SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has marked today’s National Care Day by welcoming the progress made on the First Minister’s commitment to holding an independent review into the care system.

It was announced yesterday that Fiona Duncan, the Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, had been appointed as chair of the root and branch Care Review.

Today’s National Care Day giving people the chance to celebrate looked after children across Scotland, and engage directly with those who have experience of the care system will ensure that their voices can be heard. The Scottish Government is committed to speaking with 1000 care experienced people over the next two years.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor, who is a former social worker and is Deputy Convener of Holyrood’s CPG on Children and Young People, said:

“The launch of the independent care review was a very welcome development and it’s great to see that progress has been made in appointing a chair. Fiona Duncan is an excellent choice to take forward this root and branch review.

“The Scottish Government is committed to speaking with 1000 care experienced people over the next two years as part of this wider review into the care system – and it is vital that we listen to the experiences of those who have been or are within the care system. Their voices need to be heard.

“I am keen to make the most of today’s National Care Day by engaging with those in the care system – and look forward to the independent root and branch review of the care system progressing, as we continue to try and improve the quality of life and outcomes for those who have grown up in care.”




Communities across North Lanarkshire, including the Monklands area, are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor has said. This includes £9.961 million additional resource and capital funding for North Lanarkshire overall.


Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for North Lanarkshire in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.


MacGregor has condemned the approach taken by the three parties, providing opposition for opposition’s sake rather than supporting investment in communities throughout North Lanarkshire.


Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:


“This Scottish Government’s budget provides a strong funding deal for North Lanarkshire, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.


“It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities in Coatbridge & Chryston – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.


“North Lanarkshire itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including £9.961 million which will contribute to £1.1bn overall for NHS Lanarkshire and the continuous M8, M73, M74 improvements.


“Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob Monklands of these vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”