Ash Denham MSP has commended the generosity of her constituents for their continued donations to the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank over the summer holidays.
The Edinburgh School Uniform Bank provides good-quality school uniform and other clothing, equipment and supplies required for the school to children affected by poverty across the capital.
The charity aims to provide the children most affected by financial hardship go to school with dignity and the right uniform to make the most of their education.
SNP MSP Ash Denham has called on people across Edinburgh to get involved with the latest series of events to gather views on the proposed bottle deposit return scheme.
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the scope of a deposit return scheme, to boost recycling and cut plastic waste – with the proposal being that customers would pay a deposit when they purchase a product, which would be refunded when the item is recycled. The scheme already operates in many other parts of Europe.
Zero Waste Scotland will be holding an event at Edinburgh Mela on the 1st and 2nd of September, to give people across Edinburgh the chance to put forward their views on the scheme.
Fort Kinnaird retail park sits in my constituency of Edinburgh Eastern. A buzzing shopping centre, it boasts a great selection of restaurants and cinema screens – attracting 14 million visitors last year alone.
Until June, it was part owned by the UK Crown Estate, which manages a variety of businesses, properties and land assets.
Every Crown Estate property and asset in Scotland were devolved to Crown Estate Scotland two years ago following the Scotland Act 2016 – except for Fort Kinnaird.
MSP SLAMS TORIES OVER HANDLING OF FORT KINNAIRD SALE
Ash Denham MSP has slammed the UK Government over its handling of the sale of its share of Fort Kinnaird retail park, located in her constituency of Edinburgh Eastern.
The Crown Estate sold its 50% share in Fort Kinnaird for £167 million last month, after the UK Government refused to devolve the site to the Scottish Government two years ago following the passing of the Scotland Bill in 2016.
The SNP has repeatedly called for the money from the sale be returned to be invested in communities across Scotland.
Devolution is approaching its 20th anniversary. Yet, instead of preparing to celebrate all of its achievements, we are instead forced to defend the devolution settlement and the powers of our Scottish Parliament from a UK Government power grab. Devolution is extremely popular in Scotland, with the overwhelming majority of Scots wanting decisions impacting Scotland to be made here. For the UK Government to try to take powers away from Scotland is disrespectful of the devolution settlement, the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. The SNP is committed to defending these powers so that Scotland continues to have a say over its future.
Access to vital medicines for rare diseases is of pressing concern to many of my constituents and to many patients across Scotland. I am pleased that the Scottish Government has recognised this and has taken significant steps to widen access to medicines so that patients can access new medicines faster.
I was delighted to be able to contribute to Gillian Martin MSP’s Member’s Business Debate Welcoming Women In Engineering Day. The statistics of girls and women studying and working in STEM areas makes for disheartening reading, and we should be doing all we can to encourage girls and young women to pursue their passions in STEM subject areas.
Yesterday I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, if the Scottish Government’s First Annual Progress Report on Human Trafficking acknowledges the influence of organised crime groups in human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and what the Scottish Government can do to combat this. I was encouraged to hear that the report recognises this and that this is a key focus of both the Scottish Government and Police Scotland in both enforcement and prevention actions taken forward.
Yesterday I asked the Scottish Government to provide an update on its negotiations with the EU, following the First Minister’s recent meeting with Michel Barnier. It is clear that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit outcome would be catastrophic for Scotland. While the UK Government continues to be helplessly confused, the Scottish Government has been clear all along – Scotland and the UK must remain in the EU Single Market and Customs Union to safeguard the economy, jobs and people’s livelihoods.
Yesterday I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution how the Scottish Government’s fiscal policy supports first-time buyers. See below for his answer.