Preventing the Spread of Omicron

The first cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland with four in Lanarkshire. Scientists are still working to understand the variant. Until more is known we must be cautious and do everything we can to minimise the risk of spreading infection. Therefore, we must all: Take up all vaccinations and booster jabs […]

November 2021 Newsletter

International Day to End Violence against Women

Today is the International Day to End Violence against Women. I’m aware that many women and girls in Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and beyond don’t feel safe in their own communities. This is simply not good enough and we all have a responsibility to stamp out the language and attitudes which enable violence. At the root […]

Abolish the Lords!

Despite bringing our democracy into disrepute, the Tories want the House of Lords and all their cronies who are in it to remain. Unelected legislators have no place in any democracy – let alone a 21st century democracy. Just like this Tory government, the House of Lords is unfit.

Scottish Child Disability Payments Now Live

The Scottish Government’s Child Disability Payment is now open for applications across Scotland. It replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children and marks a major milestone in the foundation of Social Security Scotland. Those who currently receive Disability Living Allowance for children from the DWP will also be transferred to Social Security Scotland. They will […]

October 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT 2021/22

Today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined the Scottish Government’s Programme for the Parliamentary term ahead. This is an ambitious policy programme to secure a fairer, greener Scotland, founded on doing politics and governance better. The Programme commits billions of pounds to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities by reducing inequalities, protecting our public […]

Suicide Prevention Week

The past 18 months have been especially difficult and they have placed considerable stress on many. Suicide is preventable. We can all do our bit to look out for warning signs in those close to us. Even if those signs come and go, ask your friend, family member or colleague how they’re doing. Just talking […]

Education Qs: Supporting International Students and Universities against COVID

University of Stirling is taking steps to support international students from red list countries arriving for the new term to keep them and other students safe. The UK Government must provide financial assistance for all universities to replicate the good practice at Stirling.