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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Help and advice surgeries in Pilton and Granton tomorrow. Covid-19 measures and guidance strictly apply. Please wear a face covering (unless you’re exempt) and do a Lateral Flow Test before attending if you can (I will be). #HereToHelp

The next in person surgery day will be Friday 4 February.
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Help and advice surgeries in Pilton and Granton tomorrow. Covid-19 measures and guidance strictly apply. Please wear a face covering (unless you’re exempt) and do a Lateral Flow Test before attending if you can (I will be). #HereToHelp 

The next in person surgery day will be Friday 4 February.

Using our social security powers to tackle poverty and support households at this challenging time.💛 Eradicating child poverty is essential if we are to build the strongest foundation for Scotland’s future.

📣 From April, we will double the Scottish Child Payment to £20 per child per week. #SNP21
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Using our social security powers to tackle poverty and support households at this challenging time.

Take care everyone. The red warning will come into force from 15:00 Friday and will last until 02:00 Saturday morning. ... See MoreSee Less

Child Disability Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children in Scotland.

It is now open for new applications.

If you already get DLA then you do not need to apply as your payments will be transferred automatically.

If you are the parent or main carer of a child who

- is aged between 3 months and 16 years old

- has had a disability or ill-health condition for 3 months which is expected to continue for at least 6 months

- does not already receive DLA for children from the Department for Work and Pensions - DWP

You can apply now: mygov.scot/childdisabilitypayment
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Good being out and about in the constituency today, talking with constituents at surgeries and meetings.😊☀️😷 #HereToHelp ... See MoreSee Less

Good being out and about in the constituency today, talking with constituents at surgeries and meetings.😊☀️😷 #heretohelp

I have decided to undertake my monthly surgeries tomorrow - it’s an important part of our democracy that politicians are accessible and we must not let terrorists change this. As usual, strict covid-19 and security safety measures will apply. I will be at Fresh Start between 9:30-10:30 and the Prentice Centre between 11:00-12:00. #HereToHelp ... See MoreSee Less

I have decided to undertake my monthly surgeries tomorrow - it’s an important part of our democracy that politicians are accessible and we must not let terrorists change this. As usual, strict covid-19 and security safety measures will apply. I will be at Fresh Start between 9:30-10:30 and the Prentice Centre between 11:00-12:00. #HereToHelp

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Quite right Ben - on all counts. Thank you for all you do as an elected representative. 🙏

He was one of the 68 who voted for those illegal medical apartheid discrimination passports you are meant to show if you know your history it’s what the Wartime Nazi Germans did to the Jews and that didn’t end well 🙃🙃

Ida Maspero FYI

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Grateful to fellow MSPs for unanimously passing The Scottish Government Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, in my name. It means that around 91,000 unpaid carers will receive a double additional payment of £462.80 this winter (and £694.20 more this year than elsewhere in the UK).

Read more ➡️ bit.ly/3uR7MjQ.
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Grateful to fellow MSPs for unanimously passing The Scottish Government Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, in my name. It means that around 91,000 unpaid carers will receive a double additional payment of £462.80 this winter (and £694.20 more this year than elsewhere in the UK).

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I wish there had been allowances like that in England

In no way can today’s #UniversalCredit cut be reasonably or morally justified.

We will remember who didn’t speak up - the Scottish Conservatives.

We will remember that a Tory UKG, that Scotland never voted for, wilfully punished those less fortunate, at this most difficult of times.
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So true, the increase made such a positive difference. However what about those on 'legacy benefits' who got nothing to see them through the pandemic like my family.

Great man. Great speach

Well said, Ben!

Well said Ben! Well said great speech

Well said Ben Macpherson MSP

Ben Macpherson MSP why did people on ESA in Scotland not receive the same payment? I was put on Esa when I had to give up work.

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Good to meet with constituents at my help and advice surgeries this morning, at Fresh Start and the Prentice Centre. My next set of north Edinburgh surgeries will be on 5 November (1st Friday of every month) but please email or call any time for assistance, or to arrange phone or video call meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

Good to meet with constituents at my help and advice surgeries this morning, at Fresh Start and the Prentice Centre. My next set of north Edinburgh surgeries will be on 5 November (1st Friday of every month) but please email or call any time for assistance, or to arrange phone or video call meeting.

