Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant has stepped into the row over the cancellation of bus services this summer to Fort George and Cawdor Castle.
Speaking this afternoon she said,
“I understand that last year the service was provided by Stagecoach Bus, however, lack of demand is being cited as the reason why it is not viable for them to run this service this year”.
Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant has hit out at the “staggering” number of people in the Western Isles who are living in fuel poverty.
A recent survey by Western Isles based organisation The Energy Advisory Service has found that the numbers of islanders who are living in fuel poverty is rising at an alarming pace.
The survey found that seven out of ten people on the islands are living in fuel poverty.
Any household that spends more than 10% of their income on fuel is defined as living in fuel poverty.
Our target to eradicate fuel poverty now seems like a fantasy.
The Scottish Government has consistently cut fuel poverty funding and underspends that even smaller budget.
It has shown no commitment to tackling fuel poverty, and that is all the more inexplicable when fuel poverty is on the increase due to the higher costs of fuel and the decreases in wages throughout our community.
Protect, Immunise—That the Parliament welcomes European Immunization Week 2014 on 22 to 26 April; considers that, while there has been considerable progress over the last 30 years in implementing immunisation programmes, there is still more progress to be made; understands that nearly one million people in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region do not receive basic vaccinations and are more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases that continue to cause illness, disability and even death; notes that optimal protection requires vaccination uptake rates to be as high as 95%; expresses concern regarding the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s recent measles and rubella monitoring report, which shows that 1,900 cases of measles were reported in the UK from January to December 2013; understands that some of the non-immunised population belong to hard-to-reach groups that lack information about the importance and availability of vaccination; further understands that more new immunisation resources were released during 2013 than in any other year, including the publication of WHO’s Guide to Tailoring Immunization Programmes, which is designed to identify susceptible populations, determine barriers to vaccination and implement evidence-based interventions and the profile of European Immunization Week in the media, and hopes that the informational activities carried out by EU member states during European Immunization Week 2014 will help to address challenges regarding immunisation in the UK.
Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the news that the West Harris Trust has secured funding to the tune of just over £1million from the Big Lottery Fund to provide a community hub in Horgabost, Harris.
North Scottish Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant has welcomed the decision by the NHS Highland Pharmacy Practice Committee which has refused the application to introduce a pharmacy into Castletown, Caithness.