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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Today I took the opportunity to highlight the importance of having a police station in Leith.

I have also written to the Justice Secretary and the Edinburgh Police Commander to suggest the possibility of relocating Leith Police Station to a new modern station at Victoria Quay.

A public consultation will be launched soon regarding the future of the current Leith Police Station, which I will share on my channels when it goes live. What do you think should happen regarding Leith Police Station?
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This Friday, 1 March, I will be holding my regular ‘Drop-in Help & Advice Surgeries’ in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. Please find the details below. #HereToHelp

9:30am – 10:30am at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre (11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh, EH5 1NF).
11:00am – 12:00noon at West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre (19 West Pilton Grove, Edinburgh, EH4 4BY).
3:30pm – 4:30pm at Leith Community Centre (12A Newkirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AD).

Please do not attend if you are experiencing covid or flu symptoms.
If you can’t come this Friday, and you need assistance from me as your local MSP, you can also contact my office via phone on 0131 600 0134 or email me at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot
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This Friday, 1 March, I will be holding my regular ‘Drop-in Help & Advice Surgeries’ in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. Please find the details below. #HereToHelp

9:30am – 10:30am at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre (11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh, EH5 1NF).
11:00am – 12:00noon at West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre (19 West Pilton Grove, Edinburgh, EH4 4BY).
3:30pm – 4:30pm at Leith Community Centre (12A Newkirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AD).

Please do not attend if you are experiencing covid or flu symptoms.
If you can’t come this Friday, and you need assistance from me as your local MSP, you can also contact my office via phone on 0131 600 0134 or email me at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot

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Congratulations to Dreadnought Leith for being shortlisted in the PubAid's Community Pub Hero Awards. Many locals and people from around the city will be rooting for you - all the best! 🎉We're up for an award!

While, notionally, it's the pub that's up for the award, I don't know why I'm in the promo photo. I've done diddly squat.

The nomination is in recognition of the commitment and dynamism that Róisín has put into the Pride Bridge campaign. While she's had significant help from others along the way, (for which we're extremely grateful), she's spent long hours on her own, emailing, phoning, generally mithering politicians and officials, preparing documents, presenting to parliamentary groups, (and she HATES any form of public speaking), researching, raising awareness, and a small amount of fundraising.

I mention the fundraising because, unbeknown to probably everyone but me, she has also funded everything almost entirely herself (printing costs, QR code hosting, travel etc). She frequently attends meetings at which she's the only person present who isn't getting paid to be there, and it all takes up a lot of her time and energy.

Thankfully, it's all been very much worth it, and she'll be sharing some big news on the Pride Bridge Instagram page tomorrow (@thepridebridge). So keep an eye out.

All the detail about the award itself, should you be interested, is here:

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/business/leith-pub-in-national-pub-awards-final-4526202

We're not expecting to win the award, (for various reasons, which I won't go into here 😁), but we're in the final five so who knows, and we're very grateful to our local MSP, Ben Macpherson, for the nomination. We're heading down to the House of Commons in a couple of weeks' time for the ceremony, and we'll make a day of it.

I'm planning to treat Róisín to a small house white in The George in Shadwell, a pickled egg in The Cock in Hackney, and the nastiest tequila in the Bird's Nest in Deptford. If you wish to donate towards an upgrade on any of those, I'll stick a wee tin on the bar for coppers and unwanted foreign coins.

Oh, and on the whole community pub thing, some big news coming there, too...

Cheers 🙂

Toby
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Congratulations to Dreadnought Leith for being shortlisted in the PubAids Community Pub Hero Awards. Many locals and people from around the city will be rooting for you - all the best! 🎉

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Brilliant!👍

Slàinte mhath 🥃👍👏

Good luck. We are all rooting for you.

I strongly urge all MPs in the House of Commons to support this SNP motion, calling for ceasefire in Gaza.The SNP’s motion for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel will be debated and voted on in Westminster on Wednesday.

The UK Parliament cannot just sit on its hands and do nothing. Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer must back an immediate ceasefire now.
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I strongly urge all MPs in the House of Commons to support this SNP motion, calling for ceasefire in Gaza.

📢Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP📢

Fresh Start offers a ‘Digital Drop In’ every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm at 28-30 Ferry Road Drive, EH4 4BR.

These drop ins are for people who need to use a laptop or would like some support to access the internet for job searches, online applications or learn more about how to use email.

They do not provide specialist advice, but they can help people to learn more about how to use a device and how to make use of the internet. The drop in is run by volunteers with support from People Know How.

