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WH Malcolm Update

I know that the development of the WH Malcolm planning application for the creation of a gassification flue is of high interest to many within the Glasgow Anniesland community. Earlier this month I wrote to the Minister for Local Government and Housing to ask about the progress made by the Scottish Government. In this letter, which you can read here, Minister Stewart confirmed that the report from the Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division was received by Ministers in January and that they are reviewing this currently. 

Apprenticeships at the Scottish Parliament- Apply Now!

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Do you want to work in one of the most influential places in Scotland? Now’s your chance!

The Scottish Parliament is proud to launch its 2017 Apprenticeship Programme.  

Apprentices will work in offices across the Scottish Parliament, learn on the job and complete a qualification whilst earning a decent salary. The programme will last for a year, starting in August/September and is open to young people aged from 16 – 24.  We're offering fantastic opportunities to work towards Level 3 SVQ qualifications :

Applications open on Monday 15 May and close at midnight on Sunday 4 June.  The Scottish Parliament is committed to creating a workforce which reflects the diversity of Scotland.  The Modern Apprenticeship Programme contributes to that aim by bringing young people into our organisation and we welcome applications from across all communities.

Precarious Work- Scottish Hazards Event

Scottish Hazards is hosting an event which will discuss precarious working conditions. At this event there will be Unison representatives speaking about the Social Care Sector, Unite and STUC/Betterythanzero speaking about action against bad bosses, and a representative from Thompsons Solicitors who will give advice on your rights and protections in these precarious working situations. 

If you are interested and want to sign up (FREE REGISTRATION) or find out more, then go to the following eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/precarious-work-health-safety-implications-and-ideas-for-action-tickets-33642862708?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre.

This event should be extremely worthwhile, and I would reccomend attending if you are able and are currently in a complex or difficult work situation. This event is particularly aimed at contract workers. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon- Social Security Experience Panels

Register now to help shape benefits policy in Scotland

The Scottish Government is looking to recruit people with recent experience of benefits. People who are acting as a parent/guardian, appointee or power of attorney for someone with experience of benefits are welcome to register.

By joining, you can share your experiences of receiving benefits to help us to build a new social security system in Scotland that puts people first and makes a lasting difference to the lives of people like you.

You can find out more about social security in Scotland and the Experience Panels at www.gov.scot/socialsecurity.

Registration remains open until 12th May 2017.


Message on behalf of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

 FM Nicola Sturgeon

"The creation of Scotland’s new social security system is one of the Scottish Government’s biggest projects – and one of the most exciting.

We’re doing things differently and shaping a fair system built on the knowledge and direct personal experience of those who are using, or have recently used, the current benefits system.

We want at least 2000 people to join our Social Security Experience Panels – and we want you to help and guide us as on that journey.

We’ll soon have new powers over eleven benefits which pay out £2.8 billion a year to 1.4 million people, including you. And you will be at the heart of this system.

I know many feel the current system is hard to navigate or has treated them badly with people feeling stressed and anxious instead of supported – but we will treat people with dignity and respect.

We want to have honest conversations and find out what you need and want so we design a system that takes all of that into account.

We need to know what would help you apply for the support you’re entitled to? How can forms and guidance be improved and simplified?  Is there something we can offer that the current system doesn’t?

This is a transformational change in the delivery of social security and you could be part of something that will change the lives of many others.

So, if you think you can help and want to make a difference then please get in touch.

You can register your interest online http://www.gov.scot/socialsecurity or Freephone 0800 029 4974.

The closing date to register for the Experience Panels is 12 May, and they will begin this summer."

International Workers Memorial Day 2017

International Workers Memorial Day 2017

This week I have sponsored The Scottish Hazards Campaign in their raising awareness with MSPs of the dangers of the work place. Today, 28th April, is International Workers Memorial Day: a time to reflect and commemorate those who have lost their lives in work or have been seriously injured or made ill through work. Find out more here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day 

Int Workers Memorial Day

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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