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May Newsletter

Since my last newsletter in early April, I have been helping to promote a number of events to mark Glenrothes' 70th anniversary celebrations. Various local groups and schools have been taking part in the celebrations that will culminate with a parliamentary reception I am hosting in June.

One of my favourite projects is Collydean Primary School's birthday card competition. I vistsed the school last week to judge the artwork - the seven winners, and headteacher Rhona Leishman, have been invited to display their at the Scottish Parliament next month.

I have also recently launched a poetry competition to mark the occasion and have called on Glenrothes residents of all ages to take part for their chance to recite their winning poem at my Holyrood reception.

After the Easter break I was delighted to hold pupil advice surgeries in Glenwood High and Glenrothes High, listening to their concerns about a number of local issues. 2018 is the Year of Young People; I don’t think we can celebrate that without listening to their concerns and hopes for the future. I will be visiting Auchmuty High School later next month.

I was delighted to once again take my regular constituent
surgeries on the road, speaking with residents across Mid Fife & Glenrothes. I will be holding another surgery tour in the Summer, so please keep an eye on my website for details.


You can find out more about my role as your MSP in the newsletter below. 

 

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Yours for Scotland,
Jenny Gilruth MSP
MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes
In the Constituency

GLENROTHES HOSPITAL OUT OF HOURS SERVICE
 
Last month we learnt that Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership took a decision to close Glenrothes Hospital’s Out of Hours provision by stealth - just as they did in 2013.

I believe that all Glenrothes representatives, irrespective of political party, must stand in unity to oppose the closure. With the backing of the people, I am confident the service can be saved.

I’ve been working with Glenrothes Area Futures Group to organise a public meeting to address the situation – my thanks to Glenrothes Area Residents Federation who did likewise last month. The meeting is being held on Wednesday 16th of May in the CISWO.   We must stand up for Glenrothes Hospital in our town’s 70th year. We must ensure we have a local health service fit for the next generation.



Alongside Parliamentary colleagues and community groups, I will fight tooth and nail to ensure our town’s out of hours provision is reinstated and will remain open. I’d ask local people to join the campaign, make your voices known and support the fight to save Glenrothes Hospital’s Out of Hours.
PUPIL SURGERIES
 

Earlier this year I made a commitment to hold a series of pupil advice surgeries at every high school in my constituency. Last month I visited Glenwood and Glenrothes High to speak with the pupils. I look forward to my visit to Auchmuty High in June 2018.

It is important that all politicians, irrespective of political party, take the time to listen to and represent the views of young people – who are the future of our country.  2018 is also the Year of Young People; I don’t think we can celebrate that without listening to your concerns and hopes for the future.

 

 
I also took the opportunity to launch my Mentoring Programme with pupils, I am keen to support an aspiring young woman in Mid Fife and Glenrothes to achieve her goals and reach her full potential. The scheme, was first announced on International Women’s Day 2018, will see the successful candidate receive dedicated mentoring over a one-year period—as part of my commitment to help create female leaders of the future. The programme is open to young women aged 16 to 24 with applications closing on Friday 15th June 2018. Those interested are can visit my facebook page or my website for more information.

CONSTITUENCY VISITS 

I have been extremely busy this month visiting a number of constituents, local businesses and community groups across Mid Fife and Glenrothes.

A personal highlight was my visit to Glenrothes Strollers FC as the club
hosted their first pan disability football festival. I met with club officials and local football stalwart, Joe McCafferty, at the festival that brought together 120 young people from across Scotland to compete in the tournament. It was amazing to see the festival bringing people together with a range of disabilities, It was clear to see the challenges they face are irrelevant when they are out on the pitch, taking part in mainstream sport.

In April, I was delighted to once again take my regular open surgeries on the road - travelling Mid Fife and Glenrothes to meet with constituents. It was great to meet with constituents in Glenrothes, Collydean, Leslie and Kinglassie to discuss a range of issues from redevelopment at Westfield, to traffic on the A92 and the proposed pay cut of our school secretaries, something which I am very concerned about and will be raising with Fife Council.

It was fantastic to be part of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign's Walk the Line Event alongside pupils from Fife College, Levenmouth Academy, Balcurvie Primary and St Agatha's Primary. The level of support for this vital transport link throughout the Levenmouth area is massive across all ages.

Last month I took the opportunity to visit the mobile branch of RBS in Leven. I was shocked to see elderly and less abled customers struggle with the high steps into the branch. I was hugely dissopointed to learn that after my visit RBS had made the decision  to further cut its mobile banking provision. This will mean that from the 30th April there will be no mobile banking service in Leven on Saturday. In total they are cutting the time provided from a paltry 4 1/2 hours to a ridiculous 2 hours & 5 minutes. That’s a more than 50% reduction from the Bank which was bailed out by the taxpayer not so long ago.
RBS deliberately sneaked this information out in an underhand manner. They did not consult with communities. They did not inform elected members. Instead, I believe, they hoped no one would notice.

Earlier this month I spent the morning helping pupils from Newcastle Primary School plnat trees with the Woodland Trust. It was great to see the pupils so enthusiastic to get outside and take part.