For further details, please contact: admin@freshstartweb.org.uk.
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📢Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP📢

Fresh Start offers a ‘Digital Drop In’ every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm at 28-30 Ferry Road Drive, EH4 4BR. 

These drop ins are for people who need to use a laptop or would like some support to access the internet for job searches, online applications or learn more about how to use email. 

They do not provide specialist advice, but they can help people to learn more about how to use a device and how to make use of the internet. The drop in is run by volunteers with support from People Know How. 

For further details, please contact: admin@freshstartweb.org.uk.

📈 Customer journeys have increased by over 17% from 94 million in 2022 to 110 million last year!

Read more 👉 bit.ly/49rgCYB

Lothian Country East Coast Buses The City of Edinburgh Council

#LothianBuses #Edinburgh #EastLothian #Midlothian #WestLothian
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Are you ready to shape the future of Edinburgh’s Libraries?
We’re asking you to get involved, have your say and help us to shape the new strategy and inform future proposals that will ensure the library service is sustainable and fit for the future. www.edinburgh.gov.uk/futurelibraries
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Football in Scotland has the power to create positive change – from creating healthy social opportunities to bringing us together as a nation; to bringing together communities around local clubs and initiatives. Edinburgh Northern and Leith has a variety of remarkable clubs and foundations, which make a real difference week in, week out in our area.

Last week, I led a debate in the Scottish Parliament about the impact of football, challenges still present in the sport, proposals about how it’s organised and governed, and how to facilitate more discussion about how we can further enhance our national game.

The full debate can be found online here: www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/official-report/search-what-was-said-in-parliament/mee....

Scotland National Team
Street Soccer Scotland
Spartans FC
Spartans FC Women
Spartans Community Foundation
Hibernian Football Club
Hibernian Women
Hibernian Community Foundation
Craigroyston Community Youth Football Club
Civil Service Strollers FC
Civil Service Stroller Community Youth Football Club
Leith Athletic FC
Scottish Women's Premier League
SPFL
The SPFL Trust
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4 weeks ago

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

🎥Good to catch up with Screen Education Edinburgh yesterday - today the North Edinburgh Film Festival is on at North Edinburgh Arts / West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre.🎬 ... See MoreSee Less

🎥Good to catch up with Screen Education Edinburgh yesterday - today the North Edinburgh Film Festival is on at North Edinburgh Arts / West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre.🎬Image attachment

This Friday, 2 February, I will be holding my regular ‘Drop-in Help & Advice Surgeries’ in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. Please find the details below. #HereToHelp

9:30am – 10:30am at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre (11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh, EH5 1NF).
11:00am – 12:00noon at West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre (19 West Pilton Grove, Edinburgh, EH4 4BY).
3:30pm – 4:30pm at Leith Community Centre (12A Newkirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AD).

Please do not attend if you are experiencing covid or flu symptoms.
If you can’t come this Friday, and you need assistance from me as your local MSP, you can also contact my office via phone on 0131 600 0134 or email me at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot
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This Friday, 2 February, I will be holding my regular ‘Drop-in Help & Advice Surgeries’ in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. Please find the details below. #HereToHelp

9:30am – 10:30am at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre (11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh, EH5 1NF).
11:00am – 12:00noon at West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre (19 West Pilton Grove, Edinburgh, EH4 4BY).
3:30pm – 4:30pm at Leith Community Centre (12A Newkirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6AD).

Please do not attend if you are experiencing covid or flu symptoms.
If you can’t come this Friday, and you need assistance from me as your local MSP, you can also contact my office via phone on 0131 600 0134 or email me at ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot

1 month ago

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

£eith Chooses happening today at Leith Community Centre - drop-in if you’re in the area and hear from all the great projects! ... See MoreSee Less

£eith Chooses happening today at Leith Community Centre - drop-in if you’re in the area and hear from all the great projects!Image attachment

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Ad went out 8hrs ago, that's not enough notice to let ppl know..

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The Scottish Government's pilot ‘Fund to Leave’ is open for applications. Women experiencing domestic abuse in the pilot program areas in Scotland can receive up to £1,000 to pay for the essentials they need to leave an abusive partner.

In Edinburgh, grants will be delivered by Edinburgh Women's Aid and Shakti Women's Aid. Applications can be made by contacting these groups directly or Scottish Women's Aid. More information can be found here: bit.ly/fundtoleave.
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢

The Scottish Governments pilot ‘Fund to Leave’ is open for applications. Women experiencing domestic abuse in the pilot program areas in Scotland can receive up to £1,000 to pay for the essentials they need to leave an abusive partner. 

