SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has joined the campaign to boost internet safety for young people – after pressure from SNP MSPs Kevin Stewart and Gillian Martin led to Snapchat removing primary schools from their search function.
Local MSP Bruce Crawford has encouraged the local authority in Stirling to consider applying for a share in the £1 million fund to improve and upgrade school libraries in the local area.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has highlighted the service that Skills Development Scotland (SDS) provides to both pupils and parents after the results of National, Higher, and Advanced Higher exams are released.
Following a BBC investigation Steven Paterson MP has sought urgent reassurance from Stirling Council about the news that three public-private partnership (PPP) schools in Stirling have been judged to be unsafe. The schools affected in Stirling are St Modans, Wallace High School and Balfron High School.
This week, local Stirling MP Steven Paterson will be delivering information packs on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) to all schools across the Stirling area.
The information packs, produced by the HMD Trust, are designed to help promote HMD and educate young people on the importance of marking the anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – the site of the largest mass murder in history.
SNP Group Leader on Stirling Council, Councillor Scott Farmer added:
“This is a gargantuan amount of money to have taken from precious Council resources. The Tories invented PFI and Labour continued to champion these contracts. The total bill will cost the Stirling taxpayer at least £15 million every year for the next two decades – money that would be better spent vital services such as social care, roads maintenance, and education.
“It is high time Labour and the Tories owned up to their mistakes and apologised for their credit card economics.”
In a parliamentary question to the Deputy Leader of the House, Stirling MP Steven Paterson highlighted the structural issues found in Balfron High School recently and called for a parliamentary debate on what he referred to as “the great PFI swindle”. During his question, Mr Paterson said: “Balfron High School in […]
At Thursday (19th May) night’s Meeting of the Full Council, Stirling SNP Councillors put forward proposals for a comprehensive and independent inquiry into structural failings at Balfron High School. The calls come after a number of issues with the PFI procured high school has resulted in sections of the building […]
Further Concerns Raised Over PPP/PFI Schools
Last week, management were forced to close a stairwell within Balfron High School after safety concerns were raised over “suspicious wall movement”.
Balfron High School, a PFI project, had raised building safety concerns previously when high winds resulted in a wall collapsing in January this year. Upon investigation, it became clear that necessary wall ties had not been installed to secure the wall to the building.
Forth and Endrick SNP Councillor, Ian Muirhead commented:
“The situation at Balfron High School is extremely worrying and I will be staying in touch with relevant Council officers to ensure that everything is being done to safeguard the safety of pupils and staff alike.
“The mess left behind from Labour’s toxic PFI/PPP legacy has meant that Stirling taxpayers are among those who have been ripped off and their health and safety compromised.”
The news comes after Stirling MP Steven Paterson called on Stirling Council’s Chief Executive to ensure that adequate building safety inspections were carried out on schools after a number of Edinburgh-based PFI/PPP schools were forced to close due to concerns.
Steven Paterson said:
“I am glad that independent inspections have been swiftly carried out on local schools, however, for many parents and staff, the revelations from Balfron High will confirm fears over PFI/PPP contracts.
“The Tories invented PFI and Labour and the Lib Dems embraced it with open arms – costing the taxpayer billions in wasted funds that should have been invested in vital public services.”
Stirling SNP candidate, Bruce Crawford added:
“I am very concerned about the potential impact this could have on pupils. This is a crucial time for young people who are preparing to sit their exams and the last thing they need is disruption during their study period.
“I have been in touch with Stirling Council’s Chief Executive seeking daily updates on the situation as it evolves – including contingency plans for any affected parts of the school that could be facing closure.”
Stirling’s MP, Steven Paterson, has written to the Chief Executive of Stirling Council, calling for assurances that safety inspections will be carried out in the aftermath of a number of PFI-built schools in Edinburgh that have been closed due to serious safety concerns. Mr Paterson’s call comes after the […]