Monthly Archives: February 2015

Scottish Fuel price calculator

Scottish Fuel price calculator

How much do you pay?

The average price of petrol in Scotland has dropped to around £1.07 a litre. For diesel, it is now below £1.15 a litre. But how much it costs to fill up can vary from street to street and town to town. Fill in our fuel price calculator to see how what you pay compares with the national average and what people are paying in other countries.

Its not often the BBC slags off the government in this way before an election but perhaps the person who wrote the program was a Scot….kidding!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21238363

LABOUR MAKES STUPID PLEA ON BEDROOM TAX

LABOUR MAKES STUPID PLEA ON BEDROOM TAX

WEEKEND OF DISARRAY FOR SCOTTISH LABOUR

The Scottish National Party has blasted Jim Murphy for failing to keep abreast of Scottish welfare policy following a “redundant” policy plea to voters.

Scottish Labour’s latest gaffe has seen Jim Murphy claim his party will make social housing tenants £3000 a year better off by abolishing the bedroom tax, forgetting that no one in Scotland has to pay the Bedroom Tax due to measures brought in by the Scottish Government.

It has been reported Jim Murphy will be making the pleas this week at SCVO’s Glasgow Gathering.

Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“Jim Murphy’s weekend of gaffes has gone from bad to worse.

“Scottish Labour are really desperate if they are trying to appeal to voters by making up redundant policies.

“The Scottish Government has spent £300m mopping up Westminster’s mess on welfare so that Scots are not subjected to the Bedroom Tax- the fact that Jim Murphy seems unaware of this is mind boggling.

“Westminster’s welfare cuts are causing real hardship in communities across Scotland – hitting families with children hardest and pushing another 100,000 children into poverty by 2020.

“While Scottish Labour don’t seem to have a clue, a strong team of SNP MPs holding the balance of power after the General Election can ensure Westminster delivers on the Vow of ‘extensive’ welfare powers.”
LABOUR MAKES STUPID PLEA ON BEDROOM TAX – More info;

Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/jim-murphy-vote-for-a-nation-of-equality-1-3697986“The bedroom tax is just one example. Fresh analysis by Scottish Labour shows that five more years of the bedroom tax will cost the most vulnerable Scots £3,000. That’s around £214 million for Scotland as a whole.” – Jim Murphy

SCOTLAND BACKS SNP TO KEEP TORIES OUT

SCOTLAND BACKS SNP TO KEEP TORIES OUT

As the Tories gather for their Scottish conference, the SNP has highlighted polling evidence that people in Scotland say that voting SNP at the General Election is the best way to prevent another Tory Government.

A YouGov poll published on the 3rd of February found that 43 per cent of respondents believe the SNP is best placed to prevent another Conservative Government, compared to just 33 per cent who believe Labour is best placed to do so.
In her first conference address after becoming leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made clear that “the SNP will never, ever, put the Tories into government”.
Previewing the Tory conference, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:
“The Tory Government has been a disaster for people the length and breadth of Scotland, and they are set to be rejected but Scots yet again in May.
“In 1970, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 2010, Scotland voted Labour – and we got Tory governments that we didn’t vote for. No wonder most people in Scotland now trust the SNP to stop the Tories.
“The key issue in May is who will best represent the people of Scotland – the General Election is a wonderful opportunity for Scotland to have power by electing a strong team of SNP MPs to a hung parliament at Westminster.
“By voting SNP, people can support a party that has the key goal of best representing the people of Scotland – and can also help deliver progressive politics across the UK, including an alternative to austerity.
“SNP success means that Scotland’s priorities will be priorities at Westminster – including the real powers of Home Rule, and an economic policy focused on jobs, growth and fairness.”

HSBC PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG

HSBC PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG

The general public are fed up hearing how wealthy people and corporations are effectively being let off from their tax responsibilities in the UK when the vast majority of people work hard and pay their taxes.

The Guardian has published reports that suggest parts of HSBC may have helped clients avoid tax, cheating the Treasury out of millions of pounds in tax. The Public Accounts Committee has the power to call bank bosses, including former HSBC chairman Stephen Green, for questioning. They should do it immediately. And the Government should seek prosecutions of those involved in tax avoiding activity. 

Governments have made a show of pursuing so-called benefit cheats, often for very small amounts of money when millions of pounds is being lost to wealthy, corporate tax evaders. Failure to question bank bosses and pursue prosecutions amounts to a law for the rich and another law for the poor, which is itself an offence to democracy.

