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Published date : 25 Jul 2017

NHS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN HITS FOUR HOUR A&E TARGET
 
The most recent data for NHS Scotland reveals that 97.5% of patients in NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours – beating the 95% target.

Scottish hospitals have now had the best...

Health
 
Published date : 25 Jul 2017

SCHOOLS IN EAST AYRSHIRE GET FUNDING BOOST

Schools in East Ayrshire will receive £2,760,659 in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced this week.

More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils...

Council (East Ayrshire), Education
 
Published date : 05 Jul 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP CHALLENGES RBS TO BE MORE ACCESSIBLE

Jeane Freeman MSP has again challenged Royal Bank of Scotland to improve the accessibility of their van based mobile bank fleet after East Ayrshire’s Leisure Trust unveiled two new fully wheelchair accessible van based mobile libraries earlier this month.

Following the...

Business
 
Published date : 04 Jul 2017

SNP SCRAPS PAY CAP FOR NURSES AND TEACHERS IN AYRSHIRE

TORIES MUST DELIVER ON PUBLIC SECTOR PAY

SNP MSP Jeane Freeman is calling on the UK Government to stop flip-flopping on public sector pay and endorse the SNP’s policy to end the pay cap.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay told the Scottish Parliament last...

Education, Health
 
Published date : 29 Jun 2017

MSP SUPPORTS SCAMS AWARENESS MONTH

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley is supporting Scams Awareness Month which runs throughout July and encourages people to report and talk about scams.

Scams Awareness Month is a unique collaboration between Citizens Advice Scotland, Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau, Trading Standards and...

Charity
 
Published date : 27 Jun 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP ANNOUNCES TRANSPORT MINISTER VISIT TO LOOK AT A77 ISSUES

At the second meeting of the A77 Roundtable group, convened by Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Jeane Freeman, an important next step towards winning support for the longer term upgrade of this major trunk road was...

Transport
 
Published date : 22 Jun 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP TO MEET WITH STAGECOACH

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley will meet the Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland, Tom Bridge, next Friday afternoon, 30th June.

Ms Freeman sought the meeting on behalf of her constituents following Stagecoach’s announcement on major changes to their...

Transport
 
Published date : 22 Jun 2017

MSP WELCOMES FUNDING FOR AYRSHIRE ROADS ALLIANCE

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has welcomed the news that Ayrshire Roads Alliance are to receive £770k for four public roads projects. Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, announced that communities across Scotland are to...

Transport
 
Published date : 21 Jun 2017

LANDMARK LEGISLATION PUBLISHED

Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill will give the Scottish Government the powers to deliver eleven benefits devolved as part of the Scotland Act 2016.

It also provides powers to top up reserved...

Social Security
 
Published date : 21 Jun 2017

MSP URGES EXPECTANT MOTHERS IN CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY TO SIGN UP FOR BABY BOX

SNP MSP Jeane Freeman is encouraging all expectant mothers in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their...

Health
 
Published date : 21 Jun 2017

SCOTTISH HOSPITALS HIT FOUR HOUR A&E TARGET

Jeane Freeman MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has praised hard-working NHS staff after hospitals in Ayrshire and Arran outperformed the 4-hour A&E waiting time target.

Hospitals in NHS Ayrshire and Arran out-performed the national figure of 95% with 97.2% of patients...

Health
 
Published date : 15 Jun 2017

£34.8 million allocated to East Ayrshire Council over next three years.

More than £34 million is being allocated to East Ayrshire Council in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing.

For the first time, details have been confirmed of each local authority’s full funding allocation for...

Council (East Ayrshire), Housing and Planning
 
Published date : 15 Jun 2017

£35 million allocated to South Ayrshire Council over next three years

More than £35 million is being allocated to South Ayrshire Council in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing.

For the first time, details have been confirmed of each local authority’s full funding allocation for...

