Lamont urges coastal communities in the Borders to bid for share of UK funding

The UK Government has announced a further £90 million will be made available to support economic development in coastal communities across Scotland.

The Coastal Communities Fund, which is financed by revenues earned from the Crown Estate’s marine activities has already invested more than £120 million in coastal projects across the UK. 

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Scottish Government needs to get a grip over CAP payments ‘fiasco’

The Scottish Government’s controversial CAP payments IT system is so inadequate that the Scottish Government could face a fine of £125 million, a new Audit Scotland report concludes.

As at March 2016 the programme was spending a staggering £4 million a month, meaning funding could run out before the system fully meets European Commission regulations. Non-compliance could lead to financial penalties of between £40 million and £125 million being imposed on the Scottish Government. 

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Lamont welcomes new universal service pledge for broadband

John Lamont MSP has welcomed a pledge in the Queen’s Speech today to create a universal service provision for broadband, giving residents across the country a legal right to a minimum speed of 10mbps.

A Universal Service Obligation will mean anyone can request a 10Mbps internet connection, and will be in line for compensation if the service is sub-par. Although the details are yet to be ironed out it might look similar to what currently exists for postal and telephone services. 

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Flood appeal deadline

Time is running out for those individual households or community groups wishing to apply to Foundation Scotland Flood Appeal. 

Local MSP John Lamont is today urging individuals and organisations affected by flooding in the Borders to apply for funding before the deadline of 4pm this Friday (27th May).

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Lamont welcomes UK Government support for Borders Rail Extension

Recently re-elected MSP John Lamont has welcomed news today that the UK Government views the extension of the Borders Rail to Hawick and on to Carlisle as a “realistic prospect.”

Speaking in Edinburgh today, David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland said everyone was “of a mind” that the line should go on to Carlisle and pledged to work closely with the Scottish Government on a feasibility study.

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John calls on Borders SNP candidate to end silence on possibility of 'indyref 2'

With just three weeks to go to the Scottish Parliament election, Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate John Lamont has called on his SNP counterpart to end his silence over the possibility of a second independence referendum.
 
At the SNP party conference a few weeks ago, the First Minister announced the SNP would begin a "new iniative" for independence this summer and refused to rule out a second independence referendum in the next few years. This is despite Nicola Sturgeon, as well as the former First Minister Alex Salmond as well as other senior SNP figures repeatedly promising that the vote was a "once in a generation" event.
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Enterprise Zone for Hawick

Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed the publication by the Scottish Government of an initial action plan for Hawick, which includes the promise to consider setting up an Enterprise Zone for the town.

Following the closure of Hawick Knitwear in January and calls by Hawick MSP John Lamont to step in, Business Minister Fergus Ewing hosted a discussion in the town on 2nd February. Now, 7 weeks later, the Scottish Government has published what it calls an “initial action plan” for Hawick.

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Lamont welcomes Stirches Primary School to the Scottish Parliament

Around 40 P6 & P7 pupils from Stirches Primary School paid a visit to the Scottish Parliament today and were shown round by local MSP John Lamont.

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Lamont welcomes tax cut for Scots

The Chancellor, George Osborne has today announced a tax cut for 2.6 million Scots.

The tax-free personal allowance is being raised by £500 to £11,500 next year. Further, the rate at which workers start paying top rate tax is to be raised from £42,385 to £45,000 from April next year.

That means an extra 60,000 people in Scotland will have been taken out of tax altogether compared to last year, while 2.6 million workers will each gain £86.

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Lamont ‘cautious’ over new Hawick Knitwear buyer

Hawick MSP John Lamont has offered a ‘very cautious’ welcome to the news that a buyer may have been found for Hawick Knitwear.

It has been announced that Lyber 2016 Limited, a new entity formed by Hong Kong based Artwell Limited will purchase some assets, the Hawick Knitwear name and intellectual property.

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