GLENROTHES MSP HAILS £275M FOR TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION AS PART OF SNP GOVERNMENT’S AMBITIOUS PLAN TO REBUILD SCOTLAND’S ECONOMY

Published date : 07 Sep 2020

Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, believes Leven, Glenrothes and surrounding villages will benefit from the £275 million Place Based Investment Programme announced as part of the SNP’s ambitious Programme for Government.

 

On Tuesday 1 September, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, unveiled the SNP’s ambitious Programme for Government aimed at ensuring a strong, community-led economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Place Based Investment Programme will see the Scottish Government invest £275 million to support community-led regeneration and town-centre revitalisation efforts. Ms Gilruth wants to see  extra resources for local groups throughout Glenrothes and Leven to help local communities in her constituency.

 

Further commitments outlined in the Programme for Government include a guaranteed job, education, apprenticeship or formal training for all young people in Scotland aged 16 to 24 through a new £60 million government scheme.

 

By this Autumn, a £100 million Green Jobs fund will be launched to help up to 10,000 people of all ages retrain for jobs in growth sectors such as renewables.

 

The SNP government has also announced a new £10 million Tenant Hardship Fund, which will open later this year and offer interest-free loans to those unable to access other forms of support for their housing costs.  

 

A comprehensive independent review of adult social care will also take place – setting out options for the creation of a National Care Service.

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“Coronavirus has been the greatest public health crisis in our lifetime – impacting our health, economy and our way of life.

 

“The SNP government has made it its mission to create new jobs right here in Mid Fife and Glenrothes. This is a Programme for Government that protects people’s livelihoods, guarantees opportunities for all our young people and points the way to a future with better, greener jobs as Scotland looks to becoming a net-zero country.

 

“I am particularly delighted to see a commitment of £275 million from the Scottish Government for community regeneration and town-centre revitalisation. Local communities in my Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency can benefit from this vital investment, and I am pleased that our SNP  government are facilitating more community-led work throughout Scotland.

  

“We can’t simply go back to how things were – we have an opportunity to build back a fairer and better Scotland.

 

“That’s why the First Minister has announced these unprecedented measures to help us reform social care, protect our young people and invest in our local economy – all while continuing to suppress the virus.

 

“As ambitious as these commitments are, the Scottish Government continues to fight Coronavirus with one hand tied behind its back. Westminster’s plans to end to the furlough scheme prematurely and crash out of the EU without a deal later this year, will be deeply damaging.  

 

“As an independent European nation, we could do so much more.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

The full Programme for Government can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/protecting-scotland-renewing-scotland-governments-programme-scotland-2020-2021/

 

Other measures include:

 

  • Accelerating the roll-out of Community Treatment and Assessment Centres so more people can receive medical care in their community rather than going to hospital
  • A Scottish Child Payment will open in 2020 with first payments to be made I February 2021
  • Expanding digital access to health care to ensure more people can get the help they need
  • £1.6 billion low carbon funding to secure a just transition to a net zero economy investment in heat and energy efficiency and industrial decarbonisation
  • A 20 year vision for energy efficient, zero carbon housing, with access to outdoor space, transport links, digital connectivity and community services
  • £500 million for infrastructure to support active travel
  • Bringing 50,000 people into the digital world through the Connecting Scotland programme and creating a world class digital eco-system in Scotland
  • Introducing legislation on domestic abuse protection orders and progressing legislation to improve forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual assault

 

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