Council (South Ayrshire), Housing and Planning
 
Published date : 25 May 2017

JEANE FREEMAN TAKES THE WASPI PLEDGE

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, has signed a pledge to continue to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected by the Tory Government’s changes to women’s retirement age.   The Ayrshire Women Against State...

Social Security
 
Published date : 17 May 2017

It's that time of year again, as remarkable individuals and organisations from across Scotland are shortlisted as finalists for the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards 2017.

People from across Scotland submitted hundreds of nominations to SCVO – highlighting the huge range of incredible work going on all over the country....

Charity
 
Published date : 11 May 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP SLAMS TORIES ON FOOD POVERTY

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, has slammed the Tories over the growth of people using food banks.

Responding on behalf of the Scottish Government to a debate on food poverty held in the Scottish Parliament this...

Other
 
Published date : 10 May 2017

POLITICIANS SUPPORT WASPI AYRSHIRE WOMEN COMPLAINTS TO DWP

WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality – Ayrshire are building on the success of their recent rally in Kilmarnock by offering assistance with writing letters of complaint to the DWP to women affected by changes to their retirement age.  A...

Social Security
 
Published date : 07 May 2017

SNP MSP CALLS ON LOCAL PEOPLE TO SIGN UP IN FINAL WEEK

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman has called on local people to sign up and help shape Scotland’s new social security system as a Scottish Government campaign to learn from the experiences of those...

Social Security
 
Published date : 03 May 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP SLAMS LOCAL TORY MSP FOR “HYPOCRISY” ON AYRSHIRE GROWTH DEAL

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, has slammed the hypocrisy of Conservative MSP Brian Whittle over the Ayrshire Growth Deal.  Ms Freeman said;

“While Brian Whittle tries to score points in the Scottish Parliament,...

Economy
 
Published date : 27 Apr 2017

LOCAL MSP AND MP WELCOME GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT ACROSS AYRSHIRE

Jeane Freeman MSP and Corri Wilson MP have welcomed the Scottish Government’s publication of the update to its investment plans. The SNP Government plans to continue to invest in vital infrastructure across Ayrshire – helping to boost the local economy...

Transport
 
Published date : 26 Apr 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP AND CORRI WILSON MP BACKS PETITION TO SCRAP DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIM TAX

Local MSP, Jeane Freeman and Corri Wilson MP are calling upon their constituents to help scrap the Tory government policy to tax victims of domestic abuse for exerting their right to child maintenance.

They are...

Social Security
 
Published date : 25 Apr 2017

Jeane Freeman comment on Scottish Welfare Fund statistics

Commenting on the latest statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:

“Nobody chooses to rely on grants but at times of crisis it’s essential the right support is there to help those who need it most and...

Social Security
 
Published date : 20 Apr 2017

MSP CALLS ON TORY MSPS IN CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY TO CONDEMN FAMILY CAP AND RAPE CLAUSE

SNP MSP Jeane Freeman has called on Brian Whittle and Rachel Hamilton Tory MSPs in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to stop acting as mere mouthpieces for the UK government and oppose the shocking and inhumane...

Social Security
 
Published date : 19 Apr 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP SAYS “TORIES CANNOT BE TRUSTED” AHEAD OF WASPI AYRSHIRE RALLY

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has spoken out ahead of addressing the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Ayrshire Rally planned to take place in Kilmarnock this Saturday (22 April).

Ms Freeman said;

“I...

Social Security
 
Published date : 13 Apr 2017

£425 MILLION TO BE PAID OUT THIS YEAR – ROBBING MONEY FROM VITAL SERVICES

Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock MP Corri Wilson and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Jeane Freeman have condemned Labour’s PFI schools scheme as “irresponsible and shambolic”. The scheme continues to cost councils millions of pounds every year,...

Education
 
Published date : 06 Apr 2017

Jeane Freeman MSP Visits Stepping Stones Money Advice Project in Carrick

Isobel Lawson, Chief Executive of Stepping Stones for Families, recently welcomed Jeane Freeman MSP to their Carrick Money Advice Service, to discuss the vital anti-poverty work of the charity and to meet some of the local people who have...

