Carers Week

SANDRA WHITE MSP BACKS SUPPORT FOR CARERS AHEAD OF CARERS WEEK 

SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White has pledged her backing for Carers Week which begins next Monday (11 June), by committing to support local carers across Glasgow Kelvin.

Ms White has signed up to the Carers Week pledge to take carer friendly action – highlighting the tireless work of the 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK and offering them any support they need. There are an estimated 788,000 unpaid carers across Scotland – with 44,000 of them under the age of 18.

The Scottish Government has taken decisive action to support unpaid carers – investing over £135 million in a range of programmes and initiatives to support carers and young carers, as well as passing a new Carers Act, which has come into force this year, which extends the rights of carers and ensures better support.

Commenting, Ms White said:

“I have no hesitation in giving my backing to carers across Glasgow Kelvin and indeed across Scotland. The work that carers do in our communities should rightly be acknowledged and supported. 

“Across Scotland, there’s an estimated 788,000 unpaid carers, with tens of thousands of them being under the age of 18. It is our duty to support them in whatever way we can. 

“The Scottish Government has been leading the way in providing this support for unpaid carers – investing over £135 million, as well as passing the new Carers Act in 2016, which came into force this year. 

“And through the new Social Security Agency, the Scottish Government plans to increase Carers Allowance to the level of Job Seeker’s Allowance, giving carers that little bit extra support that can go a long way. 

“Carers Week gives us all the chance to show our support and appreciation for the work carers do in our local communities – and I am committed to playing a positive role in this annual event.”

Carers Week website: https://www.carersweek.org/

 

 

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Kelvingrove Park

Sandra White MSP shocked at drink fuelled crime

Residents of Glasgow Kelvin were today appalled to learn of a violent attack that took place in one of Glasgow’s most loved public parks.

With the recent warm weather many have taken the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine outdoors. While the majority of Glaswegians have been able to do so in peace and quiet, the residents surrounding Kelvingrove Park have had to bear witness to an “unprecedented” spell of public disorder and violence.

In response the local MSP, Sandra White, has sought to tackle this anti-social behaviour head on and was today liaising with senior Police Officers for the West of Glasgow.

Commenting, Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said:
“The safety of constituents is always a primary concern for elected members. To therefore learn of the recent binge drinking and subsequent violent attacks in Kelvingrove Park has left me shocked.

“The extreme nature of the violence reported, and in conjunction with the fact that public drinking is an offence in the first place, led me this morning to liaise with the local Chief Inspector. CI Lister has assured me in the strongest possible terms that Police Scotland are taking the disorder of the recent days extremely seriously. 

“Police Scotland have been monitoring the situation in the park for some time and have deployed greater resources this year than ever before to try and tackle the unprecedented level of anti-social behaviour reported. In response to the completely unacceptable levels of violence and public drinking, CI Lister has informed me that today yet further resources have been  authorised from her superiors to ensure public order is maintained. This will see mobile CCTV units, the mounted division, dog unit, and a greater number of patrols on the ground in order to prevent and dissuade illegal behaviour, as well as take action should any offence occur.

“The vast majority of the reports are resultant of public drinking, the associated behaviour this leads to, and also the fact that many individuals presenting as drunk and disorderly would appear to be under legal drinking age. As such Police Scotland will be continuing to work with GCC to ensure licensed premises only sell alcohol to those of age & the officers on patrol will not hesitate in taking appropriate action should they witness any public drinking in Kelvingrove Park.

“When we are lucky enough to have some good weather it is right that people should be free to enjoy our public parks – but only if they are willing to act in a respectful & law abiding fashion. I look forward to the rest of the summer and after speaking with Police Scotland I am reassured that Kelvingrove Park will be the friendly and welcoming place once more that I have always known it to be.”

 

Glasgow Harbour developers agree to cover £10m cost of removing Grenfell-style cladding

The MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, has welcomed news that residents of a west end apartment complex are to be spared a £10 million bill to remove Grenfell-style cladding.

Taylor Wimpey, the developer who built two multi-storey blocks within the Glasgow Harbour complex, were contacted by residents, elected officials, and GCC in a bid to encourage them to pay for the removal of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy. ACM is the same cladding which accelerated the Grenfell Tower fire where 71 people lost their lives – as such fire wardens have been patrolling the residential complex for months, at a considerable cost, which Taylor Wimpy will also cover.

