SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most.
Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the Scottish Government will meet ambitious legal targets to tackle child poverty.
Actions include a new £12 million employment support fund will help parents in work progress their careers and support unemployed parents into work.
Other initiatives include a new national entitlement for the School Clothing Grant, to help with the costs of uniforms and sports kits, and new support for after-school and holiday childcare, helping parents work more flexibly and increase their incomes.
The report comes after independent analysis found that, if the Scottish Government did nothing, Tory welfare cuts would mean 38% of Scottish children would be in relative poverty by 2030/31.
Commenting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“In a country as prosperous as Scotland no child should have their chances limited by poverty.
“I’m delighted that this ambitious plan includes a range of actions to support families in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse with the cost of living and direct financial support.
“And the ambitious proposal for a new, targeted income supplement show that, when we have the power, the SNP will take action to make Scotland a fairer, stronger country.
“Under Tory cuts, money being is taken from the pockets of low income families, pushing them into crisis, debt, and poverty, with our public services and emergency aid responding as best they can.
“That is why the SNP in government will take action to increase household incomes and reduce costs, supporting children and families here and now.”
The Scottish Government is set to lead the way in providing accessible facilities to those with a disability following a letter from SNP MSP Christina McKelvie.
In partnership with PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society), Christina McKelvie wrote to Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP, to promote their Changing Places Toilets initiative.
The initiative is designed to offer a safe and tailored facility to meet the needs of people with complex care needs. Without suitable changing facilities, many people with complex needs have to be laid on unhygienic toilet floors or become trapped in their own homes.
In response to the letter from Christina McKelvie, Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman agreed to move forward with plans to implement a Changing Places Toilet Initiative as the Scottish Government finds premises to operate their new Social Security Agency.
Commenting, Ms Freeman added:
“The Campaign has received fantastic publicity and support on-line and I am determined to ensure that the new social security agency buildings embody our values of fairness and respect for the dignity of individuals.
“As we move towards agreeing buildings from which the new agency will operate, my team will prepare a plan to include these requirements in our design.”
Commenting on the decision, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“I am thrilled that the Scottish Government has committed to ensuring there will be a Changing Places Toilet within the blueprint of their new social security agency premises.
“This is a prime example of the Scottish Government putting words into action.
“Fairness, dignity and respect are the principles that underpin all aspects of the new Social Security system. It is entirely fitting that the Scottish Government have lead the way in agreeing to implement a Changing Places Toilet within their new agency, ensuring dignity and accessibility for all.”
Commenting, Jenny Miller, CEO of PAMIS added:
“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the needs of people with more complex healthcare needs through this commitment to include a Changing Place toilet in the premises of their new social security agency.
“People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their family carers, already have highly complex lives and this access to the new Social Security Agency by the Scottish Government reduces the barriers that prevent them from becoming active citizens.
Relentless Strength visited by local MSP Christina McKelvie
A Stonehouse resident and international powerlifting competitor is the power behind one of Stonehouse’s most thriving new gyms.
‘Relentless Strength’, opened in late February from Scotland, British and European athlete weightlifter, Craig Cameron, specialises in focused strength and conditioning training.
Stonehouse resident Craig, who has competed at international level in powerlifting, has transformed his weightlifting passion into a thriving enterprise. The business was recently visited by local MSP Christina McKelvie.
The gym, situated in Udston Farm in Stonehouse, offers both personal, tailor made training and nutrition programmes and wider bootcamp fitness classes.
Local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, paid a visit to the gym to see the thriving business in action.
Commenting, Christina McKelvie added:
“I was delighted to see yet another thriving business within my constituency and I was more than happy to pay Craig and all those at Relentless Strength a visit.
“The benefits of maintaining a healthy, fit and active lifestyle are immeasurable.
“It’s clear to see that Craig has transformed his powerlifting passion into a viable enterprise. I wish them every success in the future as they provide specialised fitness and training expertise.
Commenting, founder of Relentless Gym, Craig Cameron added:
“Relentless Strength was born from a passion to help people perform to their potential.
“I moved to Stonehouse in November 2017 and quickly realised there was no training facility, as I was commuting to Glasgow daily to train my clients. I immediately started looking for a building to convert to a small gym.
“Relentless Strength is a performance focused strength and conditioning gym where my goal is to really help those who walk through my door get a bit better every time they train
“The facility runs classes for primary and secondary school children right up to adult bootcamps and personal training.