westfieldAll 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

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Labour’s “Grave Concerns” Over Extra Cash For Education

gordon-hughesJust 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

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ann-ritchieThe 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

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Michael MathesonFalkirk 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

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cecil-meiklejohnFalkirk 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

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Transport For Disabled People Cut For The Sake Of £5,100

dial a journeyThe 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

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imagesThe 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

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Indecision and Paralysis Hits Falkirk Council Administration

stephen-birdThere 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

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Orange Twist

municipal buildingsAt the last meeting of the Falkirk Council’s Executive Committee a paper was put to Councillors relating to an application for financial assistance submitted by the Orange Order for a grant from the council’s Community Grants Fund.

The paper contained the rules as well as the processes for applicants for the Community Grants Fund. Continue reading

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Cash Strapped Falkirk Council To Subsidise Orange Walk

orangeAt a time when Falkirk Council leader, Craig Martin, was claiming the local authority was facing a £20million shortfall in funding the Labour / Tory coalition administration has agreed to subsidise a forthcoming major Orange Walk through the town on 25 June. Continue reading

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