With over 300 properties at Castlebank Place and 350 Meadowside Quay comprising the two residential blocks, the news that Taylor Wimpy would cover the much disputed costs was warmly welcomed. On average each household will now be spared finding £31k to contribute towards their share.

Commenting, Sandra WhiteMSP said:

“I am delighted that Taylor Wimpy have stepped up and taken responsibility for this situation. Having spoken to many affected residents the concern and distress this situation has caused has been considerable.

“To therefore learn that Taylor Wimpy will  meet the direct costs of removing and replacing the cladding, as well as the associated fire safety measures imposed by Glasgow City Council, it is welcome news indeed.

“With the works still to commence I am sure everyone associated with the development is now eager for the ACM to be removed ASAP, finally bringing this matter to a close”.

Scottish Government Scheme Supports Over 12,000 Glasgow Businesses

New figures show that the Scottish Government’s business rate relief scheme saved businesses in Glasgow £801m between 2009-10 and 2016-17.

Across Scotland, this scheme has saved taxpayers around £4.5 billion between 2009-10 and 2015-16 by reducing their rates liability and taking many firms out of business rates altogether.

And across Glasgow the latest figures show that 12,388 local firms benefitted from this flagship Scottish Government policy in 2016. This figure does not, however, include premises that qualified for the new 100% reliefs introduced, including Day Nursery Relief and the Business Growth Accelerator.

Commenting, local SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“The Scottish Government is delivering the most competitive business rates relief package in the whole of the UK, saving businesses in Glasgow £801 million over the last seven years. The Scottish Government will also spend an estimated record £720 million on rates relief across Scotland in this year alone. 

“Since coming to office, the Scottish Government has taken strong action to support business growth and jobs in Glasgow helping to keep money in our neighbourhoods and boost our high streets. 

“Only this Scottish Government are taking the necessary action to help our local firms – and it is great to see over 12,000 firms benefiting from rates relief in 2016, a figure that will likely rise with the new measures introduced in this year’s budget.”

 

Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus

Sandra White MSP has today welcomed the announcement that a new toolkit to address gender-based violence in universities and colleges is to be launched.

The Scottish Government have announced that new practical guidance for universities to help tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published.

Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendations set out in the toolkit, which has been produced by the University of Strathclyde and funded by the Scottish Government.

The toolkit, which will be adapted for colleges, takes forward the principles set out in the #emilytest campaign set up by Fiona Drouet, in memory of her daughter Emily.

An additional £396,000 of Scottish Government funding will support the roll-out and implementation of the toolkit.

Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin which is home to Strathclyde University, The University of Glasgow, Caledonian University & the City of Glasgow College, said:

“This new toolkit is a fantastic development in the fight against sexual violence and harassment in our educational institutions. Universities and colleges are places of learning and growth for people of all ages. It is therefore essential that they must be the safest of spaces for all of our students.

Today’s announcement is most welcome and to develop something so positive from such a tragic event as that which befell the Drouet family is indeed very special. I am sure Emily would be hugely proud of her mother’s efforts.”

Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Universities and colleges have a duty to foster a culture on campus that is clear in its condemnation of gender-based violence and gives staff and students the confidence to report unacceptable behaviour.

“That is why I have made the adoption of the policies and procedures outlined in this toolkit a key feature of my Letter of Guidance to the sector this year. I know universities and colleges are up for the challenge and I am keen to see this commitment translate into real, demonstrable action and change for women living, working and researching on campus.”

Fiona Drouet said:

“The launch of the toolkit, along with the Ministerial letter of guidance to the Scottish Funding Council, is a significant turning point with regards to gender-based violence on campus. It is a very important day for all Scottish students.

“This is Emily’s legacy and I hope both staff and students will feel empowered by this resource. Institutions now have the help they need to pass the #emilytest and I believe that had this been in place while our daughter was at university it could have saved her life.

“We couldn’t help Emily but the #emilytest can save others – a legacy Emily would be proud of.”

Dr Veena O’Halloran, the University of Strathclyde’s Secretary and Compliance Officer, said:

“Universities are well-placed to take a leading role in tackling gender-based violence wherever it may occur, through research, teaching and knowledge exchange. As a socially-progressive University, Strathclyde aims to be at the forefront of this work.

“We are delighted that the Equally Safe in Higher Education toolkit is being made available to universities across the country. We are determined that Scotland has an environment where every student has equal access to help and support, and where university communities – staff, students and alumni –  tackle gender-based violence head-on.”