Sandra White welcomes Parking laws discussion

Views are now being sought by the Scottish Government on how to implement a clearer and more consistent approach to parking laws in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is asking interested parties for their opinions ahead of the development of new policies which are expected to form part of a Transport Bill in this session of Parliament.

A range of issues, including how to deal with irresponsible parking and the proper use of disabled spaces, are being considered as part of the consultation, which is being launched today.

Having led the fight in Holyrood to tackle irresponsible parking Sandra White MSP commented:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government are continuing the many years of work that my office, and prior to that Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, have invested in this bill. The many organisations who have contributed and pushed this agenda for the individuals they represent, be it Living Streets or Guide Dogs for the Blind, to name but two, deserve a great deal of credit for their tireless campaigning as well.

“This is yet another example of The Scottish Government listening to the people, following through on a manifesto pledge, and now delivering.

“The Scottish Government is now carrying out the detailed review of parking having obtained the necessary powers in the Scotland Act last year.”

Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP said:

“The impact of parking policies goes further than governing where people can leave their vehicles. The rules can have a direct impact on town centre regeneration and on accessibility so it is important that we hear from as wide a range of groups as possible as part of this consultation.

“We know that people are concerned about irresponsible parking and the misuse of disabled spaces and this is their opportunity to have their say on how we can address these problems.

“The Scottish Government is also keen to explore if parking rules can help support wider policy aims and views are being sought on whether more can be done to encourage the use of ultra-low emission vehicles.

“Our aim is to create a set of policies that can help make our roads safer, greener and available to all and we would encourage anyone with an interest to get involved and let us know what they think over the coming weeks before the consultation ends on June 30th.”

Director Living Streets Scotland, Stuart Hay said:

“We are pleased the Scottish Government is considering how to best use its new powers over parking to make streets safer and more pleasant for everyone through adopting a consistent national approach.

“Many Scottish communities will welcome clearer laws that prevent vehicles obstructing and damaging pavements, especially where older people, people with disabilities and children feel unsafe.”

The ‘Improving Parking in Scotland’ Consultation can be found at  https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/road-policy/improving-parking-in-scotland/consult_view/

 

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Queen Street redevelopment gets go ahead

Scottish Ministers have today given formal approval to an application by Network Rail to undertake major redevelopment works at Queen Street Station.

The Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Order triggers the latest phase of this ambitious improvement programme which, on completion, will give one of Scotland’s key rail hubs a major facelift.

The main provisions of the Order enable Network Rail to undertake enhancements to accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers. On completion the new station will deliver:

• a fully accessible, modern, transport facility;
• improved access to an expanded concourse;
• enhanced aesthetics and passenger facilities in the station;
• increased capacity, walking and circulation space and longer platforms; and
• a station that better serves the needs of passengers and the city.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin commented:

“It is fantastic that one of Scotland’s key public transport hubs is to receive a much needed face lift. The plans for Queen Street Station will elevate the station to a new level in terms of design and usability. Not only will it look fantastic but it will allow for Glaswegians and visitors alike the ability to fully access the station, as should be the case, while improving their user experience.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said:

“The Scottish Government is delivering the most ambitious programme of rail investment ever seen in Scotland, committing over £5 billion across the current funding period. Approval of this TAWS Order allows Network Rail to undertake significant enhancements to Glasgow Queen Street Station.

“This continued investment in our key rail hubs will not only accommodate longer trains and the future growth in passenger numbers, it will also improve the overall service experience.  Coupled with new longer, faster, greener Class 385 trains coming later this year and a full fleet refurbishment, we are doing what we can now to deliver a Scottish rail industry for the future, one which encourages even more people opt to get out their cars and onto trains.”

Vast majority of voters back ‘Scotland’s Choice’

BID TO BLOCK VOTE UNDEMOCRATIC AND UNSUSTAINABLE

Today’s Survation poll shows that people in Scotland overwhelmingly back the SNP’s plans to give them a choice over their future.

61% of people think the Scottish Parliament should have the right to decide whether Scotland has a future referendum on independence, with 56% also believing that Holyrood should set the timescale for that to happen — a clear rejection of Tory attempts to prevent the people of Scotland having that choice.

The poll also reveals a clear majority think Westminster should not block another referendum if democratically agreed and voted for by the Scottish Parliament.

The poll has been published on the day the First Minister will write to the UK Government to begin discussions on a referendum.

Sandra White MSP welcomed the poll and stated:

“Today’s poll clearly demonstrates that the Scottish people not only have faith in the Scottish Parliament but strongly believe it should have autonomy to use the powers at its disposal”

“As successive Government’s in Westminster time and again to ignore Scotland it has only demonstrated with greater clarity that the Scottish Parliament continues to represent the will of the people. Any attempt therefore to block the democratic will of the Scottish people is completely unacceptable”

“Given that Scotland, who voted overwhelmingly to remain within the EU, are being told we are now being dragged out due to a democratic vote, it would be unthinkable and extremely unwise of the Prime Minister to then deny us a basic democratic right.”

