Comment on East Lothian Foodbank


Commenting on the news that East Lothian Foodbank is looking for new, bigger premises, Martin Whitfield MSP said: “The fact that the Foodbank has outgrown its current premises and is looking for somewhere much bigger underlines the significant and increasing demand it continues to experience.  “Earlier this year the Scottish Government finally published its plans [...]

Comment on East Lothian Foodbank2023-11-20T15:22:34+00:00

Living Wage Awards now open


Martin Whitfield MSP is helping highlight that applications for this year's #LivingWage Scotland Awards are now open. Organised by Living Wage Scotland, the Living Wage Scotland Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement. This year the awards have seven categories including a new award for Voice [...]

Living Wage Awards now open2023-09-20T15:00:53+01:00

Rural food poverty a growing problem


The growing problem of food poverty in rural areas of the South Scotland region was the focus of Martin Whitfield MSP's visit to Peebleshire Foodbank. Mr Whitfield visited the Peebles-based service and met with co-ordinator Fiona Dalgleish to discuss the foodbank's important work and the increasing number of local people accessing its services. Speaking after [...]

Rural food poverty a growing problem2023-09-20T15:03:01+01:00

Customers missing out on support


Martin Whitfield MSP is urging households with pre-payment meters to redeem their energy vouchers before the 30th June deadline. Under the UK Energy Bill Support Scheme, which ended in March, households with older, non-digital pre-payment meters were issued with vouchers by post, text or email. Latest figures show that around one in four eligible households [...]

Customers missing out on support2023-09-21T11:55:24+01:00

Our Community Kitchen cultural event


Martin Whitfield MSP was joined by Anas Sarwar MSP and Douglas Alexander at today's Our Community Kitchen fundraising event at Knox Academy in Haddington. The Indian themed cultural event was organised to raise funds to support the important work of Our Community Kitchen, which helps tackle loneliness and isolation in the Haddington area. Commenting after [...]

Our Community Kitchen cultural event2023-09-21T12:11:47+01:00

10 years as a Fair Trade Nation


This year marks the tenth anniversary of Scotland achieving Fair Trade Nation status. As part of the celebration of this important milestone, Martin Whitfield MSP has joined parliamentary colleagues and Fair Trade campaigners in re-committing his support for Fair Trade here in Scotland and globally. The Fair Trade pledge is a way for MSPs to [...]

10 years as a Fair Trade Nation2023-09-21T12:37:04+01:00

Motion celebrates charity anniversary


The 25th anniversary of local community food charity, East Lothian Roots and Fruits, has been celebrated in a Scottish Parliament motion tabled by Martin Whitfield MSP. Mr Whitfield’s motion congratulates the charity on reaching this important milestone, acknowledges the range of work it currently undertakes and commends the project, its staff, volunteers and supporters for [...]

Motion celebrates charity anniversary2023-09-27T09:19:24+01:00

Backing end to child poverty


Martin Whitfield MSP has joined campaigners to recommit his support for the goal of eliminating child poverty in Scotland. Mr Whitfield joined parliamentary colleagues in pledging to meet targets set by parliament for achieving a Scotland without child poverty. Save the Children Scotland organised the event as an opportunity for politicians of all parties to [...]

Backing end to child poverty2023-10-02T15:39:48+01:00

‘Quit and Win’ for No Smoking Day


Wednesday 8th March is No Smoking Day 2023, and Martin Whitfield MSP is supporting this year’s theme, ‘Quit and Win’. No Smoking Day is an annual campaign to celebrate the achievements of those who have successfully quit smoking. Additionally, it encourages people who currently smoke to consider quitting for the benefit of their health, finances [...]

‘Quit and Win’ for No Smoking Day2023-10-03T17:12:24+01:00

Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2023


Martin Whitfield MSP has signed up to support a parliamentary motion backing this year's Fairtrade Fortnight. This year the annual campaign, coordinated by the Fairtrade Foundation and which takes place between 27 February and 12 March, focuses on the climate crisis. It is helping highlight the increasing threat that the crisis poses to some of [...]

Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 20232023-10-09T14:28:08+01:00
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