Ebrief

Thursday 22 March

EU

Legislation to protect Scotland’s devolved powers has been passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament.

The new legislation will both protect the devolved settlement and prepare Scotland’s laws for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill will come into effect if the Scottish Parliament decides not to consent to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and will prevent what ministers in Scotland and Wales have described as a “power grab”.

The Welsh National Assembly has passed similar legislation for devolved matters in Wales.

Anderston PS

03.18 Anderston PS

What a great visit I had to Anderston Primary School last week as an invited guest of the students and staff to their pop-up restaurant.

This project is the culmination of a programme of learning facilitated by the Food For Thought funding they received from the Scottish Government.  The programme has encompassed healthy eating, sustainable production and food education in context with the children gaining direct experience of the hospitality industry.

The pop-up restaurant was an ideal platform to showcase what the students have learned whilst improving the health of the children in Anderston. I thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the company and would like to say a huge thank you to the students and staff for the kind invitation.

SYT

Good news this week for the Scottish Youth Theatre with a short-term funding agreement being reached to enable them to remain open beyond July 2018, allowing young people to benefit from their programmes.

The Scottish Government will provide £150,000 to match private sponsorship secured by the theatre from Baillie Gifford.

This package of public and private funding will allow the theatre to continue to operate throughout 2018 – including fulfilling important activity in the Year of Young People. It will give them an opportunity to identify a long-term funding solution, and to consider how to further develop work beyond Glasgow, and any partnerships that would make that possible.

Garden of Light

03.18 Garden of Light MC 2Many of you may have visited the Garden of Light exhibition on the concourse of Glasgow Central Station last weekend which highlighted and celebrated Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

The daffodils represented all the people Marie Curie supported in Scotland in March 2018 – whether that was through nursing or hospice care, or information and support.

I had the pleasure of visiting at the end of last week meeting up with Marie Curie staff and volunteers to chat to them about their work and their fundraising efforts.

If you would like further information or would like to donate to the Great Daffodil Appeal visit here https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil

Fire Safety

All homes will have the highest level of protection from smoke and fire. Following a consultation on fire and smoke alarms, the existing high standard required in private rented housing will be extended to all homes.

This includes at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used, at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings and at least one heat alarm in every kitchen.  Additional requirements will include specifying a maximum age of ten years for alarms and a carbon monoxide detector will be required in all homes.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 will be amended to reflect the new requirements.  The amended standard will cover all homes.  Once the Act has been amended there will be a two year grace period for compliance.

Frank McArthur

03.18 SW and Frank McArthurI was absolutely delighted to see stalwart Glasgow Kelvin political activist Frank McArthur in the Scottish Parliament last week.

Frank and his family were guests of the First Minister, meeting up with old friends and political colleagues, Fergus Ewing MSP, Christine Grahame MSP and Bruce Crawford MSP as well as sitting in on First Ministers Question Time.

I have known Frank for many years his campaigning has spanned many decades – he was intrinsic in the election of Jim Sillars in the 80’s, as well as my own election campaigns in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011.

Frank was an enthusiastic and dedicated campaign team member and I thank him for his lengthy and unstinting contribution.

Fire Safety

All homes will have the highest level of protection from smoke and fire. Following a consultation on fire and smoke alarms, the existing high standard required in private rented housing will be extended to all homes.

This includes at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used, at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings and at least one heat alarm in every kitchen.  Additional requirements will include specifying a maximum age of ten years for alarms and a carbon monoxide detector will be required in all homes.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 will be amended to reflect the new requirements.  The amended standard will cover all homes.  Once the Act has been amended there will be a two year grace period for compliance.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

03.18 RCPSGIt was great to meet with the President and the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG)this week.

I was lucky enough to receive a tour of their fabulous facilities before discussing how we can best continue recruiting the top Doctors & Consultants to Glasgow.

Membership of the RCPSG has grown to over 10,000 physicians, surgeons, dental professionals, specialists in the field of travel medicine and podiatric medicine across the UK and worldwide. RCPSG offer ongoing career support to their members by providing wide ranging, high quality, relevant education, training, professional development, education and assessment.

The College is one of Glasgow’s historic sites and, as a charitable organisation, we make a positive contribution to the wider community.

SThree Jobs

Good news this week with the announcement of a new specialist recruitment facility which will bring 200 jobs to Glasgow this year.

The Centre of Excellence is being opened by international recruitment firm SThree, which provides specialist recruitment services for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries and has 40 offices across 16 countries.

The investment is backed by £2million Regional Selective Assistance funding from Scottish Enterprise.

Funding

Local heritage, community and sports groups across Scotland can benefit from National Lottery good cause cash, as part of a new £550,000 fund, aimed at helping change the lives of young people.

You can find out more by contacting YOYPFund@hlf.org.uk or 0131 225 9450 for more details or support with the application.

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