MSP’s Responsible Parking Victory in Scottish Government’s Radical Transport Reforms

The Scottish Government have tabled radical and extensive changes to Scotland’s transport network, pledging the most ambitious reforms since devolution to create a cleaner, smarter, and more accessible transport network.

Proposals include the adoption of Sandra White MSP’s call for responsible parking regulations prohibiting pavement and double parking, with enforcement powers enabling local authorities to take action on the issue.

The Transport (Scotland) Bill, tabled in Parliament today by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP, sets an ambitious reform agenda focused on achieving a transport network which is responsiveness and sustainable.

Key changes include reforms to bus service frameworks including provision for publicly-run services, nation-wide standards for adoption of low emission zones, national smart ticketing across public transport, and

Local authorities and transport bodies will see powers strengthened under proposals which deliver new enforcement powers, increased finance powers, and the provision for the establishment of publicly-run bus services.

Glasgow Kelvin MSP, Sandra White’s campaign for responsible parking has been adopted into the Government’s proposals, with reforms giving councils the powers to enforce new prohibition of parking on pavements and double parking.

Sandra White’s Responsible Parking Campaign was supported by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Living Streets, resulting in a Transport Scotland consultation on the issue, with Member’s Bill proposals adopted into the current Transport Bill.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“After many years of hard work on this issue, I am delighted to see responsible parking proposals included in this bold and radical transport agenda.”

“I look forward to being involved in the development of these reforms and in supporting the wider aims of the bill which will bring new powers and focus to creating a responsive and sustainable transport network.”

“I would like to thank all who have supported this campaign, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and Living Streets, as well as the many respondents to the consultation, for highlighting the need for change.

“This piece of legislation will have life changing impacts across the country, I am immensely proud that these proposals are being adopted and thank the Scottish Government for taking action to keep our streets safe and accessible for all.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“The Transport Bill reflects a period of significant public consultation and engagement. It responds to the views of passengers and stakeholders by providing local authorities and RTPs with the tools to address local needs.

“This government will not stand by as bus passenger numbers decline. Partnership is at the centre of our proposals, with a new model for local authorities to work with bus operators to revitalise services. We are also providing clearer options for authorities to pursue local franchising or provide services themselves in appropriate circumstances.

“Beyond bus services, this Bill will allow for decriminalised enforcement of Low Emission Zones, double parking and parking on pavements. This will help transform our towns and cities into cleaner, more accessible and more pleasant spaces to travel and enjoy. By strengthening the technology and governance which underpins smart ticketing, people will be able to move between our cities with greater ease and convenience.

“The Bill will also further increase the safety and efficiency of road works to help keep our traffic flowing. We are supporting regeneration along our canals and ensuring the future of the network by strengthening governance and we are also bolstering the ability of RTPs to manage larger projects.

“By empowering local authorities and continuing to work in partnership with transport operators, we will continue to develop a cleaner, smarter public transport system with improved connectivity, accessibility and greater economic benefits for all of Scotland.”

 

Notes:

Press Release from Transport Scotland can be found here.

The Transport Bill is available to view on the Scottish Parliament website.

Consolation on ‘Improving Parking in Scotland’ can be found here.

 

Pavement Parking and Double Parking Proposal synopsis:
Vehicles parked on footways (pavements) can hinder the safe passage of pedestrians, as well as reducing the independence of vulnerable people, especially for the elderly and disabled as parked cars can damage surfaces, which can result in trip hazards.  Additionally, vehicles that are double parked can impact the safe movement traffic and can also endanger other road users or obstruct access to vital services. The Bill will prohibit double parking and parking on pavements and will give local authorities the powers needed to enforce this important change and improve safety and accessibility for all.

MSP calls for welfare devolution as Glasgow loses out to £11.2m in Tory Welfare Cuts.

Glasgow Loses £11.2m Because of Tory Welfare Cuts; SNP MSP Sandra White Demands Devolution of Social Security Powers

Freedom of Information figures supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions have shown that Glasgow has lost out on £11.2m because of Tory cuts to disability benefit.

The information – requested by investigative news outlet The Ferret – shows the number of people who have lost out on social security benefits following the change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments.

The Tory welfare cuts – taking a total of £56 million away from communities across Scotland – have hit the poorest people hardest, leaving vulnerable and disabled people across Glasgow without enough money to live off.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White said:

“It is absolutely devastating that Tory welfare cuts have taken £11.2m out of our communities.

“This really hits home at how disastrous these cuts have been for people across Glasgow – robbing our society and vulnerable people of the money they were entitled to until the Tories decided that they no longer were.

“It is shameful that those most in need of support in Scotland have lost over £56 million under this cruel Tory regime.

“While the Scottish Government is busy setting up a new social security agency with dignity and respect at its heart, figures such as these continue to emerge showing just how damaging Tory welfare cuts are for Glasgow.

