The National Autistic Society Scotland – Too Much Information Campaign


I was pleased to give my support to the Too Much Information campaign in Parliament this today. In April 2016, The National Autistic Society launched Too Much Information, its biggest ever campaign to increase public understanding of autism. The coinciding report, Too Much Information: why the public needs to understand autism better, revealed that 99.5 […]

Menu For Change: Cash, Rights, Food


  Pilot areas named for new food insecurity project in Scotland I was pleased to announce the three areas that will take part in a new project tackling food insecurity at an event at the Scottish Parliament. The project will work intensively with local groups in Dundee, East Ayrshire and Fife. The three areas will […]

How is your council funded


  All you wanted to know about Local Government Finance but were afraid to ask: Part One – Where the money comes from and where it goes   This is the first part of a number of briefings that have been published by the Local Government Information Unit and the Author is George Black, LGiU […]

Fife Times Column


  I would first want to congratulate Lesley Laird who was elected MP for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency last week and Peter Grant who was elected for the Glenrothes constituency both of which sit in the area covered by the Fife Times. I will work with both on constituency issues and for the improvement […]

New BBC Scotland Channel


  This week in Parliament I welcomed the announcement from the BBC on the news of a new BBC Scotland digital channel. It is fantastic to see that this will create an additional 80 journalist posts in Scotland, as well as other jobs in news, radio, television and online services. The BBC is a vital […]

Cardenden Local History Group


Members of Cardenden Local History Group visited the Scottish Parliament this week and toured the building learning about the short history of the design and uses. The local group have been active with many projects examining the local history and giving talks to local groups and schools as well as hosting exhibitions. The group met […]

Fife Times Column February 2017


The parliamentary timetable has been dominated by the budget over the last few weeks with the stage one debate last Thursday seeing the budget approved with the SNP gaining the support of the Green MSPs. The deal that was on the table that the Greens took was to reduce the cuts to local councils. The […]

Rowley calls action on housing crisis as new figures show private landlords rake in more than £2 billion in housing benefit


    Private landlords have made more than £2billion in housing benefit in the last five years, new figures from Scottish Labour have revealed. Alex Rowley MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife highlighted that nearly £45 million alone last year was made by private landlords from housing benefit across Mid Scotland and Fife. On average, £1 […]