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Laptops to be given to low-income pupils

by jamescalder on 21 September, 2020

After delays, a Scottish Government scheme to provide laptops to pupils from low-income families means there are 4000 laptops going to Fife pupils. James Calder has said, It is welcome that these laptops that are there to help our pupils from lowest income backgrounds are finally being delivered and I am pleased that Fife is […]

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During a meeting of Fife Council, the SNP and Labour watered down a motion by Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder to bring in a report for a schools streets scheme in Fife, while the Conservatives voted against the motion’s ideas completely. School streets schemes are schemes to bring in traffic restrictions in […]

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Businesses to be consulted on Dunfermline Parking Charges

by jamescalder on 8 September, 2020

At the Dunfermline Area Committee, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dunfermline South James Calder a raised the need for businesses to be consulted on future initiatives to remove parking costs. James, who has previously campaigned to end Sunday Parking Charges, raised this and as a result the Dunfermline Area Committee unanimously agreed to consult businesses. James […]

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Fence by John Marshall Community Centre to be repaired

by jamescalder on 7 September, 2020

After constituents and the South Dunfermline Community Council got in touch with Dunfermline South Liberal Democrat Councillor about a broken fence next to the John Marshall Community Centre and Pitreavie Primary School, he has raised it with the Council’s Parks team and the School. The Council are now working to repair this. Councillor Calder has […]

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A report to the Fife Council Education and Children’s Subcommittee has shown an overspend in the Children and Families Service by £10.16 million, compared to just under £4.8 million in the equivalent report in August 2019. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder is worried about this. Councillor Calder has said It appears that […]

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At the Fife Council Education and Children’s Services Subcommittee, Fife Liberal Democrats Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has raised concerns about the slowing down of the attainment gap between lower income pupils and higher income pupils in Fife. The report has shown it has slowed for literacy and numeracy for P1, P4 and P7 pupils, […]

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McDonalds Planning Application Approved

by jamescalder on 2 September, 2020

At today’s Planning Committee the matter of the McDonalds Planning Application by the Duloch Tesco was discussed. At this meeting Councillor James Calder moved to reject this on the grounds of traffic and road safety. While he was backed by 2 of the other councillors on the committee, the rest of the councillors on the […]

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At the Fife Council Education and Children’s Services Subcommittee it was decided to take more time to make decisions on changes to Childcare Serviced and Play Practice Development, which has been welcomed by Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder. Councillor Calder has said, It is positive that all Councillors agreed that we needed more […]

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Fife Council reports on SQA results

by jamescalder on 25 August, 2020

A paper going to the Fife Council Policy and Coordination Committee has shown that pupils from the poorest backgrounds in Fife would have felt the worst effects if the Scottish Government has not made its u-turn on the exam results fiasco. Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has welcomed the reversal but worries about […]

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St Andrews Botanic Garden

by jamescalder on 17 August, 2020

On Saturday I was fortunate enough to meet Harry Watkins, Director of the St Andrews Botanic Garden, where I was able to take a tour and discuss how the Botanic Garden can benefit residents across Fife. Despite the impact of Covid-19 which unfortunately forced the gardens to close to the public until a few days […]

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