Sandra welcomes action on Benalder Street closure

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has welcomed news that action will be taken to resolve the disruption at Benalder Street following the collapse of a wall and emergency withdrawal of residents from the area.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“Alongside Cllr Kenny McLean, as the local MSP for the area I have been working to resolve this matter for a great number of months. It has been hugely disappointing to see residents being made homeless for nearly a year but I am pleased that action is now being taken to resolve this matter.

I hope that this results in the affected streets being opened to traffic, improved safety in the area, and crucially allowing for affected residents to return home after what I know has been a challenging and disruptive period.”

Sandra Welcomes University Ranking Successes in Glasgow Kelvin

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has welcomed recent successes in University Rankings for all three of the city’s universities in her constituency.

Glasgow’s higher education institutions came in the top of popular subject areas across the country with a strong placement in overall leadership boards.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said: 

“I am delighted to see such strong showing for our institutions in this year’s University Guide rankings, with top courses across the country being placed in our city’s universities.

“Glasgow is a proud University City with three strong institutions each with distinct visions for engaging and shaping society to inspire creation of a better world, to develop useful learning and the common good of society, and to lead as an internationally-focused technological academic community.”

“Glasgow continues to be recognised as a great place to study, and our universities provide a vital role in our city’s economy and to the contribution of world-leading research and discovery.

“I am proud of the work we have undertaken to support the growth and development of our Universities. So too am I proud to have supported this Government’s work to create a fairer and open educational system for students with free tuition, strong widening access initiatives, and the best student support system in the whole UK.

“I was pleased to record these achievements in congratulatory motions to the Scottish Parliament and would like to commend all in our city’s university communities for these continued achievements.”

Motions to the Scottish Parliament

University of Strathclyde

Motion Number: S5M-05489
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 08/05/2017

Title: Strathclyde Top in Scotland in University Rankings for Research Intensity

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Strathclyde on its success in 2018’s Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that the university came top in Scotland for Research Intensity and has risen four places to 44th in the UK overall; further understands that 13 subject areas were placed in the top ten in the UK, with three subjects ranked first place in Aural and Oral Sciences, Medical Technology and Social Policy; believes that the subject areas, Accounting and Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, and Pharmacology and Pharmacy, were ranked second in the UK; understands that Marketing and Forensic Sciences were placed in the top four in the UK, and that Architecture, Business and Chemical and Electrical and Electronic Engineering were in the top 10 in the UK, and welcomes the recognition of the University of Strathclyde as a leading international technological university and top destination for prospective students.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Motion Number: S5M-05490
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 08/05/2017

Title: Glasgow Caledonian University Subjects Ranking

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on its improved placement in the Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that five subject areas at GCU were ranked in the UK top 10; further understands that Optometry, Ophthalmology and Orthoptics and Podiatry (Complementary Medicine) were second in the UK at subject level; believes that Social Work and Forensic Science were ranked eighth in the UK, and that Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism were fifth; understands that GCU has risen to 78th in the rankings of 129 UK universities, and welcomes the recognition of Glasgow Caledonian University as what it considers is an institution for the common good of society and a top choice for study.

University of Glasgow

Motion Number: S5M-05491
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 08/05/2017

Title: University of Glasgow Subjects Rankings

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow on its rankings in the Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that the university is ranked 36th in the UK, with nine subject areas in the top 10; further understands that the subjects, Veterinary Medicine, Education and Social Policy, are ranked second in the UK; believes that Celtic Studies, Civil Engineering, Dentistry and Nursing came in the top five, and welcomes the recognition of what it considers is the world-class and world-changing University of Glasgow as an attractive option for study.

Sandra welcomes latest Scottish Welfare Fund help as Tory poverty policies bite.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin and the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Convener has welcomed Scottish Welfare Fund statistics released by the Scottish Government, and has warned of increasing poverty under callous Tory policies such as the Rape Clause.

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a national grant scheme run by Local Authorities, based on guidance from Scottish Ministers to provide a safety net in a disaster or emergency, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety, and to enable people to live independently or continue to live independently, preventing the need for institutional care.

Latest figures from October to December 2016 released today show over 51,000 applications were lodged, with more than 60% of successful applications resulting in a total of £8m awarded. Over half of all awards issued were to applications living in the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland.

Commenting, the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Convener and MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White said:

“I have been pleased to see the Scottish Welfare Fund has been able to help a great deal of people who have fallen on unfortunate circumstances due to no fault of their own. As a local MSP I have seen this work first hand having referred many constituents facing testings times and whom have received vital support as a result.

