Dumfries and Galloway Labour have committed a massive gaffe after demanding more money for early years education despite failing to spend the Scottish Government money they were already given to deliver it.
Committee papers from the Labour run council this month revealed they had failed to spend £797,000 allocated to them by SNP ministers to support investment in Early Years. The council claimed they had already made the investments therefore “not all the funding set aside has been required.”
However speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Labour MSP Elaine Murray asked whether the Scottish government would fund Dumfries and Galloway “for the capital and revenue costs of the increase in early learning and childcare entitlement to 1,140 hours.”Read more
Joan McAlpine MSP today marked Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Book of Commitment at a new mobile exhibition which will take survivor testimonies into communities and classrooms across Scotland.
The exhibition, which is part of the “Gathering the Voices” project, brings together oral and written testimony from men and women who sought refuge in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe.Read more
A COUPLE of weeks ago I got chatting to a woman from my home area of Inverclyde.
She was married to a worker at Ferguson’s shipyard in Port Glasgow which was threatened with closure until engineering entrepreneur Jim McColl rode to the rescue.
I don’t know the woman’s political affiliations.
But when I mentioned I was an SNP MSP, there was no holding her back.Read more
JOAN believes that if Scotland rejects Independence then David Cameron will milk the result for all it's worth and condemn the whole of the UK to Conservative rule.Read more
Joan discusses the importance of investing in children and why the Scottish Government's early years care plan could be the answer.Read more