In Edinburgh, grants will be delivered by Edinburgh Womens Aid and Shakti Womens Aid. Applications can be made by contacting these groups directly or Scottish Womens Aid. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/fundtoleave.

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Worried about energy bills? You could be eligible for extra help including a grant of up to £2,000 via the British Gas Energy Trust – even if you’re not a #ScottishGas or #BritishGas customer, check online here → bit.ly/BGEnergySup

Further help and information is also available here: costofliving.campaign.gov.scot/energy-bills
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢

Worried about energy bills? You could be eligible for extra help including a grant of up to £2,000 via the British Gas Energy Trust – even if you’re not a #ScottishGas or #BritishGas customer, check online here → bit.ly/BGEnergySup

Further help and information is also available here: https://costofliving.campaign.gov.scot/energy-bills

There are so many fantastic creative businesses in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. My thanks to Eyebolls for their time today, it was interesting to hear their experiences as an animation company in Scotland. ... See MoreSee Less

There are so many fantastic creative businesses in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. My thanks to Eyebolls for their time today, it was interesting to hear their experiences as an animation company in Scotland.

Edinburgh is experiencing a housing emergency. My constituency is one of the worst affected and that’s why I will continue to push for more housing as much as possible.

I welcome that The City of Edinburgh and The Scottish Government are working together constructively to tackle this and look forward to seeing progress at the earliest opportunity.
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Edinburgh and Leith are rightly top visitor destinations. I’ve been a long supporter of a “tourist tax” to keep making our city better and for investment in the area. That’s why I was glad that the Vistor Levy Bill passed the first vote in Parliament.

This Bill would allow councils to apply a levy on overnight stays in their area. The funds raised would then be invested in local tourism related facilities and services.

Residents and visitors are being encouraged by The City of Edinburgh Council to have their say in a survey which closes on Friday 19 January. The feedback from this survey will then be used to develop a formal consultation in Spring 2024.
The survey can be found here: uk.surveymonkey.com/r/VisitorLevyforEdinburgh
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The Heart of Newhaven is hosting this event tonight, Tuesday 16 January, from 7pm - 8.30pm.

Further details can be found below 👇❤📰 We are excited to invite you to our ‘Coorie in for Winter’ event at The Heart on Tuesday 16th January, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Come along and sample some tasty food, browse the stalls, tour in the old school and meet some of our studio artists! This is a great opportunity to connect with the community and see what’s happening here at The Heart.
And if you could please share the details of our event with your network that would be greatly appreciated 🙏

#community #heartofnewhaven #communitymatters #cooriein
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢 

The Heart of Newhaven is hosting this event tonight, Tuesday 16 January, from 7pm - 8.30pm. 

Further details can be found below 👇

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Spartans Community Foundation is running a free 8-week programme starting in late January for 16-25 year olds where they can gain accredited qualifications, including two SQA awards and SFA Level 1.1 Introduction to Football Award.

If you or someone you know is interested, there's an open day at Ainslie Park Stadium tomorrow, Tuesday 16 January from 4-5pm, or you can email enquiries@spfltrust.org.uk for more information.
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢 

Spartans Community Foundation is running a free 8-week programme starting in late January for 16-25 year olds where they can gain accredited qualifications, including two SQA awards and SFA Level 1.1 Introduction to Football Award. 

If you or someone you know is interested, theres an open day at Ainslie Park Stadium tomorrow, Tuesday 16 January from 4-5pm, or you can email enquiries@spfltrust.org.uk for more information.

I was pleased to be at the launch of the Lothian Buses Powering Futures Challenge earlier this week. It’s great that Powering Futures and Lothian Buses are working together to help empower the young workforce. The Challenge Programme will equip participants with key skills for their career, and also bring forward innovative, new ideas for how Lothian Buses can continue to lead in decarbonising the transport sector. ... See MoreSee Less

Our consultation on ending conversion practices is open, and we would like to hear your views.

These harmful practices aim to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Take part by 2 April 2024 ➡️ consult.gov.scot/equality-and-human-rights/ending-conversion-practices/
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If you're an artist, designer, or producer, and you want to start selling your products on Scotland's high streets, apply today or contact us for more information at apply@sdx.scot

#nonprofit #socialenterprise #Scotland #community #loveSDX
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢

Enforcement against parking on pavements, parking at crossing points and double parking will begin from Monday 29 January.

