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Local MSP visits Lock ‘n’ Sole ahead of Small Business Saturday

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde visited Lock ‘n’ Sole to show his support for small businesses in his constituency ahead of Small Business Saturday (4 December). The local SNP MSP was shown the various services on offer at the Oak Mall store – which includes key cutting, shoe repairs and engraving – by business owner Sammy Cushnaghan. Last year the campaign achieved record-breaking success and saw an estimated £1.1 billion spent with small businesses across the UK on the day, according to estimates from the campaign’s principal supporter in the UK American Express. Commenting after the visit, Stuart

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Child Poverty

At least 1,855 children in Inverclyde to benefit from doubling of Scottish Child Payment

MSP WELCOMES DOUBLING OF SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT SNP MSP, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that the Scottish Child Payment will be doubled from April 2022. The announcement will see at least 1,855 eligible children across Inverclyde receiving £20 per week per child from spring next year – with over 106,000 children across Scotland immediately benefitting from the increased payment. Since the launch of the Scottish Government payment on 15 February 2021, £501,750 has been issued in payments to families in Inverclyde.   It is now expected that over 400,000 children could be eligible for the doubled payment

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Angela Crawley MP

Inverclyde MSP backs campaign for paid miscarriage leave

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has added their support to the campaign to introduce paid leave for families who experience a miscarriage before 24 weeks. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, however, under current UK legislation, workers are only entitled to paid bereavement leave following a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy. As a result, families across the country are forced to rely on their employer’s good will or sick leave to allow them to grieve their loss. On 3 December, a Private Members’ Bill introduced by Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley – which would see three days of paid leave for parents who experience a

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Inverclyde being ripped off to the tune of £20m by rotten PFI contracts

Inverclyde Council spent £20m in 2019-20 on PFI contracts – eating in to vital council education spending. Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has found that the amount being forked out by Inverclyde Council is 25% of its education resource funding; meaning millions are being wasted on the contracts. PFI contracts were introduced by the Tories and adopted by Labour during their time at the helm of the Scottish Government. Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde said: “The rotten PFI contracts were introduced by the Tories but supercharged by the Labour-led Scottish Government and unnecessarily cost

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Inverclyde MSP welcomes rollout of Scottish Government Child Disability Payments

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s rollout of financial support for families of children with a disability. The new payment, which provides money to help with the extra costs of caring for a child with a disability or ill-health condition, opens for applications across the country today. For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply for Child Disability Payment online, as well as by phone, post or face-to-face. As the Child Disability Payment replaces the UK Government’s Disability Living Allowance for children, this is for new applications. Those

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Local MSP welcomes Vodafone’s efforts to help charities tackle digital exclusion

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed Vodafone’s commitment to tackle digital exclusion and connect one million people by the end of 2022, through the launch of their charities.connected initiative and The Great British Tech Appeal. charities.connected is inviting UK charities to apply for free connectivity to help the individuals and families they support get online or to improve its own digital capability. The connectivity, in the form of SIM cards offering 20GB of data plus free calls and texts every month for six months, will work in any SIM-enabled device (a phone, tablet, laptop, MiFi or dongle). The Greenock and Inverclyde

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