I had a great time at the Kingdom of Fife Real Ale Festival in Glenrothes and I was delighted to meet with 'Luckie Ales' Leven who scooped first prize at the event! The event was a huge success and it was pleasing to see nine local breweries represented.

I have also been busy visiting a number of other groups and businesses including Lundin Ladies Golf Club, Balbirnie Home Farms, the Lemontree Cafe, CTDI and the Lundin Distillery.

 

 


POETRY COMPETITION
 
My poetry competition has been launched as part of Glenrothes’ 70th anniversary celebrations.  I am encouraging Glenrothes residents of all ages to take part in the competition and express what our town means to you.  Like many local schools and community groups, I have been hard at work to ensure that Glenrothes’ anniversary is fittingly - it would be terrific to see residents really getting behind this competition. I am looking forward to hosting a reception in the Scottish Parliament in June to mark the occasion and it will be great to see the winning poet read their work at the event. I’d like to wish everyone who enters the competition the very best of luck!

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR LOCAL CHARITY - LOVEOLIVER
 

I was delighted to meet with Jennifer Gill and her family, trustees of the LoveOliver charity, last month ahead of the Stornoway half marathon.

 

Oliver Gill was born in July 2010 with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer - A Malignant Rhabdoid Tumour. Despite continuing to thrive and smile his way through intensive chemotherapy, he passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day 2010, aged just 24 weeks old.

 

His parents, Andy and Jennifer Gill, started LoveOliver and are committed to the aims of the charity and to keeping Oliver's smile and story alive. LoveOliver helps to fund research into childhood cancer and to provide practical support to families in Scotland affected by it, in memory of baby Oliver. The charity began in 2011 and has been helping to fund childhood cancer research at Newcastle University. LoveOliver has already part funded one four year PhD studentship and has committed to the full funding of a second. Donations have also been made to other areas of research.

 

I am keen to support the Gil family in recognition of this, and I am looking forward to the challenge! Jennifer’s dad is also participating in the race next month, making the occasion extra special.

 

I am hoping to raise £1,000 for LoveOliver before the race on Saturday 26th May 2018 – the fundraising page can be found here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jennygilruth1

 
In Parliament

In the Chamber
 
I recently contributed to a members’ debate on controversial changes by the Crown Office to prosecuting rape convictions, highlighting recent funding cuts to Fife’s Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (FRASAC) in the Scottish Parliament. 

 

Last year FRASAC were clear that a funding cut of 2.5% from Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership was to blame as the service for was forced to close its waiting lists just three weeks before Christmas. I first raised the issue with the First Minister in December 2017 following the waiting list closure.

FRASAC are clear that cuts to their core funding by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have had a serious negative impact on their service provision.
Research for Rape Crisis Scotland has revealed that victims of rape or sexual assault in Fife, which last year had the third largest waiting list in Scotland, can expect to wait up to ten months for crucial support – the largest waiting period in Scotland.

 

It is completely unacceptable that victims of rape or sexual assault in Fife face the longest wait in the country to receive the support they require.While the service struggles by through funding cuts, the number of women approaching FRASAC for support is ever increasing. Between 2014 and 2018 the number of approached the service aged between 13 to 15 increased eightfold, while the annual number of cases since 2014 has risen from 213 to 280.  

 

The Scottish Government have done what they can to support services nationally with additional funding - but the contrasting lack of empathy from Fife HSCP by forcing through blanket funding cuts, while a record number of innocent victims require support, is frankly appalling. These cuts place the safety, health and physical wellbeing of women and children across the Kingdom under serious risk. I urge the Partnership to reinstate the essential funding immediately”.

You can watch my contribution here:
https://www.facebook.com/JennyGilruthMSP/videos/1708707339222064/

 
Parliamentary Motions
 
In my role as an MSP, I lodge a number of Parliamentary motions each month to congratulate achievements within the constituency. Recently, I have lodged motions on the following:
  • Congratulating Steve Anderson for his work with Disability Sport Fife
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  • Congratulating Glenrothes Strollers for holding thier first Pan Disability Football Festival
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  • Congratulating players and coaches from Kennoway Soccer Sevens who raised £10,200
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  • Condemning the decision of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to close out-of-hours services in Glenrothes
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  • Welcoming the funrassing efforts of the late Lloyd George and his family
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  • Congratulating Glenrothes fencer Chloe Dickson on becoming British Champion
  •  Welcoming the opening of GARF's drop in centre in Glenrothes
  •  Commends the work of Glenrothes and District Accross Group on launching a speciialist coach
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  • Congratualting Brokke Gillies, Lara Ferguson and Helen Mackay on thier success at the Scottish Masters Swimming Event
 
 
Upcoming Constituency Surgeries
If there are any issues which you feel I may be able to help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at one of my constituency surgeries.
 
Friday, 1st June
Constituency Office, Markinch
12noon - 1pm


Friday, 15th June
Sainsbury's Café, Leven
11am - 12noon


Monday, 25th June
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
11am - 12 noon

If you aren't able to come along, please contact my office on 01592 764815 or 0131 348 5792. Alternatively, I can also be reached by email at:
 
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