Ben Macpherson MSP at Steads Place

Ben Macpherson MSP

Constituency MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

I am the MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) for Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency.

If you have any queries or want assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is: ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot.

- Ben

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21 hours ago

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4 days ago

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Loving seeing the gas tank all lit up again. It’s so pretty. Can see it from my house.

5 days ago

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A very welcome update from Port of Leith Housing Association on Scottish Housing Day 2021.Happy Scottish Housing Day 2021! We are pleased to announce the opening of 104 new affordable homes on Edinburgh’s waterfront.

Heather Kiteley, Group Chief Executive said: “It was a pleasure to visit our new development on Granton’s waterfront and to meet some of its new residents this Scottish Housing Day. The location is close to various paths and networks that interconnect north Edinburgh’s greenspaces. I am sure the community here will enjoy making the most of the city’s coastline and all the sustainable transport options it offers."

Read the full story here: www.polha.co.uk/a-hundred-new-affordable-waterfront-homes-for-granton/
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A very welcome update from Port of Leith Housing Association on Scottish Housing Day 2021.

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I will ask again Ben , what is affordable housing ?

5 days ago

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6 days ago

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Scotland delivered 1,595 affordable homes between April and June, according to new statistics.

The Scottish Government have led the way, delivering 75% more affordable homes per head of population than England or Wales in the four years to 2019/20.

The SNP, working with partners, have now delivered 103,650 affordable homes since 2007.

We are building on this with a target to deliver another 110,000 by 2032, with at least 70% available for social rent.

Learn more ➡️ www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-new-housebuilding-affordab....
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Scotland delivered 1,595 affordable homes between April and June, according to new statistics.

The Scottish Government have led the way, delivering 75% more affordable homes per head of population than England or Wales in the four years to 2019/20. 

The SNP, working with partners, have now delivered 103,650 affordable homes since 2007. 

We are building on this with a target to deliver another 110,000 by 2032, with at least 70% available for social rent.
 
Learn more ➡️ https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-new-housebuilding-affordable-housing-supply-published-14-september-2021/.

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What is an affordable home ?

Why is the house at 31 Boswell loan still lying empty since 5th Jan unbelievable it was Walk in condition take it no families waiting on a house 😠😠

6 days ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

📢 I'm recruiting for a part-time Casework Assistant/Caseworker to join my excellent team. Please use this link or email me (at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot, entitling the email 'Casework Assistant Application') to apply, sending your CV and a covering email/letter: careers.parliament.scot/vacancies/229/casework-assistant-for-ben-macpherson-msp.html. The closing date is midnight on 1 October. ... See MoreSee Less

📢 Im recruiting for a part-time Casework Assistant/Caseworker to join my excellent team. Please use this link or email me (at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot, entitling the email Casework Assistant Application) to apply, sending your CV and a covering email/letter: https://careers.parliament.scot/vacancies/229/casework-assistant-for-ben-macpherson-msp.html. The closing date is midnight on 1 October.

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21 hours and £25k?! I’m in wrong job as a nurse clearly!

Flynn Moore

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Sam D'angelo

Your MPs who thought it was ok to vote in health passports it’s illegal medical apartheid you know it we know it but karma awaits you all 🙏🙏🙏

Who would want to work for someone who betrayed the very people he was elected to help 🤷‍♀️😡😡A Traitor in a Tyrannical Government but let me remind you that you are a public servant who works for us 😡you will never get my vote again 🙃🙃🙃

Work for a political party that claims they want to have their own voice, be independent and not be governed by others. Yet have the audacity to introduce vaccine passports limiting what people can do in life/stop them doing things? Utter hypocrites!! Not to mention jagging kids with a vaccine with no long term data what it could do to them and going against the advice of scientists THEN say they can have it without parental consent?! Why you would anyone want to work for cretins like this?! What the SNP are doing is utterly despicable and will not be forgotten when it comes to the next independence vote and local elections.

Julie MacDonald

Good guy💯👏

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Hayley Cummings

How flexible are the hours?

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7 days ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Please do all you can to support our NHS at this very challenging time.Our Emergency Departments continue to be exceptionally busy.