You can find out more about the new rules which will help make our streets more welcoming and safer for everyone, online at the link below.👇

www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/13891/edinburgh-sets-a-date-for-pavement-parking-ban
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📢 Message from the Office of Ben Macpherson MSP 📢 

Enforcement against parking on pavements, parking at crossing points and double parking will begin from Monday 29 January. 

You can find out more about the new rules which will help make our streets more welcoming and safer for everyone, online at the link below.👇 

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There are a few streets where constituents have contacted me with arguments why they think these streets should be exempt. My team and I are passing these enquiries onto Councillors. The Scottish Parliament regulations allow for exemptions but the Council have so far decided not to apply any.

Is there an Edinburgh Council dedicated phone number or email to report offenders?

Wishing you and yours a very happy festive period and all the best for 2024 from myself and my team.

My constituency office will be running in a limited capacity over the festive break period from this afternoon, Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January 2024.

Emails and voicemails will be checked periodically throughout the festive period and if your situation requires urgent attention then it is likely you will receive a reply before Monday 8 January 2024. All non-urgent enquiries will be responded to from Monday 8 January 2024 onwards. If you require immediate assistance over the holiday period then it is advised that you call the appropriate number below.

Emergency: 999
Police Scotland (non-emergency): 101
National non-emergency medical number/NHS24: 111

If you feel that your circumstances are overwhelming and you are in need of emotional support, you can contact Samaritans for free in confidence any time from any phone on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. Samaritans’ service is provided by volunteers – they can’t take action or fix issues on your behalf, but they are there round the clock to listen to anyone dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings.

City of Edinburgh Council:
· Social Care Direct: 0131 200 2324
· Social Care Emergency, Out-of-hours: 0800 731 6969
· Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Payment: 0131 529 5299
· Council Home Repairs Direct: 0131 200 2345
· Waste & Environmental Services: 0131 608 1100
· Council Tax & Benefits: 0131 608 1111
· Edinburgh Advice Shop, Welfare & Debt Advice: 0131 200 2360
· All other council emergencies, including emergency repairs: 0131 200 2000

Other Useful Numbers:
· Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
· Scottish Women's Aid, Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0845 027 1234 or helpline@sdafmh.org.uk
· SEPA Flood Line: 0345 988 1188
· National Electricity Emergency Helpline: 0800 40 40 90
· National Gas Emergency Helpline: 0800 111 999
· Electricity Powercut Emergency Helpline: 105
· Scottish Water: 0800 0778 778
· Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650
· Citizens Advice Edinburgh: 0131 510 5510
· Scottish Power Energy Networks Emergency Customer Contact Number: 0800 092 9290
· Urgent Mental Health Assessment: 0131 537 6000
· Edinburgh Crisis Centre: phone - 0808 801 0414, text - 07974 429 075, email - crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
· Social Security Scotland: 0800 182 2222
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Wishing you and yours a very happy festive period and all the best for 2024 from myself and my team. 

My constituency office will be running in a limited capacity over the festive break period from this afternoon, Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January 2024.

Emails and voicemails will be checked periodically throughout the festive period and if your situation requires urgent attention then it is likely you will receive a reply before Monday 8 January 2024. All non-urgent enquiries will be responded to from Monday 8 January 2024 onwards. If you require immediate assistance over the holiday period then it is advised that you call the appropriate number below.

Emergency: 999
Police Scotland (non-emergency): 101
National non-emergency medical number/NHS24: 111

If you feel that your circumstances are overwhelming and you are in need of emotional support, you can contact Samaritans for free in confidence any time from any phone on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. Samaritans’ service is provided by volunteers – they can’t take action or fix issues on your behalf, but they are there round the clock to listen to anyone dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings.

City of Edinburgh Council:
·       Social Care Direct: 0131 200 2324
·       Social Care Emergency, Out-of-hours: 0800 731 6969
·       Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Payment: 0131 529 5299
·       Council Home Repairs Direct: 0131 200 2345
·       Waste & Environmental Services: 0131 608 1100
·       Council Tax & Benefits: 0131 608 1111
·       Edinburgh Advice Shop, Welfare & Debt Advice: 0131 200 2360
·       All other council emergencies, including emergency repairs: 0131 200 2000

