Thursday 12 December
As if we needed a reminder but just in case…I’ll remind you all! Polls close at 10pm and I would encourage everyone to use their democratic right!
My thoughts go out to the residents affected by the fire at Lancefield Quay this week. Fire crews battled with the blaze and brought it under control and thankfully there were no casualties. Those affected have been given temporary shelter within the Hilton Hotel.
I’d like to thank the fire service and their crews who were called to tackle the fire. Obviously the situation is ongoing but the fire service remain at the buildings affected.
Small Business Saturday
What better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday than getting out and about across the constituency supporting our local businesses.
Small Business Saturday is a fantastic initiative that encourages shoppers to help independent businesses, shop local and support your community.
Kelvin is booming and Scotland is fast becoming one of the best places in the world to do business.
Despite the challenges we have faced from Westminster budget cuts, the Scottish Government is supporting small businesses in Scotland to flourish – offering the most generous package of business rates reliefs anywhere in the UK.
I’m pictured at just two of the many small Kelvin based businesses I visited on Saturday. Firstly at Emillia Café Coffee and Sandwich House in Elderslie Street, and then onto Neverland Nails owned by award winning Frenchie Fabulous.
Small Business Saturday may have passed but I would encourage you all to shop local and support our growing number of small businesses across Kelvin.
The Scottish Government has confirmed infection prevention and control measures will be strengthened further at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
An announcement was made on the appointment of Professor Marion Bain to take over infection prevention and control at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Professor Bain, Co-Director of the Delivery Group for Public Health Reform and former Medical Director of NHS National Services Scotland, will lead on improving systems, processes and governance.
An expert assessment of infection prevention and control in the clinical environment will also be carried out.
The findings of the independent assessment will be reported directly to the Scottish Government Oversight Board established following NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde being raised to Stage 4 of the NHS Board Performance Escalation Framework in relation to infection prevention and control and communication and engagement with patients and families.
Deposit Return Scheme
The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee released their report on a deposit return scheme stating it will have a real and lasting impact on tackling climate change.
In its report, the Committee notes that whilst the scheme itself had widespread support, there was disagreement about some aspects of the operation of the system, including what materials should be included, how it will operate and when it will come into effect.
The Committee has now called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to ensure that the scheme is accessible and available to all who need to use it.
The report also calls for a minimum deposit rate of 20p set out in regulation. However, there should be flexibility to vary that rate upwards to support the delivery of environmental and social outcomes.
Good news this week with the publication on the numbers of teachers in post across the country.
Here in the city the number of teachers has risen from 4,813 in 2013 to 5,352 this year, a continued increase with levels at the highest in a decade.
The Scottish Government are committed to improving educational attainment for all pupils and they will continue to invest in our education system.
It was a pleasure to visit pupils and staff at Garnetbank Primary School and I thank them for their very warm welcome.
Garnetbank is a wonderful multicultural school in the heart of the city – a credit to the pupils and staff who certainly live up to their rights respecting ethos.
For my part the visit gave the pupils an opportunity to quiz me about my role as a Member of the Scottish Parliament, what do I do, what does the Parliament do and how can they get involved!
This is a reminder for everyone to have a look at the latest Scottish Government consultations. Have your say on a wide range of issues and help shape legislation.
You can view all consultations here: https://consult.gov.scot/consultation_finder/?sort_on=iconsultable_enddate&sort_order=ascending&advanced=1&st=open#cs-finder-results-container