Month: February 2019

POSITIVE PROGRESS FOR RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOOL LEAVERS

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed news that a record 94.4% of school leavers across Scotland last year achieved a “positive destination” within three months. Young people in Falkirk district exceeded the national average, with the figure standing at…

£5.2MILLION BUSINESS RATES SUPPORT FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT FIRMS

The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme provided more than £5million of support to firms across the Falkirk Council area in 2017-18, official figures show. The scheme, launched by the SNP in 2008-09, helps local companies by reducing their rates…

MATHESON WELCOMES NEW FUNDING FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Students on research Masters courses will be able to access financial support as part of a major expansion of postgraduate funding in Scotland. Tuition fee loans of up to £5500 and living cost loan support of up to £4500 will…

NEW PAYMENT BENEFITS 2410 CARERS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

The first payments made by Scotland’s new social security agency benefited 2410 carers in the Falkirk Council area, official figures show. The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is a twice-yearly additional payment for people in Scotland who receive the Carer’s Allowance from…