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Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly eNewsletter.
It's been another busy month, with Scottish Parliament elections to mull over and a huge European Referendum looming. As usual the newsletter has been broken down into sections so you can see exactly what's been going on here in Edinburgh, and down in Parliament. You can also see the different types of cases we have been receiving in the constituency office, and study the planning section for developments on new and existing applications.
Please enjoy this month's edition. If you have any questions, or think I can help you in any way please do not hesitate to get in touch. I'm always happy to help.
The Scottish Parliament elections saw the election of Daniel Johnson here in Edinburgh South (or Southern for Scottish Parliamentary boundaries). Huge congratulations to him and all the dedicated volunteers who helped get him elected! I look forward to working closely with Daniel in the coming years for the benefit of our constituents and I know he will be a fantastic local MSP. We promised to be a strong team and we will certainly work closely together on the issues that matter to you.
I would also like to pay tribute to Daniel’s predecessor Jim Eadie. I wish him, and, of course, his staff the best for the future.
A flavour of my recent votes:
Craighouse Campus (16/02163/FUL) - Residents will be well aware of the long running saga involving the Craighouse Campus a couple of years ago where planning permission was eventually granted despite huge opposition from the local community and myself. The developers have now submitted a new application which would temporarily remove the gate posts at the entrance near Morningside Drive in order to create a new site access point- despite an alternative access point being readily available. The proposals also lay out plans to reduce the size of a chimney on one of the listed buildings. I have already made my objections on the planning portal and will be following this application closely. Keep up to date at www.friendsofcraighouse.com.
I am delighted to announce that 3 groups in Edinburgh South have recently been successful in applying to Awards for All Scotland, securing a total of £15,394 worth of funding.
Edinburgh South Cricket Club has recently received a £4,461 Awards for All Scotland grant from SportScotland.
This group will use the funding for a bowling machine with the relevant equipment.
Edinburgh Outlaws Flag American Football Club has recently received a £932 Awards for All Scotland grant from SportScotland.
This group will use the funding for new equipment, jerseys, transport for away games, pitch hire and facilities for home games.
Christ Church Morningside has recently received a £10,000 Awards for All Scotland grant from Big Lottery Fund.
This group will use the funding to renovate their church hall.
Awards For All Scotland is a joint programme between Big Lottery Fund Scotland and sportscotland which gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. We will fund a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.
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Edinburgh South Unemployment Figures
The total number of unemployed claimants in Edinburgh South constituency in April 2016 was 662. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 432nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.
This includes 443 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 219 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 57 lower than in April 2015 and 26 lower than in March 2016.
There were 135 claimants aged 18-24 in Edinburgh South constituency in April 2016, 10 lower than in April 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)These data are not seasonally adjusted.
As you will be aware, large retailers must give the proceeds from the carrier bag charge to good causes. I wanted to update you on our exciting Bags of Help scheme which uses this money to fund local community projects across England, Scotland and Wales. The first round of our scheme, delivered with the support of environmental improvement charity Groundwork, has just completed and has been a great success. Millions of Tesco shoppers have voted to allocate over £11.7 million to 1,170 local projects, including new parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. You can use the interactive map on our website (http://www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/#where) to find out which projects have been successful in your local area and we would be delighted to put you in touch with any of the community groups.
I also wanted to make you aware that the second round of the scheme has just launched. As well as local community groups and charities applying directly, projects can also be nominated by people living locally. Applications will be whittled down to three good causes in 442 Tesco areas. Customers can then vote for their favourite local project with the amount of funding available ranging from £8,000 to £12,000. The deadline for applications is 3 June and it would be fantastic if you can promote the opportunity in your constituency. More information on the scheme is available at www.tesco.com/carrier-bags and you may also want to help spread the word via Twitter by sharing this message.
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Annual Charity Summer Fair – Saturday 11th June 2016
Craigmillar Park Bowling Club will hold its annual charity summer fair between 10 AM and 12 Noon on Saturday 11th June 2016. Admission for adults is £2 per head. Children are admitted free. There will be stalls and games for all ages. Tea, cakes, scones and burgers will be available. All are welcome. Please come and support us.
Ian Murray MP
Ian Murray MP · United Kingdom