Also commenting on the poll, SNP Depute Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

“The message this sends to the UK Tory government is clear — if they try to block a referendum they will be acting against the wishes of the people of Scotland. 

“People overwhelmingly want Holyrood, not Westminster, to make the decision to give people the choice over their future and when that choice should be offered to them. In short a referendum should be “Made in Scotland”.

“The Prime Minister is stuck on repeat with her ‘now is not the time’ refrain. We agree with that, people should be able to choose Scotland’s future in 18 months’ time when the terms of the Brexit deal are known. 

“Prolonging any attempt to stop people from having their say over their future is undemocratic, unsustainable and run the risk of public opinion in Scotland turning even more sharply against Prime Minister.” 

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Sandra White MSP pledges support for Scottish veterans

Local MSP, Sandra White has pledged her support for Scottish veterans with mental health conditions at the Scottish Parliament this week.

The MSP for Glasgow Kelvin met with employees from veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress to hear more about their work to support veterans living in Scotland rebuild their lives.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans and provides free specialist clinical treatment to ex-servicemen and women across the UK with mental health problems. The charity treats conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. They provide a range of free services including short-stay clinical treatment, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, Occupational Therapy, Community support and a free 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619).

Sandra White MSP said:

Our veterans are an asset to Scotland and I commend the invaluable work and support Combat Stress provides both here in Glasgow Kelvin and across the country .

“It is vital that all veterans have access to the specialist support they need for conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety. We all owe a significant debt to those who have served in our armed forces, and we must work together to ensure they have access to the support they need and deserve.

“I would encourage all those who require support to contact organisations such as Combat Stress at the earliest opportunity.”

Andy Smith, Combat Stress’s Regional Operations Manager, said:

With recent research showing that Scottish veterans face a greater risk of deprivation than the general public, and that the average veteran takes 12 years to seek our support after leaving the military, it is vital that we encourage all ex-service personnel to access the support they need.

“We strongly encourage serving personnel, veterans and their loved ones to call our 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619.

“The Scottish Government’s support for veterans, including the Scottish Veterans Fund, is welcome, but the 71% increase in referrals that we experienced over the past five years illustrates the rising demand for our work. We hope that Government, support agencies and charities can work together to minimise the challenges faced by veterans who are already dealing with a range of complex issues.”

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Sandra White MSP welcomes 300 new Glasgow jobs with Genpact European base expansion.

Sandra White MSP has welcomed the news of three hundred new jobs in Glasgow announced by global professional services firm Genpact during a visit this morning by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

300 new jobs will be created in Glasgow over the next five years following a decision by Genpact to expand its European operations in Scotland.

These roles will encompass digital solutions, risk management, insurance claims, business process transformation, and customer service. This investment is supported by a £3.1 million Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.

Sandra White, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“I welcome today’s announcement of 300 new jobs for in Glasgow as Genpact develop a significant European business expansion in Scotland, which is great news and additional benefit to the city and our country.

“I believe Genpact’s role in financial services and in supporting health and hi-tech sciences amongst other areas will find a good fit alongside these strengthening sectors of which Scotland is recognised for across Europe and the world.

“This news further highlights the attractiveness of Glasgow and Scotland as a vibrant European economy with significant talent, innovation, and opportunity, and I am pleased to see this recognised with the announcement of this development in Glasgow.”

Welcoming the announcement during a visit to Genpact’s Glasgow office, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Scotland continues to be recognised as a prime business location for global companies looking for a foothold in and access to Europe.

“This is thanks to our exceptional skills, business infrastructure, low-cost base and global business network. I am delighted that Genpact will locate its new European facility in Scotland, with support from Scottish Enterprise.”

Mohit Thukral, senior vice president and business leader, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Genpact, said:

“Expanding our presence in Scotland with this strong government partnership advances our strategy of strengthening both our onshore delivery and digital solutions capabilities.

“The Glasgow metro area has provided an exceptional talent base and favourable economic climate, especially for our financial services business. Our planned expansion will further leverage these benefits as we drive more digital-led transformation business impact for our clients.”

Paul Lewis, managing director of international operations at Scottish Enterprise said:

“We are pleased to be supporting Genpact’s investment in Scotland and delighted the company has chosen Glasgow for its prestigious European expansion project.

“The company joins the growing number of investors who are choosing Scotland for ambitious expansion projects and we look forward to working closely with Genpact as it establishes this new facility.”

Background

Genpact founded in 1997 as a division of GE and has been independent since 2005. The company has a presence in more than 20 countries and provides digital-led consulting, analytics, and business process management services for many Fortune Global 500 companies in the financial services, insurance, healthcare, life sciences, consumer goods, industrial manufacturing, high tech, and services industries. Genpact has an existing delivery centre in Glasgow with approximately 165 employees specialising in wealth management servicing and digital platform provisioning for financial services companies