Thursday 27 September
The name Srebrenica has become synonymous with those dark days in July 1995 when, in the first ever United Nations declared safe area, thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered and buried in mass graves. The victims, predominantly Muslim, were selected for death on the basis of their identity. This was the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.
The Scottish Parliament was this week host to an exhibition which aims to promote the Remembering Srebrenica charity which seeks to increase public awareness of the genocide that took place in Bosnia in 1995.
The exhibition is both powerful and moving.
Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals – and people will be given greater choice and flexibility over their assessments.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “We will not farm out assessments to private companies.
“Furthermore under the Scottish government system, people will be given greater choice and control over their assessment through four actions I have committed to today. People will be invited at a time that suits them and to a location that suits them. For those with difficulty travelling, the assessor will come to them.
“In addition we will introduce audio recordings of assessments as standard to ensure accuracy and transparency. And we will also allow the social security appeals tribunal to access the audio recording to help inform their decision.
“From application to award, we will provide a service that manages performance, quality and outcomes. And it is this approach that will see dignity and respect embedded throughout, and ensure people can have trust in the system.”
UN International Day for Older Persons
As the Convener of the CPG on Older People, Age and Ageing I was more than happy to promote the 2018 UN International Day of Older Person’s by submitting the following motion in Parliament and this was presented to representatives from the Scottish Pensioners Forum at their demonstration outside the Parliament this week:
UN International Day of Older Persons
That the Parliament recognises 1 October 2018 as UN International Day of Older Persons; understands that this resolution, 45/106, was passed by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 1990, which declared 1 October the International Day of Older Persons; notes the contribution and dedication that older people have made and continue to make to help safeguard welfare rights during the last 70 years in policymaking, campaigning and in wider society, and supports the theme for this year’s celebration, Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.
Representatives from the Kashmir community recently visited the Parliament and met with myself and my colleague James Dornan MSP and Anas Sarwar MSP.
They were outlining the current situation as well as a discussion on progressing the case for Kashmir independence.
Car Free Kelvin
In an unprecedented move, Glasgow City Council repeated the offer of free road closures to residents, local groups and community-based organisations who wanted to turn their local streets into temporary playgrounds for local children.
It follows the huge success of the Street Play event in June this year, which saw the council facilitate 25 road closures across the city to allow communities to enjoy the benefits of a traffic-free day close to home.
In marking this year’s International Car Free Day, Street Play was again available in the city for the second time this year, last weekend. Kelvin Way joined cities from all around the world celebrating a reclamation of the street for people.
Scotland’s Women’s National Team squad will be able to train full-time for the FIFA 2019 World Cup with additional Scottish Government funding.
The financial support will allow those players in the national squad who are currently not professionals to train full-time from January ahead of the tournament in France.
The draw for the FIFA 2019 World Cup group takes place on 8 December 2018, and the final 23 woman squad will be announced in the lead up to the tournament which begins on 7 June 2019 in Paris.
Out and about in the constituency at the beginning of the week and I popped in to Rebel Rebel to discuss a few problems they are having but also to find out about their training opportunities.
They have linked up with Glasgow Kelvin College to offer a Modern Barbering City and Guilds qualification.
The collaboration includes the establishment of a customised training centre at the Grainstore. Within this newly refurbished 150-year-old building they have constructed a bespoke barbershop workspace less than 10 minutes’ walk from Glasgow Central Station.
They have designed a setting which will offer both theoretical knowledge and practical tuition, including both traditional and on-trend barbering skills.
You can find out more here: http://madebarbering.com/