Future of Lammermuir Festival raised


The potential impact of Creative Scotland’s decision to cut future funding for Lammermuir Festival has been raised in the Scottish Parliament by Martin Whitfield MSP. Mr Whitfield raised the matter at Portfolio Question Time, asking Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, about the effect the funding cut could have on the [...]

Future of Lammermuir Festival raised2023-11-21T14:03:04+00:00

Martin backs Scotland’s musicians


Ahead of a debate on Scotland's culture sector, Martin Whitfield MSP has pledged his support for the nation's musicians and the future of live music. Mr Whitfield met with representatives of the Musicians' Union (MU), which represents over 33,000 musicians across the UK working in all sectors of the music business, and discussed some of [...]

Martin backs Scotland’s musicians2023-11-23T12:16:46+00:00

Backing ‘Our kids won’t wait’ campaign


Martin Whitfield MSP has lent his support to families of disabled children across Scotland as they tell the Scottish Government “Our kids won’t wait” and demand fairer funding. Gathering outside the Scottish Parliament, families put pressure on the First Minister to reconsider a decision to hold a funding decision at 2016 levels, which Scottish charity [...]

Backing ‘Our kids won’t wait’ campaign2023-10-02T15:34:37+01:00

Column: Well done to all school staff


As the school holidays and parliamentary summer recess get underway, I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff in local schools for everything they have done to educate and support our children this year. Teachers and support staff have continued to face a variety of challenges in the wake of the [...]

Column: Well done to all school staff2023-09-20T15:11:48+01:00

Urgent action needed on bus services


Martin Whitfield MSP is calling for more financial support for Scotland’s bus services to save them from further “decimation” as new figures reveal bus passenger numbers have more than halved under the current government. Annual Scottish Transport Statistics have shown bus passenger numbers struggling to recover from the pandemic and failing to make a dent [...]

Urgent action needed on bus services2023-11-21T12:20:29+00:00

Historic environment grants now open


Historic Environment Scotland's project-based funding scheme, Historic Environment Grants, is now open to communities. There are three funding streams available (express, small and large grants) for grants from £1,000 to £500,000.  The streams are now open for expressions of interest which will be accepted year-round. Additionally, HES is now able to offer express grants and [...]

Historic environment grants now open2023-10-03T13:37:00+01:00

Martin backs #FightingForStudents campaign


Martin Whitfield MSP has pledged his support for NUS Scotland’s #FightingForStudents campaign on the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Scotland’s students. The South Scotland MSP met with the President of NUS Scotland, Ellie Gomersall, to discuss the issue and hear more about how increased energy bills, rent and other living costs are hitting students [...]

Martin backs #FightingForStudents campaign2023-11-23T12:31:59+00:00
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