SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell visited the regular ‘Tuesday Teas’ at Crawford village hall on Tuesday 9th August to hear more about the on-going ambitions of the Crawford Improvement Group and to catch up with constituents who attend the popular gathering.
The MSP met organiser, Marjory MacArthur who has been running the Tea on Tuesday events and heard about the ways in which she hopes this can further galvanise the community and bring more people together in order to provide a meeting place, do crafts or other pursuits. Aileen also met with Community Council chair, Bill Lindsay to hear about the wider plans to improve Crawford.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“It was a pleasure to join the Crawford Improvement Group for their weekly Tuesday coffee morning. Groups such as these provide a great benefit to the community and are doing terrific work to bring people in the local area together to help develop new initiatives in the village. The commitment and dedication that Marjory and her team have to provide a place for people to meet, chat and share stories and skills is fantastic and their efforts deserve to be congratulated. So too do the efforts of the local community council for their work to bring about improvements to the village and to continue to be ambitious for their community.
“I look forward to attending again and would thoroughly recommend to anyone living nearby that they drop by on a Tuesday and get themselves a cuppa and a blether!”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has called on constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.
The Scottish Government drive comes as latest figures have shown that, on average, 43,500 bowel screening tests have been returned in August, but some people are still delaying doing their test as this is 8,500 fewer than the average for October.
All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.
“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.
“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has warmly welcomed the opening of a £200,000 fund aimed at encouraging more disabled people to participate in politics and stand as councillors in next year’s local council elections.
The fund – which will help cover additional costs for accessible transport and communications support – underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for more people from under-represented groups.
Disabled people are significantly under-represented as local councillors – and the fund will back up wide-ranging support to help correct this imbalance.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“Everyone should have equal access to politics, no matter their own personal background or whether they are disabled or not – and this funding will help ensure this is the case by alleviating some of the additional costs that disabled candidates can encounter.
“It is vital that barriers are broken down to encourage people from all areas of society to get involved in politics – which will help make policies more representative of society as a whole. The fund isn’t about giving anyone an advantage, but rather levelling the playing field and making it fairer for everyone.
“I hope people from across South Lanarkshire access this funding which will help create equal access to politics for disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in next year’s local government polls.”
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell is appealing to constituents to respond to an open Scottish Government consultation on mental health services.
The Scottish Government is seeking views on how mental health services can be improved over the next decade. Responses are welcome from any organisation or individual with an interest in mental health, or with an experience of services. These will contribute towards the formation of the 10 year Mental Health Strategy in Scotland to be released late this year.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“With the first dedicated minister for Mental Health and this open consultation process, it’s clear the Scottish Government is committed to looking at how services can be improved.
“An additional £150 million has also been devoted to improving services over the next five years. There is an encouraging national conversation including a focus on how prevention and early intervention services can be enhanced.
"I recently took part in the Clydesdale Local Public Partnership Forum event on Mental Health in Tarbrax where I saw how useful it can be to share experiences.
“The Government wants to hear about the experiences of organisations or individuals with an interest in mental health. This is a great opportunity to put your views across to directly contribute to a long-term strategy."
· Responses can be made online at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/mental-health-unit/mental-health-in-scotland-a-10-year-vision
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CONSULTATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY
Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale has today invited Clydesdale residents to take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of social security in Scotland.
The consultation marks an important stage in the journey to the delivery of a new social security system in Scotland. The consultation will start today and last until Friday, 28 October. It will focus on some of the policy, delivery and cross cutting policy issues that will inform the first Scottish social security bill that will go forward before the end of the Parliamentary term.
Commenting Ms Campbell said:
“I am delighted that the Scottish Government is fully committed to ensuring that all those with an interest will have the opportunity to take part in this consultation.
“I hope to hear many Clydesdale voices in the consultation as we look to build a social security system which focuses on the principles that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and help us create the kind of society we want our children to grow up in.”