Please sign the HSBC petition and let’s put an end to one rule for banks and the rich, and another for THE REST OF us. 

 

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

SCOTTISH ROLLOUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

 

SCOTTISH ROLLOUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SHOWS WESTMINSTER IS FAILING TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND.

Scottish Rollout of Universal Credit begins at 150 jobcentres across the UK, the Westminster Government has been accused of a complete failure to listen.

Numerous welfare organisations have called for the rollout of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments to be halted until plans to devolve some welfare powers to Scotland are carried out.
Last month, 56 charity organisations in Scotland wrote to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith calling for the rollout of Universal Credit to be halted until the process of legislating for new welfare powers for Scotland is completed.
Despite these calls, the rollout of Universal Credit has continued with 150 job centres moving over to the benefit from today (Monday).
Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:
“As the rollout of Universal Credit steps up a gear today, the Westminster Government has once again shown that it is completely incapable of listening.
 
“Extensive evidence has been put forward by charity organisations from across Scotland that the rollout should be stopped while powers are transferred, but Iain Duncan Smith refuses to act.
“With charity organisations on the front line of dealing with Westminster’s welfare cuts simply being ignored, it is clearer than ever that Westminster cannot be trusted to make decisions over welfare on Scotland’s behalf.
“Of course the fact is that the current proposals for welfare devolution go nowhere near far enough and leave far too much control in the hands of Westminster.
“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May will ensure that Scotland’s voice cannot be ignored, and use our clout in a hung parliament to gain the welfare responsibilities we need to build a fairer society.”

A letter on 11 January to Iain Duncan Smith calling for the rollout of universal credit to be halted in Scotland can be viewed at http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/letters/pause-the-change-to-universal-credit.26228604 and was signed by the following 56 charity organisations:

Mary Taylor, Chief Executive, SFHA on behalf of my 56 co-signatories, listed below:

Age Scotland – Brian Sloan, CEO

Business for Scotland – Brandon Malone, Interim Chair

Church of Scotland – Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly

Coalition of Care Support Providers in Scotland – Annie Gunner Logan, Director,

Common Weal – The Board

Constitutional Commission – John Drummond, Chairman

Council of Mortgage Lenders – Kennedy Foster, Policy Consultant, Scotland

Cyrenians – Ewan Aitken, CEO

Development Trusts Association – Ian Cooke, Director

East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel – Mark Ormiston, Chair Person

Edinburgh Tenants Federation – Betty Stevenson, Convenor

Engender – Emma Ritch, Executive Director

Food Train – Michelle McCrindle, CEO

Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations – David Bookbinder, Director

Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland – Ian Welsh, CEO

Inclusion Scotland – Bill Scott, Director of Policy

Money Advice Scotland – Yvonne MacDermid OBE, CEO

Quarriers – Alice Drife, CEO

Scottish Association of Social Work – Trisha Hall, Country Manager

Scottish Children’s Services Coalition – Sophie Pilgrim, Member

Scottish Community Alliance – Angus Hardie, Director

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – Martin Sime, CEO

Scottish Out of School Care Network – Irene Audain MBE, CEO

Scottish Trade Unions Council – David Moxham, Deputy General Secretary

Scottish Women’s Aid – Lily Greenan, CEO

Sense Scotland – Andy Kerr, CEO

Social Enterprise Scotland – Fraser Kelly, CEO

Social Firms Scotland – Pauline Graham, CEO

St Martins Parish Pastoral Council, Tranent – Fr James Smith. Parish Priest

The Equality Network – Tim Hopkins, Director

The Jimmy Reid Foundation – Bob Thomson, Convener

The Poverty Alliance Peter Kelly, Director

The Wise Group – Laurie Russell, CEO

The Trussell Trust – David McAuley, CEO

Turning Point Scotland – Martin Cawley, CEO

Who Cares? Scotland – Duncan Dunlop, CEO

Voluntary Action Scotland – Calum Irving, CEO

Voluntary Health Scotland – Claire Stevens, CEO

YouthLink Scotland – Jim Sweeney, CEO

Zero Tolerance – Laura Tomson, Co-director

Signatories from Housing Assoc. due to be part of the next stage of Universal Credit roll-out:

ARK Housing Association – Jane Gray, CEO

Barony Housing Association – Rebecca Wilson, CEO

Bield Housing & Care – Brian Logan, CEO

Blackwood – Fanchea Kelly, CEO

Cairn Housing Association – Jason MacGilp, CEO

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association – Alister Steele, Managing Director

