Congratulations to Cumbernauld Living Landscape for securing major funding of £1.3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Creating Natural Connections programme.
This will expand and add new projects which will benefit young people, communities, local organisations and our local parks and woodlands.
This achievement is testament to the amazing work they do and represents a great boost to the area. Well done!
Cumbernauld Living Landscape's next volunteer day will be on the 10th of February at Cumbernauld Glen. The objective is to go for a walk and for volunteers to highlight tasks they think would improve the Glen.
If you are going along please email Tracey - firstname.lastname@example.org
The day will be weather dependant and will be cancelled in the event of bad weather so keep an eye out for emails. Tea, coffee & pastries will be available and children 8+ are welcome but must be supervised at all times.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring waterproofs if you have them (just in case).
Date 10th February
Time 12pm – 4pm weather dependant
Location Allotment Car park nearest G67 2BN.
My colleagues and I opposed the Tory government’s Immigration Bill in the House of Commons last night as it risks ripping away mutual free movement rights and damaging Scotland’s economic and social interests, posing a very real danger to people’s livelihoods.
My colleagues and I will oppose the bill every step of the way not least because it grants Tory ministers a “blank cheque” and sweeping powers to change the immigration system post-Brexit with little parliamentary scrutiny.
Whilst I welcome the UK government’s overdue climb-down to scrap the settled status fee for EU nationals, serious questions still remain over rights to appeal dubious Home Office decisions, and why there is a deadline to apply. An arbitrary cut-off points creates a very real risk of another Windrush-type situation for the thousands who will inevitably miss it. More needs to be done to avoid extending the Tories' 'hostile environment'.
I have repeatedly called on the UK government to devolve immigration powers to the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government is in a position to design a system that addresses Scotland's economic and demographic needs.
The UK government’s very own White Paper suggests that there would be an 85% reduction in the number of EEA workers to Scotland if Freedom of Movement came to an end. Scottish Government analysis found the average EU citizen in Scotland adds £10,400 to government revenue and £34,400 to GDP each year.
The bill has been met with disdain and concern from business groups and employers, who warn that it would be a ‘sucker punch’ to firms across the country. If unchallenged and unopposed, the Immigration Bill will be catastrophic for communities and businesses across the whole of Scotland - particularly for key sectors such as tourism, hospitality and social care.
The Prime Minister has overridden her own Cabinet in an attempt to force through measures to end free movement and extend draconian anti-family immigration rules to EU citizens.
Time and time again, the UK government has failed to address Scotland’s economic, demographic and social needs. It is high time that immigration powers were devolved to the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government is able to develop a tailored migration system that works for Scotland.
Home Energy Scotland, which is funded by the Scottish Government, provides free and impartial advice to help people across Scotland reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer and more affordable to heat.
I was delighted that Home Energy Scotland - Strathclyde & Central were able to attend my recent Winter Advice Surgeries with Jamie Hepburn MSPand Rona Mackay MSP and offer local residents direct advice.
They have now been in touch to advise that they have a launched a new Winter Advice Competition, which not only gives people useful energy saving advice, but also enters them into a competition to win free energy bills for 1 year.
This competition can be entered by calling Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 or online here.
Home Energy Scotland, is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust.
Their advisers provide free, impartial energy advice designed to help householders make informed decisions. That advice can be accessed via the number above, and a free home visit service is also available for more vulnerable people.
Jamie Hepburn MSP and I were able to pay a visit to the flats being built in Queenzieburn by Clyde Valley Housing Association on the site of what was the Beacon Inn. It is great to see them getting closer to completion to be able to provide new homes for people in the area. The Housing Association were able to inform us that they hope to have their first tenants resident in the next few months and in advance of that plan to have an open event for Queenzieburn residents to visit and view the new properties.
Lots of constituents have been in touch about ensuring the future of EU nationals here in the U.K. and I’ve worked closely with the 3million campaign to try and protect the rights of our friends, neighbours, colleagues and family members. The scrapping of the fee is welcome, but lots of questions remain including what rights there will be to appeal dubious Home Office decisions, and why is there a cut-off, risking another Windrush situation.
The Prime Minister’s response was not very helpful.
Too many constituents have been separated from spouses, partners, children and other family members thanks to the Prime Ministers anti-family migration rules. Why is the Home Secretary intent on extending them in future to EU family members?
We should scrap these horrible rules rather than applying them to even more families!
Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald has written to East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership to call for a rethink of plans to close Whitehill Day Care and Short Break Service in Kirkintilloch. The MP attended at the centre on Friday where he spoke with staff.
Originally the new Whitehill Court development at Cleddens was to include new facilities for the day care centre. However, late last year the Health and Social Care partnership announced a change of plan – with service users being moved instead to a service in Birdston Day Care.
Stuart McDonald said:
“I’ve been contacted by a number of constituents with family members who are regular users of the day care centre, and also by staff who are very concerned about what these changes mean for those they have been caring for over many years. I know these concerns are shared by others in both the public and third sector as well as in the wider community.
“The health and social care partnership engaged in absolutely no consultation with either staff, the community or families who use the services. It has simply been sprung upon everyone. Whitehill has an excellent reputation, with capacity to support dementia sufferers, including severe cases, which other providers would struggle to match. I also have serious questions about whether it is wise for day care and short breaks to be totally dependent on a single private provider for the whole of the east side of East Dunbartonshire.
“For all these reasons I am writing to the partnership to ask them to reconsider, and at the very least engage with families and staff about what they are proposing. Everyone was excited about the new facilities, and suddenly instead the service is being closed”.
The owners of Cumbernauld Town Centre have recently made the decision to introduce a 3 hour parking limit on their car parks around the town centre. This follows on from recent decisions by the Antonine Centre and Tesco to also introduce parking restrictions.
These town centre parking restrictions will be in force from Monday 21st January. Along with Jamie Hepburn MSP we have recently written to the owners of the Town Centre, HAMCAP, to express our concerns at this move, however, we would also like to hear your opinions. Click here for a link that will take you to a short survey which you can complete.
The Prime Minister’s speech today signalled she’s simply going to press on trying to sell the same rotten deal to the same small audience of MPs.
Because of this, and because of austerity, WASPI, Universal Credit, the Power Grab and so many other reasons my colleagues and I will be voting for this no confidence motion in a few moments.