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Universal Credit and Vulnerable Claimants

Today I asked a question of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in relation to vulnerable claimants and Universal Credit.  I asked if there was more that could be done to support local Jobcentres in the valuable work they do helping vulnerable claimants back into work after a difficult p

Scotland's Towns Partnership 'FutureTown' Competition

I have been asked to pass on details of this year's 'FutureTown' competition organised by Scotland's Towns Partnership.  It looks to be a very useful and innovative idea and I would encourage anyone with a proposal to submit it.

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Future of the Oil and Gas Industry Debate

I spoke this morning in the Westminster Hall debate on the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry in the UK.  Whilst it is right that we move towards a focus on renewable sources of energy, particularly in light of the recent UN report on climate change, we must also bear in mind the significance of

Aviva Community Fund Applications

I have been asked to share details of the Aviva Community Fund, which is currently open for applications from local projects until midday on 9th October.  Awards range from under £1,000 up to £25,000 and projects can be entered into one of three categories: Environment, Health & Wellbeing or

Great British Beach Clean 2018

I had a great morning yesterday helping with the Great British Beach Clean where we had a whole range of people, some having travelled from as far afield as London and Glasgow to assist.  My thanks also to Councillor Brown for the very efficient arrangements on the day.  A picture paints a thousa

A77 Resurfacing Between Sandyford Toll & Dutch House Roundabout

Scotland Transerv have provided an update on their proposed overnight closures of the A77 during resurfacing works later this month.  For those heading north from Sandyford Toll to Dutch House roundabouts, there will be seven consecutive 8pm to 6am closures from Friday 14th to Thursday 20th Septe

Bill speaks at the Ayr JobCentre Plus Employment Fair

I was privileged to attend the Employment Fair at the Ayr JobCentre Plus today, and to deliver the opening remarks.  The Employment Fair was supported by approximately 25 local businesses and a significant number of potential employees attended.