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Ben, you're doing an excellent job! Keep at it.

I support you but think it's fair I ask you some of the questions I've asked your Tory colleague DRoss. What plans do the SNP have to deal with the issues the hospitality industry are facing now the European staff have left? 2) What plans do you have to kick start the economy in Scotland? 3) What steps are the SNP going to take to deal with the drug issue? 4) Social care? I know that Health and Social Care are now linked in some areas. But as a separate but close issue, Social Work has been overlooked for many years.

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Today The Scottish Parliament voted (except for the Tories) to call on the UK Government to cancel their unjustifiable, nonsensical and unnecessary £20 cut to Universal Credit. Shame on them if they proceed with this. Scotland will remember who chose to needlessly remove support from the less fortunate in our society, in these challenging times. ... See MoreSee Less

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This was the motion that parliament voted for (except the Tories): That the Parliament agrees, along with opposition parties in the UK Parliament, that the UK Government’s planned reduction to universal credit should be reversed; recognises the cross-party efforts of opposition parties in the UK Parliament and the social security committees of each of the four nations' parliaments and assembly in this aim; notes Scottish Government analysis that the reduction of universal credit could reduce welfare expenditure in Scotland by £461 million a year by 2023-24 and push 60,000 people, including 20,000 children, into poverty; agrees that the inadequacy of the payment is just one of many issues with universal credit, alongside the two-child cap and the abhorrent so-called "rape clause", the five-week wait for a first payment, the benefit sanctions regime and the so-called "bedroom tax"; believes that this reflects the UK Government’s uncompassionate approach to welfare, which has been challenged by opposition parties across the UK, and acknowledges Scotland’s human rights-based approach to social security.

Brilliant speech Ben...well done and well put! 👏

They don't care. They will do as they are told by their bosses down Westminster way. When you have in the past Tory MSPs like Jeremy Balfour advocating at Holyrood that people with a terminal illness should be re-assesed if they haven't died quick enough in his view and as mentioned the shocking rape clause, taking £20 PW from people during a pandemic, with rising food and energy prices as we head into winter means nothing to them. They care not a jot. I have always wondered when a constituent in financial trouble with rent arrears or DWP problems go into see a Tory MP/MSP, what their response and answers are to said constituents. The "We are concentrating on getting people back into work" rhetoric doesn't wash, the ending of Furlough next week is just going to compound the situation when the 'real' unemployment figures will be known when thousands of companies fold, and some people will be left to live off £74 per week when made unemployed waiting 5 weeks for a payment. They are rotten to the core and always will be the nasty party..

Well said Ben this is going to impact so many families in work poverty is at its highest

An impassioned speech Ben and bang on the money! 👍🏻

Well said Ben, powerful barnstormer of a speech.

I think the point that it puts a strain on devolved services is why this is so relevant to the motion. of course a cut like this is effects the people of Scotland and therefore potentially increases the services they require. If this was a payment to see the most vulnerable through the pandemic there is no acknowledgement of the continuing impact of the pandemic from the Tories.

Instead of using this as an opportunity to attack the Tories, why don't the SNP stick to their election pledge to end child poverty by promising to increase the money they receive? If the Tories are taking away £20 then why don't the SNP stick to their promise and pay out at least £20 themselves to make up the difference?

Wouldn't yer time be better spent discussing changes Holyrood can make, rather than changes London will not consider ?

Brilliant speech mate 👌

I already said it, that one of the consequences of Brexit would be the cuts in benefits, which would disappear, without such as the loss of thousands of jobs, and the closure of hundreds of companies due to lack of workers, and soon we will see how the nhs will be chopped up and sold to private companies, I just hope we can survive this madness

Brilliant speech Ben. Well done and very well put.

great speech Ben.

Fantastic Speaker by a strong Parliamentary Speaker. The Tories should be absolutely ashamed.

If its such a disaster why don't the Scottish government increase tax and use the devolved benefit top up powers to sort it? Or alternatively just whine about it 🤔

Very well said, Ben.