Dunedin Canmore Group – Ewan Fraser, CEO

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association – Helen Murdoch, CEO

Knowes Housing Association – Pierre De Fence, Director

Lister Housing Co-operative – Alistair Cant, Director

Manor Estates Housing Association – Lynn McDonald, Director

Melville Housing Association – Andrew Noble, CEO

Prospect Community Housing – Brendan Fowler, Director

Trafalgar Housing Association – Paul McShane, Director

Trust Housing Association – Bob McDougall, CEO

West Granton Housing Co-operative – Gerry Gillies, CEO

SCOTLAND PAYS THE BBC 300 MILLION A YEAR TO BE TOTALLY BIASED

SCOTLAND PAYS THE BBC 300 MILLION A YEAR TO BE TOTALLY BIASED

Once again the media is making a fool of people in Scotland – are they really this stupid? Surely they must realise that it is only a matter of time before we all request either our own TV which is totally unbiased towards Scotland or anything to do with Scotland, surely we cannot continue feeding this monster who continually kicks us all in the teeth every chance it gets – perhaps a little read from the story below will all make it crystal clear;;

 

BBC election rules mean majority of UK will not see SNP broadcasts
Viewers outside of Scotland unlikely to see political broadcasts despite polls showing party could be third largest in Westminster after general election
The Scottish National Party may hold the balance of power in Westminster after the May general election, but the BBC’s rules on election broadcasts mean the majority of voters outside of Scotland are unlikely to see the party’s direct pitch to voters.

The BBC Trust said it would risk discrediting the broadcasts if the SNP’s party election programmes were shown in parts of the UK where viewers were unable to vote for it, even though polls have shown that it could end up as the third biggest party after the 7 May election.

In a further sign of how broadcasters are struggling to keep up with the breakdown of traditional three-party politics, the trust has announced that its eligibility criteria for party election broadcasts will be unchanged from the last election in 2010.

It means the SNP’s political broadcasts will only be broadcast in Scotland.

Nevertheless, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was invited to take part in the revised proposals for party leader debates, put forward by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, along with Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Green leader Natalie Bennett, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood and the leaders of the three main parties.

The BBC and ITV debates, which feature all seven leaders, would be broadcast across the UK. The the Channel 4/Sky News debate would feature a head to head between David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

A three-month consultation by the trust concluded that parties would be eligible for an election broadcast in each constituent nation of the UK in the run-up to the 7 May poll if they field 89 candidates in England, 10 in Scotland, seven in Wales or three in Northern Ireland.

The SNP will not meet the criteria for a UK-wide broadcast because it does not plan to field any candidates outside of Scotland, let alone the 89 that would be required in England.

Trustees said they acknowledged the argument that parties including the SNP might hold the balance of power in a hung parliament, but it said airing election broadcasts for parties which people could not vote for would “risk discrediting” the broadcasts and “create viewer and listener indifference”.

In the case of the SNP, they said viewers in England “would not be interested” and “would be frustrated”.

The BBC executive agreed, arguing that it could “undermine the principles” of the broadcast to “provide a direct appeal to those who can vote for that party”.

Story courtesy of the gaurdian.

STRONG LEAD IN TNS POLL

STRONG LEAD IN TNS POLL

Welcoming a poll published by TNS today showing that the Scottish National Party has a strong lead over Labour in voting intentions for the general election on May 7, SNP General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP said:

“This poll shows a strong lead for the SNP – but we are taking absolutely nothing for granted, and will work hard for every vote and seat in May.

“It will come as a major blow to Jim Murphy and the Labour leadership in Scotland that since taking over as Labour leader last year people are no more likely to vote for Labour than they were under Johann Lamont.

“Labour are paying a huge price for their toxic referendum alliance with the Tories – which to all intents and purposes has continued. In recent weeks, we have seen Labour MPs vote with the Tories for £30 billion more austerity cuts, vote with the Tories to spend £100 billion on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons, and abstain on a key vote for a fracking moratorium. That is why we need the real clout for Scotland that only a strong team of SNP MPs can deliver – to be a real force for change.

“People can only make Scotland’s priorities Westminster’s priorities by voting SNP in May. While all the recent polls and our council by-election win in Gordon Brown’s seat indicate the potential SNP vote, they act as a spur to the entire party to work harder than ever before so that we can do better than ever before.

