Council election 2022


The SNP candidate for Bo’ness and Blackness, Stacey Devine, has welcomed the doubling of the Scottish Child Payment as well as re-iterating what the SNP has done and will do to reduce the cost of living locally and across Scotland. 

The flagship family payment has now doubled to £20 per week per child with 104,000 children across Scotland already benefiting from this increase.

The payment, which is unique to Scotland, was designed to tackle child poverty directly. It is one of five family benefits which provides financial support to low income families with children aged under 6.

The benefit will be extended at the end of the year to all eligible children under the age of 16 – and at that point also increase further from £20 to £25.

Once extended, it is expected over 400,000 children could be eligible. The newly doubled Scottish Child Payment, together with the three Best Start Grant payments and Best Start Foods, will provide families with more than £10,000 by the time their first child turns 6 and £9,700 for subsequent children. This compares to less than £1,800 for an eligible family’s first child in England and Wales, and less than £1,300 for subsequent children.

Stacey Devine said:

“The doubling of the Scottish Child Payment, which has been made possible because of the SNP Scottish Government, is welcomed, particularly now when families are being hit terribly hard by the Tory cost of living crisis.

“The SNP Scottish Government is using the limited powers it has to give every child the best possible start in life and the Scottish Child Payment is central to that. Let’s not forget that in Scotland, the SNP Scottish Government has scrapped prescription charges, introduced free period products, introduced free tuition, introduced the baby box, among many other things which helps to reduce the cost of living for everyone who lives here. 

“It has also recently been shown that Scottish tax payers pay the cheapest council tax in the UK – people in band D on average pay £590 less a year than is the case in England. Further to this, those resident in England also have to pay for expensive water charges, prescriptions and may also have to pay tens of thousands in tuition fees, and so on. This shows that the SNP’s priorities are in the right place. 

“At a time when households are faced with spiralling living costs, the Tory government has barely lifted a finger while the Scottish Government is showing what is possible with the limited powers we have. Of course, we could do so much more with the full powers of independence. 

“I’m standing for election to Falkirk Council. Local authorities are responsible for implementing many of the policies i’ve mentioned. My pledge to the voters of Bo’ness and Blackness is that I will do what I can to continue these policies, and to support further measures to reduce the cost of living in Bo’ness and Blackness and across Falkirk Council. 

Council election 2022


The Bo’ness branch of the SNP has this week announced its candidate for the upcoming Scottish Council elections on Thursday the 5th of May.

The new candidate, Stacey Devine, has made clear the kind of councillor she wants to be, outlining her five main priorities at the start of her campaign:

  1. Supporting our community and the people within it – Stacey will be an advocate for our communities at Falkirk Council. She is committed to being there, listening to the people who live and work here and taking these views to the heart of our local democracy.
  2. Regeneration of our town centre – Supporting business and kickstarting our economy as we recover from the pandemic. Stacey has outlined that she will work closely with all relevant stakeholders to make this happen.
  3. A strong SNP council team dedicated to working for you. Bo’ness needs united progress – not party political opposition for the sake of it. Stacey believes strongly in collaboration not stagnation – both for Bo’ness and Blackness, and across Falkirk Council.
  4. Fairness and transparency – Stacey believes that local voices matter on local issues. Any decision made by local government must have the interests of the people who live and work here at their heart.
  5. Accessibility and availability – Stacey plans to hold regular in person surgeries as well as digital appointments. This is key to ensuring that the people of Bo’ness have their voices heard, and that they are able to get support from their elected representatives when needed.

Electing Stacey will ensure the communities of Bo’ness and Blackness have a councillor they can rely on, and an administration that can deliver a recovery that serves everyone in Bo’ness. Stacey wants to hear from as many Bo’ness residents as possible, and is contactable via her campaign email:

“It is truly an honour to be selected as Bo’ness SNP’s candidate for Bo’ness and Blackness ward in the upcoming council election. In just over six weeks, the local government elections will take place across Scotland. Growing up in Dean Court where my mum was the scheme manager, I went to Deanburn Primary School before heading to St Mungo’s High School. I’ve been a Flower Girl at the Fair, learned to swim at the Recreation Centre, line danced at Bo’ness Town Hall and had my first jobs here in Bo’ness. I know the challenges that Bo’ness is facing. I also know how the community often comes together to meet these challenges for themselves. The SNP has a long and proud history of delivering for Bo’ness stretching back into the 1950’s and 60’s. I am truly priveleged to continue this legacy. “As your councillor, I will work to be as fair and as transparent as possible. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to represent this community that means so much to me and I will be a strong voice for Bo’ness and Blackness in Falkirk Council.”

Bo’ness SNP’s candidate for Councillor, Stacey Devine.