Local SNP MSP Keith Brown has hailed the nationwide rollout of the baby box across Scotland from the 15th August, following its successful trial run in Clackmannanshire and Orkney earlier this year.  Expecting mothers can register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment. 
 
These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.  The box itself also doubles up as a safe sleep space, awarded British Safety standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use.

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Local MSP, Keith Brown, has written to Clackmannanshire Council Leader, Les Sharp, requesting that the Council’s ground maintenance programme is reviewed.
 
The move came after Mr Brown was contacted by constituents from across Clackmannanshire about the falling standards of ground maintenance across the local area.

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Local MSP, Keith Brown, has today welcomed William Duncan Electrician Ltd as Clackmannanshire's latest Living Wage Accredited Employer.

The Tillicoultry based electrical contracting company have recently joined the ranks of over 850 employers across Scotland to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation's accreditation programme which sees employees paid at least the Living Age rate of £8.45.

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Schools in Clackmannanshire will receive a further £1.5 million  in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the SNP Government has announced.

More than £45 million of dedicated funding is being provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.

The Scottish Attainment Challenge prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools. This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.

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Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, Keith Brown, has welcomed the announcement from The Office for National Statistics that Scotland’s jobless rate fell to 3.8% in the period March to May, having stood at 4.5% in the previous quarter.

Today’s jobs figures puts Scotland’s unemployment rate substantially lower than the UK average which currently stands at 4.5%.

Keith Brown MSP said “With employment increasing and unemployment deceasing, the Scottish labour market clearly remains resilient and robust. On top of these encouraging employment figures, last week also saw the release of Scotland’s GDP stats which shows Scotland’s growth rate over the last quarter to be four times that of the UK, this is further evidence of the strength of the Scottish economy.

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Keith Brown MSP has criticised the rollout of Universal Credit in Clackmannanshire.

Last month, Universal Credit was rolled out in Clackmannanshire, with the expectation of Sauchie and Clackmannan who will receive it at a later date.

Six separate benefits (Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit) will now be rolled into Universal Credit.  However, the family element of Tax Credits has been removed which means that new families applying for support will lose around £545 a year and housing support has also been cut for 18-21 year-olds.

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