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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Care Hub Celebrates New Milestone

Attendees at the Topping out ceremony

A topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village was held on Friday 24th November 2017 to mark the final tiles being placed on the roof of the new Care Hub building. The hub will have more than 100 beds and will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Set in a comfortable, homely environment it aims to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.

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£270k For Stirling’s E-Bike Scheme

Bruce Crawford MSP and Keith Brown MSP cycling
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Stirling Faces £500 Million Hard Brexit Hammering

No deal is a bad deal

The risks of Scotland crashing out of the EU without the UK government securing a deal have been revealed in a damning report by the London School of Economics.
Figures show that every single part of Scotland, and of the UK as a whole, will be adversely affected even in the event of a soft Brexit with single market membership maintained – however the impact of dropping off a hard Brexit cliff edge would be significantly worse.

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What Has The Scottish Government Ever Done For Us? SNP MP Highlights How Devolution Has Benefitted Stirling

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard took part in a Westminster Hall debate this week (Tuesday) on Devolution in Scotland.

The Edinburgh MP – who is the SNP Spokesperson on the Cabinet Office, Scotland Office, and House of Lords – took part in the debate and highlighted how the Stirling Constituency had specifically benefitted from Scottish Government policies what did not exist in the rest of the UK.

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Babcock’s Hand Forced By Ministry Of Defence On Relocation And Threat To Local Jobs

Bruce Crawford voiced concern

It has been revealed that the decision by the Ministry of Defence to close the Forthside Barracks by 2022 has led to Babcock’s move to bring forward their plans to relocate the DSG operation in Stirling.
Stirling’s MSP Bruce Crawford has held urgent talks with representatives of Babcock International over these proposals – where the UK Government’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was discussed.

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Bruce Crawford October 2017 Newsletter

Bruce Crawford voiced concern
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Crawford Welcomes Council Commitment On “Sma’ Vennel” Anti-Social Behaviour

Stirling’s MSP, Bruce Crawford, has welcomed a response from Stirling Council that has indicated a multi-department approach to addressing the problems facing the small vennel that connects Baker Street to Spittal Street in Stirling’s city centre.

Mr Crawford wrote to Stirling Council after being approached by a number of residents who raised their serious concerns that anti-social behaviour is rife in the vennel. Reports have included: public urination, drug taking and supply, lewd conduct, defecation, and threatening behaviour.

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MSP Encourages Stirling Communities To Apply To £6m Rural Tourism Fund

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford is calling on local groups in the Stirling area to apply to the Scottish Government’s new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The Scottish Government announced the new £6m fund in response to the tourism boom across rural Scotland, and the money will be invested over the course of two years (2018/19 and 2019/20) to help ensure the services and facilities tourists and communities need are provided.

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Brexit Bombshell: Farmers Incomes Could Halve After No Deal

Tractor gathering hay from a Stirlingshire field

Farmers in the Stirling area could see their incomes could cut in half after Brexit, a report by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board has warned.

The staggering new research warns that a No Deal Brexit, as increasingly threatened by Theresa May, is one of a number of threats to farm incomes – alongside possible changes to tariffs and subsidies. 

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