Bruce Crawford MSP was delighted to attend the first Holyrood reception to be held by the newly merged charity, Arthritis Research UK incorporating Arthritis Care Scotland on 5th December, where they heard from people living with arthritis about the healthcare and support they need in Scotland.
Arthritis is among the biggest causes of disability and pain across Scotland, with nearly 700,000 people living with osteoarthritis, around 37,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis and almost one million people with back pain.
The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult.
Local MSP Bruce Crawford has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Connectivity, calling for a re-examination of Digital Scotland’s ruling that Brig O’Turk will not benefit from Gainshare funding to install superfast broadband.
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Bursaries of £20,000 are to be created for those wishing to change career and become a teacher in priority science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects – the Scottish Government’s Education Secretary has announced.
SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that fracking will be banned.
At the beginning of this month, the First Minister announced the SNP Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the next year. The ambitious Programme for Government sets out a blueprint for a more progressive and fairer society.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford led a debate last week on the 50th anniversary of the University of Stirling.
Local MSP, Bruce Crawford, has submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament to congratulate the Trust on being shortlisted.
SNP politicians in Stirling have welcomed the Scottish Government’s recently announced draft budget.
The announcement by Finance Secretary Derek MacKay sets out the SNP Scottish Government’s spending plans for 2017/18. Details include:
– Freezing the basic rate of income tax, protecting the income of the lowest paid earners.
– £120 million in additional funding from the Scottish Government to tackle closing the attainment gap.
– Protecting Scotland’s policing budget in real terms.
– Protecting the Fire and Rescue Service budget in cash terms.
– A record £304 million invested into NHS Scotland – more than any other party pledged to invest.
– 32.3% increase in funding to mental health services.
– Over £60 million committed to support the doubling of free childcare from 600 to 1,140 hours.
– Supporting free further/higher education.
– Protecting free prescriptions.
– Committing to working with others to fund a transformational City Region Deal for Stirling.
Stirling MP, Steven Paterson, has welcomed today’s announcement from the First Minister of a Sporting Equality Fund, set up with the aim of increasing women’s engagement in sport.
The £300,000 fund will be used to find ways to close the gender gap that emerges in the early teenage years when 71% of boys compared to 51% of girls say they are active participants in sport.
The gap has been narrowing in recent years but significantly more men than women are active and significantly fewer describe themselves as inactive.