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Latest News –  Martin Whitfield MSP

2209, 2022

Urgency needed to tackle child poverty

By |September 22nd, 2022|

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. In 2017, new statutory targets were set to significantly reduce four key indicators [...]

909, 2022

Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen

By |September 9th, 2022|

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, the UK and the Commonwealth. Her dedication [...]

609, 2022

Backing #SpotLeukaemia campaign

By |September 6th, 2022|

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 so important https://youtu.be/UMRTMKVvYhQ Martin Whitfield MSP said:  "Patient surveys and research have found that only a third [...]

509, 2022

New cost of living advice campaign

By |September 5th, 2022|

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. With energy bills, prices in the shops and interest rates all rising, many people [...]

3108, 2022

Community woodland’s progress welcomed

By |August 31st, 2022|

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 have occurred since his last visit. These have included the [...]

2308, 2022

North Berwick youth project update

By |August 23rd, 2022|

Martin Whitfield MSP has met with Project Manager Lauren Howie to discuss the latest developments and future plans for the North Berwick Youth Project. Mr Whitfield was pleased to hear about the project's summer programme and its range of support for young people in the North Berwick area, which includes a focus on supporting recovery from the pandemic. Martin Whitfield MSP said:  "I was pleased to visit North Berwick Youth Project to chat to Project Manager Lauren about its great work with young people over the summer and throughout the year. It was good to hear about the range of [...]

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