Author Archives: Claudia

Mental Health Waiting Times

The waiting time target for child and adolescent mental health services has never been met since it was introduced almost three years ago. In December 2014 the SNP government set a standard of a maximum wait of 18 weeks from a patient’s referral … Continue reading

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Rohingya Persecution

Last week I joined a demonstration outside the Parliament to protest the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In recent weeks, more than 310,000 people have fled Myanmar to escape severe and violent discrimination. Myanmar is populated largely by Buddhists, … Continue reading

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World Car Free Day

World Car Free day on Friday 22 September encourages you to give up your car for the day and walk, cycle or use public transport instead. To mark the day, Cycling Dumfries are holding a Bike Breakfast at the Council … Continue reading

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RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards – Shortlisting Reception

I was so pleased to host RSPB Scotland in the Parliament this week, as they threw a reception to announce the nominees for the Nature of Scotland Awards. The awards are designed to celebrate excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in … Continue reading

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Scottish Borders Council Local Development Plan 2017

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) are beginning the process of preparing their next Local Development Plan. The first stage of the process is to prepare what is known as a Main Issues Report, which will set out the important issues for … Continue reading

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Wanlockhead Community Buyout

I recently went along to a public meeting to hear more about Wanlockhead Community Trust’s draft feasibility study for a community buyout.  The meeting hosted by the Trust and consulting firm, Urban Animation outlined the benefits of community ownership of … Continue reading

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South Lanarkshire Policing Plan 2017-2020

Police Scotland want to know what is important to you in your community. They are looking for your opinion to inform their policing. Having your say in the decision making process of Police Scotland is a vital tool for residents … Continue reading

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Women’s Aid

I had a great meeting this morning with Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire.  Natalie Hopwood, Maggie Keenan and Karen Kelly gave a valuable update on the work Women’s Aid are doing in the Clydesdale area. Clydesdale has the … Continue reading

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Labour bid to introduce world leading legislation on period poverty

Scotland could become the first country in the world to provide universal free access to sanitary products, under new plans from Scottish Labour and my colleague Monica Lennon MSP. This week a consultation was launched on the proposal to create a … Continue reading

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Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code Relaunched

Scottish Natural Heritage has updated the best practice code for watching marine wildlife watching Scotland. The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code (SMWWC) aims to raise awareness about the best and most enjoyable ways to watch marine wildlife such as dolphins, … Continue reading

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