Local MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the immediate 6.5% increase for Police Officers

Local MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the immediate 6.5% increase for Police Officers

The increase will be backdated to 1 September and applies until 31 March 2021.

The move will see all officers below the rank of Assistant Chief Constable receive an immediate and substantial increase in their salary.

A mid-point constable will receive a salary increase of £2,300 and the equivalent of an additional £6,000 in pay over the next 31 months.

Rona, who is also Deputy Convener of the Justice Committee, commented:

“ I am delighted that this pay increase has been agreed for our Police Officers.  It is an important recognition of the vital work they do to support safer, stronger communities. The Scottish Government has worked closely with the SPA and Police Scotland to provide the greatest uplift to Police pay for over 20 years”

MSP calls on local young people to help design the new generation of Baby Boxes

MSP calls on local young people to help design the new generation of Baby Boxes

Rona Mackay is calling on all young people throughout Strathkelvin and Bearsden to send in their fun and vibrant designs and concepts, to be a part of the team who will design the new generation of Baby Boxes.

In partnership with Scottish Government and Children in Scotland, Young Scot are looking for young people with a passion for art and design to submit their own concepts for the next iteration of Baby Boxes.

Scotland’s first Baby Box was launched one year ago today, on the 15th August 2017, after a competition to design the original. The winning design was a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster.

Every child born on or after the 15th August 2017 will receive a Baby Box. So far over 50,000 Baby Boxes have been sent to newborns all over Scotland featuring this design.

These designs will reflect the principles of Year of Young People 2018, and all concepts should relate to the theme of Children’s Rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We will receive designs relating to the following rights;

  • The Right to Play
  • The Right to Freedom of Expression
  • The Right to Education

Successful designers will be invited to a Jam Event in October where they will work in teams with professional design agencies to bring their ideas together into a final design concept.

The winning design will be selected by an expert judging panel later in the year before launching in 2019.

Ms Mackay said, “To celebrate the Year of Young People, Young Scot with the Scottish Government and Children in Scotland have launched a new design contest for Scotland’s baby box.

“There are so many young aspiring artists in my constituency and I would encourage all of them to get involved in this excellent campaign for all artists up to the age of 26.

“If any local people would like to get involved they should visit https://www.youngscot.net/new-baby-box-design/ or visit my office and we can point them in the right direction. Good luck.

New School Clothing Grant for Eligible Families in Strathkelvin and Bearsden

New School Clothing Grant for Eligible Families in Strathkelvin and Bearsden

MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the announcement that all councils in Scotland have agreed that all eligible families will be able to receive a grant of at least £100 to cover the cost of school uniforms.

Cosla has confirmed that all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase for school clothing grant payments to at least £100 while maintaining the eligibility criteria they had in place before the introduction of the grant.

An estimated 120,000 families are eligible for the grant, which was put in place ahead of pupils returning to school for the start of the new academic year.

The national minimum school clothing grant was agreed in May following discussions between the Scottish Government and Cosla.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP, Rona Mackay, said:

“Many constituents have raised this with me in the past and asked why East Dunbartonshire Council only offered £50 per child, when we all know that school uniforms can be a considerable cost for families. I am now delighted to see that the partnership of the Scottish Government and Cosla has resulted in all councils across Scotland raising the national minimum school clothing grant to £100.

“This will help to relieve pressure for around 120,000 families, reduce costs of living and allow all children to attend school feeling comfortable, confident and ready to learn.”

RONA MACKAY MSP MEETS WITH MACMILLAN TO DISCUSS TRANSFORMING SCOTLAND’S CANCER CARE SYSTEM

RONA MACKAY MSP MEETS WITH MACMILLAN TO DISCUSS TRANSFORMING SCOTLAND’S CANCER CARE SYSTEM

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP, Rona Mackay, met with Macmillan Cancer Support to discuss transforming Cancer Care in Scotland.

Macmillan Cancer Support have invested £5 million pounds into a programme called Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT).

TCAT is a partnership between Macmillan, the Scottish Government, the NHS, Local authorities and third sector partners to develop and implement new models of care and support that place the needs of the person with cancer at the centre.

The TCAT project at Stobhill has produced a significant improvement in patient experience. The new model of care for breast cancer patients led to a 44% increase in the number of people giving their overall care after treatment the top score. There was also a 50% reduction in demand for consultant appointments from patients.

This new model of care is now being rolled out to all those who have finished treatment for breast cancer in Stobhill and embedded into everyday practice.
Commenting on the meeting, Rona Mackay said,

“ It was great to meet with Macmillan to discuss transforming Cancer Care in Scotland, and the success of their pilot project at Stobhill Hospital. I hope that the TCAT model is rolled out across Scotland to improve patient experiences, and Macmillan should be commended on the work they have done with the TCAT.”

Local MSP to host World Clean Up Day event in Milton of Campsie

Local MSP to host World Clean Up Day event in Milton of Campsie

MSP Rona Mackay has arranged a World Clean Up Day event in Milton of Campsie on 15 September 2018 between 11am and 1pm.
World Clean Up Day brings together volunteers and partners worldwide to come together to rid our planet of rubbish – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
Rona is inviting local business and residents to join in and help clean up the local area in Milton of Campsie.
Ms Mackay said: “I’m very excited to host this event in Milton of Campsie starting at the railway station to help clean up a very popular walking area within my constituency along the old railway path.
“I look forward to working with local businesses and residents to help us clear up this beautiful area.
“I chose this area for the first clean up as my office has received many complaints about rubbish and dog fouling in this area.”
Please RSVP to rona.mackay.msp@parliament.scot
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For more on World Clean Up Day visit https://www.worldcleanupday.org/about/
Poster of the event can be found on Rona’s facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ronamackaymsp/