businesses is clear. They are at the heart of our communities and bring economic growth and local employment to our towns and villages. “Businesses across West Lothian have benefitted from a massive £6,565,000 in rates support in 2017/18. This is a rise of over 25% on…
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Hyslop Attends Official Opening of Blackburn Partnership Centre

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Hyslop Attends Official Opening of Blackburn Partnership Centre Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has attended the official opening of the new Partnership Centre in Blackburn. The new £8.2 million building includes health and council services as well as community services for local residents. The Partnership which has been use since last year was officially opened on Friday, 1st March. Fiona commented; “I was very pleased to attend the official opening of Blackburn Partnership Centre and to have a tour round the building. “The centre is a great facility for the people of Blackburn, with new services including a new GP Practice, a library, sports hall credit union and employability service and it is open and accessible to all. “It is an important space that allows for greater integration between our…
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Hyslop Welcomes Funding Boost for West Lothian GP Practices

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Hyslop Welcomes Funding Boost for West Lothian GP Practices Local Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the announcement that GP practices in West Lothian could receive a funding boost this year. The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £20 million support will be given to GP practices across Scotland to help with the costs of running their practices. The ‘GP Premises Sustainability Loan Scheme’ aims to ease the financial burden associated with owning a General Practice – in turn helping to improve recruitment and retention. It means that GPs who own their own premises can apply for long term interest-free loans worth up to 20% of their practice’s value. 15 GP Practices in the Lothian region have already successfully applied for the GP Premises Sustainability Loan Scheme. Fiona…
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Fiona Hyslop Local MSP Welcomes Veterans Minister to Bathgate Korean War Memorial

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  Fiona Hyslop Local MSP Welcomes Veterans Minister to Bathgate Korean War Memorial (photo attached of Fiona Hyslop MSP with Graeme Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans and two members of the British Korean War Veterans Association, Adam McKenzie and Ronnie Wilson.) Fiona Hyslop MSP for Linlithgow Constituency invited the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey, to visit the Korean War Memorial in the Bathgate Hills. Fiona wrote to the Minister asking that he encourage Transport Scotland to find a way of including the Korean War Memorial in Bathgate on the current M9 Brown signs and to add a new sign on the M8. Fiona commented,  “I was pleased to welcome the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans to my constituency and introduce him to members of…
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