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Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, has welcomed news four groups will benefit from Lottery donations to the sum of £23,846.

These Awards for All Scotland Grants from the Big Lottery Fund will make a big difference to the communities the applicant’s group’s cover.   The awards include £2305 for Garnock Academy to improve access to athletics at the school;  £8407 for Blacklands Community Association in Kilwinning to upgrade the computer suite at the Community Centre; £9993 for Ayrshire Community Education and Sport to provide Kilwinning with a Homecoming celebration during Homecoming year and £3500 for Kilwinning Community Sports Club to purchase an electronic video swing analysis system which will be available to the community and 100 hours of free coaching of young people.

Speaking about the awards, Katy Clark said: “I’m delighted that locals are benefiting from the Lottery cash in such a variety of ways. These applications show the variety of ways the community can benefit.  All of the applications are very worthy of the support they have received, I extend my congratulations to all of the groups concerned.”  

Boost to North Ayrshire Groups

Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, has welcomed news four groups will benefit from Lottery donations to the sum of £23,846.

Katy Clark MP welcomes huge left support in Deputy Leadership race.

Katy Clark MP has welcomed the significant support for left wing policies shown in the  Scottish Labour leadership contest. Standing on the most radical policy platform of any candidate she said:
 
"The campaign for a Scottish Labour Party which opposes austerity, privatisation and trident and which instead argues for a mass programme of council house building, public ownership and tax justice has received huge support. This result signals the beginning not the end of the campaign to reclaim the Labour Party for popular socialist ideas.
 
"Thousands of Labour members voted for the most radical left wing policy platform which has been put before them for decades.  I have also secured ten of thousands of votes across Scotland from those who have voted in the trade union section, as people have responded to my call for  a Labour Party that opposes austerity, rejects privatisation and Trident.  
 
"I would like to pay tribute to Kezia Dugdale for what has been a real contest of ideas as we have travelled Scotland. We now need to unite behind a clear message to win with a radical policy programme."

Deputy Leadership result is the beginning not the end of the campaign to reclaim the Labour Party for popular socialist ideas.

Katy Clark MP welcomes huge left support in Deputy Leadership race.

Katy is urging residents to give safely to charities this Christmas by remembering the ‘Safe Xmas’ phrase supported by the Scottish Charity Regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board, the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising. 

Both regulators will also be issuing the advice on social media, which can be found by following #SafeXmas.

Christmas is a traditional time for giving and charities work hard to raise money during this time to fund their work throughout the year. The general public give generously to charity and in a survey of people’s giving habits last Christmas, 85% of people said they give directly to charity at Christmas, donating an average of around £40 to the good causes they care about.*

Almost all collections are genuine, but some people will try to abuse the generosity of others for their own gain. With some charities and supporters having experienced fraud, it is vital that the public know that their donations are going to the right place. The Charity Commission and FRSB have come together to issue a few simple tips for giving with confidence this Christmas.

#SafeXmas

Search for a charity’s name, registration number and landline on fundraising materials
Ask to see a collector’s ID badge and don’t be afraid to ask questions
Find the FRSB tick logo, showing that the charity’s fundraising is regulated
Ensure the collection device is sealed

Xtra information about charities can be found at www.gov.uk/charity-commission
Make sure clothing collection bags are clearly branded with a charity’s details
Always check email and web links are genuine before donating
Still unsure? Contact your favourite charity direct and donate

Katy Clark,calls, on local residents to give safely this Christmas, saying:
“People here in North Ayrshire and Arran are incredibly generous in giving both time and money to good causes at Christmas. Many charities will be relying on these donations to fund vital services that continue throughout the year and nobody can afford for those donations to go astray.

“If you are asked to give money to charity and something doesn’t feel quite right or you just want to be completely sure, take a good look at the fundraising materials, follow the ‘Safe Xmas’ tips and, if in doubt, get in touch with the charity you want to support directly.”


Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said:

“Although bogus fundraising remains rare in the UK, it is essential that we all do what we can to make it increasingly difficult for criminals to cheat charities and their supporters. For donors, this means being aware and, if in doubt, making a few simple checks before giving. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to contact the charity with your queries.

“Above all, keep on giving. Your donations could make a critical difference to the good causes you care about this Christmas.”

For more information on fundraising regulation, go to the FRSB website, to the Charity Commission’s guidance on GOV.UK or to the Commission’s newly published fundraising statement which signposts readers to the correct regulator for any issues they wish to raise.

Katy urges local residents to have a ‘Safe Xmas’ when donating to charity

Katy is urging residents to give safely to charities this Christmas by remembering the ‘Safe Xmas’ phrase supported by the Scottish Charity Regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board, the self-regulatory...


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