Other Useful Numbers:
·       Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
·       Scottish Womens Aid, Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0845 027 1234 or helpline@sdafmh.org.uk
·       SEPA Flood Line: 0345 988 1188
·       National Electricity Emergency Helpline: 0800 40 40 90
·       National Gas Emergency Helpline: 0800 111 999
·       Electricity Powercut Emergency Helpline: 105
·       Scottish Water: 0800 0778 778
·       Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650
·       Citizens Advice Edinburgh: 0131 510 5510
·       Scottish Power Energy Networks Emergency Customer Contact Number: 0800 092 9290
·       Urgent Mental Health Assessment: 0131 537 6000
·       Edinburgh Crisis Centre: phone - 0808 801 0414, text - 07974 429 075, email - crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
·       Social Security Scotland: 0800 182 2222

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Happy Christmas Ben thank you for all you do

Same to you

As Storm Pia continues to affect areas across the country, here’s a reminder on what to do if you’re impacted by a power cut:

📱 Call 105 to report a power cut, no matter who you pay your bill to
🪟 Stay warm by keeping extra blankets nearby and closing your window shutters, blinds or curtains to help keep the heat in and the draught out
❄ Keep your fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible. The food in your freezer should stay frozen for up to 48 hours.

For information about a power cut in your area visit - www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/pages/postcode_lookup.aspx

For up-to-date weather info visit - metoffice.gov.uk
#SPEnergyNetworks #StormPia
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2 months ago

Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Last week, following a question I asked in The Scottish Parliament earlier in the year, I was delighted to join Culture Minister Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse on a visit to the wonderful Leith Theatre. The restoration of the theatre that’s taken place in recent years has been remarkable, thanks to the efforts and imagination of all the staff, board members, funders, partners and volunteers. I will keep working with them to help fully realise the venue’s potential as soon as practicable, including further collaboration with The Scottish Government that we discussed as we walked around the incredible place. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, following a question I asked in The Scottish Parliament earlier in the year, I was delighted to join Culture Minister Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse on a visit to the wonderful Leith Theatre. The restoration of the theatre that’s taken place in recent years has been remarkable, thanks to the efforts and imagination of all the staff, board members, funders, partners and volunteers. I will keep working with them to help fully realise the venue’s potential as soon as practicable, including further collaboration with The Scottish Government that we discussed as we walked around the incredible place.

This afternoon, The Scottish Government announced the Scottish Budget for 2024/25. Some key highlights relating to issues I’ve been working on for constituents are:

👶 Raising the Scottish Child Payment to £26.70 a week
🍎 Funding to help Council’s remove School Meal Debt
🚒 An increase in funding for the Fire Service
🎭 Increased funding for culture
🚓 More money for Police Scotland

Further information on the #ScotBudget can be found online here: www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-budget-2024-25/
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Good job Ben. I’m sorry to see the budget being judged so harshly when it is delivering on many fronts in very difficult financial circumstances, not of the Scottish Government’s making. And junior doctors are striking south of the border just now, but there have been no strikes in NHS Scotland and that is also down to the budget choices and priorities of The Scottish Government. No easy choices.

MSPs have postbags filled by people needing an NHS dentist. The spend on NHS dentistry is only 70% of what it was in 2019 and that's not even taking inflation into account. The Scottish Government should be using that shortfall to train more dentists. There were 320 applications from young dentists to enter the NHS last year but the Scottish government only funded 155 VDP places. We need more NHS dentists. If you can't get an NHS dentist, ask for help from the minister responsible, www.facebook.com/JenniMintoSNP

Last week I raised the issue of plastic pollution in the Forth at The Scottish Parliament's Next Zero, Energy and Transport Committee, something that I know Wardie Bay Beachwatch have been campaigning to address for some years now. ... See MoreSee Less

Recent figures show that 20,675 children in the City of Edinburgh are currently receiving the Scottish Child Payment.

Proud to have been part of extending the Scottish Child Payment to all eligible under 16s around a year ago when I was Minister for Social Security.

In the City of Edinburgh, 241,175 payments worth £29,053,365 have been paid out to help tackle child poverty - with over £450 million issued across Scotland.

More information on the Scottish Child Payment, and details on how to apply, can be found online here: www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment
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Recent figures show that 20,675 children in the City of Edinburgh are currently receiving the Scottish Child Payment. 

Proud to have been part of extending the Scottish Child Payment to all eligible under 16s around a year ago when I was Minister for Social Security. 

In the City of Edinburgh, 241,175 payments worth £29,053,365 have been paid out to help tackle child poverty - with over £450 million issued across Scotland. 

More information on the Scottish Child Payment, and details on how to apply, can be found online here: https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment

Are you ready for winter? ❄️

Our website has guidance on preparing for and dealing with anything this winter might bring.

ℹ️ Find tips on how to protect yourself, your neighbours and your community at ready.scot.
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