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Barnet Consequentials

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  1. SRD
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  2. chdot
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    Former Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP, now promoted to Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, has promised publicly to ‘fight his corner’ to get money for cycling investment should this type of one-off funding opportunity arise. Now he has the chance!

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. SRD
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  4. SRD
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    *bump* *bump*

    http://www.writetothem.com

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. Darkerside
    Member

    Will do tonight

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. Colin
    Member

    I've written a letter to my MSP about this.

    Cheers
    Colin

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. acsimpson
    Member

    I've written to my local and regional MSPs for both my home and office. Both areas will be affected by current government plans to slash funding so hopefully they'll pick up on it.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. Instography
    Member

    Done.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. UtrechtCyclist
    Member

    Got a reply from Jim Eadie, 'Asked John Swinney today in Parly to allocate funds for cycling. Has agreed to meet me to discuss. Thanks for getting in touch'. Seems positive!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. Instography
    Member

    With the merest hint, my MSP has submitted the following, slightly incoherent, parliamentary question. Politicians should fear for their seats more often.

    S4W-23678: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has allocated an additional £10 million next year for cycling and walking infrastructure following as announced in the budget speech on 9 October 2014 (Official Report, c. 43) or £5 million as maintained by Spoke, the Lothian Cycling Campaign.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. SRD
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    I have had two replies - Gavin Brown and Cameron Buchanan - both tories.

    both reasonable, encouraging replies.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. Schemieradge
    Member

    Reply from Iain Gray. Basically, no. Scottish Labour have asked that all the money go to the health budget.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

    "asked that all the money go to the health budget"

    Perhaps you could you could point out that encouraging walking and cycling properly, would reduce the stress on the NHS.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. Schemieradge
    Member

    I will!
    This article rather vaguely cites "health experts" in claiming for every £1 invested in cycling, £4 would be saved for the health service.
    Anyone have a better reference for this claim?
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3789794.ece

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. Darkerside
    Member

    Slightly cagey support from Patrick Harvey. Will only commit to cycling being "one of several priorities".

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. lorlane
    Member

    Thanks SRD for the link! Emails to MSP and the regional MSPs sent off tonight.

    Schemieradge - I too have pre-empted the "NHS priority" type of reply with the (rather obvious you would think) reference to a reduced burden to be expected from a healthier, fitter nation.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. chdot
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    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. Roibeard
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    Translation - stop hassling me, you've had your funding, and *thump* it's now in the long grass.

    Is anyone, able to speak politician better than I, able to correct me?

    Robert

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. acsimpson
    Member

    That translation sounds accurate from what he said but not knowing how he normally talks his body language and hesitation leave me wondering if he's doubting his own answer or possibly feeling it's not his decision to make.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. UtrechtCyclist
    Member

    Missed this, but I've just found an article suggesting that Nicola Sturgeon has said all Barnet Consequentials will be spent on NHS. Couldn't find a second source. Let's hope they manage to find some money from somewhere during the active travel debate on Jan 7th.

    http://www.demotix.com/news/6406698/sturgeon-confirms-nhs-barnett-consequentials-will-all-go-nhs

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. UtrechtCyclist
    Member

    Actually it says they will all be spent on health. If active travel money can be spent on bus stops then surely health money can be spent on active travel...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. Instography
    Member

    Spending on cycling infrastructure is a health issue. So says the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

    http://www.fph.org.uk/more_british_cities_called_on_to_invest_in_cycling_infrastructure_and_innovative_cycling_schemes_and_save_millions_from_health_bill

    Posted 6 years ago #
  23. DdF
    Member

    Thank you everyone who is writing to their MSPs about cycling cash!!

    Although the draft budget was disappointing there have been two very useful 'hooks' which have enabled the profile to be kept high and encouraged lots of letters...
    1. The error in the budget speech
    2. The new opportunity arising from the UK Autumn Statement Barnet Consequentials
    We have heard from at least one MSP (admittedly a Lothians one) that they have received 'many' emails about cycling cash.

    The government announcement of an active travel debate in January, shortly before the budget is finalised, is really encouraging; they'd be unlikely to do that without having some positive announcement to make [though we still could be disappointed!] It is almost certainly due to the weight of lobbying - combined, we have heard informally, with internal discomfiture over the error in the budget speech to Parliament. They can only correct the budget speech error by (a) admitting and retracting it, which seems unlikely, or (b) by adding a minimum of a further £5m specifically for infrastructure, which could be what they will announce in the debate.

    Very pleased to see the further PQ recently @inst-igated, which certainly helps to keep up pressure...

    With the merest hint, my MSP has submitted the following, slightly incoherent, parliamentary question. Politicians should fear for their seats more often.

    S4W-23678: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has allocated an additional £10 million next year for cycling and walking infrastructure following as announced in the budget speech on 9 October 2014 (Official Report, c. 43) or £5 million as maintained by Spoke, the Lothian Cycling Campaign.

    I see that the answer to the PQ is to be given a couple of days after the active travel debate - not sure if that is deliberate, but with a bit of luck the answer then can be more accurate than the recent one to the similar PQ by MSP Claudia Beamish!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. chdot
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    Invest in public transport and active transport to promote good health, and reduce our impact on climate change

    Obesity and climate change are two of the biggest public health challenges we face. Investing in public transport and infrastructure to support active travel, such as walking and cycling routes, and better planning to make services and amenities more accessible by foot, cycle or public transport, will increase levels of physical activity. This will promote both physical and mental health and wellbeing, reduce
    the risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, stroke and musculoskeletal problems, and help cut carbon emissions, as well as air and noise pollution.

    "

    http://www.fph.org.uk/start_well,_live_better_-_a_manifesto

    Posted 6 years ago #
  25. Instography
    Member

    I'd vote for that.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  26. acsimpson
    Member

    "Introduce a 20% duty (per litre) on sugar sweetened beverages"

    is it the per cent or the per litre which they forgot to remove?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. Instography
    Member

    Each litre gets 20% duty added so that two litre bottle of Irn Bru you can buy in the Co-op for £1 would cost £1.20.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  28. Kim
    Member

    I wrote to my MSP's and have had a couple of replies so far. Sarah Boyack has given the most in depth reply so far...

    Posted 6 years ago #

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