“Only with full powers over social security can Scotland treat all those in need of support with the respect they deserve, not the cruelty they face under a toxic Tory government.”

Notes:

Revealed: £56m cuts to disability payments hit Scotland’s poorest hardest: https://theferret.scot/56m-cuts-disability-scotland-poorest/

New Investment in NHS Diagnostics and Care in Glasgow

£50m to Support Treatment Across Scotland

The NHS in Glasgow is set to benefit from a share of a £50 million Scotland-wide investment to help deliver swift treatment and diagnostics.

The extra funding is part of a package of measures to help reduce waiting times – and which will also see two independent diagnostic leads appointed to improve co-ordination across the country on specialist tests.

Scotland already invests more per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. Tory-led England and Labour-led Wales continue to lag behind Scotland, including on A&E waiting times where Scotland has had the lowest waiting times for over 3 years.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White MSP said:

“The staff of Scotland’s NHS do a fantastic job day in day out. This funding boost will support a package of measures to help further improve performance in Glasgow, including new independent experts being appointed to speed up diagnostic tests.

“The Scottish Government has already committed to invest an extra £2 billion above inflation by the end of this parliament – the highest funding offer of any party at the last election – and we already invest more in our NHS per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, supporting frontline health services across Glasgow.

“That’s one of the reasons why Scotland’s A&E’s continue to have the best performance of anywhere in the UK for the last 3 years.”

Sandra White MSP Welcomes Child Poverty Delivery Plan

SNP MSP Sandra White has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most.

Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the Scottish Government will meet ambitious legal targets to tackle child poverty.

Actions include a new £12 million employment support fund will help parents in work progress their careers and support unemployed parents into work.

Other initiatives include a new national entitlement for the School Clothing Grant, to help with the costs of uniforms and sports kits, and new support for after-school and holiday childcare, helping parents work more flexibly and increase their incomes.

The report comes after independent analysis found that, if the Scottish Government did nothing, Tory welfare cuts would mean 38% of Scottish children would be in relative poverty by 2030/31.

Commenting, Sandra White MSP said:

“In a country as prosperous as Scotland no child should have their chances limited by poverty.

“I’m delighted that this ambitious plan includes a range of actions to support families in Glasgow with the cost of living and direct financial support.

“And the ambitious proposal for a new, targeted income supplement show that, when we have the power, the SNP will take action to make Scotland a fairer, stronger country.

“Under Tory cuts, money being is taken from the pockets of low income families, pushing them into crisis, debt, and poverty, with our public services and emergency aid responding as best they can.

“That is why the SNP in government will take action to increase household incomes and reduce costs, supporting children and families here and now.”

Sandra White MSP welcomes news of 200 jobs in new specialist recruitment facility

Sandra White MSP has welcomed news that a Scottish Enterprise supported international specialist recruitment facility is to bring 200 jobs to Glasgow this year, and a total of 314 over the next three years.

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.

Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“This is fantastic news for Glasgow, and builds on our substantial record as both an attractor of inward investment and as a reputable STEM city with a great tradition and presence of science, engineering, and technology across our sectors.

“This international recruitment facility will bring a much welcomed 200 and more jobs to the city whilst further developing the STEM landscape in this city and across the country.”

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:

“This facility will be a major jobs boost for Glasgow, with 200 new posts this year and 314 in total over the next three years. And it will support our ambition for Scotland to be a STEM nation with our economy at the forefront of the technological frontier. 

“The £2million funding from Scottish Enterprise also gives them access to the excellent business support network here in Scotland. And our communities will benefit from the work of the innovative SThree Foundation which supports young people from underprivileged and diverse backgrounds to transition successfully into STEM higher education, jobs and apprenticeships.” 

Alex Smith, SThree’s Chief Financial Officer, said: 

“Investing in Glasgow gives us access to a highly-skilled workforce and an excellent business infrastructure. The STEM markets in which we operate are growing rapidly and this new centre in Glasgow will strengthen our operational capability and support expanding teams across our main markets. 

“Our new Centre of Excellence will bring together our UK support services and underpin our future business needs in the most efficient way. In making this new investment in Glasgow, we have had tremendous support from the Scottish Government and SDI.” 

Paul Lewis, interim chief executive of Scottish Enterprise said:

“It’s fantastic to see a company like SThree, with a strong focus on STEM industries, expanding in Scotland. That the company is planning to create 200 new jobs this year alone is a true endorsement of Scotland’s strength in these sectors, as evidenced by our growing reputation in areas like data, technology and R&D. 

“The decision by SThree to select Glasgow for this expansion is further evidence of Scotland’s attractiveness, backing up our position as the leading UK location for inward investment outside London, and we’re looking forward to working with the company to support its ambitious growth plans for Scotland.” 

Further details: https://news.gov.scot/news/job