Environment LINK survey is proof of the pudding for farm support

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed the results of a survey carried out by Scottish Environment LINK, showing that most Scots want ministers to do more to make farm payments work for our environment.

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Another £860k ploughed into failing CAP IT system

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has revealed that the Scottish Government has had to put another £860,000 into the notorious CAP IT system.

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Rumbles demands plan to tackle “digital desert”

Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today used a parliamentary debate on broadband provision to demand that the Scottish Government publish plans telling households that have been left behind, when they can expect superfast broadband to be delivered to their homes and businesses.

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‘North East teachers will be flummoxed by Minister’s response on staff morale’ – Rumbles

Today, the Scottish Government’s education secretary brushed off a question from Mike Rumbles MSP, over low teacher morale in schools in Aberdeenshire, by claiming that staff in Glasgow are feeling ‘buoyant’. The minister’s response contradicts recent revelations that local teacher recruitment in is in crisis and ignores the ‘Value Education, Value Teachers’ letter writing campaign highlighting that low pay and a lack of resources are responsible for undermining local education services.

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No recognition of staffing issues and underfunding at NHS Grampian

The Scottish Government’s health secretary showed no signs of acknowledging the long-term funding and staffing issues at NHS Grampian, in a response today to questions tabled by North East MSP Mike Rumbles.

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Minister confirms Aberdeen City and Shire are bottom of the pack for local funding

In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by North East MSP Mike Rumbles, the Scottish Government’s finance secretary has confirmed that Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are two of the three worst funded local authorities in Scotland.

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Rumbles calls for inquiry into CAP crisis

Mike Rumbles MSP has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, calling for a full Scottish Government inquiry into the economic impact for rural communities caused by three years of delayed Common Agricultural farm payments.

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Rumbles warns against ditching concessionary travel

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has used today's debate on bus transport to call on the Scottish Government to “protect and enhance” concessionary schemes.

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City Deal must not rob Peter to pay Paul

Speaking in a debate on City Region Deals in the Scottish Parliament today, North East MSP Mike Rumbles called on the Scottish Government to focus on delivering new long-term investment that will benefit everyone in the North East and to take this opportunity to strengthen local decision making.

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Rumbles blasts SNP Ministers' AWPR shambles

Responding to the confusion about when the Aberdeen Bypass (AWPR) will now open, with ministers predicting it could now be "late autumn 2018", North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:

“This is a complete shambles. The Cabinet Secretary has clearly lost total control of this process.

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