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Welcome to my 2021 winter newsletter
Dear Friends,

I'm pleased to resume my newsletters to update you on my work on your behalf in Mid Fife and Glenrothes and in the Scottish Parliament. In this newsletter you will find highlights of my work over the past three months. 

Since my re-election in May's Scottish Parliament Election, my priority has been to support local families, businesses and community groups as Scotland recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Within my constituency team we have taken on 800 new constituency cases since May’s election – no mean feat! There is a clear need for support locally and my team and I stand ready to continue to support local people through the continued impacts of the pandemic.

In October, I was delighted to welcome Jennifer Gill and her husband Andy to the Scottish Parliament's Opening Ceremony as my Local Hero to recognise her inspirational work through her charity, LoveOliver.

The local charity is dedicated to providing practical support and financial assistance to all families in Scotland facing a childhood cancer diagnosis. They recently opened their first children's charity shop in Glenrothes and reached a milestone of raising £1 million.

You can learn more about the Love Oliver charity and donate at www.loveoliver.org.uk.


As we approach another festive season, I know we are all hoping for for a more traditional Christmas than we had last year. If you are meeting friends and family over the next few weeks please make sure you follow the guidance and stay safe. 

Merry Christmas and take care,






Jenny Gilruth MSP
Working for you during COVID-19
Progress report on Leven railway project
I visited the track with Network Rail officials in December to confirm that the railway will return by December 2023. Despite the pandemic, the project remains on track  for delivery in 2023, with the first trains expected within the next 2 years. Many parts of the line will soon be a working construction site as work continues to deliver the Leven - Thornton line, so please follow safety advice if you are walking near the line. For the latest updates on the project, please visit: scotlandsrailway.com/projects.
A92 community meeting: safety improvements delivered
With major safety improvement and signalisation work nearing completion on the A92 at Balfarg and Star junctions, I was pleased to attend BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland's virtual update on next steps for projects in the Glenrothes area. Vital safety works to the Balfarg junction finally concluded on 17 December. 
Scottish Government Funding for Kennoway Pump Track
I have welcomed the recent £75,000 investment in Kennoway by the Scottish Government. During my visit to the future Kennoway Pump Track facility, I heard from Gavin Harrower how the project is being supported by investment from the Scottish Government's Cycling Facilities Fund. The pump track will be the first Velosolution asphalt track in Fife.
Around 6,280 unpaid carers in Fife to have support doubled
I was delighted to support the Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, meaning unpaid carers in Fife and across Scotland will have their supplement doubled to £462.80. The Scottish Government recognises the vital work of our dedicated unpaid carers and the difficulties they will face as we head into winter. It's another example of how the Scottish Government is building a social security system based on dignity and respect.
Supporting CAREA Community Hub's Winter Coat Drive
I'm supporting CAREA Community Hub's Winter Coat Drive to benefit people in need from the Glenrothes area. Following the success of their inaugural drive last year, the Hub once again needs donations of gently used coats of all sizes, hats, scarves and gloves.
Donations are welcome at the 50th Scouts Wayside Hall, Balbirnie Road, KY7 5AD and can be made on Mondays (12.00 - 2.00 pm) and Tuesdays (1.00 - 3.00 pm) until 31 January. 
Christmas Card Competition at Kennoway Primary School
I was delighted to meet Ashley Adams (P7A) and Jake Smith (P4A), the winner and runner up of my Christmas card competition. They both received well-earned goody bags and certificates, and Ashlyn received a card with her winning design. I would like to thank everyone who took part for for their hard work and creativity.
Silverburn Park wins bid for renovation funding
I was pleased to hear that the Flax Mill renovation project at Silverburn Park has been awarded £1.5 million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund. I will continue to support the project however I can, and I look forward to seeing how the regeneration progresses in the coming months and years. 
Announcing further funding for Scotland's culture recovery
It was a privilege to announce further funding from the Scottish Government to help Scotland's culture sector recovery, including £4 million to support our innovative culture collective programme, £1 million develop the resilience of the museums and galleries sector resilience, and £1 million funding to support the reestablishment of the Scottish Crannog Centre. From our festivals to our libraries, from our theatres to our castles, this Government will deliver an equitable cultural recovery, for the benefit of the people of Scotland. 
I have welcomed the Scottish Government's 2021/22 Programme for Government as a strong plan to begin the recovery from the pandemic for Mid fife and Glenrothes. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the Government's programme for the next year, saying that "a better Scotland - as part of a better world - is waiting to be built". 

The Programme for Government focuses on building a greener, fairer country for all individuals and families in Scotland, and offering the people of our country an informed choice on Scotland's future.

This was backed by commitments to invest at least £1.8 billion to make Scotland's homes and buildings more efficient and easier to heat, doubling the Scottish Child Payment as quickly as possible, and restarting work on a detailed prospectus for an independent Scotland.

There is also a commitment to a minimum £2.5 billion more on frontline health spending for the recovery and remobilisation of our health services.

It is an ambitious policy programme that addresses the challenges that the last 18 months has left us with and it has the ambition needed to rebuild a better country as we recover.

Read the Programme for Government at: www.gov.scot/pfg
After another busy year, my constituency office will close for Christmas at midday on Thursday 23 December. Any enquiries received after this will be picked up on our return to work on Monday 10 January. 

I would like to remind constituents that I remain committed to helping them following the festive period.

I will be resuming my telephone advice surgeries for constituents in the next parliamentary term, beginning at 11am on Monday 10 January 2022.

 If you would like to make an appointment, please e-mail my constituency office at jenny.gilruth.msp@parliament.scot or call 01592 764815.
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Jenny Gilruth MSP · 12 Commercial Street · Markinch, Fife KY7 6DE · United Kingdom

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