Local Governance Review Democracy Matters

The Local Governance Review will consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government, and with communities.

We are inviting people to join a conversation about community decision-making, called Democracy Matters.

The conversation will take place over a period of 6 months, ending around November 2018. What we hear will help to inform new legislation.

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the consultation document.

Click links below for the next Big Listen events in Argyll & Bute

Islay   Isle Of Bute   Dunoon   Oban

If you cannot get to any of the sessions there is also a webchat taking place on the 18th June

The sessions will provide background information and the majority of the event is designed to ensure your views are shared through facilitated workshops and feedback.

At the same time, we will be working with our public sector partners, such as local councils, to consider if increasing the powers they hold could improve outcomes for people.

Each event starts at 6.30pm and will conclude around 8.30pm.

There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the engagement team and view our exhibition which will be open one hour earlier at 5.30pm.

Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your ideas. Your Future.

Sign Petition To Save Our Banks!

 

SNP National Day Of Action sign petition here!

In 2017, RBS announced it was to close 62 of its bank branches. That included 13 where they were the “last bank in town”.

This latest hit-list of closures follows 11 in 2014, 10 in 2015 and 25 more in 2016. As with each of the previous rounds of closures, Theresa May has refused to act.

These branch closures are a blow to the many communities. While, thanks to SNP pressure, 10 of the original 62 branches have been saved, but that is not enough.

The SNP will continue to demand that all of these damaging and misguided plans to close vital banking services are reversed.

https://www.snp.org/rbsclosures

Aye Fyne!

Aye Fyne! Is a growing group of people up and down Loch Fyne, not linked to any political party, just a group of Scottish Independence Supporters getting together to talk, arrange events and help reconnect and re-energise the original Yes Movement.

Aye Fyne Events

Events they are hosting and meetings planned will be added to our calendar.

If you would like to get involved you can follow Aye Fyne on Facebook, click the link on the right of the page to join the Aye Fyne! Discussion Group.

Aye Fyne is also on Twitter

Aye Fyne! Have regular meetings in Lochgilphead, so do pop in for a chat

Scottish Independence, Angus Robertson
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Yes, Scotland, Aye Fyne!
Yes!

 

SCOTS ONLINE SHOPPERS PAYING ADDITIONAL £36.3M FOR PARCEL DELIVERIES REVEALS LOCHHEAD

SNP MSP Richard Lochhead launched his Fair Delivery Charges website last month after first raising the issue at First Minster’s Questions in December 2016 that brought the issue to national attention.

The campaign website has so far received over 2,000 submissions from the public and has highlighted examples of absurd surcharges that are too often levied on Scottish consumers.

The Advertising Standards Authority agreed to crackdown on firms that, despite advertising UK-wide delivery, penalise residents and businesses in rural Scotland with extortionate delivery surcharges, following a meeting with Richard Lochhead MSP last week. Scottish and UK Ministers have also agreed to investigate the cases highlighted by the campaign.

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“It is absolutely astonishing that online shoppers in Scotland are having to spend an estimated additional £36.3 million each year on parcel delivery surcharges compared to the rest of the UK simply because of where they live.

“This Christmas will be more expensive for many Scots online shoppers because of parcel delivery surcharges that are applied without any justification to many northern postcodes. Many retailers deliver free or for a modest cost but others apply eye watering surcharges amounting to a whopping £36.3 million in extra costs.

“So far, my campaign has led to the UK Government agreeing to review rip-off surcharges and inspired action from the Advertising Standards Authority to crackdown on the firms that are charging extortionate delivery fees for residents and businesses in rural Scotland.

“One of the latest examples of rip-off surcharges is a £500 delivery fee to the Hebrides for Amazon items costing £85, and this is just one of many ridiculous examples of excessive delivery surcharges.

“Rural Scotland is home to some of the most loyal online shoppers and in the run up to Christmas I will continue campaigning and piling the pressure on retailers to end the rip-off surcharge facing too many Scottish consumers.

“This new research vindicates a campaign that has caught the public imagination and won support across Scotland and the political spectrum. It’s now time for the authorities to act and for every retailer to review its delivery charges and to stop discriminating against many parts of Scotland.”

Source: SCOTS ONLINE SHOPPERS PAYING ADDITIONAL £36.3M FOR PARCEL DELIVERIES REVEALS LOCHHEAD

Letter to the Brexit Secretary

Share the Brexit analysis with the public

By 28/11/17

Source

Below is the letter sent by Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, to the UK Brexit Secretary, on the Brexit sectoral analysis.

We received yesterday the copies of the sectoral reports which you committed to sharing with the UK Parliament earlier this month and are in the process of assessing this material. Whilst we welcome the sharing of information we have concerns about both the manner in which these reports have come to us, and their content.

The First Minister and I have both been clear that the UK Government’s analysis of the impact of Brexit on sectors or the economy as a whole should be made public. It is essential that people across the UK fully understand the consequences of decisions being taken about their future. It is disappointing that the UK Government has persisted in keeping this information from being publicly available and have shared with us only on the basis that we do not release it into the public domain. I urge you to reconsider this approach, be up front with people and publish these reports immediately.

Aside from the matter of publication, it is clear is that these reports do not contain any actual impact analysis. They seem to be a collation of sectoral information, and as useful as that is it fails to address the key need; to understand what assessment the UK Government has made of the likely impact of its approach of leaving the Single Market and Customs Union and what mitigating measures if any are being put in place to manage negative impacts.

I am therefore requesting that you share the full breadth of the analysis that the UK Government has undertaken with the devolved administrations as a matter of urgency.

I am copying this letter to Damian Green, First Secretary of State; Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government; and, David Sterling as the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Yours Sincerely

MICHAEL RUSSELL

Add your voice to our call for the Brexit analysis to be published in full, sign our petition here.

Fair Delivery Charges

Support The Campaign To End Rip-Off Delivery Surcharges Across Scotland

Sign The Petition

Follow Fair Delivery Charges on Twitter, and send them examples of times you have paid far more postage than you should have.

Protect Our Public Services, Sign Our Petition

Protect our public services, not super-rich tax dodgers, sign our petition here, please share and encourage others to sign.

https://www.snp.org/tackletaxdodgers

What is the SNP doing to tackle tax avoidance and evasion?

Find out here!

https://www.snp.org/pb_what_is_the_snp_doing_to_tackle_tax_avoidance