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Crawford Highlights Impact of Arthritis In Stirling Area

Bruce Crawford MSP meets with Arthritis UK in Parliament

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.

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Bruce Crawford Writes To Scottish Government Over Gainshare In Brig O’turk

Fibre and Ethernet
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Bruce Crawford October 2017 Newsletter

Bruce Crawford voiced concern
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A New Teacher Bursary For Career Changers

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Crawford Welcomes Scotland’s Fracking Ban

Shale gas drilling rig
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Bruce Crawford September 2017 Column

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Stirling MSP Leads Debate On Uni’s 50 Anniversary

Bruce Keith Gerry
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Callander Youth Project Shortlisted For Awards

Bruce Crawford MSP
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A Budget That Will Deliver For Stirling And For Scotland

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.

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Stirling MP Hails Scottish Government Investment In Sporting Equality

Steven Paterson

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.

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