Thursday 30 May 2019
The Scottish Government has today published legislation to set the rules for any referendum within the competence of the Scottish Parliament.
The Referendums (Scotland) Bill will provide a legal framework for the holding of referendums on any matters within Scotland’s control. It is intended that the Bill will have completed its parliamentary progress by the end of this calendar year.
The Bill includes provision for the date, question and referendum period to be set by secondary legislation. For a referendum on independence, it is proposed that this would take place following a transfer of power, ensuring such a referendum could not be legally challenged.
Putting in a framework in Scotland would allow a future referendum to take place in a timely fashion.
Over 13,000 carers across Glasgow have benefitted from the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £442 introduced by the Scottish Government.
New figures show that over 25,000 payments have been to carers in Glasgow totalling £5,549,000.
The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make.
Carers make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that they’re duly valued and properly supported.
This supplementary payment allows the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers, as quickly as possible.
I am delighted that carers across Glasgow are being recognised for the important contribution carers make, and the hard work they do in what can often be difficult circumstances.
Traditional Building Skills
It was a pleasure to sponsor the Scottish Traditional Building Forum event in the Scottish Parliament this week.
Lecturers and students were delivering traditional building skills demonstrations and school children from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Fife were able to experience a hands on mini-masterclass in roof slating, stonemasonry, painting and decorating and joinery.
The mini-masterclasses were delivered by apprentices from Edinburgh College, City of Glasgow College, Dundee & Angus College, the University of Edinburgh and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
MSPs and staff were invited to attend and take the opportunity to discuss the apprentices routes into employment and their training, as well as receiving their own hands on mini-masterclasses in the trades being demonstrated.
The Scottish Traditional Building Forum works to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices, in particular the need to raise the profile to address the condition of Scotland’s traditional buildings (pre 1919).
There has been a lot of activity to highlight the need to repair and maintain buildings appropriately and assistance to members of the public on how they can do this.
As you can see from the photographs I also took part in the workshops. I was guided by City of Glasgow College Lecturer and two students from the Plastering Department.
Football clubs across Scotland will be among the first to receive a new mental health and suicide prevention training resource for their players and staff.
Funded by the Scottish Government and created by NHS National Education for Scotland and NHS Health Scotland, the online resource will be shared with all 42 professional football clubs, along with 300 mental health first aiders employed by around 80 football organisations throughout the country.
It will also be shared across all junior, youth, women’s, amateur and para-football leagues and clubs, reaching around 190,000 players.
Out and about in the constituency I stopped by Consumer Advice Scotland’s (CAS) contact centre in Brunswick House to chat with the staff and volunteers about their work on Advice Direct Scotland (ADS).
ADS provide impartial, independent and free advice to everyone across Scotland, engaging with over 700,000 people every year, working on over 1.5 million cases. They recently launched consumeradvice.scot a new service developed with the Scottish Government.
You can find out more information here: https://www.advice.scot/
The sale of high-energy drinks to under-16s is being banned in hospital retail units.
The restriction will apply to drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg/litre.
The change is the latest update to the Healthcare Retail Standard, a set of criteria which all retailers operating in NHS sites in Scotland must adhere to. It aims to increase the amount of healthier food and drinks in shops in NHS buildings, with tighter rules around what can be promoted.
The move will be matched by all NHS-run catering sites.
New restrictions on baby food are also being introduced to ensure healthy eating behaviours are instilled at the earliest possible stage. Products will have to contain no added sugar or salt and be unsweetened.
I popped into see the staff and young people at the Anderston Youth Café last week to have a quick chat.
The café is on every Thursday from 6pm until 8.30pm at The Square, 66 St Vincent Terrace.
Young people aged 10 – 15 years are more than welcome to drop in and take part in activities or just have a chat.
This is a safe space for young people who would rather do something other than sport. They can get together with friends or make new ones!