Author: Andrew

OFFICE CLOSED

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank constituents for their patience and understanding since the start of the pandemic. After an extremely busy year, my constituency office staff will be taking a break now until Tuesday, January…

MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AS COLLEGES EXCEED STUDENT NUMBER TARGETS

Colleges exceeded the Scottish Government’s target for the number of full-time equivalent places by almost 2,000 students in the last academic year. Scottish Funding Council figures show there were 328,889 college enrolments in 2018-19 – an 8.5% increase on the…

MATHESON BACKS CHARITY’S YOUNG CARERS CAMPAIGN

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson is backing a charity’s campaign to ensure that young carers don’t miss out on vital support. The Carers Trust’s Count Me In! campaign launches on Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday,  January 30. It calls…

OPPOSITION MSPs URGED TO OVERTURN THREAT TO BUSINESS RATES RELIEF SCHEMES

Michael Matheson has urged opposition MSPs to overturn a proposed amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill – after 27 business organisations signed a letter to raise their concerns over the proposal. Amendment 9 to the Bill would mean that…