Laura Moodie for Holyrood 2021

#1 Lead candidate for the South Scotland Region.

Laura Moodie

Through grassroots activism Laura has 

  • Led a campaign to end peat extraction in South Scotland, protecting this precious carbon store and habitat
  • Stopped cuts to evening and weekend bus services and fought for improved printed timetables
  • Pushed Dumfries & Galloway Council to declare a climate emergency and set one of the most ambitious climate targets in Scotland
  • Supported residents in social housing to fight for energy efficiency improvements and challenge rent rises.

Nationally, the Scottish Greens have

  • Won free bus travel for under 19s
  • Secured protection for Mountain Hares
  • Banned evictions over Winter
  • Secured fair exam results for our young people

Laura would be privileged to help lead the change for a greener and fairer South Scotland.


Email : laura.moodie2021@scottishgreens.org.uk

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lauramoodiedeeandglenkens

Twitter : @Laura_Moodie

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8th February 2021


BORDERS HOMES HIT BY FUEL BILL PRICE HIKE
Tens of thousands of households across South Scotland will be worse off due to a decision
by energy regulator Ofgem.1
Bills for customers on a standard tariff will increase by up to £96 a year from April as the
maximum price cap rises. This will affect 11m customers across the UK.
Already in the Scottish Borders, 16,000 / 29% families are in fuel poverty and research
shows many more are already falling behind on their bills and struggling to make ends
meet.2
Laura Moodie, Scottish Green Party lead candidate for the South Scotland Region in the
Holyrood elections, said:
“Families are already struggling to make ends meet and with job uncertainty caused by the
double whammy of Brexit and lockdown, these are worrying times.”
“The price cap rise may not have seemed like much to officials when they were making their
calculations, but it works out at £1.85 a week for homes. When the lowest price of a loaf of
bread is 45p, this is a real problem for many families who will be forced literally below the
breadline.”
“If Ofgem don’t act to reverse their plans, the Government must step in and do more to
help those in fuel poverty this winter.”
Help and advice for those in fuel poverty is available from Energy Action Scotland and
Citizens Advice.3
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References
[1] https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/energy-price-cap-increase-aprilconsumers-should-switch-save-money
[2] https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-house-condition-survey-local-authorityanalyses/
[3] For more information visit https://www.eas.org.uk/en/sources-ofhelp_50433/ and http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/resources/.


PRESS RELEASE – SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8TH MARCH 2021

GREENS SECURE BUDGET BENEFITS FOR SCOTTISH BORDERS

  • More children to receive free school meals.
  • Free bus travel extended to all young people aged 21 and under.

More than 200,000 additional primary school children will receive free school meals, including 4,751 in the Scottish Borders, thanks to a budget deal struck by the Scottish Greens.

The deal will see free school meals provision expanded to all primary children by next summer, phased in on a timetable agreed with local councils, and ensure that those currently eligible get free meals throughout the school holidays.

The agreement, struck after negotiations between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government, will also see free bus travel extended to all young people aged 21 and under.

The agreement means that from this summer over a million children and young people will be eligible for free journeys, including 20,417 in the Borders.

Scottish Greens Lead Candidate for the South Scotland region, Laura Moodie, commented:

Green pressure has led to a better budget deal from the Scottish Government for the Borders.

Knowing that every primary school child will benefit from a healthy meal every day will make a huge difference to families’ finances and wellbeing.

The changes our MSPs have secured will see free bus travel for our young people which will bring huge social, economic and environmental benefits to Scotland.

There is no doubt that much work is required to make access to public transport easier for people in all parts of the country but making travel free for young people will remove a significant impediment for many families.”

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Currently all P1-P3 pupils get free school meals. The Green deal will expand this to P4 in August 2021, P5 in January 2022, and P6 and P7 children in August 2022. £49.5m has been allocated to fund this this year, and £112m next year.