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May Newsletter

Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway to host the Scottish Rural Parliament 2018

Picture of First Minister of Scotland Nicola SturgeonEarlier today the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Rural Parliament will be in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. Ms Sturgeon said “It is important people have a say in decisions affecting them, and the Rural Parliament is an important part of that process, allowing rural communities from across Scotland to discuss and agree priority areas for development and local democracy.

“The Rural Parliament coming to Stranraer is a fantastic opportunity for the area to showcase its strengths and share ideas and good practice across Scotland’s communities.”

The three-day Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14-16 November 2018.  The biennial event hopes to brings together 400 rural community participants to discuss their priorities and this year will focus on two key issues – rural policy post-Brexit and taking action.


Welcoming the announcement, Amanda Burgauer, Chair of Scottish Rural Action said "We are delighted to be taking the Scottish Rural Parliament to Dumfries and Galloway this year and particularly to Stranraer, where an active community has already achieved much and has exciting plans for the future. The Rural Parliament will help bring attention to this effort and will leave a strong legacy in the area.

"The dual themes of action and influencing around Brexit will foster a dynamic event that will help define the future of rural Scotland as the UK approaches Brexit and in the years that follow.  The event will offer an opportunity for 400 people from across rural Scotland to influence high level decision makers and ensure their community's voice is heard.

"At previous Scottish Rural Parliaments, we have shaped much of our work on areas such as connectivity, transport and banking. Being the voice for rural communities is a role that Scottish Rural Action takes seriously, and I am very pleased to have seen significant progress driven by our work in these areas over the years."

Find out more and book your place

Bookings are now open for people from across rural Scotland - visit our website to reserve your place and find out more.  This is always a very popular event, so we recommend booking your space ASAP.

Calendar Photo Competition

We've had some great entries to the photo competition, but we're still looking for more.  Top prize is travel and accommodation to the Rural Parliament. See our website for full T&Cs and information on how to apply.  Good luck!

Do RBS branch closures breach the Equalities Act?

Picture of parking bay for wheelchair usersRBS plan to replace some rural branches with mobile banking vans - however wheelchair users cannot enter the vans.  This means they have to conduct their business on the street.  Along with Disability Equality Scotland, we've asked the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to investigate.  Find out more by clicking here.

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