Colleges across Scotland are focussing on the week of St Valentine’s Day to roll out their annual #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign, and in advance of the week Martin Whitfield MSP has welcomed the spotlight it shines on the vital role played by colleges. The week-long campaign kicks off on Monday 13 February and will highlight the outstanding work of colleges throughout the country and see them showcase all the important courses and training they offer to provide skills and training to Scotland’s workforce now, and the workforce of the future. Now in its third year, the campaign’s message this year is inspired [...]
With only weeks to go before the second anniversary of the Scottish Parliament’s passing of landmark legislation on children’s rights, Martin Whitfield MSP has led a debate at Holyrood on the ongoing delay in its implementation. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by MSPs on 16th March 2021, following more than 10 years of campaigning by children, young people and their families, and by leading children’s organisations across Scotland. The legislation adopted a maximalist approach to incorporating children’s rights into Scots law with the intention of delivering a “revolution in [...]
Martin Whitfield MSP is backing a call for the Scottish Government to ensure no-one loses out this winter due to the introduction of its new winter payment scheme. This winter the SNP-Green Scottish Government scrapped Cold Weather Payments and replaced them with a new devolved Low Income Winter Heating Assistance – but thousands are at risk of losing out as a result. The new Scottish payments are paid out at a fixed rate, rather than being paid out depending on weather. As a result, people will be left much worse off during colder winters. Analysis has shown that if this [...]
More than half of the £1 million available to local residents through Community Windpower's East Lothian Energy Fund has now been distributed, but the fund remains open for applications. Supported directly by Community Windpower's Aikengall wind farm array in East Lothian the fund has distributed £500,000 to over 900 individuals and families across East Lothian to assist with their winter energy bills and rising costs due to the current cost-of-living crisis. This initiative is a partnership between Community Windpower, Advice Direct Scotland, and East Lothian Council and supports the most vulnerable in East Lothian to cope with rising energy bills [...]
Martin Whitfield MSP is urging people across South Scotland to show their support for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) this Heart Month, by helping to save and improve the lives of those affected by heart and circulatory diseases. From learning lifesaving CPR to “Going Red” to support ground-breaking research, the BHF hopes to inspire the nation to get involved and join the campaign this February. There are around 3,100 cardiac arrests out of hospital in Scotland every year but sadly just one in ten people survive. However, early CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chances of survival. This [...]
Saturday 4th February is World Cancer Day, a day to help raise awareness of and take action to tackle cancer. This World Cancer Day, Martin Whitfield MSP is joining colleagues in pledging his support for the life-saving research funded by Cancer Research UK. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Scotland, with around 16,200 people dying of cancer every year. Around 33,200 people are diagnosed with cancer each year – this is expected to rise to over 40,000 cases per year. Thanks to research, 1 in 2 people survive their cancer for 10 years or more. Cancer Research UK’s ambition [...]
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