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MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane has welcomed the opening for applications of a £500,000 fund from the Scottish Government which will address immediate need and underlying causes of food poverty.

Food aid organisations are now able to apply for funding through the £500,000 Emergency Food Fund (EFF) which opened for applications on 2 June 2014.

The independent charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has revealed new polling which shows public support for the introduction of a 5p mandatory charge for retail bags by almost 2 to 1.

It is proposed that the proceeds of the single use carrier bag charge, known as the bag levy, will be required to be given to charitable, good causes, similar to arrangements now in place in Wales. The Welsh regulations have resulted in an 80% decline in the number of single use bags being used in shops, a similar decline to reductions achieved in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, Keith Brown has congratulated Clackmannan Primary School on achieving their third Green Flag Award.

The Green Flag Awards are made by Eco-Schools Scotland to schools who take part in a range of environmental related activities and Mr Brown joined Clackmannanshire’s Education Convener, Councillor Ellen Forson, last week to present the award to the school.

Keith Brown MSP, Unit 4, 39 Drysdale Street, Alloa FK10 1LY
01259 219333 | keith.brown.msp@scottish.parliament.uk

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