Both I and my colleague Jamie Hepburn MSP have contacted North Lanarkshire Council and their arm’s length body Culture NL regarding the concerning news that they plan to stop all lets taking place in primary schools across the area. This is alarming news for those who run after school sports or youth clubs, particularly in Carbrain Primary School where we are aware of 2 clubs so far that are threatened with closure if they do not agree to move to other premises. Understandably, the clubs involved feel that it is vital that they are accessible to the young children taking part and moving premises would mean that many young and vulnerable children would be excluding from activities designed to give them a better start in life. If you or a club that you are involved with are affected by this issue please do not hesitate to contact our office on 01236 453 969 or email me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the Scottish Government has launched a 13 week consultation on the benefits that are being devolved to Scotland. This is a great opportunity for you to have your say in Scotland’s future social security system.
I hadn’t been aware of the work of NewLife Foundation until this exhibition at Westminster where they highlighted their programmes for providing and even recycling equipment that can provide significant benefits to disabled children. Find out more about their work here: http://www.newlifecharity.co.uk/docs11/about/what_we_do.shtml
Interested to find out about heart valve disease.
A recent survey revealed 94 per cent of the over 60s in the UK do not know what aortic stenosis is, and 72 per cent of over 60s reported that they rarely, or never, have their hearts listened to by a doctor. This is despite annual mortality of severe aortic stenosis being considerably higher than most cancers and heart valve disease affecting approximately one million people over 65 years of age in the UK.
Read more in this Kirky Herald article….
I had the unusual pleasure of chairing a session of the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, as the Brain family talked us through their ridiculous struggle with the UK immigration system. Hopefully a solution is within reach, and enormous credit is due to local MP Ian Blackfrod for fighting this cause. It would be outrageous if the Brain family were told to leave.
The episode illustrates again that immigration rules and regulations are just not the right ones for Scotland’s needs and circumstances.
This morning I pledged my support to the charity “Remembering Srebrenica”, in their quest to commemorate the victims of the 1995 Genocide, and to educate about the need to tackle hate and prejudice. “Remembering Srebrenica” is dedicated to teaching the lessons of Srebrenica in order to build a stronger, more cohesive society.
July 2016 marks the 21st anniversary of the genocide in which 8,732 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered, simply because of their faith – the worst atrocity committed on European soil since the Second World War.