If you think you need to attend A&E, but it is NOT life threatening please call 111 in the first instance to be directed to the right care service or to be given an appointment to attend hospital if required.
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Please do all you can to support our NHS at this very challenging time.

2 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

🍽 Free school lunches will be rolled out to ALL primary school pupils from August 2022. They’ve already been introduced for pupils in P4 & P5.

❌ We believe that no child should be left hungry in school.

🍏 That’s why, as part of the Programme for Government, we will ensure that children have access to high-quality, nutritious food both in early learning settings and schools.
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2 weeks ago

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The Scottish Government’s Ambitious 2021/2022 Programme for Government

This week the First Minister unveiled the 2021/2022 Programme for Government, which focusses on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families in Scotland during this parliamentary term - and offering the people of our country an informed choice on Scotland’s future.

There are many exciting and significant commitments, and I warmly welcome the contents of the programme. You can read the full document here: www.gov.scot/programme-for-government/.

Here are a few key policies that will make a positive difference locally in Edinburgh Northern and Leith and all across Scotland…

❤️ Establishing a National Care Service.

🏥 Driving forward our NHS Recovery Plan.

💷 Extending our ‘Scottish Child Payment’ to children under 16 by the end of 2022, and double it to £20 per week per child as quickly as possible thereafter, to tackle child poverty.

🧰 Investing an additional £500 million to support the new, good and green jobs of the future, including upskilling and reskilling people to help access these.

🏗 Delivering 110,000 more affordable homes across Scotland by 2032, with at least 70% in the social rented sector (adding to the 100,000 built since 2007) - I will work to help bring as much new affordable housing to our area as I can.

🏘 Publishing a new Rented Sector Strategy by the end of the year and bringing forward legislation to implement an effective system of rent controls.

🤝 Continuing to deliver our Young Person’s Guarantee – providing a job or a place in education or training, or a formal volunteering opportunity, for every young person.

📚 Providing funding for councils to recruit 3,500 additional teachers and 500 classroom assistants.

🧠 Improving national wellbeing with increased direct mental health investment of at least 25% over the Parliamentary term.

🏠 Investing an additional £50 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, taking forward our ‘Ending Homelessness Together’ action plan.

🏢 Investing at least £1.8 billion over the course of this parliament to make homes and buildings easier and greener to heat.

🗳 Preparing to give the people of Scotland a fully informed choice on independence.
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The Scottish Government’s Ambitious 2021/2022 Programme for Government
 
This week the First Minister unveiled the 2021/2022 Programme for Government, which focusses on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families in Scotland during this parliamentary term - and offering the people of our country an informed choice on Scotland’s future.
 
There are many exciting and significant commitments, and I warmly welcome the contents of the programme. You can read the full document here: https://www.gov.scot/programme-for-government/.
 
Here are a few key policies that will make a positive difference locally in Edinburgh Northern and Leith and all across Scotland…
 
❤️ Establishing a National Care Service.

🏥 Driving forward our NHS Recovery Plan.

💷 Extending our ‘Scottish Child Payment’ to children under 16 by the end of 2022, and double it to £20 per week per child as quickly as possible thereafter, to tackle child poverty.

🧰 Investing an additional £500 million to support the new, good and green jobs of the future, including upskilling and reskilling people to help access these.

🏗 Delivering 110,000 more affordable homes across Scotland by 2032, with at least 70% in the social rented sector (adding to the 100,000 built since 2007) - I will work to help bring as much new affordable housing to our area as I can.

🏘 Publishing a new Rented Sector Strategy by the end of the year and bringing forward legislation to implement an effective system of rent controls.

🤝 Continuing to deliver our Young Person’s Guarantee – providing a job or a place in education or training, or a formal volunteering opportunity, for every young person.

📚 Providing funding for councils to recruit 3,500 additional teachers and 500 classroom assistants.

🧠 Improving national wellbeing with increased direct mental health investment of at least 25% over the Parliamentary term.

🏠 Investing an additional £50 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, taking forward our ‘Ending Homelessness Together’ action plan.

🏢 Investing at least £1.8 billion over the course of this parliament to make homes and buildings easier and greener to heat.

🗳 Preparing to give the people of Scotland a fully informed choice on independence.

