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Concerns over proposed cuts to pupil support assistants

by jamescalder on 29 January, 2019

The upcoming proposed savings for the upcoming Fife Council budget contains a proposal to cut 29 full time equivalent posts for Pupil Support Assistants. Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder has expressed concerns over the impact this could potentially have. Cllr. Calder has said, I am really worried about the impact on children’s […]

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Grit Bin Removal Shortsighted

by jamescalder on 21 November, 2018

Over the past few weeks I have been contacted by constituents across Dunfermline South regarding the removal of grit bins. This is an unfortunate consequence of a decision made the the SNP and Labour Council Administration earlier this year. While I have made representations to try and get some of these grit bins reinstated, I […]

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Dunfermline Area Committee 21/08/18

by jamescalder on 22 August, 2018

After the Summer break Council business has resumed, starting with the Dunfermline Area Committee. Community funding, transport issues and complaints were discussed. The meeting began with traffic regulation orders in Dunfermline North and also the town centre. We then moved onto various funding issues. This included funding to help reopen Abbot House, which I welcomed […]

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Early Years Expansion Cost Concerns

by jamescalder on 14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government will soon be rolling out the expansion of free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1140 hours. However while Fife Council anticipates the cost for Fife will be £37.369 million by 2021-22, the Scottish Government will only be allocating £36.810 million to Fife which Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor […]

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Full Council Meeting Report 03/05/18

by jamescalder on 8 May, 2018

Last week there was a meeting of the Full Council and there are a number of items to report on. Early on in the meeting there was a fantastic presentation by some young people on the Year of Young People which showcases some of the inspiring events taking place this year. During the Council Co-leaders […]

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Fife Council Budget 2018

by jamescalder on 22 February, 2018

The Fife Council budget meeting took place today and as such I wanted to update the residents of Dunfermline South on what has taken place. As with all budgets, there were aspects I was happy with and some aspects that I have concerns with, and naturally as an opposition politician I was unable to get […]

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School Clothing Grant Victory

by jamescalder on 16 February, 2018

In August 2017 Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Councillor James Calder, raised the issue that Fife Council paid less than the Scottish average for the school uniform grant for children of lower incomes.  The proposed budget by the Fife Council Administration would provide an increase of £200,000 for the grant and this has been welcomed […]

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