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Welcome to my May 2020 newsletter
Dear Friends,

The strength of our humanity has shone through in the response of our local communities to the challenges posed by Covid-19 coronavirus.

All around the Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency, children have been making wonderful rainbow and other tributes to our key workers. I have been really impressed by all the submissions to my social media campaign and I know these tributes mean a lot to everyone working on the frontline of the pandemic.

Over 76,000 Scots, including 904 Fifers, have volunteered through the Scottish Government's Scotland Cares Campaign to support our charities, community groups and public services - an incredible response.

My constituent, Steven Braid, for example, has been volunteering in his spare time to support PPE production and delivering 3D printed face shields to healthcare professionals across Central Scotland in his Scottish Gas van.

New community pantries have opened in Leslie and in Over Stenton Park; Markinch Community Council have a team of volunteers helping those in self isolation; and HAGO Computers in Glenrothes are collecting and upgrading old, unused laptops and PCs to give to school pupils who need them to study at home.

After I put them in touch, Rose Duncan at Collydean Community Centre was able to provide Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) with equipment needed to move their services online. Rose still has some Scottish Government funding available to help other local groups so please get in touch if your group or organisation needs help.
Last week, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, confirmed that current lockdown measures will remain in place in Scotland

For now, the advice remains the same as it has been: please stay at home except for essential purposes such as exercise, or buying food or medicines.

We can now exercise outdoors more than once a day, which will help us to maintain good physical and mental health during lockdown - but please continue to exercise alone or with members of your household.

By staying at home, you are supporting NHS Fife, our health and care workers, our emergency services, pharmacy staff, and all key workers in the fight against coronavirus.

Together, we will get through this.

Jenny Gilruth MSP
I am holding regular telephone advice surgeries from 11.00 am every Monday and Friday. Please email me at or call my constituency office on 01592 764815 to make an appointment.

My constituency team and I are working remotely with secure access to emails and our casework system during the coronavirus pandemic.
Working together during COVID-19
One-off payment for carers on low income during coronavirus
Around 6,080 carers in Fife are set to benefit from a one-off payment of £230.10 through a Coronavirus Carer's Allowance supplement in June. The Scottish Government have committed £19.2 million to fund the supplement in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament this week. MSPs will have the chance to approve the measure next week.
Support for CHAS as they adapt their services during coronavirus
On 4 May I wore my geeky t-shirt (technically a hoodie!) for Children's Hospices Across Scotland's #Maythe4thBeWithCHAS campaign in support of all the work they do to support families and children with life-shortening conditions. My young constituent, Darcy McGuire, did amazing fundraising for CHAS and I visited her in Rachel House last August. If you can, please make a donation to CHAS to support their work at Rachel House.
Prescription delivery service for priority and vulnerable patients
As part of NHS Fife's ongoing COVID-19 resilience, the health board is working with community pharmacies and public and private sector organisations to deliver medicines to vulnerable, elderly and at-risk people. To access the delivery service, phone 0800 389 6049 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email at any time.
Supporting local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic
The Scottish Government is working to deliver some of the most comprehensive grant support in the UK to help Scotland's businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. This week the Small Business Grant Scheme was extended to properties occupied by charities. Visit to see what support is available for your business.
Scottish Government active travel scheme could boost town
I have encouraged Fife Council to apply for part of a £10 million package of Scottish Government funding to help them reallocate road space to make it safer for those who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips or exercise. Glenrothes is well served with cycle paths and the funding is an opportunity to further the town's green credentials and to turn temporary measures into lasting benefits.
GP services and pharmacies open on May public holidays
Scotland's Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, has provided £8.2 million to keep GP services and pharmacies open on 25 May. NHS 24 will also be operating with an increased number of call handlers. Patients with coronavirus symptoms are asked to check first for advice or dial NHS 24 on 111, day or night, if their symptoms worsen or do not improve after seven days.
Four years ago this week, I was sworn in as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency. It continues to be the privilege of my life to represent our part of Fife in our nation’s parliament.

Nine years ago, my predecessor as MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Tricia Marwick, was the first Fifer to be appointed as Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. Tricia was in the Presiding Officer’s chair on the day I was sworn in as an MSP five years later, which made it all the more special.

I am lucky to be able to call her a friend. Despite stepping down from frontline politics, Tricia continues to make an enormous contribution to public life and Scotland’s fight against the coronavirus as Chair of NHS Fife.

My election as MSP in 2016 would not have been possible without the support and trust of my constituents and help of so many friends and local members in the SNP. I will continue to work my hardest every day to champion the cause of our local people and communities.

No matter your political views, if you live in Mid Fife and Glenrothes I am here for you if you need my help or advice.
Glenrothes and Levenmouth foodbanks desperately need donations at this time, so my constituency office at 12 Commercial Street in Markinch remains open as a donation point. 

The door is open Monday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm for you to make a contactless donation whilst out on your daily exercise.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
Mid Fife and Glenrothes Resources Graphic
I have updated my local support and information resource for my constituents in Mid Fife and Glenrothes to use during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

I would like to extend my thanks to all in the local community who are continuing to work together to help our most vulnerable.
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Jenny Gilruth MSP · 12 Commercial Street · Markinch, Fife KY7 6DE · United Kingdom

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