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Ben, Jobs for Leith Wind industry; I was watching ITV Breakfast program this morning, where the weathe for caster was in side a crater in Norway which was created by the Ice not being Captured, I believe in Ice Capture and this is one of the natural Way's of doing just that, it is a Natural Place for Ice Capture, by creating a natural reservoir with a Salutation Plant (Solar Powered) + [Hydro-Engergy] pumping fresh water into the reservoir mending it's function of storing Fresh Water. For a Scottish Investment Bank investment and the sharing the develope ment, with Nordic Countries and the EU [who needs oil] , The Scottish People have not voted in a Tory government since 1955 [NINETEEN FIFTY FIVE] "Wow" 👺👹 🔍 😒📜 🔍 Since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999, The Margaret Thatcher' Community Charge, commonly known as the poll tax, was a system of taxation introduced by Mar-garet Thatcher's Tory government replacement of domestic rates, "JUST" in Scotland from 1989, the the Tories really hate the Scottish people and our awsome Parliement, that shows their "Dads Arm" approach to "ONE NATION" English Tories who took on Mr Hitler, just a pity Us Scots and the rest of our awesome Allies turned up to save their English rear ends from taking a hyde-ing. 🤨 RG was right about Church-ill

2 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Was great to get back to in person help and advice surgeries this morning, with covid-19 measures and precautions in place. I’ll be at Fresh Start every first Friday of the month going forward.

I’m now at the Prentice Centre, where I’ll also be in the morning of first Friday of the month. I’m also aiming to organise an afternoon slot at another venue in North Edinburgh. Full details will be confirmed soon. #HereToHelp
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Was great to get back to in person help and advice surgeries this morning, with covid-19 measures and precautions in place. I’ll be at Fresh Start every first Friday of the month going forward. 

I’m now at the Prentice Centre, where I’ll also be in the morning of first Friday of the month. I’m also aiming to organise an afternoon slot at another venue in North Edinburgh. Full details will be confirmed soon. #HereToHelp

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thank you Ben for all you do in Edinburgh North good work you do .

Awesome Ben, thank you for your great work in the community 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

RE-INTRODUCTION OF DROP-IN HELP & ADVICE SURGERIES | Enhanced North Edinburgh pilot | 😷💨↔️ COVID-19 safety measures and guidance strictly apply

As Scotland carefully and cautiously continues to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, this Friday (3 September), I will be at two locations in North Edinburgh to pilot a new drop-in surgery format (to be even more accessible across the constituency than I was in the last 5 years).

When:
Friday, 03 September 2021

Where:
From 9:00am – 9:45am at on 03 September I will be at Fresh Start
(28-30 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR).
Then from 10:30am to 11:15am I will be at the Prentice Centre
(The Prentice Centre, 1 Granton Mains Ave, Edinburgh EH4 4GA).
[In future I also intend to have a 3rd afternoon slot.]

What:
I will be at the above locations this Friday for constituents to come along to my advice surgeries. No appointment is needed. You can come speak to me about any issues, ideas or concerns you may have. Do not attend if you feel unwell.

As we are still living with the risks posed by COVID-19, these surgeries will be conducted in a COVID-19 compliant manner, in line with Scottish Government guidance and regulations. I will be taking a Lateral Flow Test (for more information and to order some please visit this website: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests) and encourage constituents who will be coming along to do the same. I am also asking constituents who will be attending to bring and use a face covering (unless exempt). I would be very grateful if constituents could please keep party sizes as small as possible (excluding children) to ensure 1m social distancing is maintained. Venues will be well ventilated.

Finally, if you cannot attend this Friday, 3 September, you can of course also contact me and my team via phone at: 0131 600 0134 or email at: Ben.Macpherson.msp@parliament.scot. We are currently experiencing an influx of correspondence but are getting back to constituents as quickly as possible, and we are grateful for your continued patience.
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RE-INTRODUCTION OF DROP-IN HELP & ADVICE SURGERIES | Enhanced North Edinburgh pilot | 😷💨↔️ COVID-19 safety measures and guidance strictly apply 

As Scotland carefully and cautiously continues to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, this Friday (3 September), I will be at two locations in North Edinburgh to pilot a new drop-in surgery format (to be even more accessible across the constituency than I was in the last 5 years). 

