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Welcome to my Winter newsletter.

As we start a new decade, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of my constituents in Mid Fife and Glenrothes a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition of my newsletter that includes a snapshot of my work as your MSP both in the Scottish Parliament and in the constituency.

As ever, should you require any assistance from my office, then please don't hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment or pop along to one of my regular advice surgeries as noted below.

Yours for Scotland,







Jenny Gilruth MSP
UPCOMING ADVICE SURGERIES

Friday 10th January 2020

  • 10.00 am - 10.45 am, Upper Largo Simpson Institute
  • 11.00 am - 11.45 am, Largo Library and Community Hub
  • 12.00 pm - 12.45 pm, Sainsbury's Cafe in Leven

Monday 13th January 2020
  • 10.00 am - 10.45 am, Constituency Office Markinch
  • 11.00 am - 11.45 am, Rothes Halls Glenrothes
  • 12.00 pm - 12.45 pm, Kinglassie Miners Institute
 

If you are unable to come along, please contact my office on 01592 764815 (Constituency) or 0131 348 5792 (Parliament).  

Alternatively, you can email me: jenny.gilruth.msp@parliament.scot

2019 CHRISTMAS CARD WINNERS!
The theme for my 2019 Christmas card competition was 'Climate Change at Christmas' and was sponsored by local business Greens of Markinch. Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School pupils, Jade Dinsdale and Romea Pocock, designed the brilliant cards above using the theme of Climate Change as their focus. 

There were so many excellent entries this year that I had to pick two winners! Congratulations to Jade and Romea.
IN THE CONSTITUENCY
 
In this section you can find information on visits and meetings I have had within my Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency.
Castlefleurie Broadband Success

Earlier this year I was delighted to have secured a firm commitment from Openreach that the latest ultrafast broadband technology was to become available for residents in the Castlefleurie area during September.

The Castlefleurie development in Leven missed out on fibre broadband when it was built, and Openreach have been working to fill the gap. It's fantastic that all 182 properties are now able to connect to full fibre broadband, which runs straight to their front doors.

Fast and reliable internet is fundamental for future economic success in the Levenmouth area, and I will continue to work with the Scottish Government, and Openreach, to ensure that all the communities I serve are reached by the roll-out as soon as possible.
Letter to EU Citizens

In the run up to the 31st October Brexit date, I wrote to all EU Citizens living in my Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency to offer them advice and support and encourage them to apply for settled status.

In my letter I wrote: "I know that Brexit is causing undue stress to many families and individuals in the constituency but I want you to know that your continued contribution to life in Fife, and Scotland, is valued by me and my parliamentary colleagues.  To quote the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and you are valued."

EU Citizens can access more information about how to apply for settled status and access support available from the Fife Centre for Equalities.
Public Health Minister Visits DAPL

I was grateful that I was able to facilitate a meetingin December with the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sports and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, at DAPL - a crucial service within my constituency that supports individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

DAPL is a lifeline for many people across Fife and goes a long way in helping to mitigate the urgent and serious substance abuse issues we are seeing in Levenmouth.

The organisation is clearly committed not only to harm reduction, but also to promoting recovery and safe practice - which is directly in line with the Scottish Government's recent drug and alcohol strategy revamp.
Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses across the Kingdom.

This year in celebration, I was absolutely delighted to pay Catherine a visit at Chandlers Attic in Kinglassie.

Catherine's commitment to bringing a huge range of work of local handmade crafters and hobbyists under one room is commendable and exactly the type of work Small Business Saturday is celebrating.
Marie Curie Tea Party

I was delighted to host my own Blooming Great Tea Party in September with the Glenrothes Fundraising Group for Marie Curie.

We raised over £280 for the very worthy cause and had a brilliant morning doing so.

I want to extend my gratitude to the fundraising group who played a huge part in the success of the morning, to the team at Balgonie Bowling Club who kindly donated the hall and beverages, and to everyone else who came, donated and supported the cause.
Remembrance Festival

I was delighted to be able to visit and take part in this year's 'To Absent Friends' festival in Lundin Links.

Jan, Sue, and the whole team of volunteers at the Homelands Trust do a power of work coordinating the various events during the week-long festival to ensure that our loved ones live on in our memories.

I wish all involved continued success  with their 'To Absent Friends' related endeavours, and look forward to hearing more about this year's events.
Barnardo's Visit

In November I visited Barnardo's in Kirkcaldy with David Torrance MSP to learn more about the vital work being done nationally and within Fife.

Across Fife, Barnardo's helps over 110 families and over 120 young people every year through their different services. Their commitment to raising awareness of issues facing Scotland is to be commended.
A92 Improvement Timeline Secured

In October I secured an updated timeline on the A92 improvements from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson MSP.

For those of us who use the A92, these much needed road improvements can't come soon enough.

I am pleased to have secured confirmation that the first part of planned improvements will be completed by the end of this financial year.

This action would not have come about were it not for the sterling work of both North Glenrothes Community Council and the Glenrothes Area Futures Group over the years - both of whom should be commended for their tenacious commitment to improving road safety on that stretch of the A92.
Niamdh Brings Campaign to Holyrood

I was delighted to facilitate a meeting between my young constituent, Niamdh Braid, and the Scottish Government's Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, to discuss her campaign to secure free British Sign Language (BSL) tuition for deaf children from the age of five.

