Monthly Archives: April 2009

Gavin Strang opposes cuts to local bus services

Bus service cuts last October have caused great difficulty for many people in East Edinburgh. Cuts in the number 12, 13 and 42 routes have been particularly disruptive.

The Council has now put some services out to tender, including the number 13 and part of the 42 route. The Council also asked Lothian Buses to advise on the cost of reinstating the full number 12 route, at a reduced service.

This does not necessarily mean that cuts will be reversed. The Council will consider options at the Transport Infrastructure and Environment Committee meting in May.

I am completely opposed to the cuts, and strongly support the campaign to reinstate the services.

This article is from Gavin Strang’s Spring 2009 Constituency Update.

Construction jobs hit by recession

The international financial crisis and the world recession are now having a serious impact on individuals, families and businesses. In Edinburgh, many jobs have been lost in the construction industry.The Government has taken action to tackle the crisis. It has acted:

  • to prevent the collapse of the banking system and keep people‚Äôs savings safe
  • to get the banks lending again to secure business and jobs
  • to support the economy through increased government spending and investment
  • to provide people with additional help through more difficult times

When we have got through this recession we need to ensure that measures are in place to prevent a failure on this scale ever happening again. That must include tight regulation of the financial system, and effective international cooperation.

This article is from Gavin Strang’s Spring 2009 Constituency Update.