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2 December 2016

Stevenson Congratulates SCARF School Calendar 2016 Winners

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP, Stewart Stevenson has congratulated two local students on their Scarf School Calendar Competition award.

Mr Stevenson attended the award ceremony in the Scottish Parliament where the event recognised winners of the Scarf School Calendar Competition. Among the winners were local students Robyn Wallace-Jamieson of Crossroads Primary School, Grange and Jake Watson of King Edward School, Banff, who won for their artistic submissions demonstrating how to be energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.
The event was attended by winners from schools across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee City and Moray Council local authority areas and their parents. The 2016 calendar attracted hundreds of fantastic entries from primary schools throughout the region. A total of 14 pupils were selected for the calendar.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“I am very proud of my young constituents and for all those who took part in the calendar competition. They’ve created beautiful pictures that reflect creative solutions to saving energy and protecting our communities from climate change. As former minister for environment and climate change, I’m highly impressed by their work and participation.

“Both Robyn and Jake managed to create interesting, thought provoking art. They’ve clearly put a lot of work into their submissions and the calendar is lucky to have them. I would also like to congratulate all the young people who took part – their creativity, work ethic and awareness are the foundation for combating climate change and creating a world that’s more energy efficient.

“Well done to Scarf for hosting another great competition. They really are playing a key role in creating an energy aware culture among our young people. I’m glad they continue to inspire our young people and I wish them the best of luck for next year’s competition.”

SNP Taking Action to Reduce Nuisance Calls in North-East

Local MSP to Raise Problem with Nuisance Calls Commission

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has pledged to support Scottish Government efforts to cut down on nuisance calls – after it was announced that a new commission is meeting this week to tackle the issue in Scotland.

Nuisance calls can be particularly disruptive for vulnerable people across the North-east, causing distress and even financial hardship – sometimes leaving people too scared to even answer their phone.

Stewart Stevenson MSP plans to raise the problem of nuisance calls in the North-east with the Nuisance Calls Commission, and invites any constituents plagued by cold calls to contact the Scottish Government Consumer and Competition Policy Unit by email at consumerandcompetition@gov.scot.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“Cold calling can be very distressing, particularly for vulnerable people across the North-east – and can go as far as causing financial hardship and even leave people too scared to answer their phones.

“The Scottish Government has been taking action to prevent nuisance calls, and this new Nuisance Calls Commission will help give individuals and businesses more power to stop cold calling, whilst exploring if stronger regulation is necessary.

“I intend to raise the issue of nuisance calls in the North-east with the Commission – and invite any concerned individuals to get in touch to talk about their experience.

“The Commission is an important step in helping to tackle the problem. Whilst the UK government announcement on banning pensions cold calling is welcome, more can be done to protect individuals – and the Scottish Government intends to use newly devolved powers to do what it can to prevent nuisance calls, whilst urging the UK government to do more and to work with them to take concerted action.”

28 November 2016

Local MP & MSP Urge Maintenance of Dispensed Medicines in Gamrie

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson and Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford were in Gardenstown this morning as part of their campaign to retain a dispensary facility for prescriptions in the village.

The MP and MSP were presenting their case to a panel appointed by NHS Grampian which was taking evidence for individuals and community groups in the village.

NHS Grampian has been consulting with the patients of six GP practices who currently get, or who are eligible to get, dispensed medicines from their GP practice. A Review Group will be analysing all the responses to the consultation and will make recommendations to the Board of NHS Grampian.

Speaking afterwards, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The key issue here is one of transport, distance and the difficulties that presents. I believe a strong case has been made for retention of this service and today was a very important part of the process of ensuring that people in Gardenstown continue to have access to their prescription medicines locally.”

Local MP Eilidh Whiteford said:

“I made the point to the panel that for health officials sitting in Foresterhill, this would be the equivalent of them having to go to somewhere like Portlethen to get a prescription – the difference being that there is a bus every 15 minutes or so to Portlethen.

“This is a very important local service and I hope that, working with the community, this facility can be retained.”
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