A WELL-KNOWN Clydebank vet has retired after more than 40 years service to the town's family pets.
Michael Boyce, 66, is leaving his role at Boyce and Houston and has been met with an outpouring of good wishes since announcing.
Gil Paterson MSP has commended Mr Boyce in the Scottish Parliament with a parliamentary motion, reading:
"That the Parliament commends Michael Boyce, who has served the family pets of Clydebank for more than 40 years as a vet; acknowledges the length of his service, which has led to the 66-year-old becoming a very well-known vet in the area; welcomes that there has been an outpouring of good wishes and many thank you messages to Michael from well-wishers in Clydebank, and wishes Michael and his wife well now that he has retired from his beloved practice, Boyce and Houston."
Read a full article on Mr Boyce on the Clydebank Post.
ASPIRING designers are being urged to submit their designs for Scotland’s brand new baby box by Clydebank and Milngavie’s MSP.
Gil Paterson MSP has backed the Scottish Government campaign, which is asking for a bold and inspirational design from students.
The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and exclusive mentoring from leading Scots designers Holly Fulton and Scott Jarvie.
V&A Museum of Design Dundee will run the nationwide competition on behalf of the Scottish Government, with entries sought from design students throughout Scotland by November 17.
The winning design will be put into production and rolled out on every baby box from Summer 2017 until March 31 2019.
Mr Paterson said: “I encourage all design students across Clydebank and Milngavie to get involved with this excellent chance to create the baby box’s design.
“Scotland has more than 50,000 new babies being born each year so this is a brilliant opportunity for aspiring designers at university and college.
“The baby box has a proven track record of improving the lives of children when they are born — I am very much looking forward to the first boxes being trialled in January.
“It is a significant policy of the Scottish Government, which shows its commitment to giving our children the best start in life as possible, no matter their financial circumstances.”
Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, made the announcement during a visit to the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design where he was joined by two other members of the judging panel, Sarah Saunders, Director of Learning and Innovation at V&A Dundee and Scott Jarvie founder of Jarvie-Design.
For a design brief and more information visit: http://www.vandadundee.org/whatson/baby-box
HERE is the letter I sent to the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division on Friday, October 21. What's going on is a complete disgrace. However, I'd like to commend Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd for his on-going support to local people on this horrific situation for local people.
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPEALS DIVISION
4 THE COURTYARD
CALLENDAR BUSINESS PARK
I am writing to object to the plans of WH Malcolm waste energy plant on South Street in Glasgow. This site is in my neighbouring constituency, Anniesland. The negative impact of this site is relevant to my constituency, Clydebank and Milngavie, which is just a few miles away. For several reasons, including public health, infrastructure and democracy I am opposing this development.
I will not condone the degrading of air quality for the sake of private enterprise. This is a heavily urbanised area with tens of thousands of people that could be effected badly. In Scotland, we have come on strides with public health – allowing this pollution-generating structure in such a bustling area will be a major step back.
I know Whiteinch well and the two major roads servicing it, Dumbarton Road and South Street. The latter of which is commonly the subject of roadworks and traffic lights. Many people use it to bypass the busy Dumbarton Road throughout the day. Trucks by WH Malcolm already clog up the streets, spilling debris and dirt across the roads. Adding further congestion will further inconvenience the local people who rely on these routes at key hours.
These plans run a coach and horse through local democracy. Resident groups, community councils, elected councillors, MSPs and MPs have all rejected these plans on behalf of the public they serve. There is also the matter of public rejections, with more than 1,000 being sent to Glasgow City Council’s planning department. This chimney to “gasify” waste should not be built given such fierce resistance from the public.
Whether its pollution, untenable infrastructure demands or local democracy – this contamination project must not come to fruition. On behalf of the people I represent in the Scottish Parliament, I express my deep reservations.
Gil Paterson MSP
MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie (SNP)
GIL Paterson MSP has called on the UK Government to match any attempts to keep the City of London in the European single market with a deal for workers and businesses in Clydebank and Milngavie – and has written to West Scotland MSP Maurice Golden to demand he put pressure on his Westminster colleagues.
The UK Government is reportedly seeking a deal to keep access to the single market for London’s financial institutions – which could mean a post-Brexit Britain paying billions towards the EU’s budget.