“Scotland needs and wants an alternative to austerity cuts, cancellation of the horrendously expensive Trident renewal, the powers of real Home Rule, protection for our oil and gas industry, and a safeguard for our place in Europe by ensuring that all four UK nations would have to vote for EU withdrawal before the UK could exit. And we are prepared to vote for a Bill to restore the NHS in England to the public service, publicly accountable, it was always meant to be – which will help safeguard Scotland’s budget.

“These are objectives which the people of Scotland can achieve – and can only achieve – by voting for a strong team of SNP MPs to hold the balance of power at Westminster.

“The Tories have been rejected in election after election in Scotland, and the SNP would never help them into power. By electing SNP MPs, the people of Scotland can vote to get rid of the Tories, protect the welfare of everyone who lives here, and promote progressive politics across the UK.”

ENDS

Notes:

The TNS poll sample size was 1006 and fieldwork was carried out between 16 January and 2 February 2015. Last week’s YouGov poll, which put support for the SNP at 48 per cent, was carried out between 29 January and 2 February 2015.

Q8. (page 41) 8% more likely to vote Labour following Murphy’s election, 8% less likely, the rest – no change.

TORY PEER LORD GREEN HSBC

TORY PEER LORD GREEN HSBC

TORY PEER LORD GREEN HSBC in Tax fiddle fails to answer questions on tax evasion questions from the BBC.

 

Tory Peer Lord Green HSBC ex boss pleading the fifth again, its not my fault Gov honest it was my ex bosses, honest it was, only thing was he was the boss at the time.

It now turns out the Swiss arm of HSBC was offering its very wealthy clients how to avoid paying tax all over the world including here in HM land how shocking is that, not very, we hear you loud and clear folks.

God forbid it was a benefit cheat of say 100 quid they would be in stocks within days but was does our not so great prime minster do after 2010 when they knew what Green was up to, make him a Peer in the lords and give him a trade minsters job for giving all their rich mates loads of money in tax savings.

Labour bemoans this latest outrage yet they have known about this since 2010 as well but only crying fowl now a little bit convenient we hear you say!

This proves the Tories attack the poor and let the rich off with day light robbery  first they wreck our banking system not they are wrecking our tax system the quicker Scotland votes 100% SNP the quicker Scots can watch the news from England and kill ourselves laughing at their countries self destruction.

And while all this was happening and since then only 1 case of tax fraud has been brought to court since 2010!

How many minor cases for of, road tax dodging, littering, urination in the street the lists go on and on it may well be worth perusing in a civilised society but only one court case against a rich tax dodger and the government says we cant afford a welfare state because not enough people are paying their fair share, now we know who and why!

We rest our case, my lord!

ACT NOW ON NORTH SEA OIL.

ACT NOW ON NORTH SEA OIL.

The SNP is today calling on the UK Government to bring forward immediate support for the North Sea oil industry – after Sir Ian Wood warned that 6bn barrels of oil reserves could be abandoned without reform of the tax regime for offshore drilling.

The Scottish Government has proposed three key measures to support the industry – an investment allowance to provide support for fields that incur higher costs to develop, an immediate reversal of the increase in the Supplementary Charge implemented by the UK Government in 2011 and the introduction of an exploration tax credit to help increase levels of exploration and sustain future production.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside Mark McDonald said:
“These comments from Sir Ian Wood are yet further evidence of the need for immediate action from the UK Government.  As we know only too well decisions about jobs and investment are being made right now and industry leaders need certainty from the Treasury to safeguard jobs in our oil and gas industry.
“The SNP has put forward clear proposals to reverse the 2011 increase in the supplementary charge, introduce an investment allowance and create an exploration tax credit that would protect thousands of jobs in the industry.
“Oil and gas industry leaders have repeatedly said that simplification of the tax regime is needed and an immediate cut to the supplementary charge is required to help the industry stabilise and grow again – a call backed and reiterated by the Scottish Government – the fact that there has been no offering from the UK government on this remains deeply disappointing.
“The sensible measures proposed by the Scottish Government have would help support the jobs of thousands of workers. Further Westminster delay and inaction would be completely unacceptable – it’s time for them to step up to the plate and give our oil industry and hard-working staff the support they deserve.
“A strong team of SNP MPs elected in May and holding the balance of power at Westminster will always speak up for the interests of the North Sea – and will ensure that the industry always gets the support it needs.”
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