Niamdh's passion for change is profound and I am delighted that the Education Secretary agreed to meet with us to discuss her campaign in more detail.

I am confident that the Scottish Government, having heard Niamdh's compelling case, will now look at ways to deliver British Sign Language tuition for young people in Fife and across Scotland.
Housing Minister Visits VELUX
 
I was delighted to be able to pay a visit to VELUX in Glenrothes with the Scottish Government Minister for Local Government, Planning and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP.

VELUX is a major employer within my constituency that provides roof windows, sun tunnels and blinds to customers across Scotland and the rest of the UK & Ireland.

The Scottish Government aims to deliver 50,000 affordable homes during this Parliamentary Session.  Organisations like VELUX are key to delivering warm, energy efficient homes.
ADTRA Christmas Appeal 2019

I visited the Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants' & Residents' Association (ADTRA) in November to help launch their 2019 Christmas appeal.

Last year the appeal helped more than 150 families across Glenrothes.

ADTRA looked for donations of toys, selection boxes, sweets and vouchers to help ensure every child in Glenrothes has a present to open this Christmas.

More recently, I was delighted to be able to hand over a full box of donations to the organisation, and I commend them on their stellar efforts to improve the lives of so many in Glenrothes this Christmas.
EU Advice Surgery

I was grateful for the opportunity to host an EU advice surgery in Glenrothes in conjunction with Nina Luznar, the EU Settlement Support Service Worker at Citizens Advice and Rights Fife.

Brexit is causing fear and uncertainty for too many of my constituents. It should be the job of politicians to reassure and support the people we represent.

CARF provides advice and support to clients from the EU who need assistance when making an application for settled or pre-settled status to remain in the UK after Brexit.
Largo Beach Clean Success
 
I was delighted to be the first MSP to host their own beach clean as part of The Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean in September in Lower Largo.

The impact of litter, plastic and pollution on the environment is a concern for all of the communities I represent.

I'd like to thank the pupils, parents and staff from Lundin Mill Primary School who took part, the volunteers who turned up on the day and Fife's Coast and Countryside Trust for providing litter pickers and refuse bags.
Neve Promotes Good Mental Health

It was great to hear about the work of my constituent, Neve Stewart, is doing with her Mental Health Boxes project.  Neve is doing a power of good with her new project focused on 'Mental Health Boxes' - her energy and passion is a real inspiration.
 
IN THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
 
I make regular contributions in debates in the Scottish Parliament Chamber, ask questions to Scottish Government Ministers, and participate in evidence sessions on the Justice and Education Committees.

My recent contributions have included:
  • Avoiding a 'No-Deal' Brexit
  • Highlighting the plight of EU nationals living in Fife
  • Leading a Members' debate on Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town
  • Improving Disability assistance in Scotland
  • Highlighting the use of Foodbank's in Fife
  • Improving Mental Health for all

It has been a real privilege to share the stories of some of my constituents in these debates; and I'd like to thank Connor Beveridge and Neve Stewart, in particular, for allowing me to share their experiences in the Scottish Parliament.

Work on the Education Committee has largely focused on the issue of subject choice in the senior phase whilst the Justice Committee has most recently been scrutinising The Children (Scotland) Bill, which aims to make changes to how disputes in relation to children are settled when families break down.

To find any of my spoken contributions this term, click here.
SPONSORING PARLIAMENTARY EVENTS
Rah Rah Theatre Club

I was privileged to sponsor the Rah Rah Theatre Company in the Scottish Parliament and watch their moving production 'My Mind is Free'.

Nominated for best stage play by the Anti-Trafficking Foundation in 2016 and Amnesty Edinburgh Festival: Freedom of Expression Award 2017, the performance was a powerful reminder of the degradation of human trafficking that can take place within our communities.

 
Scottish National Heritage

It was a pleasure to sponsor the Scottish National Heritage Parliamentary reception in November.

This event focused on Scotland's national nature reserves, with Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform as the key note speaker.

It was great to celebrate the work of the Heritage in encouraging and enabling communities to connect with nature, which was highlighted by their stories from the Heritage's National Nature Reserves.
PARLIAMENTARY MOTIONS
 
In my role as an MSP, I lodge several Parliamentary Motions each month to congratulate achievements within the constituency.  Recently, I have lodged motions on the following:
 
  • Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre Wins Pharmacy Practice of the Year 2019
  • Glenrothes & Area Heritage Centre Awarded Visitor Attraction Status
  • Rollos Law Backs Will Aid
  • FEAT Awarded £5,000
  • Kinglassie Entrepeneur Works to Enhance Child Mental Health
  • Glenrothes Marie Curie Fundraising Group Hits £70,000
  • The Otter's Head Wins Best Food Award
  • Fife Council Project Receives £341,859 Funding
  • Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland Launches in Glenrothes
  • Just Bee Cause Winners, Glenrothes
  • Creo Engineering Secures £40,000 Funding to Expand
  • Awards Ceremony Celebrates Work of NHS Fife Staff
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Since Summer, I have publicly supported a number of Scottish Government initiatives that have been rolled out locally and nationwide. These have included:
  • The Funeral Support Payment
  • The Young Carers Benefit
  • The Best Start Grant
  • The Employment Support Grant
  • The Scottish Welfare Fund
  • The Child and Social Care Benefit
  • The Citizens' Rights Project
  • Increased investment in mental health at schools
  • Scotlands fracking ban
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