When: 
Friday, 03 September 2021

Where: 
From 9:00am – 9:45am at on 03 September I will be at Fresh Start
(28-30 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR). 
Then from 10:30am to 11:15am I will be at the Prentice Centre
(The Prentice Centre, 1 Granton Mains Ave, Edinburgh EH4 4GA).
[In future I also intend to have a 3rd afternoon slot.]

What: 
I will be at the above locations this Friday for constituents to come along to my advice surgeries. No appointment is needed. You can come speak to me about any issues, ideas or concerns you may have. Do not attend if you feel unwell.

As we are still living with the risks posed by COVID-19, these surgeries will be conducted in a COVID-19 compliant manner, in line with Scottish Government guidance and regulations. I will be taking a Lateral Flow Test (for more information and to order some please visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests) and encourage constituents who will be coming along to do the same. I am also asking constituents who will be attending to bring and use a face covering (unless exempt). I would be very grateful if constituents could please keep party sizes as small as possible (excluding children) to ensure 1m social distancing is maintained. Venues will be well ventilated.

Finally, if you cannot attend this Friday, 3 September, you can of course also contact me and my team via phone at: 0131 600 0134 or email at: Ben.Macpherson.msp@parliament.scot. We are currently experiencing an influx of correspondence but are getting back to constituents as quickly as possible, and we are grateful for your continued patience.

3 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

More than 108,000 children have benefited from The Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment, according to the latest official statistics. The figures highlight how many families and children received the payment from introduction in February to 30 June 2021.

The £10 per week benefit, unique to Scotland, supports low-income families with children aged under six. It provides regular, additional financial support for families in receipt of qualifying benefits to assist with the costs of caring for a child. The payment will be made available to children aged 6-15 by the end of 2022. The payment will be doubled to £20 a week over this parliamentary term.

To find out more please see Social Security Scotland's website or call them on 0800 182 2222.

Read more: www.gov.scot/news/scottish-child-payment-helps-more-than-108-000-children/.
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More than 108,000 children have benefited from The Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment, according to the latest official statistics. The figures highlight how many families and children received the payment from introduction in February to 30 June 2021.

The £10 per week benefit, unique to Scotland, supports low-income families with children aged under six. It provides regular, additional financial support for families in receipt of qualifying benefits to assist with the costs of caring for a child. The payment will be made available to children aged 6-15 by the end of 2022. The payment will be doubled to £20 a week over this parliamentary term.

To find out more please see Social Security Scotlands website or call them on 0800 182 2222.

Read more: https://www.gov.scot/news/scottish-child-payment-helps-more-than-108-000-children/.

4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Once fully operational, Social Security Scotland will make payments to 1.8 million children and adults – around a third of the population. Social security is an investment in the people of Scotland and is a fundamental human right. ... See MoreSee Less

Once fully operational, Social Security Scotland will make payments to 1.8 million children and adults – around a third of the population. Social security is an investment in the people of Scotland and is a fundamental human right.

4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Yesterday I was delighted to be shown round the Ocean Mist Leith - an amazing hotel in the making in #Leith / #Edinburgh / #Scotland. Full credit to the team there for taking on a sinking ship & turning it into something beautiful that will further add to the wonderful aesthetic of the shore area, contribute positively to our nation’s brilliant tourism offering & create jobs in the local economy. Can’t wait to see it open! ⚓️🍸 ... See MoreSee Less

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A pleasure to have the opportunity to show you around Ocean Mist

We pass this ship daily on our way to school, take walks on weekends to look at it and my son can’t wait for the day it opens. Thank you for these beautiful photos, he was over the moon to see how it looks like from the inside. 💙

I believe the same architect who designed the Fingal? If so, it will look wonderful when finished.

One I took of the Ocean Mist last November

Sue Hartga Terry Hartga

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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I was glad to visit and catch up with the The Edinburgh Remakery yesterday. As an award winning social enterprise based in Leith, they do remarkable work recycling and up-cycling IT equipment, and other things too. During the pandemic they have made an important difference in the community in tackling digital exclusion. Check them out if you haven’t already. ... See MoreSee Less

I was glad to visit and catch up with the The Edinburgh Remakery yesterday. As an award winning social enterprise based in Leith, they do remarkable work recycling and up-cycling IT equipment, and other things too. During the pandemic they have made an important difference in the community in tackling digital exclusion. Check them out if you haven’t already.

