May 14, 2019

On Wednesday, in response to a question by Kenneth Gibson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP said:

"The fact that we have to provide for the nearly one third of a million households in Scotland that require a Scottish welfare fund is a sad indictment of the UK Government’s record on welfare c...

May 14, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth led his Members' Debate at the Scottish Parliament urging the UK Tory Government's to reverse their sneaky decision to force newly-retired people - whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 - to claim Universal Credit instead of Pension Credit.

This forced change, which comes into effect on 15 May, coul...

March 26, 2019

A Parliamentary Answer had clarified that income tax paid by those living in Scotland who earn the UK median wage is lower than the rest of the United Kingdom, where income tax is set by the UK Tory Government at Westminster. 

Released this week by the SNP Government, the data show those who earn the UK’s median annual salary of £24,006 will pay...

March 13, 2019

I was disappointed that at North Ayrshire Council’s (NAC) meeting on 13 February, Labour and the Tories backed a motion to support plans for a Glasgow Airport Rail Link as envisaged in the 2014 Glasgow City Deal.

This had just been dismissed by the Glasgow Airport Access Steering Group as it did not contain a strong business case indicating that...

February 25, 2019


 

The costs of preparing for Brexit we didn’t vote for, currently stands at £4,200 million, of which Scotland’s share by population is over £344.4 million. This would be enough to train 7,663 people, the combined equivalent of 3,466 teachers, 2,392 nurses and 1,805 police officers.

 
The SNP recently called on the UK Treasury to foot the bill for...

February 25, 2019

The SNP has called for a £175 million VAT debt to be repaid, after analysis found that five years of non-refunded VAT paid to the UK government by Scotland’s territorial police service – which no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay - could have paid for the training of nearly 2,000 new police officers. And this does not includ...

February 22, 2019

Michelle Ballantyne MSP faces further criticism in her position as the Tories’ welfare spokesperson, after it was revealed that she is unaware which benefits are reserved to Westminster and which are devolved to Holyrood.

 
Ms Ballantyne wrote to the Scottish Government to ask about work capability assessments three times, not realising that the...

January 18, 2019

Kenneth Gibson MSP has slammed the UK Tory Government for their covert changes to state pensions, which deprive some North Ayrshire pensioners of up to £7,000 per year.

Changes to benefits for mixed-age couples – which will be introduced from 15 May 2019 - were quietly released by Tory ministers on the eve of Theresa May’s humiliating Brexit deal...

January 17, 2019

The Labour Party in Scotland has joined forces with the Tories by refusing to rule out the threat of a no-deal Brexit.


During a debate at Holyrood on Scotland’s Future Economy, the day after the Brexit vote at Westminster, the SNP called on the UK Government to ‘rule out a no deal Brexit,’ which would be a disaster for jobs, household incomes an...

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