Around 7,000 local women born after 1951 are set to lose on pension entitlement due to a failure of the Westminster Government to notify women of changes to National Insurance regulations for 14 years after the change occurred.
Local women activists helped form the campaign group, WASPI who, working through local MP, John McNally were part of a lobby of the UK parliament. The group have raised the profile of the issue and sought the support of Falkirk Council through a motion moved by SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn. Continue reading
The claim that the Labour Party are opposed to Fracking was exposed as a lie by SNP Councillor, Paul Garner, victor of the 2015 Council by-election in the Denny / Banknock Ward.
Councillor Garner, a long term critic of Fracking, had sought to unite the council behind a motion that called for all groups to make their voices heard during the forthcoming public consultation stage of the evidence based review of the process.
The motion he moved was, Continue reading
All of Falkirk’s SNP Councillors, Cecil Meiklejohn, David Alexander,and Colin Chalmers, along with Falkirk MP John McNally, have “stepped up” their support for Falkirk Football Club, by investing in the club’s new Step Plaque initiative.
All four are season ticket holders at the Falkirk Stadium the Falkirk Councillors and MP now have their names on the steps in the Main Stand. Continue reading
Just when we thought Labour couldn’t become more detached from reality we learn that there are no bounds on how low they will sink in the exercise of taking people for granted.
At the Education Executive of Falkirk Council held on 6th of September a report was heard from the council’s Director of Children’s Services, Robert Naylor. The subject being the SNP Government’s proposals to invest another £100m into closing the gap between the children in the lowest income households and the rest. Continue reading
The Bo’ness Branch of the Scottish National Party (SNP) have called on the Labour-led administration at Falkirk Council to reverse their decision to close the local One Stop Shop.
With news that the closure is likely to take effect before the end of this year (2016), fresh calls are being made and local councillor Ann Ritchie is seeking signatures for a petition she intends to present to the leader of Falkirk Council, Craig Martin.
Members of the public can add their support by signing a copy of the petition which is available at shops throughout Bo’ness, including the Ivy Tea Room and Oliphants in the town centre.
Local SNP councillor, Ann Ritchie, commented: Continue reading
Falkirk Council’s Criminal Justice section of Social Works Services is celebrating a welcome double funding boost.
First up was the announcement that Fife and Forth Valley Criminal Justice Authority (CJA) agreed to a change in formula that gives Falkirk additional cash boost, in the current year that amounts to an additional £37,278. Continue reading
Falkirk Council SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn, has put out a call to Labour Party members, including Falkirk Council colleagues, to “back the case for independence” in light of the last few weeks events.
A bad result for Labour in the European Community Referendum has not only led to the real prospect of another independence referendum in Scotland but also the collapse of the Labour UK leadership in Westminster. Continue reading
The reputation of Falkirk Council for getting priorities wrong took another turn when for the sake of £5,100 they withdrew weekend transport for disabled people.
Dial a Journey I a charity that provides door to day transport for disabled people who are unable to use public transport. For service users Dial a Journey are the difference between isolation and freedom. Continue reading
The Scottish National Party in Falkirk would wish to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox MP.
The horrendous attack on an elected member of the UK Parliament is not just an attack on a hard working MP but an attack on democracy itself.
While it is right to hold our politician to account for their political decisions we should never forget that politicians at all levels spend most of their working time helping people through their casework. Continue reading
There was high farce within Falkirk Council’s Executive Committee as Labour members failed to agree amongst themselves as to the future shape of the Refuse Collection Service.
Having already taken a decision to move from the current three week collection to a four week collection in February of this year with an October 1 implementation date a high level policy development panel was set up and met over the subsequent four months to work out how best to implement the changes to the service. Continue reading