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Glad to know the Remakery has survived the pandemic!

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Households with children born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017 are urged to apply for our Best Start Grant School Age Payment. It’s a one-off payment of £252.50 for families who get tax credits or certain benefits.

Find out more by calling Social Security Scotland on 📞 08001822222 or visit ➡️ mygov.scot/beststart.
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Households with children born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017 are urged to apply for our Best Start Grant School Age Payment. It’s a one-off payment of £252.50 for families who get tax credits or certain benefits. 

Find out more by calling Social Security Scotland on 📞 08001822222 or visit ➡️ mygov.scot/beststart.Image attachment

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Shared this.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

A moving memorial service for Dawson today - many in #leith miss you pal. RIP.❤️⚓️

www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/sunshine-leith-tribute-lovable-edinburgh-24703847.amp
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A moving memorial service for Dawson today - many in #Leith miss you pal. RIP.❤️⚓️ 

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/sunshine-leith-tribute-lovable-edinburgh-24703847.amp

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I didn’t know of this Leith character but it’s good to know he was missed and given a fitting send-off.

Great to see you there today. Lovely speech. He will definately be missed.

He wasn’t so lovable the time I had to chase him away from the several different women he was drunkenly harassing on Leith Walk…

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

There are changes coming with the organisation of communal waste and recycling bins. Leith Walk has one of the highest concentration of communal street bins in Edinburgh and is in phase 1 of the roll out of new bin hubs where a range of waste bins will be grouped together. There will be an increase in recycling capacity and more food and glass recycling. Currently residents are being made aware of plans for their area - you may have received a letter and noticed temporary signs on lamp-posts. Have a look and get in touch withthe team to let them know of any questions you may have. The aim is to improve the service making it easier to use and easier for our waste crews to service. Find out more via this link - www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binhubs ... See MoreSee Less

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Will this include the streets leading off Leith Walk and will they actually get emptied? Our bins in Smith's Place are usually overflowing and I can't remember the last time the food bin got collected.

Our problem is, 1. Rats at the food waste because they don't empty it often enough. And 2. Fly tipping at the other bins. And 3. Overflowing packaging recycling bins. Trinity Crescent

Jameson place the same. Never see a street sweeper now only on main routes not side streets. The street has more weeds than the back gardens.

Will this happen to streets such as Lorne street etc. Tho all bins need to be picked up more often. Plus I think they should all be the same colour, not just different coloured lids. So Glass is purple, whole bin should be purple, recycling is green, whole bin should be green. Might make those who are to lazy to use the correct bins correctly.

They are at the narrowest part of what has become a one-way street. Why not put them next to recycling bins already in situ just yards away?

All well and good as long as they are emptied on a regular basis of when they are full!!!!

I am disabled, I am going to be losing my bins and the site where they are talking about situating the communal bins is already a target for fly-tippers and the amount of cars that already stop and use the existing bin is ridiculous.

Hopefully less noisy, filthy, ugly and stinky.

Excellent news

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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Best Start Foods payments have increased to £18 or £36 every 4 weeks, depending on the age of the child, available from Social Security Scotland. Check if you’re eligible: www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

Already, as of 31 May 2021, £16.7 million has been paid to families in Best Start Foods payments.

More work to do but another improvement made towards building a fairer society.

The Scottish Government #deliveringforScotland.💯✅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Read more here: www.gov.scot/news/increase-in-payments-to-help-boost-family-incomes/.
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Best Start Foods payments have increased to £18 or £36 every 4 weeks, depending on the age of the child, available from Social Security Scotland. Check if you’re eligible: https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

Already, as of 31 May 2021, £16.7 million has been paid to families in Best Start Foods payments.

More work to do but another improvement made towards building a fairer society.

The Scottish Government #deliveringforScotland.💯✅🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/news/increase-in-payments-to-help-boost-family-incomes/.

