Hyslop Highlights ‘Game-Changer’ Scottish Child Payment Opens Early for Applications

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The new Scottish Child Payment - which has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight to tackle child poverty - will open early for applications this month. Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has encouraged parents and carers in West Lothian who are eligible to apply now so that the Scottish Government can process and start making payments as quickly as possible once the benefit starts in February next year. The SNP Government has prioritised the early introduction of the new benefit, which will provide eligible families on low incomes with a child under 6, an extra £10 per week for each child.  Latest figures estimate that 194,000 children aged under-6 in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment - with 7,200 children set to benefit in West Lothian. Fiona commented: “The…
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Hyslop Launches Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee

Hyslop Launches Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee

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The first organisations to back the Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop. In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian and Standard Life Aberdeen in making the commitment to ensure everyone aged from 16 to 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training. The Guarantee, backed by an additional £60 million investment, aims to give all young people in Scotland the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Organisations backing the Guarantee make five pledges to help young people at this critical time: prepare young people for the world of work through work experience, volunteering and work-based learning opportunitiesengage with and provide opportunities to young people who face barriers to…
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Hyslop Highlights 25,860 Low-Income Households in West Lothian Supported by SNP Government

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In the last financial quarter, the Scottish Welfare Fund made 1,570 crisis grant payments to people in West Lothian to help pay for essentials such as food, energy bills, and household necessities.   The latest figures show that the Scottish Welfare Fund has paid out a 27% increase of crisis grants in West Lothian compared to last year, and a total of 25,860 crisis grants to households in West Lothian since the fund was established in 2013.  After the Scottish Government increased the amount of funding available, the Scottish Welfare Fund awarded £5.2 million in crisis grants across Scotland between April and June 2020, which is an increase of 77% on the same period last year. Fiona commented, “This vital support stands in stark contrast to what is happening at Westminster, with Tory MPs…
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Hyslop Welcomes News that 5447 Children in West Lothian to Benefit as Free Schools Meals Extended

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SNP GOVERNMENT PROVIDING £10 MILLION FOR SCHOOL MEALS OVER HOLIDAYS More than 5447 children across West Lothian will benefit from extra funding to extend free school meals over the Christmas and Easter holidays. £10 million has been made available by the SNP Government so that councils can continue providing free school meals through the winter breaks with future funding confirmed to extend support over Easter. Last week, Tory MPs voted rejected a plan to extend free school meals into the school holidays, arguing that it was not the job of schools to “regularly provide food during the school holidays”. No Scottish Tory MP voted to support the plan, despite recent indications from Douglas Ross that he wishes to end the Tories’ opposition free school meals provision.  Fiona commented: “Many families…
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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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