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"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell


Archive for July 2014

NFU Scotland Campaign to Support Farmers with Dyslexia

Jul. 28th 2014
Motion S4M-10649:Date Lodged: 23/07/2014
NFU Scotland Campaign to Support Farmers with Dyslexia
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a campaign by the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS), which aims to support farmers with dyslexia; understands that farmers and crofters face increasing levels of form-filling and paperwork that can cause significant disadvantage for any with dyslexia; notes that, while it is understood that at least 10% of the population are likely to have dyslexia, Scotland’s rural college, the SRUC, has confirmed that 25% of its students are registered as dyslexic, and understands that the former racing driver and current President of Dyslexia Scotland, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, has voiced his support for the NFUS campaign, which aims to remove the stigma associated with dyslexia and also invites NFU members with dyslexia to come forward, in confidence, to share their views in order to address this issue and provide greater support for dyslexic farmers.

Posted by Felicity | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

National Referral Service for Former Military Personnel

Jul. 14th 2014
Motion S4M-10497: Date Lodged: 26/06/2014
National Referral Service for Former Military Personnel
That the Parliament welcomes the national referral service to support serving and former military personnel; notes that the service is the result of collaboration between Police Scotland, Poppyscotland, the Armed Services Advice Project and the Citizens Advice Service; understands that the service is targeted at military personnel whose behaviour gives rise to concerns and that its primary aim is to reduce the risk of behaviour escalating into criminality or victimisation; notes that, since 1 April 2014, police officers have been able to refer individuals who need assistance to support groups through a single point of contact, and welcomes this initiative to help former military personnel adjust to life outwith the armed services.

Posted by Felicity | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament