Roseanna Cunningham MSP, has raised her concerns that constituents in the Auchterarder area are being provided with very poor service from Vodafone.
Speaking today [Thursday], Ms Cunningham said:
“I have been working with constituents and Vodafone over the last week to resolve the issue of lack of service in the Auchterarder area. It appears that there is an issue with the lease on the mast which connects Auchterarder to the rest of the Vodafone network and I understand that Vodafone are attempting to find an alternative site.
“I have been approached by a many constituents affected by the loss of service and one who even offered a site for a new mast! I passed that information on and I understand it is being investigated by Vodafone and its associated contractors.
“However, I am most concerned that customers in this area are not being given the service they expect from a multinational company such as Vodafone.
“Several of my constituents have contacted me to ask for assistance in removing themselves from the contracts which they have with Vodafone and since many of these constituents rely on their Vodafone mobile phone for business purposes, the lack of service is becoming a serious issue.
“It appears that, at present, Vodafone are unwilling to allow customers to be released from their contracts without having to pay large sums of money, despite the fact that they would not wish to terminate their contracts if Vodafone service had not been wiped out from the area.
“My office is in daily contact with Vodafone at present and I have written again formally urging them to reconsider their stance on customers who want to leave as a result of the lack of service. It is simply not good enough for Vodafone to charge for a service which customers are not receiving and then charge them again for wanting to leave that service!”
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has given her backing to a community plan to secure a long-term sustainable future for the Drummond Arms Hotel building.
Ms Cunningham said:
"Like many other local people I have been incredibly frustrated by the inaction of the owners of the Drummond Arms over recent years which has seen the building fall into such a state of disrepair that the RBS branch was forced to close.
"I am very happy, therefore, to welcome the decision by the Crieff Community Trust and the Town Center Group to take action and to give my backing to their plans.
"These are the first tentative steps down what could be a very long road but I am delighted by the determination that is being shown.
"It is up to us all - as a local community - to get behind this bid, get the building out of the hands of those who have done nothing but let it sit and rot and ensure that this historic building has a future.
"I welcome the positive attitude that RBS have shown and I would urge Strathfare to be just as helpful."
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has welcomed news that the communities of Almondbank and Methven in her constituency are included amongst the 39,000 homes and businesses in 13 local authority areas across Scotland announced today (Thursday) as being next to get fibre broadband as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland partnership.
Ms Cunningham said:
"High quality digital connection is so important in the modern world and this news will be welcomed by the homes and businesses in my constituency who will benefit.
"I understand very well the frustrations that can be caused by a slow or unstable broadband connection and I look forward to the day when all my constituents can access the fast connections possible.
"The Scottish Government is committed to providing top class connections right across Scotland by 2020 and this announcement is an important step along the road towards realising that ambition."
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has highlighted figures which show that over 3000 children in Perth & Kinross could benefit from the Scottish Government's decision to provide healthy free school meals to all pupils in P1-P3.
Speaking today (Monday) Ms Cunningham said:
"As part of a £114 million package for young people over two years, every one of Perth & Kinross's P1 to P3 children will have the option of a free meal in school from January next year, improving health and wellbeing, increasing attainment and saving families around £330 a year for each child.
"The announcement was warmly welcomed by a coalition of children's charities who have been campaigning for this policy
"In Perth and Kinross, that means that – based on the latest available figures - around 3200 children will now be eligible to benefit.
"The First Minister has also announced that free childcare provision would also be expanded to every two year-old from a workless household in Scotland – around 8,400 children or 15 per cent of all two year-olds – by August this year.
"And by August next year, free childcare provision will be extended further, reaching 15,400 children – 27 per cent of all two year-olds – by widening entitlement to families that received certain welfare benefits such as Jobseeker's Allowance.
"However, opposition MSPs this week voted against the policy in the Scottish Parliament – to reactions of incredulity in the Chamber.
"In particular, last week's debate completely exposed Labour's narrow partisan agenda. In their determination to attack everything proposed by the SNP, Labour MSPs ended up voting against policies which Labour themselves have claimed to support.
"But that is of course exactly what they were doing – and now they have to explain their actions to the coalition of charities which has campaigned for this policy.
"I was proud to vote for the rollout of healthy free school meals to all children in Primaries 1 to 3, and a significant expansion of childcare provision.
"Labour's shambolic actions show once again that only the powers of independence offer us the chance to build on this to make a truly transformational change."