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Surgery Dates for 2020

1st Monday of the month

 

16.00 – 19.00 – Constituency Office (By appointment)

 

3rd Monday of the month

16:00 – Bargeddie Safety Zone

16:45 – Stepps Cultural Centre

17:30 – Glenboig Parish Church

18:15 – Charlotte Toal Centre

19:00 – Calder Community Centre

 

Stret surgeries every Friday; please check social media for locations.

Excluding Bank Hols, July and December

 

 

 

 

 

HOLYROOD BACKS £16.941 MILLION FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE TO TACKLE COVID-19

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed a Holyrood vote approving £16.941 million extra funding for North Lanarkshire in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Almost £258 million extra funding has been approved for vital local services across Scotland, such as food provision for those in need, education and social care.

The Scottish Government is in discussions with local authorities over providing a further £72 million – which will bring the total additional funding to almost £330 million.

This extra funding is on top of the local government finance settlement of £11.4 billion, which already provided an increase of £589.4 million (5.8%) compared to the previous year.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The pandemic has put real pressure on families and local services, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured North Lanarkshire has more cash to deal with this.

“This funding boost is supporting access to food, welfare payments and frontline services.

“I also welcome the additional flexibility given to councils in how money is spent, allowing resources to be diverted to the COVID-19 response if required.”

FULTON MACGREGOR MSP WELCOMES RETURN TO FULL-TIME SCHOOLING

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Commenting on today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that schools will return full-time in August, without distancing, if Scotland continues to make progress on suppressing the coronavirus – Fulton MacGregor MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston said:

 

“Thanks to the united effort of people here in Coatbridge & Chryston, and across Scotland, who have stuck to government advice we have now made significant progress in the fight against COVID-19.

 

“I’m absolutely delighted by today’s announcement that if we stay on the right path, and continue to suppress this virus, our young people can return to school full time from August.

 

“This is an important step not only in ensuring our young people get the education they deserve, but it’s also positive news for working families.

 

“I want to send my gratitude to our amazing teachers and school staff in Coatbridge & Chryston who have helped us get to this stage.

 

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but this SNP Scottish Government is working hard to support families and communities across the country.”

 

FULTON MACGREGOR THANKS THOUSANDS OF NORTH LANARKSHIRE VOLUNTEER DURING PANDEMIC

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SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has praised the thousands of North Lanarkshire residents who have signed up to volunteering schemes during the pandemic.

1182 have volunteered with the British Red Cross in North Lanarkshire while 1836 have signed up to Volunteer Scotland, according to new figures provided by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

While not all volunteers have been called upon, many have started to deliver food parcels, ensure essential supplies and medicines reach vulnerable people and phone those who need assistance or companionship.

Scotland Cares links British Red Cross and Volunteer Scotland schemes to local authority and third sector activity in communities, creating a pool of volunteers for local organisations to draw upon and deploy as required.

Volunteers are matched with local needs in a range of organisational settings, when those needs arise. It is up to the requesting organisation to decide how and when volunteers are deployed.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and many in our communities have depended on the help offered by others.

“The thousands of people in North Lanarkshire who have volunteered to help are a real credit to their community and I want to thank each and every person who has signed up.

“Not all volunteers have been needed so far, but volunteers will play a critical role in supporting and rebuilding our communities – and many will be asked to help in the weeks and months to come.”

£7,478,859 FUNDING BOOST FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS

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SNP GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCE £50 MILLION PACKAGE TO IMPROVE ATTAINMENT

 

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has said pupils living in North Lanarkshire’s most deprived communities will benefit from targeted funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund to help close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 

North Lanarkshire Council will receive a £7,478,859 investment from the SNP Scottish Government to support pupils from deprived backgrounds.

 

To help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, schools and local authorities will have flexibility to redirect some of this funding from existing plans to best support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families, with a continued focus on equity in education.

 

The £50 million package is in addition to the £250 million Pupil Equity Funding package announced in May for the next two years and an investment of £9 million to provide 25,000 laptops to assist pupils learning at home.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“In Government, the SNP has put closing the poverty-related attainment gap front and centre of its plans to improve education.

 

“This latest funding boost for Coatbridge & Chryston demonstrates this Government’s ambition to transform our schools and ensure that every young person gets the chance to succeed in life, regardless of their background.