Well said Ben 👏👏

Well said Ben

Well said Ben! 👊

Brilliant Ben 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ben Macpherson MSP I felt you passion, keep up your sterling work for consistency and country

Well said, Ben.

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DROP-IN HELP & ADVICE SURGERIES | COVID-19 safety measures and guidance strictly apply. This Friday (1 October), I will be at two locations in North Edinburgh.

When:
Friday, 01 October 2021

Where:
From 9:30am – 10:30am at on 01 October I will be at Fresh Start (28-30 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR).
Then from 11:00am to 12:00noon I will be at the Prentice Centre (1 Granton Mains Ave, Edinburgh EH4 4GA).
[I still intend to have a 3rd afternoon slot in the months ahead.]

What:
I will be at the above locations this Friday for constituents to come along to my help and advice surgeries. No appointment required. You can come speak to me about any issues, ideas or concerns you may have. However, please 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, 1 October, 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 experiencing a lot of correspondence, but are getting back to constituents as quickly as possible and are grateful for your continued patience.
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DROP-IN HELP & ADVICE SURGERIES | COVID-19 safety measures and guidance strictly apply. This Friday (1 October), I will be at two locations in North Edinburgh.

When: 
Friday, 01 October 2021

Where: 
From 9:30am – 10:30am at on 01 October I will be at Fresh Start (28-30 Ferry Road Drive, Edinburgh EH4 4BR). 
Then from 11:00am to 12:00noon I will be at the Prentice Centre (1 Granton Mains Ave, Edinburgh EH4 4GA).
[I still intend to have a 3rd afternoon slot in the months ahead.]

What: 
I will be at the above locations this Friday for constituents to come along to my help and advice surgeries. No appointment required. You can come speak to me about any issues, ideas or concerns you may have. However, please 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, 1 October, 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 experiencing a lot of correspondence, but are getting back to constituents as quickly as possible and are grateful for your continued patience.

Today I chaired our latest meeting of the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works Stakeholder Group, attended by Leith Links Community Council and Leith Links Residents Association. It was good to receive an update from Scottish Water on the ~£10 million capital investment programme, to upgrade the facility and further reduce odours. This will make a meaningful difference in the local community.

I also took the opportunity to thank the key workers at Seafield for what they do to provide an important service for the whole city.
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Today I chaired our latest meeting of the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works Stakeholder Group, attended by Leith Links Community Council and Leith Links Residents Association. It was good to receive an update from Scottish Water on the ~£10 million capital investment programme, to upgrade the facility and further reduce odours. This will make a meaningful difference in the local community. 

I also took the opportunity to thank the key workers at Seafield for what they do to provide an important service for the whole city.

Community testing centre open at McDonald Road Library until Saturday 25 September, 9am to 6pm. You can drop in if you have no symptoms for a lateral flow test without an appointment. Find out more at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting.Covid cases are still high in Edinburgh. If you’ve been out and about over the weekend or spent time with family and friends, it’s important to take two Covid tests every week, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Testing regularly helps find the virus, stopping it before it spreads. Community testing centres are open at Fountainbridge Library and McDonald Road Library until Saturday 25 September, 9am to 6pm. You can drop in if you have no symptoms for a lateral flow test without an appointment. Find out more at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting ... See MoreSee Less

Community testing centre open at McDonald Road Library until Saturday 25 September, 9am to 6pm. You can drop in if you have no symptoms for a lateral flow test without an appointment. Find out more at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting.

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Lateral flows are useless. In the last two weeks I’ve had three friends have negative lateral flows, and then follow up positive PCRs. Unacceptable failure rate when a negative latera flow gives us a sense of security to go about our business

All about control, COVID is the smokescreen

True statement that 😡😡😡

Useless unnecessary 😡your part of medical negligence/medical apartheid and you will all pay the price for crimes against humanity you should be utterly ashamed and you are all getting sacked ASAP you no longer represent the people just a Tyrannical Government 🙃🙃😡😡

Stacey Manders good to know for us

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

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 ?

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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 😠😠

📢 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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Flynn Moore

Josh Minister

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💯👏

Boab Peston

Hayley Cummings

How flexible are the hours?

Megan Sarah xx

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

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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.

🍽 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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3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

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

3 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

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 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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.

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/.

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.

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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