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Branch medical surgery in Law is due to close in June.

 

I was incredibly disappointed to learn that the Logan medical practice intends to close its branch surgery in the village of Law on the first of June, to concentrate its services at the Houldsworth Centre in Wishaw. While they seek to reassure patients that they will not need to change practice, it is a blow for villagers who will now need to travel to appointments to Wishaw.

Letters have gone out to households in Law informing them of the decision.

This will cause great concern to the patients, especially elderly patients and those without cars facing the journey to Wishaw.

I have been in direct contact with the practice, who I hope to meet ASAP, and NHS Lanarkshire. While this decision seems final, I am determined to explore what can be done to help my constituents maintain access to local health provision.

I am also contacting the local transport body to point out that the previous reduction in services between Law and Wishaw will become an even more pressing issue, and urge them to consider the social need for this route.

I am also working with my colleague Councillor David Shearer to ensure we can do what we can for the people in Law.

 

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The CCI base at Langloch Farm.

Congratulations Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI), on securing a total of £271,453 in National Lottery funding after applying to Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

CCI, a social enterprise based at Langloch Farm on the outskirts of Lanark, will use the funding to improve the confidence and social networks of people with mental health issues or additional support needs in South Lanarkshire.

I am delighted for CCI on being awarded this funding. As a group embedded in the local community, CCI does excellent work tackling social exclusion and stigma around mental health.

This award is testament to the significant work they provide for many in Clydesdale, and is a vote of confidence in their work going forward.

 

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Turbines are a familiar sight across Clydesdale.

Scotland has had a record year for renewables generation with more than two thirds of the country's gross electricity consumption met by renewables.

New figures demonstrate renewable electricity generation in Scotland in 2017 increased by 26% on the previous year, and 14% on the previous record year in 2015, making 2017 a record year for renewable electricity generation.

For for the first time ever Scotland has more than 10GW of installed renewable capacity.

It is estimated that in 2017, the equivalent of 68.1% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, up 14.1 percentage points from 54% in 2016. This is 45 percentage points more than the equivalent figure for the rest of the UK.
These figures show that Scotland’s renewable energy sector is stronger than ever, and it has further projects in the pipeline.

Scotland's Energy Strategy builds on our achievements to date and on our country's capacity for innovation. Renewable energy will play a hugely significant role in powering Scotland's future.

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Encouraging football at all levels                                          (Scottish Government photo)

 

There are further moves to get rid of 'No ball games' signs across Scotland and instead encourage children to play outdoors on the green spaces.

Removal of the signs was suggested by the Scottish Government in 2013, and as the Children's Minister at the time I said we must change the culture of the perception of children as a problem in public spaces, characterised by these 'No ball games' signs, and encourage youngsters to get outside.

Some councils are taking action, and now my colleague Ruth Maguire has called on councils to tear down ‘No Ball Games’ signs across Scotland.

Ms Maguire has pointed to the need to improve childhood mental and physical health, allowing children to enjoy public greenspaces by playing their favourite sports and games and being more active.

“It’s really sad to see a no ball games sign particularly on a piece of pristine grass perfect for playing on – no ball games, no play, no fun," she said. "It’s time we changed our approach and started encouraging our children to use the greenspace we have rather than cordoning it off and preventing them from having fun."

 

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Free prescriptions have saved Scots an average of £1143 each since the policy was introduced.

Scottish taxpayers are saving an average of over £160 a year on their prescriptions compared to patients south of the border, Scottish Parliament calculations reveal.

On average, Scots take out 19 prescriptions per year. If these were charged at the English rate of £8.60 each, people in Scotland would be out of pocket by an average of £1,143.80 since prescription charges were abolished in 2011.

The SNP's flagship policy of free prescriptions removes a significant financial burden and ensures that ordinary Scots who are sick or living with long-term illnesses do not have to choose between medication and other necessities such as feeding their families or heating their homes.

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