The First Minister has confirmed that the Scottish Government will bring forward specific demands to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe, which will include proposals to keep Scotland in the single market.
Writing to Mr Golden, Gil Paterson MSP said: “The revelation that the UK government is exploring options to keep the City of London in the single market – which could mean contributing billions of pounds towards the EU budget – means it is simply not tenable for Theresa May and her ministers to claim it is impossible to look at similar arrangements for Scotland.
“If the UK Government is able and willing to pursue a special deal for London, then they should also be able to consider a special deal to keep communities in Scotland the single market.
“There shouldn’t be one rule for bankers in London and another for businesses in my constituency – especially considering the overwhelming vote by people across Scotland to remain in Europe.
“The Scottish Government has been working hard to protect Scotland’s interests and our membership of the European Union, put under threat by a hard-right Tory Brexit – it’s up to the UK Government to co-operate.”
Full text of letter to Maurice Golden MSP:
Dear Maurice Golden MSP,
You will be aware that the UK Government is reportedly considering a special deal for London’s financial services when the UK leaves the European Union.
The revelation that the UK government is exploring options to keep the City of London in the single market – which could mean contributing billions of pounds towards the EU budget – means it is simply not tenable for Theresa May and her ministers to claim it is impossible to look at similar arrangements for Scotland.
If the UK Government is able and willing to pursue a special deal for London, then they should also be able to consider a special deal to keep communities in Scotland the single market.
There shouldn’t be one rule for bankers in London and another for businesses in my constituency – especially considering the overwhelming vote by people across Scotland to remain in Europe.
The Scottish Government has been working hard to protect Scotland’s interests and our membership of the European Union, put under threat by a hard-right Tory Brexit – it’s up to the UK Government to co-operate.
Gil Paterson MSP
MANY people I have spoken to who voted no in the 2014 independence in Clydebank and Milngavie are paying more attention to Scotland becoming an independent country following the Brexit vote.
We should not take anything for granted, but more are weighing up their options following the Tories' plans for a hard Brexit.
The difference in the way Scotland handled it's plans potential independence, with the well organised measures like the White Paper, is a stark contrast to the UK Government's absolute shambolic lack of planning for its independence that we are witnessing right now.
I welcome the developments on legislation for a second independence referendum announced by Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference. It's important we are ready should the people of Scotland decide to have another independence referendum.
FAMILIES in Clydebank and Milngavie are being encouraged to participate in the new child care consultation.
The Expansion of Childcare and Early Learning in Scotland will run from now until January, and put forward key proposals for radical reform to early years’ childcare.
The consultation was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Party conference on October 15.
Two of the major proposals are:
· The first would see funding follow the child, with parents or carers empowered to choose the provider (nursery/childminder) that best meets their needs and - as long as the provider meets agreed standards – ask the local authority to fund it.
· The second would see the establishment of early learning and childcare accounts, with parents or carers given direct funding and allowed to purchase services with providers that offered them the best solution.
The latter option was suggested by Children in Scotland’s Childcare Commission.
Trials will begin after the consultation in January 2017 with plans for a full roll out by 2020.
Gil Paterson MSP said: “I am encouraging as many people as possible to get involved with the Expansion of Childcare and Early Learning in Scotland consultation – it is vital we get as many views as possible before it becomes legislation.
“The SNP government is pioneering childcare with this radical new approach, with prioritises choice and flexibility. As an MSP, my office gets a lot of contact from constituents about this very matter, so I know how important it is to parents.”
