Thursday 5 October 2017

Catalan Referendum

09.17 Catalunya FirefightersI travelled to Barcelona at the weekend as an International Observer for the Catalan Referendum. In the face of adversity thousands of Catalans managed to exercise their democratic right to vote.

I am pictured with firefighters who bravely protected Catalan voters from the Spanish police.

The following motion was tabled in my name on Monday in the Scottish Parliament:

Motion S5M-08039: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2017

Catalan Referendum

That the Parliament condemns the brutal actions of the Spanish police, which saw at least 844 people injured during the Catalan Referendum; believes that Spain has breached Article 2 of the EU Treaty, calls on EU members states to invoke Article 7, and praises the dignity and courage of Catalans in the face of intimidation and violence by Spanish police.

Supported by: Rona Mackay, George Adam, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Christine Grahame, Ash Denham, Emma Harper, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Graeme Dey, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Jenny Gilruth, Willie Coffey, Christina McKelvie, Ruth Maguire, Mairi Gougeon, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Colin Beattie, John Finnie, Fulton MacGregor, Gil Paterson, Ben Macpherson, Clare Adamson, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Gillian Martin

In the chamber on Tuesday I raised the Catalan Referendum with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. You can view the exchange here:

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/topical-questions-october-3-2017?clip_start=14:05:06&clip_end=14:10:18

Universal Credit

During a debate on Universal Credit in the Parliament this week the Scottish Government announced recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland will be offered two new ways to help them manage their money.

From this week, people in Scotland making new claims in full service Universal Credit areas will have the choice of changing the frequency of their payments from once to twice monthly, and to have the housing cost element of their Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord.

In my contribution to the debate I again reiterated my opposition to the continued rollout of Universal Credit which is failing the people it is designed to support, driving more people into poverty. The 6 week wait, which can often be longer and deliberately built into the system, is unjustifiable – pushing people into crisis and rent arrears, and having to rely on food banks and emergency payments to get by.

You can access my contribution here:

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11127&i=101487

Fracking

People in Glasgow and across Scotland had deep concerns about the development of fracking, which is why the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium while the evidence was carefully examined.

The Scottish Government has now undertaken one of the most far reaching investigations into unconventional oil and gas of any government in the world.

The judgement is now clear – we could not pursue fracking in confidence that it would not undermine public health or our climate change targets.

I am delighted the Scottish Government have put the interests of communities first.nge targets.

And, importantly, the public consent in the communities Glasgow that would be affected simply isn’t there.

It is unsurprising to see that the Tories are demanding that the SNP ignore the evidence and the 99% of respondents who said they are opposed to fracking. It is clear that the Tories cannot be trusted to either run or protect our country.

I’m delighted that the Scottish Government are putting the interests of communities first.

Show Racism the Red Card

10.17 Show Racism the Red CardI fully endorse and support the Show Racism the Red Card campaign Wear Red Day on Friday 6 October.

This campaign has gone from strength to strength. Through education they have been challenging racism in society.

By working with the next generation in schools the campaign can have a huge impact towards eradicating racism and creating a better world.

You can find out more about the campaign at www.theredcard.org/scotland

Fair Work

Contracts worth up to £96 million have been awarded to organisations across Scotland to help people find and stay in work.

From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to help at least 38,000 people, to find employment, including those facing barriers to entering the labour market.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that these employment support services will be delivered by a mix of public, private and third sector organisations in nine contract areas across Scotland. This new partnership approach will see more than half of provision delivered by supported businesses and by third sector and public sector bodies in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is already using its new powers through the Scotland Act to deliver one year transitional employment support services – Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland which are helping unemployed people across Scotland, ahead of the full roll-out in 2018.

You can find out more here: For more information on the contract awards: http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/devolved-employment-services/employment-support-2018/

West End St Andrews Torchlight Parade

10.17 West End Torchlight St Andrews Day FestivalAfter a hugely successful 2016 the St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade returns for 2017 on Thursday 30 November starting at 6.30pm.

Get in quick to ensure your place at a brilliant family friendly community event for the West End, just make sure to wrap up warm.

Find out more at http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/

Sport

The five fastest growing sports for girls in Scotland have been revealed in new statistics to mark the start of Women and Girls in Sport Week.

The sports with the biggest increase in participant sessions between 2011/12 to 2016/17 are:

Karate – more than quadrupled

Dodgeball – more than quadrupled

Cross Country – more than doubled

Tennis – almost doubled

Rugby Union – almost doubled

The top three sports by total participation sessions are netball, football and gymnastics, according to data collected from the Active Schools programme.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE EBRIEF WILL RESUME WEEK BEGINNING 23 OCTOBER 2017

 

 

 

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