Urgency needed to tackle child poverty
Martin Whitfield MSP is backing calls for the SNP-Green Government to step up action on preventing child poverty, following the publication of a new report reviewing government progress on the issue.

Tackling Child Poverty, a joint briefing by Audit Scotland and the Accounts Commission, states more than one in four children were in poverty before Covid, but warns the cost of living crisis would make the situation worse. The new report also says policies still prioritise helping youngsters out of poverty instead of ways to prevent it.

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Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen
Commenting on the announcement of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“Her Majesty’s passing is a sad time for people in the South of Scotland and the whole country, but most of all for the Royal Family who have lost a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Our hearts go out to the family and my deepest condolences are with them.

“Throughout her reign, the Queen was always a great source of reassurance, compassion and unity, linking people and communities locally, through to a national level in Scotland
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Backing #SpotLeukaemia campaign
This Blood Cancer Awareness Month Martin Whitfield MSP is backing Leukaemia Care and Leukaemia UK with highlighting their #SpotLeukaemia campaign addressing the hurdles leukaemia patients face in receiving an early diagnosis.

Diagnosis via the emergency route for leukaemia is greater than most other types of cancer and often associated with poor survival. Many leukaemia patients visit their GP multiple times before being diagnosed or being referred for diagnosis. That is why being able to spot and voice signs and symptoms of leukaemia is
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New cost of living advice campaign
Martin Whitfield MSP has welcomed a new citizens advice network campaign encouraging people struggling with the cost of living to seek advice and assistance.

Citizens Advice Scotland's "Our Advice Adds Up" campaign seeks to highlight the various advice and support offered by CAS and the network of local CABs across Scotland.

The campaign launch follows the publication of research showing half a million people in Scotland have no money left after covering essential monthly expenses, while over 1 million people have less than £125 left over
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Community woodland’s progress welcomed
The significant progress made at Gifford community woodland has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MSP, following a meeting with the group’s Chair, Roo Hardy, and Project Manager, Nev Kilkenny.

The community woodland, which is made up of Speedy and Fawn Woods at the end of Station Road in Gifford extends to 22 hectares (55 acres). They were purchased by Gifford Community Land Company (GCLC) in 2017 on behalf of the local community.

Mr Whitfield had visited the woods in the past but was highly impressed by the extensive developments that ha
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