Charity
 
Published date : 04 Apr 2017

Temporary Solution Won for Drongan Post Office

Jeane Freeman MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has issued the following statement regarding Drongan Post Office; 

"For the last few weeks I've been working with Linda Bonar from the Post Office Ltd to get a temporary solution for Drongan post office...

Business
 
Published date : 31 Mar 2017

Jeane Freeman MSP Welcomes New Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy

Jeane Freeman MSP has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s new ten-year mental health strategy, which commits the Scottish Government to working to achieve parity between mental health and physical health services.  Over the next five years the...

Health
 
Published date : 30 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN SAYS TORIES MUST RESPECT HOLYROOD’S DECISION

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman, has said that the will of Scotland’s parliament must be respected by the UK government – after MSPs backed the Scottish Government’s plans to hold a referendum on independence after the...

European Union
 
Published date : 28 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP TAKES ACTION ON A77

Jeane Freeman MSP has met with senior officials from Transport Scotland and Scotland Transerv to discuss improvement plans for the A77 in the village of Lendalfoot. Ms Freeman and a local A77 campaigner walked part of the route in Lendalfoot alongside the officials.

Ms...

Transport
 
Published date : 23 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP & CORRI WILSON MP DEMAND URGENT MEETING ON LATEST BANK CLOSURES

The announcement by Royal Bank of Scotland that it plans to close its branches in Girvan, Cumnock and Mauchline has been condemned by Jeane Freeman MSP and Corri Wilson MP, who are demanding an immediate...

Business
 
Published date : 23 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP AND CORRI WILSON MP CALL FOR IMMEDIATE HALT TO ROLLOUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

MSP Jeane Freeman and MP Corri Wilson are backing Scottish Government calls to halt the rollout of the full service of Universal Credit until problems with its implementation are fully resolved.

The Scottish Government...

Social Security
 
Published date : 23 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP & CORRI WILSON MP DEMAND URGENT MEETING ON LATEST BANK CLOSURES

The announcement by Royal Bank of Scotland that it plans to close its branches in Girvan, Cumnock and Mauchline has been condemned by Jeane Freeman MSP and Corri Wilson MP, who are demanding an immediate...

Business
 
Published date : 22 Mar 2017

A77 :  Summit Leads to Action

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley and Corri Wilson, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock have brought community groups, local councillors and government agencies together to find solutions to the many concerns local residents have about the A77 and the rural...

Transport
 
Published date : 15 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP SAYS SCOTLAND MUST HAVE CHOICE OVER FUTURE

HARD BREXIT MEANS OPTION OF INDEPENDENCE MUST BE OFFERED

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman has said that it is absolutely correct and appropriate for the people of Scotland to be offered a choice, once the...

European Union
 
Published date : 08 Mar 2017

CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY SCHOOL LEAVERS HEADING FOR POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

LATEST STATS SHOW CONTINUED PROGRESS ON PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

The...

Education
 
Published date : 08 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP’S INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY MESSAGE

Jeane Freeman MSP has sent a message to women in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley  to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March.

“Women born in the 1950s, who paid into their state pension for...

 
Published date : 08 Mar 2017

LOCAL MSP CALLS ON CONSTITUENTS TO TAKE UP BENEFITS

MANY MAY BE MISSING OUT ON ENTITLEMENT

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman has called on constituents across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to claim the benefits that they are entitled to, following the launch of a...

Social Security
 
Published date : 05 Mar 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP URGES SUPPORT FOR COMBAT STRESS

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has urged constituents to support the work of military charity Combat Stress following a visit to their treatment centre, Hollybush House in Ayr.  

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for...

Charity
 
Published date : 03 Mar 2017

Scotland’s approach to be shaped by people using current system.

At least 2,000 people with direct personal experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system.

Experience Panels made up of people from across the country who use the current system will give...

Social Security
 
Published date : 22 Feb 2017

 

Independent report of responses published.

