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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Hyslop Urges People in West Lothian to Download ‘Protect Scotland’ App

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FREE, ANONYMOUS APP WILL HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND SAVE LIVES Hyslop has urged people in West Lothian to download the new ‘Protect Scotland’ app - to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and support the easing of lockdown restrictions. The app can be downloaded onto phones and will let users know if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.   The app will automatically alert users if someone reports that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 and that they have been in close contact recently. No personal identifiable information will be entered on the app and the Scottish Government has assured that it will not monitor the location of individuals as the app uses Bluetooth technology, and not GPS, to identify contacts.…
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Hyslop Welcomes £344,400 for Care Experienced Young People in West Lothian

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Hyslop welcomes new funding from the Scottish Government which will provide targeted support for care experienced young people in West Lothian. West Lothian has been handed £344,400 to invest in projects designed to boost the attainment of local care experienced children and young people, The council will work with Chief Social Workers, and Directors of Education, to decide how this year’s funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support. Across Scotland, the SNP Government has pledged £11.6 million to support the fund. Fiona commented: ‘The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life.’ ‘This investment will help to remove obstacles for care experienced young people by allowing the local authority to provide…
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Hyslop Welcomes New Support To Help Young People in West Lothian into Work

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SNP GOVERNMENT’S ‘JOB START PAYMENT’ NOW OPEN TO APPLICATIONS Hyslop has welcomed a new Scottish benefit, introduced this week, that will help 16 to 24-year olds into work if they have been unemployed for over six months. The SNP Scottish Government’s Job Start Payment is a one-off grant of £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job. The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment rises to £400 if the person has a child. It is estimated around 5,000 young people across Scotland will benefit from this new financial support in its first year. Fiona commented: “The coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainty for many young people entering the job market, which is why I am pleased there is now extra support available…
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Hyslop Welcomes Announcement of 24/7 Paediatric Inpatient Services to Resume at St. Johns Hospital from October

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Hyslop welcomes the announcement from NHS Lothian that 24/7 paediatric services at St. Johns can resume this autumn. NHS Lothian will reinstate paediatric services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from October, to enhance the care already provided to children in West Lothian. The details were agreed by NHS Lothian board members at their meeting on Wednesday 12th August. This means that inpatient paediatrics will be extended from functioning four nights a week, to seven days and nights by October 19th, 2020. Parents and families are not required to do anything differently as a result of the change and will still access care in the normal way, through NHS 24, their GP or the Emergency Department. Fiona commented: ‘This is great news for West Lothian families. St Johns…
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Hyslop Highlights ‘NHS Pharmacy First Scotland Service’ Launch in West Lothian

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Hyslop urges West Lothian residents to visit community pharmacies with minor illnesses. People across West Lothian are being encouraged to visit their community pharmacy for advice and support to treat minor illnesses or common conditions, after new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service was launched last week. The new service will allow community pharmacies to give people expert help for treating conditions such as sore throats, earache and cold sores, along with common clinical conditions such as Urinary Tract Infections. Pharmacy teams will offer advice, treatment or referral to other healthcare teams if required. The move will allow West Lothian residents to access the right care without having to visit their GP or an A&E department for non-urgent treatment. A&E departments remain open for emergency care – with the necessary public…
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Hyslop Welcomes £641,500 Funding For West Lothian Active Travel Projects

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Hyslop welcomes £641,500 funding from the Government’s ambitious ‘Spaces for People’ Initiative. This funding will help normalize the increasing number of people walking or cycling in West Lothian. In partnership with Sustrans Scotland, the SNP Government has now awarded nearly £30 million to pop-up infrastructure projects across the country to encourage temporary active travel routes that enable physical distancing during lockdown. The fund aims to support the rapid increase in active travel rates in recent months and encourage more Scots to continue walking or cycling in the future – which in turn helps to manage demand on our public transport network. Fiona commented: ‘I am very pleased that West Lothian will benefit from the ‘Spaces for People’ initiative and I hope it will encourage local people to incorporate walking and…
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Hyslop Highlights 2,275 West Lothian Businesses Have Received £25.83 Million Cash Support

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Hyslop highlights new figures which show that 2,275 businesses in West Lothian have received support from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus. A total of £25.83 million has been awarded to businesses in West Lothian through a Scottish Government scheme designed to support small, local businesses mitigate some of the impact from the coronavirus. Fiona Hyslop, who is also the Economy Secretary, has been working through the Coronavirus crisis to make sure that Scottish Government funds have been reaching businesses. Fiona commented, ‘From the volume of cases I have received, I know the pandemic has put real pressure on local businesses in West Lothian’ ‘I want to thank hard working Council officials, often working from home, in dealing with these grants which have greatly helped many businesses’…
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Hyslop Welcomes Additional £505,000 for Free School Meals in West Lothian

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Hyslop Welcomes Additional £505,000 for Free School Meals in West Lothian Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s extension to Free School Meals for eligible children in West Lothian over the summer through a package of £27.6 million of additional funding from the Scottish Government. West Lothian Council will receive £505,000 funding from the Scottish Government for free school meals during the summer holiday period and £444,000 for the wider provision of food support.  Fiona commented, “We know that this pandemic has put real financial pressure on families, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured West Lothian Council can continue to provide free school meals and support families, children and young people who need some extra help at this challenging time.  “Free school meals are…
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Hyslop Backs Extra £8.692m for West Lothian to Tackle Covid 19

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Hyslop Backs Extra £8.692m for West Lothian to Tackle Covid 19 Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has backed a vote in Holyrood approving £8.692m extra funding for West Lothian Council in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic. This extra funding is on top of the local government finance settlement of £11.4 billion, which already provided an increase of £589.4 million (5.8%) compared to the previous year. Fiona commented, “The pandemic has put real pressure on families and our local services, and I am pleased to support the announcement of £8.692m extra funding to West Lothian Council from the Scottish Government so that the local authority is better equipped to deal with these pressures. “The boost in funding includes supporting access to food welfare and helping frontline services. I also welcome the…
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