 

“The Education Secretary, John Swinney, has also handed councils the flexibility to use this funding to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic so no child gets left behind.

 

“There’s still a lot to do in reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland – but universal benefits like free school meals for our youngest pupils, free prescriptions and free higher education are helping keep more money in the pockets of hard working families here in Coatbridge and Chryston.”

LOCAL MSP ENCOURAGES PARENTS IN COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON TO APPLY FOR BEST START GRANT

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ELIGIBLE FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE £250 AHEAD OF NEW SCHOOL TERM

 

Fulton MacGregor MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston has encouraged parents of children aged four to five to apply for the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant.

 

A one-off £250 payment is currently open to eligible families, with a child who was born between 1st March 2015 and 29th February 2016, who will be starting primary school later this year.

 

The School Age payment can be used for anything from a new pair of school shoes or arts and crafts materials for children.

 

The payment is part of the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant, a package of three payments for families in receipt of eligible benefits – including Universal Credit and Housing Benefit – to help at key stages in a child’s life.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“Covering the costs of a child starting school can be tough on family finances, especially in the current climate.

 

“The SNP Government’s school age payment offers low income families, or those who receive support like Universal Credit, a £250 payment around the time children start at primary school.

 

“We’re absolutely determined that every child, regardless of circumstances, gets the best start in life. So in these unprecedented and difficult times, I’d encourage families across Coatbridge & Chryston to check what other financial support they may be eligible for too – such as school clothing grants or free school meals.”

 

Phase one: what are the changes?

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Thursday 28th May

Test and Protect is now in place across Scotland. This is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the ‘test, trace, isolate, support’ strategy. If you start showing any symptoms of coronavirus—that is a high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste— then you should visit the NHS Inform website to book a test immediately.

Friday 29th May

Business and public services

  • Most outdoor work can resume.
  • The construction industry can begin site preparation.
  • Garden centres and plant nurseries can reopen some of their services.
  • Drive through food outlets are no longer being discouraged to remain closed.
  • Non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants & cafes—except for takeaway—must remain closed.
  • Household waste recycling centres can reopen from Monday. Exact arrangements will be confirmed by North Lanarkshire Council https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=27397
  • Other business premises should remain closed unless they are providing essential goods and services.
  • All businesses should continue to allow staff to work from home wherever possible.

Sport and recreation

  • Some non-contact outdoor leisure activity will be allowed to restart, for example golf, tennis, bowls, hill walking and fishing – it has to be within your local area.
  • You can sit and sunbathe in parks & open areas.
  • You can travel—preferably active travel such as cycling or walking—to a location near your local community for leisure & recreation. This should be no more than 5 miles from your home. You should stay within or close to local area and not use public transport unless absolutely necessary.

Social interaction

  • You can meet with another household outdoors, for example in a park or a private garden. You should not be meeting multiple households at the same time and this should only be in small groups, the total number of people recommended being no more than eight.
  • You don’t have to pick just only one household to meet with during phase one, but you can only meet with one other household at a time and try to limit this to one other household per day.
  • You should continue to stay at least 2 metres away from others who are not members of your household and avoid touching the same hard surfaces. For example, if meeting for a barbecue, each household should have its own cutlery, plates, etc.
  • If visiting another household it is vital that you don’t go indoors. Think practically—don’t visit another house if you think there’s a risk of you needing to enter their house to use their toilet for instance.
  • Do not hug or touch people who are not part of your household. This is really difficult, but it is really crucial that social distancing remains in place at this time. Full guidance on this distancing is available on the Scottish Government’s website.

 

Monday 1st June

Education and childcare

  • Teachers and staff will be able to enter schools to prepare for the reopening of schools in August.

Wednesday 3rd June

Education and childcare

  • Childcare will be available for larger numbers of children who most require it, for example vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
  • Childminding services and fully outdoor nursery provision can take place, but there continues to be limits on the number of children which can be cared for.

Other changes during phase one

  • Some key public services such as some respite care, children hearings and some key heath programmes will restart work.

 

LOCAL MSP WELCOMES SCOTGOV PLAN TO REOPEN NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOLS IN AUGUST

SAFE RETURN PLANNED THROUGH MIX OF SCHOOL AND HOME LEARNING

Local MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that pupils will return to schools in August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so.