Social security as a human right will be enshrined in the foundation and functions of Scotland’s new social security agency.

The overwhelming majority of respondents to the social security consultation backed the principles...

Social Security
 
Published date : 22 Feb 2017

Jeane Freeman MSP and Corri Wilson MP have backed the Scottish Government’s proposals on business rates, after Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced a wide-ranging relief scheme that will offer strong support to businesses across Ayrshire.

Overall, the complete package of Scottish Government relief will ensure that around 70% of...

Council (East Ayrshire), Council (South Ayrshire), Business
 
Published date : 16 Feb 2017

SNP MSP Jeane Freeman Calls on Local Authorities to Bid for £11m Energy Efficiency Funding

Jeane Freeman MSP has encouraged East and South Ayrshire Council to apply for a share of the Scottish Government’s £11m fund to deliver energy efficiency improvements to homes, businesses and public buildings and community...

Council (East Ayrshire), Council (South Ayrshire)
 
Published date : 02 Feb 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP WELCOMES BOOST FOR CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY SCHOOLS

Schools in East Ayrshire will benefit from a £3,340,800 funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools. And schools in South Ayrshire will benefit from a funding boost of £2,422,800.

The share...

Education
 
Published date : 27 Jan 2017

MP and MSP Join Forces on Proposed Cumnock DWP Office Closure

Corri Wilson MP and Jeane Freeman MSP have spoken out about the Department of Work and Pensions’ proposed plans to close their Child Maintenance Group call centre in Cumnock.

The 80 staff based at the Killoch House office in...

Social Security
 
Published date : 17 Jan 2017

JEANE FREEMAN MSP WELCOMES FUNDING NEWS FOR BYPASS

Jeane Freeman, constituency MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley welcomes the news that funding for the A77 Maybole Bypass is contained within the 2017/18 draft Budget statement confirming the Scottish Government’s commitment to this much needed improvement.

The Scottish Government will...

Transport
 
Published date : 13 Jan 2017

MSP CONGRATULATES TWO LOCAL GROUPS ON THEIR SUCCESSFUL LOTTERY FUNDING

Jeane Freeman, constituency MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has congratulated the Bellsbank Project and the Catrine Community Trust on their successful applications and subsequent Big Lottery Fund grants. 

The Bellsbank Project will be able to continue their work...

Charity
 
Published date : 12 Jan 2017

JOBS BOOST FOR CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY AS SCOTTISH TOURISM BOOMS

The number of people working in tourism in East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire increased by 17% and 9% respectively in one year, new figures show – with Scotland as a whole seeing an increase of 11 per...

Business
 
Published date : 25 Oct 2016

Local politicians have raised concerns over the cost of Brexit on South and East Ayrshire council areas, as the potential costs to the UK’s economy from leaving Europe continue to pile up.
Figures obtained from East Ayrshire Council indicate that almost £4m of EU funding has been allocated...

Council (East Ayrshire), Council (South Ayrshire), European Union
 
Published date : 18 Oct 2016

Primary and secondary schools in East Ayrshire will receive more than £2 million for projects to close the attainment gap this year.

The funding will support measures to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in schools with pupils who live in areas of deprivation.

East Ayrshire became one of...

Council (East Ayrshire), Education
 
Published date : 06 Oct 2016

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has highlighted the threat posed by Brexit to the European food name protections which guarantee exclusive geographical use for producers of products such as whisky, lamb and beef – putting at risk the reputation of some of Scotland’s best known...

European Union
 
Published date : 22 Sep 2016

Jeane Freeman MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging her constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October.

wear it pink is...

Charity
 
Published date : 21 Sep 2016

Jeane Freeman MSP has welcomed awards to the Zone in Dalmellington and to Carrick Rugby of funding seized from criminals as part of the Scottish Government’s innovative Cashback for Communities scheme.
The scheme will see almost £2 million given to community groups across Scotland to help young people in...

Business, Law and Order
 
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