The first year of Universal Credit having been rolled out in the Stirling area (June 2017 – June 2018) has seen a £30,609.77 rise in Crisis Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund being made by Stirling Council, based on previous year (June 2016 – June 2017).
Stirling Council Leader, SNP Councillor Scott Farmer, has called on Stirling’s Tory MP, Stephen Kerr, not to back a Chancellor’s Budget that would cast yet more people in Stirling into deeper hardship as a result of the broken Universal Credit system.
New information revealed in an FOI request has shown that Tory MP for Stirling has failed to meet with key UK government ministers about Brexit since June last year – leaving Stirling voiceless at Westminster as we head closer to the looming disaster of Brexit.
The Tory Government has reneged on a promise to hand over the land at MOD Forthside to Stirling Council once the Army Barracks have been decommissioned
Stirling’s Council Leader, Scott Farmer, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to doubling the available funding for city deals at the recent Draft Budget announcement last month.
Leader of Stirling Council, SNP Councillor Scott Farmer, has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, calling for the rollout of Universal Credit to be halted.
Universal Credit was introduced in Stirling in June last year and a report from the Council has shown that council house and housing association rent arrears have increased significantly, there has been a sharp increase in the number of crisis grants awarded to struggling families and individuals, and food bank referrals have increased.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has met with Stirling council Leader Scott Farmer, Provost Christine Simpson as well as Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown to discuss developments with the Stirling City Region Deal.
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.
Stirling SNP led a demonstration to halt Universal Credit on Saturday (25th Nov).
The day of action included a procession from King’s Park followed by a rally at Thistle Park in Stirling.
Rally speakers included Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford, SNP MP Drew Hendry, Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer, and Jessica Lindohf of Stirling Women’s Aid.
Stirling SNP’s campaign has gained hundreds of signatures for the party’s petition to halt Universal Credit.
Stirling SNP Councillor and Stirling Council Leader, Scott Farmer, proposed a resolution to local government body COSLA, establishing a national position on the two-child limit for Child Tax Credit and subsequently the so-called rape clause.