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Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have joined the calls for people throughout the Highlands and Islands to make sure they are registered to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections which will take place on Thursday 5 May.
The switch to the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) system in Scotland has seen an estimated 800,000 names dropping off the electoral roll – which is the first time since 2009 the electoral roll has decreased.
The number of people registered to vote has fallen since the new registration system was introduced, with some people possibly not realising they will be unable to vote because of the changes to the process which makes it each person’s responsibility to sign themselves up.
Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has said she is delighted that the voices of the victims of the infected blood scandal have finally been heard and that they are to receive more financial help from the Scottish Government.
For those Hepatitis C sufferers who were infected in Scotland, the Scottish Government has committed to:-
· Increasing annual payments to £27,000 for those with advanced Hepatitis C (at Stage 2) or HIV and increasing them to £37,000 for those co-infected with both Hepatitis C and HIV.
· Providing annual payments to widows and widowers of those who have died as a result of their advanced (Stage 2) Hepatitis C or HIV infection. These payments will be 75% of the amount the infected person would be entitled to under the new arrangements if they were alive.
Highlands & Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant, who set up the anti bullying site, Tobie (www.tobie.org.uk) during December 2014, continues to tackle this anti social and unwanted behaviour, particularly in the work place.
“Over the last year I have been contacted by people from all walks of life, who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of having been harassed, bullied, or subjected to some form of oppressive behaviour,” she said.
“What’s really concerning is the level of this unwarranted behaviour and the fact that it is rife in all our local communities.
” Let me give you an example of what I am talking about:
“Since we launched the site, over 7000 people have visited our site in just over a year, but to let people realise that these ‘hits’ are not just a passing viewer ‘clicking’ on the site in passing, the Harassment and Bullying pages have been opened by 831 people.
“The page for ‘Are You A Bully ? was entered and opened 826 times and the ‘Advice for Employers’ page was opened 778, with ‘Managing Staff’ being opened 684 times.
The bill is another step along the long road to land reform.
It has taken a long time to get this far, but I hope that the Scottish land commission, which the bill establishes, will give the matter priority.
Land reform is not an end in itself; it is for a purpose—although there is something very wrong when so few people own so much of Scotland. Land reform is about local empowerment, not for power itself but to give people the means to build their own economies and deliver jobs and futures for their communities.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating a Highland glass sculptor on winning the 2016 An Sùileachan Residency.
Shaun Fraser, who hails from Inverness, is a glass sculptor and visual artist who graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with an Honours Degree in Glass.
Currently studying at the Royal College of Art in London, his glass castings have been featured in exhibits across the UK and he has received awards for his glass work in Scotland.
The three week residency, which is based on the Bhaltos peninsula on Lewis, has been set up to “provide time and space to research, explore and create memorable art in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty that has a strong linguistic and cultural heritage”.