Get involved with the consultation and view all of the proposals by visiting: consult.scotland.gov.uk/creating-positive-futures/expansion-of-early-learning-and-childcare
All of the options are included in the consultation document attached. However, here they are:
· Option 1: Funding Dependent on Delivery – funding would continue to be routed through the local government block grant route. However, local authorities would have to submit detailed plans to secure all, or potentially a proportion of, the spend. Alternatively, money not spent could either be clawed back or removed from the baseline for the following financial year;
· Option 2: Funding Follows the Child – a more demand-led system where parents and carers choose the provider, who must meet minimum agreed standards, and then the funding follows while still being administered by local authorities. This could be underpinned by the introduction of a funding formulae which set rates for the provision which would apply to all providers, regardless of sector. These rates could vary according to the age of the child, any additional support needs; across different providers, e.g. childminders, playgroups and nurseries; and, across rural and urban provision (to reflect differences in the average costs of delivery);
· Option 3: Early Learning and Childcare Accounts – a demand-led system where parents and carers receive the funding – through, for example, a system similar to that proposed by the Commission for Childcare Reform23 – which they can then spend at a provider of their choice; and
· Option 4: A hybrid approach – a model with similar principles to the self-directing care approach24, whereby parents and carers choose how their child receives their ELC support – e.g. this could be determined by the local authority; parents and carers could choose their provider and then the money follows; or parents receive the funding (this could also be in the form of an Early Learning and Childcare Account, similar to option 3, to ensure that it is spent on ELC).
CLYDEBANK’S Member of the Scottish Parliament has commented on the sentencing of Paige Doherty’s killer.
Today, John Leathem was sent to prison for a minimum 27 years for murdering the 15-year-old in March this year.
Gil Paterson, the MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “My deepest sympathies once again go out to Pamela Munro and the rest of Paige’s family and friends in this incredibly difficult time. I hope the sentencing of John Leathem allows some closure after what has been a horrific time for them.
“The court’s decision of locking John Leathem up for 27 years never going to satisfy everyone, but within the confines of Scots Law, this is a hefty sentencing. It captures well the horror the public still feels about the murder of 15-year-old Paige.
“This callous murder shocked the whole of Clydebank and indeed Scotland — but the way the community rallied around Paige’s family and honoured her after the tragic news broke was truly humbling. For that, I am proud of the people of Clydebank and the role they played since March.”
A SOCIAL enterprise recycling mobility gear in Clydebank has been commended by the town’s Member of the Scottish Parliament.
Gil Paterson visited Recycle Mobility Centre in the Market Village in the town centre on Friday September 23 and met Elaine Williamson, the founder.
Ms Williamson told the Clydebank and Milngavie MSP about the recent achievements the social enterprise has made, and how it is the only company of its kind in Scotland.
Due to its inventive approach at helping the community, Recycle Mobility Centre won the Innovation Award 2016 from the Community Resource Network Scotland.
The community-oriented company takes in broken, disused or unwanted mobility gear, like scooters, and has its engineers repair them to working order. They are then sold on at a very affordable price to the people who need them the most.
Recycle Mobility Centre also offers a qualification to those interested in becoming engineers.
Mr Paterson, an SNP MSP, said: “What Recycle Mobility Centre is doing in Clydebank is phenomenal, and is really helping people with mobility issues who cannot afford the brand new equipment. There are many people struggling to make ends meet who will benefit from what Elaine and her team are doing.
“I would like to commend the hard work done by the team at Recycle Mobility Centre, and will be acknowledging effort and results in a parliamentary motion.”
Elaine Williamson, founder of Recycle Mobility Centre, said: “West Dunbartonshire has a vast number of people on disability benefits, and is one of the areas that are most in need of mobility equipment at an affordable price. What we do is very often a lifeline for our customers.
“I would like to thank Gil Paterson for his visit, and for recognising the work we have done here in a motion to the Scottish Parliament.”
The MSP is set to recognise Recycle Mobility Centre in a parliamentary motion, which will inform the parliament, MSPs and government of the good work being done by Elaine and her team.
That the Parliament commends the work of the Recycle Mobility Centre in Clydebank; notes that it repairs and refurbishes old, disused or unwanted mobility equipment, such as scooters, and sells them on at an affordable price, as well as offering training and a qualification in engineering; considers that it has seen considerable success since it was founded in March 2014 by Elaine Williamson and is the only social enterprise of its kind in Scotland; congratulates it on winning the Innovation Award 2016 from Community Resource Network Scotland, and welcomes its goals to improve the quality of life of disabled and older people, provide jobs and volunteering opportunities and reduce waste to landfill.
TORY spin on Scotland’s NHS has been countered by Clydebank and Milngavie’s MSP.
Gil Paterson MSP responded to claims made by Jamie Greene MSP in the Clydebank Post on Wednesday, October 5.
