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Paisley‎ and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has held talks with the Managing Director of McGills buses, Ralph Roberts, to demand fairer bus fares for Paisley.

Local people were angry that earlier this year bus fares went up at the same time as fuel prices hit a five year low.

McGills told the MP they would consider reducing fares later in the year, as the reduction in their fuel costs are realised in their operating costs.

Following their conversation, Douglas Alexander said:

"People were understandably angry when McGills put their fares up at the same time as fuel price hit a five year low.

"I pressed the McGills boss on this and I welcome the fact that he committed to consider passing the lower diesel costs onto customers as soon as possible.

"I - and all local people - will be watching their prices closely in the weeks ahead because we won’t put up with Paisley being ripped off.

"'Local people have also been in touch with me to complain about the bus service provided to the villages, such as Howwood and Lochwinnoch. I pressed McGills to improve them because, having grown up in a Renfrewshire village, I know how important good transport connections are.

"The SNP government has refused calls by Labour to re-regulate the bus market, which would have protected bus routes vital to our communities. It seems that, sadly, they are presiding over a public transport system that is more interested in generating profits than serving communities."

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FAIRER BUS FARES FOR PAISLEY

Paisley‎ and Renfrewshire South MP Douglas Alexander has held talks with the Managing Director of McGills buses, Ralph Roberts, to demand fairer bus fares for Paisley.Local people were angry that...

A probe into the energy companies have found that loyal customers have been charged up to £234 more than those who shop around.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that 95% ‘dual fuel’ customers on a standard tariff could have saved up to £234 a year by switching provider.

The CMA said customers on these standard tariffs were more likely to be on struggling financially or elderly.

The big six energy companies are SSE, Scottish Power, Scottish Gas, npower, E.On and EDF Energy.

Douglas Alexander said:

“Once again here is more evidence that the big energy companies have been ripping people off.

“Energy bills are £300 a year higher under the Tories and the energy companies are getting away with overcharging millions of consumers.

“It is clear that the energy market is broken and that radical action is needed to protect customers.

“The next Labour Government will freeze energy prices until 2017, so that bills can fall but not rise. We will give the regulator the power to force energy suppliers to cut their prices and end overcharging once and for all.”

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Link - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/18/big-six-energy-firms-overcharging-customers-by-up-to-234-a-year

BIG ENERGY COMPANIES HAVE BEEN “GETTING AWAY WITH OVERCHARGING MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS”

A probe into the energy companies have found that loyal customers have been charged up to £234 more than those who shop around.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that...

Renfrewshire MP Douglas Alexander has called on the government to upgrade facilities at the Royal Alexandra Hospital to replace the temporary buildings currently used for Accident and Emergency.

In a letter to the Scottish Health Secretary, Shona Robison, Douglas Alexander urges the government to accelerate capital expenditure at the RAH to upgrade the fabric of the hospital building so that the temporary structures can be removed.

Douglas Alexander said:

“It is completely unacceptable for RAH patients to have to wait over 12 hours to be seen at A&E and it has also emerged that in recent weeks patients have fallen from trolleys.

“Our local NHS staff are working harder than ever, but they are being stretched to breaking point.

“It is clear that the facilities at the RAH need urgent investment.

“For the last few years Patients attending A&E have used temporary cabins. These were never intended as a long term measure.

“While the new Southern General is welcome, the RAH has one of the busiest A&E’s in Scotland and I won’t allow it to be forgotten by the government in Edinburgh.

“That’s why I have written to the Health Secretary to call for the government to immediately agree to upgrade the fabric of the hospital building so that patients no longer have to use temporary structures.

“Renfrewshire deserves first class facilities at our A&E. As a campaigning local MP I’m determined to do all I can to fight for the investment required to deliver it.”

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Notes

Letter from Douglas Alexander to Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison:

Dear Shona

I am writing to urge the acceleration of capital expenditure at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital in my constituency.

While I welcome the opening of the new Southern General hospital, there is a continuing need to maintain and improve the RAH’s A&E department for local people in Renfrewshire.

For the last few years patients attending A&E at the RAH have used temporary buildings. These were never intended as a long term measure.

Renfrewshire deserves first class facilities at our A&E. Therefore I hope you will be able to agree to release the funding required to upgrade the fabric of the hospital building to accommodate these patients, so that the temporary structures can be removed.

Yours sincerely

Douglas Alexander

CALLS FOR URGENT INVESTMENT TO DELIVER FIRST-CLASS A&E FACILITIES IN RENFREWSHIRE

Renfrewshire MP Douglas Alexander has called on the government to upgrade facilities at the Royal Alexandra Hospital to replace the temporary buildings currently used for Accident and Emergency.In a letter...


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