Katy Clark MP

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA is being negotiated throughout 2014. The details of the deal are secret but there are concerns that a key consequence of the deal would remove regulation which currently protects people, public services and the environment. Under TTIP, public services are at risk and could be sold off forever.  Katy has previously raised concerns about this treaty, and has written to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on him to take action.  Katy said:

“I have written to David Cameron urging him to stand up for the public services.  TTIP would let companies sue if national governments pass laws that hurt profits. This is bad news for our existing public services such as the NHS, or other services that we may wish to take back in to public ownership such as the railways. This is because private companies already run certain services, but under the new plans the government would never be allowed to run these services again as doing so would hurt the profits of the companies involved. 

“The Prime Minster can act in our country’s interest. France has already won the right to carry on supporting its film industry and the US has blocked any deal on its finance sector. If the leaders of these countries can protect what’s important to them, then David Cameron can do the same for Britain.  It is only by the government taking a firm stance will we ensure that we retain a public services are guaranteed for future generations.” 

Katy writes to Prime Minster over TTIP Concerns

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and USA is being negotiated throughout 2014. The details of the deal are secret but there are concerns that a...

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On Friday 15th August Katy for North Ayrshire and Arran, visited Kilwinning Sports Club to view the recently refurbished club house and expanded facilities.  The £2 million clubhouse and 3G sports pitch were officially opened in June, and Director Jim McCubbin was on hand to show the local MP around the new and improved facilities.   As well as the core sport of football, the Sports Club has gym equipment as well as a golfing range, and attracts people from all age groups and levels of fitness.  Speaking after the visit, Katy said:

“I was really impressed with the new facilities at Kilwinning Sports Club.  The level of professionalism that Jim and the other staff and volunteers have injected in to the club are clear to see.  This is a perfect example of what proper investment and community based planning can achieve.  The football pitches attract professional teams for training due to their quality, and the all-weather pitches have helped ensure that even in the worst of weather, games can still go ahead. 

“In spite of the investment that has been received so far, the club still needs to work hard to survive.  I was hearing that there are further plans to continue to develop the site and attract more members, which can only be good news for the members of the club and for local residents who have still to join.  I would urge anyone who is interested in getting more active to contact the club for more information and pay them a visit.” 

Katy visits Kilwinning Sports Club

On Friday 15th August Katy for North Ayrshire and Arran, visited Kilwinning Sports Club to view the recently refurbished club house and expanded facilities.  The £2 million clubhouse and 3G...

Katy has again written to the Housing Regulator asking them to investigate the decision by Trust Housing, the Housing Association which owns Isle of Arran Homes, to reduce services on the island.  After receiving a reply from the Regulator, Katy Clark consulted with Arran residents and found that several important issues were still unaddressed.  Speaking about the issue, Katy said:

“It is clear that there are several issues which remain unresolved in relation to Trust Housing’s decision to close an office on the island and make staff redundant.  In particular, there has been a disproportionate loss of service for general needs tenants, alongside a reduction in frontline services with reduced opening times.  Other Housing Associations have moved services from local provision to centralised offices, and it has resulted in a lower quality of service.  It is clear that this will be even more apparent on Arran with the unique challenges that an island community presents. 

“It is clear that these issues have not been fully addressed.  As well as the job losses on the island tenants will be losing vital services, and as such I have written to the Housing Regulator asking them to look in to this matter again.”

Katy urges Housing Regulator to look again at Isle of Arran Homes closures

Katy has again written to the Housing Regulator asking them to investigate the decision by Trust Housing, the Housing Association which owns Isle of Arran Homes, to reduce services on...


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