Rural areas missing out on digital coverage

Scotland is falling behind in mobile phone coverage according to a report by phone experts Which?.

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Minister to make statement to parliament on CAP fiasco

The Scottish Government have yielded to calls from North East MSP Mike Rumbles, for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Minister to appear before parliament tomorrow to explain the latest botched arrangement for CAP payments. 

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Rumbles calls for full statement on CAP shambles

Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today repeated his call for a full parliamentary statement on the latest Common Agricultural Payment (CAP) shambles.

 

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Rumbles welcomes funding boost for Community Renewal

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has congratulated members of a local community healthcare project who are celebrating grants worth £4,610 from the Big Lottery’s Fund.

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CAP shambles may never end - Rumbles

Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today called for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs to come to Holyrood and make a statement as it emerged that hundreds of farmers have been hit by a new IT blunder. 

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SNP continue to defend North East council cash grab - Rumbles

Mike Rumbles, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, attacked comments made by the education secretary, John Swinney, which demonstrate a complete disregard for concerns around the SNPs controversial council tax plans. 

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Scottish Government asleep at the wheel while millionaire landowners skim off the top

Commenting on news today that large landowners are receiving millions of pound through the Scottish Government and EU Common Agricultural Policy payments, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “This is a clear indication of how broken the current system is. The Scottish Government now have the opportunity to ensure that the available funding for our farming industry goes directly to those who need support. As I said in parliament on Tuesday, we have to remember that 38% of farmers have an income of less than £10,000 a year.

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Local tax should be for local priorities

Commenting after local government representatives appeared before the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee to give evidence on council tax reforms, Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

“Extra funding for education is essential. The Scottish Government’s record on closing the attainment gap in education is poor. But if the SNP want to introduce a national policy then it should be paid for out of central government funds. They should not tie the hands of councils by cutting local funding in this way.

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Blinkered SNP putting Scottish farming industries at risk

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has slammed the Scottish Government for sleepwalking into a decade of strain for Scotland’s rural economy. 

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Astounding hypocrisy from Scottish Government on rural economy

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the rural economy Fergus Ewing has, today, insisted the UK Government speed up its consultation on issues affecting the rural economy.  

North East MSP Mike Rumbles, who has repeatedly held the Scottish Government to account over the CAP payment crises, commented: “It’s frankly astonishing that the Scottish Rural Economy Minister, who has consistently failed our rural communities, is now insisting on ‘urgent action’ from the UK Government. 

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