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MP urges OAPs to check pension credit entitlement

Nearly 2,200 older people in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath are missing out on a combined Pension Credit payout of over £5.7m every year. That’s according to research by charity Independent Age, whose campaign ‘Credit Where it’s Due’ is backed by MP...

MP calls on EDF to talk with Fife Unions

Lesley Laird MP has called on EDF to engage with Fife’s trade unions following a community meeting in Buckhaven to discuss the company’s upcoming NnG wind farm contract. On Thursday night the STUC comprising Unite and the GMB led the...

BBC knew OAPS would suffer under means-tested TV licence scheme

A BBC-commissioned report last year warned hundreds of thousands of the UK’s poorest pensioners would be impacted by means testing free TV licences for over-75s. Nevertheless, Tony Hall, Director of the BBC, maintained this week that the corporation’s decision to...

MP joins Jo’s Trust to highlight new cervical cell changes research

Lesley Laird MP has teamed up with charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Cervical Screening Awareness Week to encourage people to attend their smear test in order to prevent cervical cancer. Around 220,000 women are diagnosed with cell changes (abnormalities)...

MP calls for justice on miners’ pension scheme

The government must stop lining its pockets from the pensions of poverty-stricken miners, says Lesley Laird MP. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath attended a debate in the House of Commons sparked after more than 100,000 people signed a petition...

MP blasts BBC decision to scrap blanket free TV licences to over 75s

Lesley Laird MP has branded the government as heartless if it upholds the BBC’s decision to scrap free tv licences for over 75’s. Under the new rules, only low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit will still be eligible for a...
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