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Welcome to my 2022 Winter newsletter
Dear Friends,

Welcome to another busy edition of my newsletter. I hope the below will give you a taster of my work so far this year around Mid Fife and Glenrothes, as well as some of my governmental engagements. 

I was honoured to be appointed the new Minister for Transport in January following the unfortunate departure of Graeme Dey MSP for health reasons. I wish Graeme the very best of luck, and was pleased to welcome Neil Gray to the Scottish Government as he takes on my previous role of  Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.

Taking on the role of Minister for Transport is no mean feat, but I am excited to embrace the role fully and play my part in shaping Scotland’s transport system moving forward. This busy and important portfolio is an exciting opportunity to not just shape the infrastructure of our country, but also to help Scotland become a world leader in achieving our goal to reach net zero by 2045.

None of this changes my commitment to my constituency work - my team and I remain here to help with any enquiries or issues you might have. 

I am pleased to be resuming in-person surgeries in March, and you can find details of these below. You can also get in touch by email to arrange a phone appointment. 

I hope you find the below interesting and useful. Please do get in touch if you have any queries. 

Take care, 

Jenny Gilruth MSP
Working for you in Mid Fife and Glenrothes
Annual Report
I hope you received a copy of my Annual Report through your door this month. Throughout late January, the report landed on over 32,000 doorsteps throughout Mid Fife and Glenrothes. It gives a taster of the hard work my team and I have undertaken around the constituency in the past 12 months. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments about the report, or if you need my assistance with any matter. I am here to help.
Procurator Fiscal Meeting
I was pleased to meet with the Procurator Fiscal for Tayside and Fife, Sineidin Corrins, and Assistant PF Claire Miller. We discussed the current challenges faced by the legal system due to Covid-19 and their work in local communities across the sheriffdom.
Brew Monday
My office took part (virtually) in Brew Monday to support Samaritans Scotland. The Brew Monday Campaign aims to show that there’s no such thing as Blue Monday and people can struggle any day of the year. By making time for a cuppa and a catch-up, we can be there for friends, family and colleagues.
Home Heating Support Fund
I welcomed the £3 million Scottish Government scheme is designed to prevent households falling into fuel poverty and help those ‘rationing’ their energy use. The majority of powers relating to the energy markets are reserved to Westminster, and the UK Government must urgently take further tangible actions in addition to what suppliers are already been asked to do to support those in need.
Visit Home Heating Advice Scotland
Easing of Omicron Restrictions
I would like to take this opportunity to thank constituents for their continued compliance with Covid-19 regulations. Thanks to our collective effort, the Scottish Government was able to relax measures brought in to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant this month. There is reason to be optimistic, but we must remain cautious to keep infection rates low. Please continue to take lateral flow tests – especially before mixing with other people.
Booster Vaccination
Thanks to the hard work of NHS Fife staff, I received my booster Covid-19 Vaccination at the end of December. I’m encouraging all my constituents who have not been fully vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Local drop in clinics continue to offer first, second and third doses.
NHS Fife Clinics
Free Bus Travel for Under 22s
In my new role as Minister for Transport, I was delighted to travel to Glasgow to welcome the beginning of free bus travel for under 22s.  This fantastic policy will help tackle inequality and improve the lives of around 930,000 young people across Scotland.
Visit to Kennoway Primary 
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Kemp's class at Kennoway Primary  virtually earlier this month. P6A had a fantastic array of questions about my role as their constituency MSP and my work within the Scottish Government. I was impressed by pupils’ confidence presenting their questions and their interest in the Scottish political system. It was lovely to meet everyone and I hope they have enjoyed learning more about how politics impacts our day-to-day lives.
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Jenny Gilruth MSP · 12 Commercial Street · Markinch, Fife KY7 6DE · United Kingdom

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