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24 February 2015

Boost for Fire Safety in Grampian as Number of Home Visits Rises

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed new statistics showing an increase in the number of Home Fire Safety Visits in Grampian – and has paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of Scotland’s fire service.

Figures show that the number of Home Fire Safety Visits in Scotland rose from 56,251 in 2012-13 to 70,686 in 2013/14 – including a rise from 947 to 4369 in Grampian.

Mr Stevenson said:

“The men and women working in Scotland’s fire service do excellent work in our communities to promote safety and prevent fires – and these figures are a welcome example of their efforts paying off.

“Over the year we saw the number of Home Fire Safety Visits in Scotland rise by almost 15,000 – including an increase of 3422 in Grampian.

“One death from fire is one too many so the fact that more people in our community are benefiting from home fire safety visits is welcome news - and I would encourage everyone in Banffshire and Buchan Coast to arrange their free Home Fire Safety Visit today.”

Stevenson Delighted at Nearly £16K Lottery Funding for Local Organisations

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has expressed his delight after two groups in his constituency netted a total of £15,930 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Radio Buckie received a £9600 Awards For All grant from the fund which they will use to purchase items and equipment for their new community radio station.

An Awards For All grant of £6330 has also been made to Deveron Gymnastics Club from sportscotland. The club will use the cash to offer more classes, so that more young people can get involved as there is currently a waiting list. They will also train new coaches and further enable existing coaches.

Mr Stevenson said:

“I am very happy for both of the groups in my constituency that have received nearly £16,000 between them to help them in what they do in our community.

“Radio Buckie was an excellent idea from the outset and it continues to develop and grow as a great local asset. I hope this added funding will further its ambition as a way of strengthening community spirit.

“The Deveron Gymnastics Club has proved very popular and I am delighted that with this extra funding more children will be able to train and find their feet in gymnastics from an early age.”

Across the country, 165 community groups are sharing National Lottery funding worth £1,172,315.

An Awards for All spokesperson, added:

“We have announced over £1 million that will support projects helping to improve the lives of hundreds of people in communities across Scotland. All of the grants awarded show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards For All and how even the smallest amounts of money can make the biggest difference.”

23 February 2015

Stevenson Hopes Young Voters Continue to Politically Engage

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has said he hopes that the upward trend in youngsters getting involved in politics continues to rise.
In a debate last week on young voters and school debates in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Stevenson said:

“Getting youngsters engaged is not new, but there is a bit of a cycle to it and hopefully we are in an upward cycle that will continue.

“There is a consensus around votes for 16 and 17-year-olds - an online survey of young people shows that only 8.5 per cent are opposed to it, and we can now say without much risk of contradiction that giving our youngsters the vote is pretty much generally the settled will.”

He added that schools played a vital part in last year’s referendum campaign as this is where around 50 per cent of voters were informed about the issues.

Mr Stevenson said:

“In Banffshire & Buchan Coast I was and still am friends with people who espoused and campaigned for a different viewpoint, but neither side had realised the extent to which we would empower and activate people at the grass roots.”
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