The West of Scotland MSP provided a twisted argument on Scotland’s NHS, A&E waiting times and its funding, and demanded Scotland’s NHS should not be compared to Englands.
The statement was published as Mr Greene’s party vowed to get rid of foreign doctors from England’s NHS by 2025 — a move matching the Tories’ ramped up anti-migrant rhetoric throughout its conference this week.
Gil Paterson said: “It’s no wonder Jamie Greene doesn’t want to compare Scotland and England’s NHS. On every level he attacks us on, Scotland outperforms the Tory-run NHS England – including waiting times as he mentioned.
“Even while Scotland’s budget is hacked away at by the Tory government, we manage to secure investment across the whole of NHS Scotland, including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde which had a record investment of £2 billion.
“Jamie Greene has claimed there is a £69 million shortfall in NHSGGC’s budget – he is wittingly twisting the fact the health board has been asked to save this figure for vital frontline investment in the following financial year.
“In England, the Tories have vowed to be rid of foreign doctors and have engaged in relentless political warfare with junior doctors. The bludgeoning treatment of health workers in by Jamie Greene’s lords and masters in England is perhaps another reason why he does not wish to compare it with Scotland’s NHS.
“The Scottish Government fights tooth and nail to protect Scotland’s NHS from the constant cuts driven through by Jamie Greene’s Tory party in London. We do this successfully, and Scotland should be very proud of its magnificent health service.”
Notes to reporter
SNP investment in NHSGGC:
· Under this Government NHS Greater and Glasgow has a record high budget this year of over £2 billion, which has increased by over 27%.
· In 2016/17, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s annual resource budget increased by 5.2% to a record high of £2,079.2 million - an above inflation increase, having previously increased by 2.7% in 2015/16.
· Board receives £7.1 million (each year for 3 years from 2015/16) from the delayed discharge funding, announced by the Health Secretary on 20 January 2015
· All Health Boards, including Glasgow & Clyde, are expected to make savings so to reinvest in their frontline services. £69 million in savings represents 3.3% of the Board’s resource budget for 2016/17.
· Completed since May 2011
o £21 million public capital - Vale of Leven Centre for Health and Care ( 2013)
o £10.4 million public capital - Possilpark Health Centre (2013)
o £18 million public capital- Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Tower Refurbishment (2013)
o £842m pub capital – Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children (opened May 2015 – on time and budget)
o £13.7 million - Maryhill Health Centre (2016)
o £11 million – Eastwood Health and Care Centre (2016)
· In progress (announced since May 2011)
o £15 million - Gorbals Health Centre
o £16 million - Woodside Health Centre
o £38 million – New Health Centres for Greenock and Clydebank
Animal charity officials discuss canine legislation with Gil Paterson MSP at Scottish Parliament Event
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visited the Scottish Parliament last month to discuss their Dog Manifesto and priority animal welfare issues for the new Parliament with 68 MSPs including Gil Paterson.
The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the sale and use of electronic training aids. Dogs Trust is deeply concerned by their use, a notion the Scottish public support, with 77% of those polled by YouGov supporting a ban.
Dogs Trust Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder explains: “We were delighted to visit the Scottish Parliament last week, and meet with Gil to discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto. At the top of our agenda is the currently unregulated use of electronic training devices.
“We are calling on MSPs to back our calls for a full ban on the sale and use of static pulse, spray and sonic collars. We are working to ensure the welfare of all dogs and are grateful for the support we have received from across the political spectrum for these issues.”
Gil Paterson MSP said: “I am proud to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the welfare issues that electronic shock collars and other aversive training devices can cause to dogs. Such devices use pain or fear to train dogs and like Dogs Trust I believe this hugely affects the well-being of man’s best friends. The charity’s rehoming centres in Scotland only use reward-based training and I want to see these methods guaranteed for all dogs to ensure their welfare."
It is expected that the Scottish Government will respond to their consultation on the ‘potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids in Scotland’ shortly.
The Dogs Trust Public Affairs team also engaged with MSPs on the breeding and sale of dogs and their work as part of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) which focusses on the online advertising for sale of pets.
