Media Briefing - Wednesday 25 June 2014
Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson
First Minister Alex Salmond has today (Wednesday, June 25) visited the construction site of the new £53 million Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus to formally mark the start of the redevelopment.
The First Minister and College Principal Heather Dunk OBE were joined by the first apprentice to be employed, Rachel Kyle – also a student of the college – for a sod-cutting ceremony on the site of the former Diageo bottling plant.
Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus NPD (Non-Profit Distributing) support of £53 million reached financial close earlier this month, bringing the total NPD funding for Scotland’s college estate to £330 million. The visit comes as the First Minister announces that the Scottish Government has invested over £500 million in capital funding for Scotland’s college estate from 2007-2013, over and above the £330 million NPD investment.
Shona Robison today has launched the Equally Safe Strategy on the back of National Statistics which show a broad level of consistency in the proportion of adults reporting experiences of stalking and harassment, serious sexual assault and less serious sexual assault over recent years.
The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson advised that Stage Three of the Housing Bill would be going through parliament this afternoon.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Housing (Scotland) Bill, which will be debated this afternoon, will put forward a package of measures which will help improve hosing in the social, private rented and owner-occupied sectors.”