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PAN SHOWCASES SUPPORT FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

MARION WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES

The Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network (PAN) was reconvened by local MP Marion Fellows on Friday and heard from One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) and other local groups on their work.

PAN was formed by Marion Fellows to allow local bodies to work together and learn from one another with the aim to tackle poverty and its indirect effects.

Local groups spoke about the work they were doing and heard about OPFS’s work in outreach to single-parents and their services in welfare inclusion, domestic abuse, employability, and family support. Single-parents can benefit from training, income maximisation, mental health support, and financial planning.

Mrs Fellows says the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment (SCP) will be “transformative” for families. By Christmas 2020, low income families with children under six will receive payments of £10 per week. The SCP is expected to lift 30,000 children out of poverty.

The Scottish Government will have also almost doubled free provision of childcare to 30 hours a week. Free childcare has already been increased to 16 hours a week for all 3 and 4 year olds – up from 12.5 hours in 2007 – and extended to 2 year olds from low income households.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It was once again a pleasure to hear from OPFS and other local groups which are doing amazing work in our communities to tackle poverty.

“OPFS are engaging with these families and giving them the support they need to stay on their feet. Our children deserve the best start in life, and they are helping give it to them through comprehensive support.

“Incomes are being squeezed by the two-child tax credit cap Universal Credit’s five-week waiting time and cuts. This will make things especially tough for single-parent families who can only earn one income.

“For these families, the Scottish Government’s transformative Child Payment and extended childcare provision will give them the funds and opportunities to get into the workplace so they can raise their household income and give their children the best start.

“Unlike the UK Government, the Scottish Government is using its powers to create a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.”

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MP MARION HOSTS MacMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

£350 RAISED FOR CANCER CHARITY AS LOCAL PEOPLE DIG DEEP

On Friday (13/09/2019), Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, in support of MacMillan Cancer Support raised over £350 by taking part in their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

Marion’s Coffee Morning is one of many taking place across the UK to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Members of the public attended along with community groups; Motherwell and Wishaw MSP, Clare Adamson; local SNP Councillors Fiona Fotheringham, Agy Magowan, Ann Weir and Cameron McManus; and North Lanarkshire Provost Jean Jones.

Local people and groups all contributed cakes, teas and coffees to ensure the event was a success.

MacMillan offer support, tools and inspiration people need to find their best way through cancer diagnosis and treatment whilst tailoring support to individuals’ unique cancer journey.

Marion with MacMillan Lanarkshire Fundraisers

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“I want to provide my heartfelt thanks for all those who came along and donated money or food. It was fantastic to see so many people doing their bit for an incredibly important charity that is very close to me. Together, we raised over £350 so that MacMillan can continue to be a source of aid in times of distress.

“I know personally the great lengths MacMillan staff go to in order to support people and their families in their time of greatest need. Their contributions and dedication deserve to be recognised.

“Cancer can and will affect many of us in our lifetimes. Make sure to educate yourself on the warning signs and if you have a spare pound or two, please consider donating to MacMillan Cancer Support. Their support can make a massive difference to peoples’ lives.”

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COMMUNITY GROUP FUNDING

The Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme takes money from the proceeds of crime and uses it to build community projects for young people.

Follow the below link to find out if your group is eligible. Deadline is 28 June.

More info here.