 

Schools in Coatbridge & Chryston will return on 11 August, while Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings will open over the summer.

 

An agreement reached between councils, professional associations and parent representatives means that physical distancing, staggered arrival and departure times, staggered break times, increased hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning regimes and a range of other measures must be implemented.

 

To maximise the time pupils can have in the classroom and support children in the new model of schooling, including digital home learning, the SNP Government is also investing £9 million for 25,000 laptops or tablets – with internet access provided – for disadvantaged children as part of the first phase of provision to support learning outside school.

 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“In reopening schools in Coatbridge & Chryston, we are ensuring the safety of children, young people and staff and giving parents the confidence that schools are safe is the overriding priority.

 

“To allow appropriate physical distancing, children in North Lanarkshire will return to a blended model of part time in-school and part time at-home learning from 11 August – subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so.

 

“Of course, these arrangements will not represent a complete return to normality by August. We don’t know how long schools will have to work this way, just as we don’t know how long Coronavirus will be a threat.

 

“I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone in Coatbridge & Chryston when I share my gratitude towards parents, carers and teachers who are doing so much to ensure that children continue to learn during this lockdown period, and to those young people who have stayed at home in extremely challenging circumstances.

 

“By doing the right thing, all of us have helped to slow the spread of the virus, to protect our NHS from being overwhelmed, and to save lives.”

You can get more information on Education Recovery Group Strategic Framework by following this link:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/excellent-equity-during-covid-19-pandemic-strategic-framework-reopening-schools-early-learning-childcare-provision-scotland/

FULTON MACGREGOR MSP WELCOMES ROUTEMAP TO EASING LOCKDOWN

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Today in Holyrood, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the nation to explain the Scottish Government’s routemap that will guide the country out of lockdown.

 

The routemap gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.

 

If the evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 is under control and the number of infectious cases continue to decline the Scottish Government will consider moving to Phase 1 of the route map following the next end-of-cycle review date on 28 May.

 

The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support system – known as Test and Protect – will be ready for expansion in all 14 health boards from 28 May.

 

A plan agreed between councils, professional associations and parent representatives to partially reopen schools from 11 August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, has also been published today.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“We all know that we can’t live this way forever and we all want to get back some sense of normality.

 

“While we need to move carefully and gradually, the route map laid out today by the First Minister clearly sets out the steps that will take us there.

 

“Too many people in Coatbridge & Chryston and across Scotland have lost their lives to this disease and we can’t risk another peak – so we must move in line with our own circumstances.

 

“We will get through this by working together by sticking to the advice to suppress the virus further and get back a way of life that is as close to normal as possible.”

£3.191 MILLION FUNDING FOR NORTH LANARKSHIRE SOCIAL CARE COVID COSTS

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has welcomed an initial  £3.191 million funding to help the social care sector in North Lanarkshire deal with the financial implications of coronavirus.

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The funding was confirmed by the Scottish Government as part of a £50 million package for the sector across the country. The funding will help address immediate challenges faced in the social care sector and support ongoing provision of social care.

Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland have all put in place mobilisation plans to ensure the health and social care system is as well placed as possible to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The social care sector is at the frontline of the current pandemic and will inevitably face additional costs.

“This funding demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to social care – and will ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met.

“I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone in North Lanarkshire when I share my gratitude towards those working in social care, and all of our frontline key workers, who are doing vital work in the most difficult of circumstances.”

PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PART IN ONLINE VE DAY COMMEMORATIONS

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SNP MSP FULTON MACGREGOR CALLS ON CONSTITUENTS TO PAY TRIBUTE DESPITE LOCKDOWN RESTRCTIONS

 

An online service of remembrance and a two-minute silence will lead Scotland’s commemorations this year to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May.

 

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has urged his constituents to pay their respects with an online service.

 

The commemorations led by the Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, will include a message from children and families currently learning at home including a video message of thanks from the First Minister.

 

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor MSP said:

 

“The 75th anniversary of VE Day is a hugely important moment in Scotland’s history.

 

“Despite the difficult situation we currently all find ourselves in, it is only right that we pay tribute to the determination and sacrifices made by the men and women in the Second World War.

 

“I hope as many people as possible in Coatbridge & Chryston, will join millions of others on 8th May, to honour those who laid down their lives in a shared moment national commemoration.”