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SNP Programme for Government Drives Progress in Anniesland

This year’s SNP Programme for Government will help contribute to a successful and vibrant constituency, driving progress in health, social security, the environment and the economy.

Anniesland will benefit from ambitious action in a wide range of areas throughout 2018-19, including:
 

  •         Empowering head teachers to lead improvements to their schools with more power over their own budgets; developing ways for parents and pupils to ensure their voices are heard in decision-making; giving £10m to schools and councils to work together across regions; continuing to support teacher recruitment; and investing £33 million over three years to help children in care with education.
  •         A National Export plan ‘A Trading Nation’, backed by £20m, will boost the value of Scottish exports, help Scottish companies succeed in emerging markets, and provide additional help to those considering overseas trade.
  •          The National Infrastructure Mission, the most ambitious infrastructure spending plans yet, will invest £1.5 billion more infrastructure each year by 2025-26, including for faster broadband, improved transport and more low-carbon energy.
  •         £250m will be invested to reform the way we treat mental health in children and adults - delivering 430 new school, college and university counsellors, and fast-track specialist treatment systems for those with serious mental illness.
  •         A new Scottish Social Security System with dignity and respect at its heart will deliver 11 benefits, including the first Best Start Grant payments for low income families with young children by Christmas, 6 months earlier than planned; a 13% increase in the Carers’ Allowance – an extra £442 per person this year – as well as funeral expense assistance.
  •         New legislation to introduce a Scottish National Investment Bank.
  •          A major package of reforms in the justice system – with a new support system for victims, witnesses and families of those affected by crime, including a dedicated case worker for families of murder victims, improved information and support about prisoner release, as well as support for engagement between victims and offenders to help the victim and to prevent reoffending.
  •       £1bn investment a year including funding for low carbon transport solutions and to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 – creating at least 20 electric towns across Scotland by 2025; adding 1500 new charge points in homes, businesses, and in public; investing £20 million to help people switch to electric vehicles; adding more than 1500 new ultra low emission vehicles to public sector fleets; and investing £1.7 million to add over 100 green buses.

The SNP’s plan for Scotland signals a major boost for jobs and the economy in Anniesland, including an additional £7 billion infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, transport and digital connectivity over the next five years.

 

We are continuing the major reforms in our health, education and justice systems over the course of 2018-19 with a significant £250 million extra funding for mental health services, increased support for teachers, head teachers, parents and pupils, as well as a major package of reforms for the justice system, increasing support for the victims of crime and their families.

With Scottish exports up 12% - the fastest growth in the UK – a £20m National Exports Plan this year will ensure Anniesland's businesses will thrive in the face of the Tories’ damaging hard Brexit plans.

 

Despite Brexit, we will ensure Scotland remains an attractive place to live and work and provide advice and support for those EU citizens already living in Anniesland that are dealing with the Tory government’s unfair plans to charge them for the right to live and work here.

And our global climate change ambition will continue to be matched by realistic action, with £1billion funding in low carbon and public transport over the next year.

These bold and ambitious plans for the year ahead are just some of the reasons why the SNP is the second biggest party in the whole of the UK.

 

Best Wishes, 

Bill 

Carer's Allowance Supplement

ANNIESLAND TO BENEFIT FROM CARER’S ALLOWANCE SUPPLEMENT

I am happy to announce the news that carers in our community will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April.  

This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution. 

Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is worth more than £30 million a year.

Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland from week beginning 10 September so that they know in advance to expect a payment.

This roll out of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in Scottish public service. 

The SNP is committed to delivering a fairer system for social security:  one that affords carers the dignity and respect they are due as a result of their selfless dedication.

We appreciate the contribution carers make to our society and we have always advocated that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance. 

It follows that the new powers over social security mean that we can make this a reality and put more money into the pockets of carers as a thank you for their tireless efforts.

All Best, 

Bill 

Nae Nukes Rally

Free Sanitary Products for Anniesland Pupils and Students

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT IN WORLD FIRST

 

I have welcomed the news that free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across Anniesland thanks to £5.2 million Scottish Government funding.

Delivering on the SNP’s Programme for Government commitment to fight 'period poverty' in Scottish schools, colleges and universities - this initiative makes the Scottish Government the first in the world to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and students.

Following a successful pilot scheme in Aberdeen last year, the Scottish Government also provided the charity, FareShare, with over £500,000 to distribute free sanitary products to women on low incomes across the country.

The SNP Government’s £5.2 million investment in free sanitary products will allow students in Anniesland to remain focused on what matters – their studies. Basic sanitary provision is a right, not a privilege based on one's gender.

The notion that anyone should struggle to buy essential hygiene products is simply not acceptable and we should be proud that Scotland is leading the way in the fight against period poverty.

I encourage everyone to get firmly behind initiatives like this, including Westminster. 

In addition to the commitment to those in education, the Scottish Government is also providing targeted support for low income families. FareShare will receive more hat £500,000 from the Scottish Government to distribute sanitary products to an estimated 18,800 people across Scotland. 

September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

September 26 is United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day).

It was established to enhance ‘public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.’

The resolution establishing the day also calls for the start of multilateral negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention – a global treaty negotiated by nuclear armed and non-nuclear States together to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Abolition Day occurs on the anniversary of the 1983 incident in which a nuclear war was almost initiated by accident (See The Man who Saved the World). The day occurs when world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers…) are in New York for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). And it is just prior to the deliberations of the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee).

Key actions and events for Nuclear Abolition Day

Sep 26 High Level Meeting. The United Nations will hold a half-day High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the UN headquarters in New York on September 26.The High-Level Meeting is just a forum for governments to make statements. However, it can be used to promote key initiatives. Click here if you would like to attend the High-Level Meeting as an observer (space is limited).

In addition, two civil society representatives will be chosen to speak at the High Level Conference. The UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is preparing a nomination list. Contact UNODA for more information.

Support the UN Summit. The UN decided to hold a three-day High-Level Conference (Summit) on Nuclear Disarmament in May 2018. However, pro-nuclear forces have managed to have the Summit postponed, and are now trying to have the Summit cancelled altogether (See Nuclear Weapon States’ Long Arm Seen Behind Deferral of Landmark UN Conference). The summit would provide opportunities to make concrete progress on nuclear war prevention and disarmament initiatives, such as de-alerting, no-first use, nuclear stockpile reductions and building more support for the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Action: Sign the Avaaz petition supporting the UN High-Level Conference

Action: Send a letter to your government urging them to support the UN High-Level Conference.

Bill Kidd MSP

Welcome

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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