OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Started a cheeky wee part time job today.

Whenever I can and for as long as I’m well, I’m going to be a volunteer hot food takeaway technician and delivery boy for a couple of hours in the evening.

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FIRST MINISTER COVID-19 UPDATE

After last night's update from the UK Government, I asked the First Minister for assurances that organisations in Edinburgh Western, and across Scotland, who are preparing and delivering hot meals for people in self-isolation will be able to continue providing this vital work. 

 

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SINGLE PARENT DAY

With everything that’s going on it would be easy to forget that today is #SingleParentsDay. With massive restriction on movement and contact, that’s going to hit single parent families all the harder, especially if that parent gets sick. That’s why I support the work of One Parent Families Scotland. 

This year single parents face extraordinarily difficult times, and we need to make sure they are not an after thought. Find out how to support One Parent Families Scotland here

Expert supports Lib Dem plans to subject politicians to PVGs

Ahead of the vote tomorrow, the Moira Anderson Foundation and its founder, child protection expert Sandra Brown, have urged MSPs to back the bid by Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP to require all elected members in Scotland to undergo a PVG check before they can spend time unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults.

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Help with warm homes

It was lovely meeting Jean at her home in Corstorphine this week. Jean benefited from a govt. grant to install a new boiler, heating system and front door at no cost, through Warmworks Scotland. If you receive a state benefit and live in a home that isn’t energy efficient you could qualify - you can find out more here - https://www.warmworks.co.uk/

 


Corstorphine Community Sight Loss Group

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So kind of the Corstorphine community sight-loss group let me gatecrash their Saturday get together at the Dower House. Learned a lot about issues that make the lives of people with visual impairment harder.


SNP u-turn on period poverty bill

The Scottish Government will now support Monica Lennon’s bill on free period products, despite previously withdrawing its support.

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Scottish Ambulance Service spent almost 2,000 hours dealing with malicious calls

Malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures revealed that in the past five years there have been more than 7,000 malicious emergency calls requiring almost 2,000 hours of staff time.

 

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Long overdue report must address risk of future Queensferry Crossing closures

Three years after it was opened the bridge is still not complete. It is still without ice monitoring equipment, so staff are having to make do with binoculars.

 

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Lib Dems launch bid to subject all elected officials to PVG checks

I've announced that he will bid to make MSPs and all other elected members in Scotland subject to a PVG check, introducing a new safeguards for children and vulnerable adults and helping protect against people using elected status as a platform for predatory or exploitative behaviour.

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