Shona's Weekly Roundup - 12th February 2021
Welcome to my newsletter, which is intended to keep you updated on my parliamentary activity and provide you with a general picture of what’s been going on in Parliament, as well as provide an update on the 2021 Holyrood election campaign.
As always if you have any questions and comments about what’s going on in parliament or anything else in the newsletter please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
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Register to Vote and Sign Up for a Postal Vote:
As the Scottish Parliament election in May fast approaches, make sure that you have registered to vote at your current address. You can register at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
With all of the uncertainty around Covid at the moment, lots of people are signing up for a postal vote. You can download a form to send to the Electoral Registration Office at: https://www.snp.org/postal-vote/
At the time of writing latest figures continue to show case numbers falling. In Dundee there has been a significant drop in cases with 113 over the past 7 days. The rate of infection in Dundee now stands at just over 75 per 100,000 of the population.
I think these figures continue to provide cautious optimism that the virus is being brought further under control and that coupled with the continuing success of the vaccination programme give us hope that we may see an easing of some restrictions when reviewed. Over 1 million people have now been vaccinated in Scotland.
Locally, NHS Tayside hope to have vaccinated the 70-79 and 65-69 cohorts, which are being carried out simultaneously, within the coming days. I am assured that those who have not yet been contacted should expect to be contacted, by phone for the vast majority, very soon. More info here
COVID-19 Funding Update
Legal Aid Resilience Fund: A coronavirus (COVID-19) resilience fund for legal aid firms and law centres, worth up to £9 million, opened today (10 February) for applications. More info here
Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund: This fund aims to help keep hostel businesses operating while coronavirus restrictions on opening and travel are still in place, and to support them to prepare for reopening in 2021 when restrictions are lifted. The application form will be available from 17 February 2021, with guidance available now. More info here
Increased support for childminders: Grants of £750 are being paid to all registered childminders in Scotland in order to secure the sustainability of their businesses. More info here
Visit Scotland: A number of funds are being delivered via Visit Scotland. More info here
Planning for Covid Recovery
Last autumn’s Programme for Government and the recent Scottish budget set out how the Scottish Government plans to help people, businesses and communities recover from the pandemic. Many see any planned recovery as an opportunity for change, an opportunity to renew and redefine what matters to people across Scotland and deliver a fairer, greener and more prosperous Scotland for everyone.
I believe that if this is to be successful listening to the voice of the local community will be essential.
Last week, on the subject of the need to support helping people back into physical activity, which has seen a decline during the pandemic, I asked the Minister for Public Health and Sport, how the Government intends to capture the views of local organisations on what they believe is essential in the recovery from the pandemic.
I was very encouraged that, in reply, the Minister invited local organisations to get in touch with their views. To help have these views heard, I would love to hear from local organisations you know or are involved in on how best they feel we can ensure a strong community led recovery. Please get in touch via email@example.com
Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc Dundee Hydrogen Project:
At the Scottish Parliament I asked the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, about the support being provided by the Scottish Government to the 🚌 hydrogen bus and ⛽ refuelling project at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, in partnership with Arcola Energy and Xplore Dundee, to help ensure that Dundee can become a leading centre for hydrogen technology.
From a previous visit to the MSIP with Joe FitzPatrick MSP before the Covid-19 pandemic:
Polls Show Continuing Support For Independence:
The most recent poll on independence, published yesterday and conducted between the 4th-9th of February put support for independence at 53% among those expressing an opinion. The latest poll is the 21st poll in a row showing majority support for independence.
The poll also found a majority of people would vote SNP in the Scottish Parliament elections, with support for the SNP at 54% in the constituency ballot and 43% in the regional ballot.
If you haven't already seen it, you might be interested in this fantastic video from Yes, which features a voice-over from Brian Cox:
That's all for this week. As ever, if you have any queries or if I can help with anything, please don't hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours for Scotland,