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Lesley Laird MP was given an update on vital services Citizens Advice provide constituents in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath at an event held in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday).  According to the charity, Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems, reducing the number of people who turn to public services for support on welfare, health and housing issues.   For...
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Full of admiration and support for the @MNDpatients protest yesterday, despite the weather, calling on the Government to STOP forcing MND patients to undergo DWP reassessment for ESA benefits. The campaign has succeeded in changing this cruel policy for new claimants – but estimates around 600 dying patients are still affected. Terminally ill people should...
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I joined Unite at its protest outside RBS in Kirkcaldy to bring home the message to bank bosses ‘DON’T CLOSE OUR BRANCHES!’ The bank plans to close 52 branches across the country – despite announcing annual profits of £752m. This is galling for customers and speaks volumes about RBS’s priorities. I’m calling for Ross McEwan...
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The ‘Beast from the East’ has triggered Cold Weather Payments of £25 for KY4 and KY5 postcodes for the period of Feb 25 – March 3. The payment is automatically made to people on certain benefits – for more information visit https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
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Lesley Laird MP has called on Humza Yousaf to stop ignoring the misery endured by Fife passengers after it emerged ScotRail clocked up a £3m fine for poor performance. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath contacted the Scottish Minster for Transport in January after receiving a flood of complaints from angry commuters left stranded at...
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Lesley Laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has pledged support to a campaign which aims to stem Scotland’s ‘curry crisis’. She met dozens of restaurateurs who gathered at Shimla Palace in Cowdenbeath to discuss a skilled chef shortage across Scotland’s Asian restaurant sector. Addressing the audience, comprising around 70 people, campaign leader Hans Raj Ram, CEO...
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I’ve called on NHS Fife to take action after learning that 36 per cent of all GP practices in Fife have announced their patient lists are full. The extent of the problem across the Kingdom emerged after the Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing practice became the latest GP surgery to declare it was full recently. I...
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The winner of Lesley Laird MP’s first ever Christmas card competition experienced the thrill of seeing her design roll off the printing presses on Thursday. A drawing by Adela Friedrichova (12), a first year pupil at Viewforth High School, KIrkcaldy, was among over a hundred entries submitted by pupils from five local primary and high...
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It was an absolute honour to meet Ava Stark and her family as they were awarded the John Petchy Hero of the Year award at Westminster last night. The award was given by the Anthony Nolan Trust in recognition of four-year-old Ava and her entire family, who have become huge advocates for the Trust after...
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Four stores in Scotland could be hit by planned closures by Toys R Us. The retailer has put forward proposals to shut 26 of its UK premises as part a a company voluntary agreement (CVA), putting up to 800 jobs at risk. Among those in Scotland which could be hit include Aberdeen, East Kilbride, Kirkcaldy...
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