“However, it is it is unfortunate that increasingly the Fund is having to create extensions to defend against the worst of cruel Tory policies such as the interim expansion by the Scottish Government to provide support for the 18-21 year olds whose housing benefits have been scraped by the British Government.

“Once again, today in the Scottish Parliament we are discussing the impact on Scotland of another cruel poverty policy from the Tories, where we will consider the morally repugnant Rape Clause under Tory Tax Credit Removal plans which anti-poverty charities say will increase child poverty by 10%.

“We continue to do what we can to fight poverty and Tory austerity, and indeed the Scottish Government spends significant resources attempting to mitigate Tory austerity and poverty policies in our public services, and in fighting terrible policies such as the Bedroom Tax and the removal of housing support for young people. This is money that should be taking the fight against poverty forward rather than covering Tory attacks on the worst off in society.”

Commenting on the latest statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:

“Nobody chooses to rely on grants but at times of crisis it’s essential the right support is there to help those who need it most and that’s what the Scottish Welfare Fund does – it provides support for those who desperately need it.

“It is a vital lifeline for people in times of need and helps with everyday necessities, such as food, nappies or heating, that many of us take for granted. Since April 2013, £124 million has been spent helping more than 241,000 households across the country. We have recently had to extend the fund on an interim basis to ensure housing support is provided to 18 to 21 year-olds who will no longer receive financial assistance with housing costs under Universal Credit.

“It is completely unacceptable that people find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own and we will continue to do all we can to support hard pressed families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.”

The statistical release is available here: https://news.gov.scot/news/scottish-welfare-fund-1

More information on the housing support for 18 to 21 year-olds: https://news.gov.scot/news/uk-housing-benefit-changes-shameful

Sandra White MSP condemns introduction of Tax Credit Rape Claus

Sandra White has condemned the UK Government’s ‘Rape Clause’ which forces mothers of more than two children to prove they were raped in order to receive additional Child Tax Credits after the family cap on two children per family came into force today.

 

In lodging a motion to the Scottish Parliament, Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

 

“I am utterly appalled with the introduction of the Rape Clause which is one of the most callous, inhumane, and disgusting policies I have witnessed come into force by this government.

 

“The public and women’s advocacy groups area rightly appalled by this outrageous policy, and I join them in condemning this action and in calling on this Tory UK Government to withdraw this draconian policy with immediate effect.”

 

Sandra’s motion to the Scottish Parliament can be found here, please write to your MSPs asking them to support it at www.writetothem.com:

 

Motion Number: S5M-05080

Lodged By: Sandra White

Date Lodged: 06/04/2017

Title:
Tax Credit Rape Clause

Motion Text:That the Parliament condemns the introduction of new measures for entitlement to child tax credits by the Department for Work and Pensions, which limits tax credits and the child element of universal credit to two children, unless a third or subsequent child was the result of rape; understands concerns have been raised by national women’s organisations including Engender, Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid on the impact of limiting social security to only two children, which it considers will deepen women and children’s poverty, including those in Glasgow Kelvin; believes that the so-called “rape clause” will have a traumatic impact, forcing women to disclose sexual violence to the state with the threat of deeper impoverishment if they refuse, and notes calls on the UK Government to withdraw what it considers this draconian legislation with immediate effect.

Sandra welcomes creation of three new University Hospitals in GCU and NHS partnership.

Sandra White MSP has welcomed the new partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and NHS Lanarkshire to introduce three new university hospitals that will improve research, study, and healthy ageing provision.

Commenting, Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said, “I was pleased to lodge a congratulatory motion to the Scottish Parliament in recognition of this welcomed partnership that will deliver improved provision by utilising GCU’s renowned experience in the areas of health sciences.”

Motion S5M-05035: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/04/2017
GCU and NHS Lanarkshire to Introduce New University Hospitals
That the Parliament congratulates the partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and NHS Lanarkshire that will establish three university hospitals at Monklands, Wishaw General and Hairmyres; understands that the initiative will see world-leading academics working alongside health staff to tackle key health challenges facing people; believes that work is underway to benefit people, including measures to reduce waiting times and improve access to healthcare, with treatment being carried out by GCU physiotherapists at the university’s clinic; notes that GCU’s mission is to “support the common good” and believes that this will helped to be met by using the institution’s world-renowned specialisations in healthy ageing, long-term health conditions such as stroke, MS and diabetes, HIV and sexual health and substance misuse, and considers that this will be a welcome partnership that will improve health provision as well bring wider professional and academic development in health research and delivery that will support the growth of Scotland’s vibrant life sciences sector.
Supported by: Gordon MacDonald, James Dornan, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin