Highlands & Islands (including Moray) MSP Rhoda Grant, last week called for a halt to the closure plans for the Police and Fire Control Rooms in the North. Her calls follow the tragic incident on the M9 when a couple, who had crashed a car on the M9 near Stirling, were left without help for three days.
John Yuill was found dead inside the blue Renault Clio last week. His girlfriend, Lamara Bell, later died in hospital.
The HMIC are conducting a review of the Police Control Room handling of this incident.
Early Speech and Language Development
That Parliament welcomes the new report from the Read on Get on campaign; agrees that early attention to language development before entering primary school is critical; notes that, despite the Labour/Liberal Democrat administration introducing free nursery school education for three and four-year-olds and the subsequent expansion of entitlement by the SNP administration, this report states that “Scotland is still one of the most unfair countries in the developed world with family background mattering more to an individual’s life-chances in our country than in many other rich nations; notes that high levels of child poverty are associated with Scotland’s stubborn history of educational inequality, with the lottery of birth mattering more than a child’s efforts at school or their talent
Asda Carrier Bag Fund Boost to North Highland Radio
That the Parliament congratulates North Highland Radio on receiving a loan of £33,000 from the Asda carrier bag fund, which directs the 5p carrier bag charge into communities in order to provide a long-term social and environmental benefit for customers and communities served by the supermarket; notes that the Alness-based social enterprise community radio station won the loan in the first round of investment; understands that the station provides a wide range of specialist and local programmes and is managed by 40 volunteers from all backgrounds across the north Highlands;
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is supporting Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) in their call urging communities in the north to take advantage of a new fund designed to help them prepare for severe winter weather, before applications close on 31 July.
SHEPD has set up the Resilient Communities Fund for non-profit-making organisations, community groups and charities in their distribution area.
Applications for up to £20,000 will be accepted until 31 July.
Mrs Grant tabled a motion in Parliament earlier this year recognising the efforts of the 1400 SHEPD staff and their partner organisations for their response to the atrocious storms in January which left thousands disconnected.
Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant is disappointed with the response from Police Scotland after her calls for the planned closure of the Police and Fire Controls in Inverness to be halted, pending the on going HMI review into the operating functions of the Police Control Rooms.
The review was set up after the tragic M9 incident in which Police Scotland handling of how a couple, who had crashed a car on this route near Stirling, were left without help for three days.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is outraged at a response from Minister of State, Andrea Leadsom MP, in which she not only gives little detail on progress being made on the Lewis interconnector but she also appears unwilling to look at national pricing for electricity network charges.
Mrs Grant and her colleague, David Stewart MSP, had written to Amber Rudd MP, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, last month about the Western Isles link and asked her to