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Lesley Laird
Lesley Laird MP has warned of a “potential nightmare” for Aberdour residents if three major housing developments are given the green-light. A proposal to build 125 houses at Hillside – rejected by Fife Council planners in February this year due to ‘insufficient information’– is back on the table. Meanwhile appeals for developments by Cala and...
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Lesley Laird MP has expressed “disappointment and shock” at the decision by Marks and Spencer to close its Kirkcaldy High Street store early next year. The decision, which M&S said formed part of its store transformation programme, was announced today (Wednesday) after staff were informed. Lesley said: “I am extremely disappointed and shocked at this...
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It is an important principle of the BBC’s Charter that the BBC is operationally and editorially independent. The BBC also has a duty under both the BBC Charter and the Broadcasting Code to deliver impartial and accurate news. Indeed, the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter requires the BBC to do all it can to ensure...
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Instead of encouraging the use of fossil fuels by making the planning process easier for their development, we should be boosting renewable energy projects. In 2016, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report on shale gas and our climate change targets. It found that fracking was not compatible with these targets unless it...
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I agree that multinational companies that accrue large amounts of revenue in the UK should pay their fair share of tax. Taxation is what underpins our shared prosperity. All of us, including businesses, benefit from a healthy, educated and skilled population, with access to basic services and secure housing. I am concerned that the small...
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Google’s Digital Garage is making its way to Kirkcaldy as part of its Scottish tour to offer locals a chance to learn the latest online skills – for free. The customised double decker bus, which boasts a dedicated upstairs classroom, will be parked up outside Kirkcaldy Galleries all day on Friday, October 12. Lesley Laird MP, who...
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Fife’s charities are at the frontline dealing with the impact of poverty in our communities – and pressure on their services has increased following the roll-out of Universal Credit. That impact is especially cruel at Christmas which is why the Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy launched a festive appeal back in 2011 to ensure families...
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The impact of Universal Credit has led to soaring debts. Rent arrears owed by Fife Council tenants have now reached £120,000 a month – money which should be used to build new homes and repair existing council properties. In August a report which went before town councillors confirmed that two thirds of 3060 council tenants in Fife...
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Kingdom Community Bank, Fife’s largest credit union, launched a new Cowdenbeath collection point at the Maxwell Centre today (Thursday). The launch, which coincides with Challenge Poverty Week, will further extend Kingdom’s aim to offer everyone in the local community a stake in their own ethical bank, and access to affordable loans, secure savings and other...
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We’ve witnessed a dramatic rise in use of food banks across Fife over the past year – and a change in the demographics accessing them. Volunteers report more and more pensioners are coming forward seeking help, because for many elderly residents they face a stark choice between eating and heating over winter. According to the...
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