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BILL KIDD MSP URGES ANNIESLAND EMPLOYERS TO SIGN UP TO LIVING WAGE

SCOTTISH LIVING WAGE EMPLOYERS RISES BY OVER 30% SINCE 2017

 

SNP MSP Bill Kidd has urged businesses in Anniesland to sign up to the Scottish Living Wage as part of Living Wage Week.  

The Scottish Living Wage is independently calculated based on the cost of living – with the real Living Wage rising by 25p to £9, above the minimum wage of £7.83 for workers aged over 25.

 

There are currently 274 accredited Living Wage employers in Glasgow.

Bill has written to employers in Anniesland encouraging them to explore the benefits of accreditation, with research showing paying the real Living Wage leads to a fall in absenteeism and a significant impact on recruitment and staff retention. 

 

Commenting, Bill said:

 

“The real Living Wage can make a huge difference to both workers and employers.

 

“For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover.

 

“It is completely unacceptable that the UK government did not use last week’s Budget to raise the National Living Wage, extend it to all workers and end discrimination of young people.  With low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, it is vital that employers who can pay the real Living Wage do so.

 

“I would strongly encourage all employers in Anniesland to look into the real benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.”

Whiteinch Transformation project visit

Bill was pleased to visit Whiteinch Transformation to learn about their new Made 4 More project. Whiteinch Transformation works in the heart of the whiteinch community to show kindness and provide help to people when they are in need. They run four main projects, including: 'Healing for the Heart' which helps people through services like counselling; a food bank serving postcodes G11/G14; Forge (training and resourcing people); and runs budget and money managemnet courses with Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

Healing for the Heart recently launched a programme called Made 4 More, which supports people as they volunteer. The goal of this programme is to equip people with new skills and gain experience in new areas. 

Here's what they say about it:

"We take a holistic approach to mental and emotional health and Made for More will provide one to one tailored support to ensure that all factors which contribute towards our volunteers' emotional and mental well being are addressed. The program promotes working and learning, together with discussion based therapeutic group work.

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Bill brings Parliament's attention to food insecurity- an issue facing many families

At the Scottish Parliament today, Bill raised the issue of food insecurity and the role of foodbanks. Foodbank services, of which there are five in Anniesland, are crucial for many facing food insecurity.  Bill asked the Scottish Government to address what action it is taking to collaborate with third sector organisations and other partners to tackle food insecurity. 

Aileen Campbell MSP, the new Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, gave this reply:

"No one should be hungry in a country as prosperous as Scotland. The Scottish Government are working with a number of third sector organisations and other partners to respond to and tackle the root causes of food insecurity.

In our Programme for Government, we committed to increasing our Fair Food Fund from £1.5 to £3.5 million in 2019-20. This Fund currently supports 34 community food organisations, including 13 food banks to develop dignified and rights-based responses to food insecurity.

In addition to this, our £20 million Empowering Communities Fund comprises a number of targeted funds and programmes that support community-led Regeneration, including projects that tackle food insecurity."

Young Scots: Design the New Baby Box!

Be a part of the team who will design the new generation of Baby Boxes!

In partnership with Scottish Government and Children in Scotland, Young Scot are looking for young people with a passion for art and design to submit their own concepts for the next iteration of Baby Boxes.Applications can be submitted at www.young.scot/babybox

Scotland’s first Baby Box was launched one year ago today, on the 15th August 2017, after a competition to design the original. The winning design (pictured above) was a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster.

Every child born on or after the 15th August 2017 will receive a Baby Box. So far over 50,000 Baby Boxes have been sent to newborns all over Scotland featuring this design.

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Bill hosts Anthony Nolan at Parliament

BILL KIDD MSP CELEBRATES COMMUNITY’S EFFORTS TO CURE BLOOD CANCER

 

Celebrating the 935 potential lifesavers in Glasgow Anniesland this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Bill Kidd MSP attended a reception in Holyrood, to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in Anniesland on the Anthony Nolan register.

This achievement was celebrated by Anthony Nolan on Thursday 20 September, as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign, which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

In Glasgow Anniesland, 935 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 36% of these donors are male, and the average age is 34.

In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Bill Kidd and brave cancer survivor, Ollie. Ollie loves his new cuddly toy (now called 'Slothie') from Bill. Ollie came with the Anthony Nolan to the Scottish Parliament last week. The Anthony Nolan Trust explained to MSPs about how more people can sign onto the stem cell register to help save lives.

Bill Kidd and brave cancer survivor, Ollie. Ollie loves his new cuddly toy (now called 'Slothie') from Bill. Ollie came with the Anthony Nolan to the Scottish Parliament last week. Anthony Nolan explained to MSPs about how more people can sign onto the stem cell register to help save lives.

Now, Bill Kidd is encouraging more people from Anniesland, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Bill Kidd MSP said: “I am very proud that Anniesland has 935 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

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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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