The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has welcomed an additional £9m being allocated to local authorities across Scotland which will make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat
The announcement from Housing Minister Margaret Burgess today means that Perth & Kinross is set to receive £1,921,947 from the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS).
Ms Cunningham said:
"This is really welcome news and a further example of the Scottish Government stepping in to help the most hard-pressed in our society at a time when they are being abandoned and demonised by the coalition UK government in Westminster.
"Households across Perth and Kinross will benefit from home insulation measures, helping their homes stay warm and fuel efficient and saving them money for years to come, not just as a one-off benefit.
"Fuel poverty is an utter scandal in energy rich Scotland. As long as control over the key tools needed to tackle it such as fuel prices and the welfare system are retained at Westminster the fight against fuel poverty in Scotland is one that can not be properly fought."
ST DOMINIC'S PUPILS "INFORMED, INTERESTED & ENGAGED" AS THEY QUESTION LOCAL MSP
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire paid a visit to St Dominic's Primary School in Crieff on Friday.
Speaking after the visit Roseanna said:
"I was delighted to be invited by the pupils themselves as they are doing a project on the Scottish Parliament and they wanted me to come and speak to them about the Parliament and the work I do as the MSP representing their local area.
"After a short talk, we had a question and answer session and the pupils had some fantastic questions about the role of an MSP and about the Independence Referendum.
"I was clear from the way in which they were asked that their questions had not been pre-prepared by the teacher, nor were the children reading from pieces of paper. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and their understanding of the issues.
"The questions they asked showed that they informed, interested and engaged with the subject. I just hope that my answers were able to satisfy them!
"I understand that they are scheduled to visit Parliament in October. I am sure that they will find it very interesting and – other diary commitments allowing – I look forward to the opportunity of speaking to them again there."
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South& Kinross-shire had a useful visit recently to the newly rebranded TSB bank in Crieff where she met with the manager, Doreen Reid and discussed the services on offer and the impact that they have seen from the departure of the Royal Bank of Scotland from the town.
Speaking following her visit, Ms Cunningham said:
"The TSB in Crieff is a friendly local bank who are genuinely interested in supporting and helping folk. Local managers have more influence over decision making and there is a real focus on protecting ordinary folk from financial risks.
"I was extremely pleased to hear about the basic bank account that they offer for people who have never had one before and who are now going to need an account to receive their benefits.
"These customers will also get assistance with setting up standing orders and advice on money management.
"The TSB remains part of the Lloyd's banking group until they are floated on the stock exchange but the new bank has a real commitment to making a return to local banking.
"Unsurprisingly, the departure of the Royal Bank of Scotland from the town has impacted on the TSB and they have recently been seeing a lot more business from non-customers than previously.
"The customer-focus that is evident in the TSB is pleasing and promising and I look forward to them continuing to serve the people of Crieff for a long time to come."
The SNP has welcomed news that young people who will be 16 or over in next year's referendum can now register to take part.
The SNP has long been in favour of giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections and has already made this possible in elections it has the power to change the franchise of such as health board elections. The power to enable 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local government and Scottish Parliament elections remains reserved to Westminster.
Electoral registration officers have begun gathering information for the electoral roll which will be used for the referendum. In addition to the usual household registration forms, people will also be given young voter forms to allow details to be collected of everyone who will be aged 16 and 17 on referendum day.