To read Dogs Trust’s Scottish Manifesto visit: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/dogs-trust-public-affairs-news
ENVIRONMENTALISTS were joined by Clydebank and Milngavie’s MSP last week to discuss swift action against climate change.
Gil Paterson MSP met with constituents at the Scottish Parliament for a mass lobbying event organised by Stop Climate Change Chaos Scotland coalition (SCCS).
A total of 51 MSPs listened to the concerns about climate change across the constituency and the whole of Scotland.
Gil Paterson said: “Climate change is very worrying and is not just a matter for Scotland, but the whole of the world. At the moment, Scotland is leading the way worldwide with its efforts in combating threats to the environment.
“I urge all of my constituents to become more aware of what is happening to the climate – be it how emissions affect the atmosphere or the benefits of cleaner transport and renewable energy.
“Scientists are predicting dark times ahead if the world does not act, so I was glad to listen to the concerns of SCCS.”
The Scottish Government is due to publish a Climate Plan early next year, setting out their actions to tackle climate change. This is expected to be followed by proposals for a new Climate Change Bill.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: “It’s great to see that Gil Paterson has taken the time to meet with people from his/her constituency about these issues and is helping to further Scotland’s journey towards being a low carbon country.
“This is a really important time for MSPs to listen to the concerns of their constituents and learn about the climate issues that matter to them. With the new Climate Plan being published in the months ahead, the Scottish Government are being urged to deliver better energy efficiency in homes, more investment in renewable energy, cleaner transport and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from farming.”
For more information about Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the mass lobby contact: Val Morgan on 0141 354 5555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of organisations campaigning together on climate change, including environment, faith and development organisations, trade and student unions, and community groups.
EAST Dunbartonshire’s Members of the Scottish Parliament have pledged their support to the WASPI campaign.
Gil Paterson and Rona Mackay attended the demonstration outside parliament held by Women Against State Pension Increase on Thursday, October 3.
The MSPs reiterated their support for the women, who face shattered retirement plans due to the UK Government increasing the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
Mr Paterson said: “I was proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the WASPI women outside the Scottish Parliament. The independent report into the increase of the state pension age shows thousands of women in East Dunbartonshire are going to be affected to varying degrees. The UK Government needs to act and stop this great injustice.”
Ms Mackay said: “The WASPI women are some of the most inspirational people I have met – I was privileged to be among their company outside the parliament. We need to support them as much as possible, because thousands of women across the UK have had their retirement plans shattered by the sudden change in state pension age.”
The Pensions Act 2011 enacted by the UK Government accelerated the timetable for increases in women’s State Pension Age (SPA). Women’s SPA will rise from 63 to 65 between April 2016 and November 2018, and from 65 to 66 by October 2020.
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) has been at the heart of raising the profile of the issue. Its members ask for a 'bridging' pension to cover the gap from age 60 until State Pension Age for women born in the 50s.
The majority of those impacted in West Dunbartonshire are the 2,600 women age 56 to 60 born between 1955 to 1959.
CLYDEBANK and Yoker football clubs are set to permanently share Holm Park as West Dunbartonshire Council agrees to regeneration plans at the site.
Gil Paterson said: “This new community stadium is a terrific solution to bring stability to Clydebank FC and Yoker FC. It's a great opportunity for the two football clubs to grow and prosper. The project completely brilliant in the sense it will be an asset for the whole community. The location is one of the best places for a sports facility, so going forward I'm sure everyone will wish Clydebank and Yoker football clubs well.”
Gil Paterson: 'ScotRail must get the constantly late trains situation at Dalmuir station sorted out'
RAIL service is getting worse for Dalmuir according to the latest figures published by Scotrail, the Clydebank Post reports.
Trains ending their journeys at the station are only on time 29.6 per cent of the time, down from 31.7 in July and 33.8 in April.
Only six stations out of 75 on Scotrail's list are worse than Dalmuir in the statistics for July 24 to August 20.
Clydebank's MSP Gil Paterson said the "mess" at the station must be fixed as a "matter of urgency".
READ THE FULL ARTICLE: http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/14774885.Train_woes_deepen_as_stats_show_less_than_30_per_cent_of_trains_are_on_time_in_Dalmuir/
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