Hyslop Welcomes Announcement that Fees for Children Learning a Musical Instrument at School will be Removed

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Local constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, welcomes news that fees for children learning a music instrument at school will be removed thanks to more than £7 million funding from the Scottish Government. This funding covers the 2021-22 academic year and marks a further commitment from the first 100 days of this Scottish Government. In West Lothian, the previous Labour led Council in 2018 introduced charges for individual music tuition and this led to a drop in the number of young people taking music lessons. Fiona commented; “Learning music can be life-changing for many young people and West Lothian has historically had a great tradition in music making in the county. It is essential that all young people receiving additional music tuition in schools can do so because of their talent and…
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St. John’s Hospital – Staff Car Parking

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Following on-going representation by local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, on behalf of her constituents who work at St. John’s Hospital, Fiona Hyslop has further highlighted to NHS Lothian the need for greater accessibility to car parking for staff at the hospital. Availability of staff car parking is a long-standing issue, and in Fiona’s letter to NHS Lothian she highlighted the need for a commitment to improve the current situation, to bring back pre-Covid measures such as the lift share programme and the shuttle service for staff at Livingston FC Stadium. Fiona highlighted that these measures are essential to ensuring the accessibility of car parking and the safety of all staff. In response, NHS Lothian committed to continuing to host virtual sessions to seek ideas from staff on how they can…
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Hyslop Welcomes £541,000 Funding for Kid’s Summer Activities as part of Covid Recovery

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Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has expressed her delight as West Lothian Council is set to receive £541,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic. The Scottish Government has set aside £15m to support summer activities across Scotland, and West Lothian will receive a share. The support will specifically target those under 25 from low income households that may otherwise struggle to access such experiences during the holidays. Additionally, £5m will also be distributed among prominent Scottish children’s charities such as Barnardo’s and Who Cares Scotland. Fiona commented: “I am absolutely delighted that young people and children in West Lothian will benefit from this funding by the Government. Young people and children have experienced significant disruption to all…
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MSP Fiona Praises Linlithgow Climate Action in Parliament and Calls on Environment Minister to Visit Town

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Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, delivered a speech to the Scottish Parliament on the climate emergency in which she praised the work of Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT). Fiona highlighted the work which is already underway and the ambitions to make Linlithgow the first Net-Zero Town in Scotland. Achievements included the successful Community Bonds initiative of LCDT which invested in local community energy, helped clubs save money and created a surplus. This builds on the achievement and work of Transition Linlithgow and other bodies in the town. The LCDT have been at the forefront of this movement with the Climate Action Group currently drafting a ‘Linlithgow Ready Vision for 2045’. This strategy focuses on 5 key objectives and looks to involve a range of people and aspects of the town.…
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‘Louder for MS’ Campaign Response

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I am proud to support the MS Society pledge to get #LouderForMS at Holyrood in the next Scottish Parliament to highlight important issues in the MS community and those affected by neurological conditions. The SNP Scottish Government published Scotland’s first National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions which supports people to manage their condition appropriate to their unique and individual needs. If re-elected, we will continue to push forward this Action Plan, working even closer with local communities to meet the needs of every individual affected by MS. Furthermore, if re-elected, we will strengthening Scotland’s new social security system that is person-centred and community-based, with dignity, fairness and respect at the heart of it. We will continue to spread the ‘What Matters to You’ approach which encourages staff to focus on individual needs…
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‘Assisted Dying’ Campaign Response

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I respect the will of the Scottish Parliament on assisted dying and am committed to ensuring that everyone has dignity and respect at the end of their life. I recently spoke with a member of Dignity in Dying Scotland and had a very considered conversation which covered the topic of an Assisted Dying Bill in Scotland. I explained that whilst I voted against such a Bill in the past, as always I would give any future Bill proper consideration and would look to ensure that it included strong safeguarding measures to protect individuals.  Assisted suicide is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. In 2015 the Scottish Parliament debated Stage 1 of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. The debate focused on all matters related to assisted dying, including matters related to both…
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‘Oor Vyce #Scotspledge 2021’ Campaign Response

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The SNP is committed to supporting Scotland’s linguistic and cultural diversity. If re-elected, we will promote, protect and celebrate the Scots language. Education is a crucial aspect of protecting new and young Scots speakers. This is why, over the course of its leadership, the SNP Scottish Government successfully launched and implemented the Education Scotland Action Plan which aims to raise awareness among the wider community, provide online support for learners, and support local authorities in ensuring continuity of Scots language policy across Scotland. In the 2021 Manifesto, the SNP have again committed to supporting Scotland’s languages as it recognises them as an integral part of Scotland’s culture and heritage.  If the SNP is re-elected, we will have a particular focus on arresting the intensifying language shift in the remaining vernacular communities.…
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‘Beer and Pub Election Pledge’ Campaign Response

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The SNP fully appreciates the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the hospitality sector and that is why, in government, we provided funding of over £3 billion to support businesses affected by Covid-19. As the current Cabinet Secretary of Economy, I recognise the important role pubs play in many peoples’ lives and within communities. To support the sector through the next year, the SNP Government have committed to 100% rates relief for tourism & hospitality for 2021-22. As the vaccine roll-out continues, and the lockdown restrictions are easing, we know more is needed to help hospitality businesses get firmly back on their feet. When it is safe to do so, we will launch a campaign to encourage people to support local tourism and hospitality in Scotland. Fiona Hyslop
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‘Action for Jobs’ Campaign Response

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The SNP and I agree wholeheartedly with the STUC on devolving employment law which would allow Scotland to ditch Westminster’s anti-workers’ agenda, put fair work at the heart of our economy and stop practices such as ‘fire and rehire’. If re-elected, we will use devolved powers to support a Living Hours accreditation programme similar to our Living Wage scheme; establish a £10 million fund to allow companies to pilot a four day working week; and review our Fair Work First criteria for contracts and grants to include specific reference to fire and rehire tactics. An SNP Government will continue to push for greater borrowing powers. With the powers we have at present, the Scottish National Investment Bank will be given £1bn to deliver economic, social and environmental returns. Furthermore, if…
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‘BSL Manifesto’ Campaign Response

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The SNP wants to make Scotland the best place in the world for British Sign Language (BSL) users to live, work and visit. The SNP Scottish Government created the Deaf Sector Partnership to support early implementation of the BSL (Scotland) Act and set up the BSL National Advisory Group to represent the views of people with BSL as their first or preferred language. The SNP Scottish Government worked with Deaf communities across Scotland to develop the BSL ‘National Plan 2017 to 2023’ which sets out actions to help ensure deaf and deafblind BSL users are fully involved in all aspects of daily and public life in Scotland. If re-elected, we will provide additional funding to enable local authorities to offer free BSL tuition for deaf children from the age of…
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