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Just received my second dose of the vaccine.💉💉 Thank you NHS Lothian - brilliant experience (again) and such impressive delivery all round.👍🏻💙 #rollupyoursleeve

Follow NHS Lothian for updates about drop-in vaccine clinics and, if you’re a constituent, you can contact me if you have problems getting your vaccine doses (and my team and I will try to assist).
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Just received my second dose of the vaccine.💉💉 Thank you NHS Lothian - brilliant experience (again) and such impressive delivery all round.👍🏻💙 #rollupyoursleeve

Follow NHS Lothian for updates about drop-in vaccine clinics and, if you’re a constituent, you can contact me if you have problems getting your vaccine doses (and my team and I will try to assist).

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Your welcome😁👍

youngster! 🙂

If you truly cared about the people you are meant to serve you wouldn’t promote an untested unsafe EXPERIMENTAL jab 🙃🙃you all know it’s a farce but your playing along with it but karma awaits you all ..are you all getting the placebo or saline water??🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The vaccination bus will be at Morrisons on Ferry Road today between 11am-7pm.💉Our Lothian Buses COVID vaccination bus is still at Tesco in Musselburgh today until 7pm, don't miss out!

Our bus will be rolling back into Edinburgh tomorrow to Morrisons on Ferry Road. You can get your shopping as well as you 1st or 2nd dose (if it's been 8 weeks or more since your 1st) of Moderna or Astra Zeneca: More details here: www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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The vaccination bus will be at Morrisons on Ferry Road today between 11am-7pm.💉

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Believe me, as soon as it's been 8 weeks since my first dose, I'll be getting the second without fail, only 10 days to go!

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

If you live in or are visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at gov.scot.As this chart shows, cases in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 are falling, but still too high. To talk of tomorrow as ‘freedom day’ (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 only remember) is not sensible IMO, given current situation. Vaccines going well and do offer route through - but as we vaccinate, we must ease up gradually.

If you live in or visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at gov.scot
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If you live in or are visiting 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 please abide by remaining safety measures. Stick to group limits, keep 1m distance in public places, wear face masks, wash hands etc. While we vaccinate, these measures help keep us safe. More info available at http://gov.scot.

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I trust and hope that train conductors will be reminding passengers over the tannoy as the train pulls out of Berwick station that they are entering Scotland where the rules are different.

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Get 💉 at ASDA today.👇🏻The vaccination bus will be at the ASDA in Newhaven (Leith) today, 11am - 7pm!

All you need to bring is:
✔️ Proof that you're over 18
✔️ A face mask
✔️ Yourself!

The bus offers Moderna and AstraZeneca, so cannot give 2nd doses of Pfizer. More clinics: www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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Get 💉 at ASDA today.👇🏻

2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

❗️COVID TESTING FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS 🦠

From today (Monday 12 July) to Saturday (17 July) between 9am-6pm you can get a Covid test done at McDonald Road Library if you have no symptoms.

Just turn up like I did. It’s really easy and very well organised. The test takes about 10 minutes and you get your results in less than an hour.

Help stop the virus spreading.
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❗️COVID TESTING FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS 🦠

From today (Monday 12 July) to Saturday (17 July) between 9am-6pm you can get a Covid test done at McDonald Road Library if you have no symptoms.

Just turn up like I did. It’s really easy and very well organised. The test takes about 10 minutes and you get your results in less than an hour.

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Great place for friendly test and learning how to do it in future.

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Craigroyston Community High School is open as an NHS Lothian drop-in vaccination centre this week (from Monday July 5 to Sunday July 11, from 8.30am - 4pm).

You can get your first dose, or your second, as long as it's been more than eight weeks since your first. For people aged over 40 or over, Astrazeneca is available and for people aged between 18 and 39 Moderna and Pfizer may also be available.

www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
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Craigroyston Community High School is open as an NHS Lothian drop-in vaccination centre this week (from Monday July 5 to Sunday July 11, from 8.30am - 4pm).

You can get your first dose, or your second, as long as its been more than eight weeks since your first. For people aged over 40 or over, Astrazeneca is available and for people aged between 18 and 39 Moderna and Pfizer may also be available.

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx

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Su S An this be any good for you x

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on.
Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on.

Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).

