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International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I am supporting the #AnyWomanAnywhere campaign.

More than 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime. Violence can affect Any Woman, Anywhere - regardless of their backgrounds, social status, sexuality, faith, ethnicity or ability.

Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men and all of this violence is unacceptable.

This violence isn’t always physical, it can be sexual harassment at work, controlling behaviour in a relationship, stalking, online abuse, spiritual, emotional and psychological abuse, and street harassment.

These forms of violence and abuse might not cause physical suffering but still cause huge harm to survivors.

Violence Against Women is not inevitable. We can all work to end violence against women. We can raise awareness that violence exists in many forms and it affects all women. And we can challenge gender inequality which leads to this violence.



T: 999 – Emergency T: 101 – Non-Emergency


Help for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them

T: 0800 027 1234 – Free, confidential, 7 days, 24 hours a day E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (response within 2 days by email)


Counselling service for children and young people

T: 0800 11 11 – Free, confidential, 7 days, 24 hours a day


Help for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.

T: 08088 01 03 02 - any day - 6pm - midnight. T: 0141 353 3091 if you are deaf or hard of hearing


For anyone who is concerned about their own behaviour towards their partner (male, female, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships)

T: 0808 802 4040, confidential, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.


Call the FGM helpline if you’re worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM.

T: 0800 028 3550 – Free, confidential, 7 days, 24 hours a day


Help for women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Bangli and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting.

T: 0808 801 0301 – Monday to Friday – 10am – 4pm W: www.mwrc.org.uk

Anniesland born BMXer John Buultjens at Aye Write Festival

Buultjens Ride book signing

John Buultjens, born in Whiteinch and raised in Drumchapel, will speak at the Aye Write! book festival in Glasgow on 16th March 2019. As successful BMXer his autobiography (Ride) was published in 2017 and a film, also called Ride, was released the following year detailing his life story. 

More information on the Aye Write event & how to get tickets can be found here: https://www.ayewrite.com/pages/event-details.aspx?event=1/john-buultjens&utm_source=John%20Buultjens%20personal&utm_campaign=Aye%20Write%202019 

Festive Frolics at Drumchapel Community Centre (Friday 7th December)

Festive Frolic

Universal Credit summary & SNP stance.

Bill Kidd MSP: Universal Credit

My colleagues in the SNP and I are firmly against Universal Credit and continue to call for an immediate halt to this failed policy. Full service Universal Credit will be introduced into the Anniesland constituency (via the Drumchapel job centre) on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

I have repeatedly brought this to the attention of the Scottish Parliament- asking the Scottish Government for their response and the First Minister for her response to Universal Credit. You can watch this below.

Whilst the SNP takes numerous issues against Universal Credit, this will be taking affect within our Anniesland constituency next month. Given this reality, it is vital that people are informed about what Universal Credit is and are aware of the delayed waiting times for payments (a minimum five week delay), which for many families will affect planning for Christmas. In many cases there has been a delay of 12 weeks.

I recommend taking the time to read advice from Citizen’s Advice Scotland (they also call on the UK Government to halt the rollout of the scheme) and the Money Advice Service. It is very important that you are fully aware of what you are entitled to and of what steps you may need to take to receive payments. 

If you do not have a bank account, then it is advisable that you set one up. You can speak to a bank or Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice on how to do this. The Universal Credit system is largely online, so if you do not have a computer then I would reccomend going to your local library. 

Please find below a basic summary of Universal Credit- what it is and how to access it- with links to explanatory guides. Universal Credit now has a freephone advice line that you can contact for further information as well.

Universal Credit Freephone Helpline: 0800 328 5644

You can also meet up with advisors from Citizen's Advice Scotland or if you are expriencing issues with receivng UC then consider attending one of Carol Monghan's (MP for North West of Glasgow) surgeries or one of my own.

I, along with my colleagues in the SNP here in the Scottish Parliament and in Westminster, will not stop speaking out for our constituents. We want a system which is fair and does not penalise the poorest in Scotland. The Scottish Government continues to prioritise fair policies and has ensured that Scottish recepients of UC have the option of receiving payments fortnightly rather than only monthly. Ultimately though, how this benefits system works needs to be radically changed by the UK Government. As the UN rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty put it, "many aspects of the design and rollout of the prgramme have suggested that the DWP is more concerned with making economic savings and sending messages about lifestyles than responding to the multiple needs of those living with a disability, job loss, housing insecurity, illness and the demands of parenting... an inreasing body of reseach makes clear that there are far too many instances in which Universal Credit is being implemented in ways that negatively impact many claimants' mental health, finances, and work prospects."

 This system is unacceptable and clearly shows UK Government prioritisation of the richest above the poorest. 





Bill Kidd MSP


ROSC seminar - 27th NOVEMBER

NW ROSC Seminar programme is scheduled for Tuesday 27th November, 9.30-12.30pm at Whiteinch Centre. Networking soup & sandwich between 12.30-1pm. 


 All seminars are open to all who have an interest in Recovery orientated approaches.

The theme of this Seminar is “Prevention & Education” alongside updates and further discussion on all work streams. Programme to follow.

Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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