EU CITIZENS URGED TO STAY IN GLASGOW

SANDRA WHITE MSP: “YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WELCOME IN SCOTLAND”

 

SNP MSP Sandra White has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in Glasgow Kelvin to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

 

This week First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home – promising to continue making a strong case for their rights to be protected in any EU exit scenario.

 

The SNP leader has written an open letter to EU citizens to confirm a new ‘Stay in Scotland’ package that will consist of:

 

  • £250,000 for community based support across Scotland

 

  • a support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges

 

  • a toolkit for employers, including posters, factsheets, digital content and guide directing EU citizens to further guidance

 

Sandra White has previously written to EU citizens in the area following a successful campaign to push the UK government to scrap the £65 “settled status” fee.

 

Commenting, Sandra White said:

 

“It is important to make clear that EU citizens will always remain welcome in Glasgow, and I will continue to do all I can to help people stay in Scotland.

 

“It’s wrong for the UK government to oblige EU citizens who have built their lives in Scotland, and who contribute massively to our economy and communities, to apply for the continued right to remain in their own homes.

 

“With absolutely no clarity from Westminster, this announcement from the First Minister will provide welcome support for EU citizens in across Scotland.

 

“I’d like to urge anyone who has issues or concerns they would like to discuss with me to please get in touch.”

 

ENDS

KELVIN MSP WELCOMES NEWS THAT 96% OF NEW PARENTS BENEFITTING FROM BABY BOXES

New figures have revealed that 20,244 of families in Glasgow have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017.

 

These new baby boxes will also encourage families to become more environmentally friendly, with parents-to-be receiving a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy, and liners.

 

Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digital thermometer, and books.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

 

“Every child, regardless of the circumstances that they are born in to, should get the best start in life.

 

“At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about fairness and opportunity, which is why I’m delighted to see that 20,244 of new families have benefitted from it in Glasgow.

 

“96% of expectant parents in Scotland are now requesting a Baby Box – and more than 80,000 have been delivered.  That’s a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box.

 

“Given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.

 

ENDS

SANDRA WHITE MSP SUPPORTS GLASGOW KELVIN ACTIVITIES TO HELP SPRING CLEAN SCOTLAND

SANDRA WHITE MSP has today joined environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in applauding the efforts of local residents from Glasgow Kelvin who are participating in its annual Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place across the country throughout April and May.

 

Keep Scotland Scotland Beautiful is supporting communities to take part and help remove litter from their local area – transforming the places that they live in and improving the areas that they care for.

 

Throughout April and May, Keep Scotland Beautiful will be working with Glasgow Kelvin residents, businesses, schools and community groups to arrange their own Clean Up events to remove rubbish from local streets, parks and public areas.

 

Sandra White MSP said:

“I am proud of the actions of residents from Glasgow Kelvin who are participating in the annual Spring Clean Campaign – helping to tackle the problem of litter and preserve the places & spaces that we live, work & relax in. I hope that the 2019 Spring Clean Campaign is a fantastic success.”

 

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:
“Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for people across the country to take part in our annual Spring Clean campaign. Every April and May thousands of volunteers take to the streets and remove a significant amount of litter from their local communities.

“We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and hope that everyone will take part – helping to make 2019 the most successful Spring Clean campaign to date.”

 

ENDS

GLASGOW KELVIN GP PRACTICES TO RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

GP practices in Kelvin will receive a funding boost this year, the Scottish Government has unveiled.

 

The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £20 million support will be given to GP practices across Scotland to help with the costs of running their practices.

 

The ‘GP Premises Sustainability Loan Scheme’ aims to ease the financial burden associated with owning a General Practice – in turn helping to improve recruitment and retention. It means that GPs who own their own premises can apply for long term interest-free loans worth up to 20% of their practice’s value.

 

A total of 172 practices across Scotland have successfully applied for loans – around 50% of the total eligible.

 

The new GP contract in Scotland is backed by £110 million in 2018/19 to ensure that GPs are able to spend more time with patients, and less time on paperwork. The Scottish Government is investing a further £7.5 million to improve GP recruitment and retention in 2018/19.

 

SNP MSP Sandra White said:

 

“People in Kelvin will welcome this significant investment in our local NHS service, which will help family doctors deal with the costs of running their practice.

 

“The extra investment will make becoming a GP an attractive career choice and encourage more people to join the profession – which will in turn make it easier for practices in Scotland to retain and recruit staff.

 

“This news is extremely encouraging and I encourage eligible GPs in Kelvin to consider whether they would benefit from this scheme. To learn that 51 GP practices across Greater Glasgow & Clyde have already received funding is excellent news and will only go to further improve the level of care provided to our community.

 

“The NHS is one of our most treasured institutions, and the SNP in government is absolutely committed to ensuring it stays fit for the future.”

Vodafone update

Since news broke of Vodafone UK’s decision to cull their services operating out of Berkeley Square, the office of Sandra White MSP has been working in conjunction with Alison Thewliss MP to seek an urgent reconsideration by Vodafone.

In the first instance a joint letter was issued by both elected representatives to Vodafone’s CEO and also their Head of UK Operations. A response from Vodafone’s CEO, Mr Nick Jeffery, has now been received and a copy of which can be seen below:
Sandra White MSP Vodafone

With no movement from Vodafone Sandra White MSP also submitted a request to the Scottish Parliament for a Topical Question to raise this matter formally in the Debating Chamber. Unfortunately this extremely serious and urgent question was not chosen despite strong indications that it would be. As such Sandra White has now contacted the Presiding Officer to seek clarity as to why such a gross oversight was made.

Despite these challenges Sandra White MSP has now secured a meeting with Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, next week. This meeting will allow Sandra White to discuss the ongoing situation and seek urgent assistance from the Scottish Government to ensure everything possible is being done to protect Scottish jobs and assist the affected workforce in Glasgow Kelvin.