It will then travel to West Lothian on Friday (9 July). Don't miss the bus! Check here for more information: news.nhslothian.scot/Pages/20210705_COVID19vaccinationbusrollsoutacrossLothian.aspx
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The vaccine bus is rolling out across Lothian and is coming to an area near you. If you are over 18 and need a first dose or have waited eight weeks and need your second, why not hop on. 
Our mobile vaccination teams will be in Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre on Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 July), followed by the Grassmarket in Edinburgh City Centre on Wednesday and Thursday (7 and 8 July).

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Matt Irving Wednesday?

Lee Thorburn you must be over 18 by now, hop on board.

Popped into Craigroyston High School this morning, lovely NHS staff and no wait. Was only person there.

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

The UK Government #EUSettlementScheme deadline is TODAY (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a family member who needs help to apply, please call the free helpline 📞0800 916 9847.The #EUSettlementScheme deadline is on Wednesday (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen or family member who needs help to apply call our free helpline 📞0800 916 9847 ... See MoreSee Less

The UK Government #EUSettlementScheme deadline is TODAY (30 June) but you can still apply right now to protect your rights. If youre an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a family member who needs help to apply, please call the free helpline 📞0800 916 9847.

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Short-term lets: The Scottish Government is consulting on a revised Licensing Order and draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment until Friday 13 August 2021. If you have views or concerns about full property short-term lets (on platforms like AirBnB) then please contribute: www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets/. ... See MoreSee Less

Short-term lets: The Scottish Government is consulting on a revised Licensing Order and draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment until Friday 13 August 2021. If you have views or concerns about full property short-term lets (on platforms like AirBnB) then please contribute: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets/.

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Glad this is being pursued. Short term lets becoming frequent in a stair can make the difference between feeling comfortably at home or finding life a nightmare.

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

An important message from the FM - let’s not allow the virus to get ahead of the vaccine, especially when we’re so close to the finishing line.↔️😷💉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Still not replied to my email!

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

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Emailed you, no reply 🤷🏻‍♀️

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

I will be taking this Bill through The Scottish Parliament - if passed, more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement will get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment.

Learn more about how the Bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306.The Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

If passed, the Bill will mean more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the #coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment.

Learn more about how the bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306
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I will be taking this Bill through The Scottish Parliament - if passed, more than 91,000 carers who receive the supplement will get a double payment of £462.80 this winter. This is in recognition of the extra pressures they have faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publication of this Bill meets another Scottish Government 100 days commitment. 

Learn more about how the Bill will help unpaid carers ➡️ bit.ly/CarersAllowanceSupplement2306.

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Will they get it tax free?

This is fantastic news your taking this forward! A cause close to my heart

Good news 👏🏼

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Please take part in a new The Scottish Government consultation on a proposed Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill.

Take part here ➡ bit.ly/3gM38OK.
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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Timeline PhotosStarting tomorrow, all mass vaccination centres except Lowland Hall will be running drop-in clinics for over 40s. The opening times for the drop-in clinics is 8.30am-5.30pm. For more information, visit www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx. ... See MoreSee Less

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I just got my leaflet and hope I can drop in for a test at the weekend.

Too far when you do not have a car

Astra Zenica only? They're giving it away. 😔 It would inspire more confidence if it wasn't advertised as Astra Zenica only?

Vo Devlin

Francesco Dem!!!

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

In my role as Minister for Social Security in The Scottish Government, I want to highlight that this week this year’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment opened for applications to families who get tax credits or certain benefits, to help tackle poverty and create a fairer society. I encourage all those eligible to apply: www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods. ... See MoreSee Less

In my role as Minister for Social Security in The Scottish Government, I want to highlight that this week this year’s Best Start Grant School Age Payment opened for applications to families who get tax credits or certain benefits, to help tackle poverty and create a fairer society. I encourage all those eligible to apply: http://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods.

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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP

Enjoyed visiting Turn The Tables in Granton this week to learn more about their work with Social Bite and other initiatives - looking forward to assisting with their plans where I can... They kindly gave me a #kevinandperry style hat but I think I need more lessons before I’m up to that standard!😂🎧 ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoyed visiting Turn The Tables in Granton this week to learn more about their work with Social Bite and other initiatives - looking forward to assisting with their plans where I can... They kindly gave me a #kevinandperry style hat but I think I need more lessons before I’m up to that standard!😂🎧

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What a fascinating initiative!

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Brilliant idea

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