A number of constituents have contacted me about the changes to smoke alarms. Every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022. Interlinked means if one goes off, they all go off, so you will always hear an alarm wherever you are in your home. The new law has come about because of the Grenfell fire in London in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.


Legislation to introduce Scotland’s new Adult Disability Payment, which replaces the UK Government’s Personal Independence Payments (PIP), was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 17th December. This benefit will open for new applications in pilot areas from 21 March 2022. The national rollout is scheduled for 29 August 2022.


The Scottish Child Payment will be doubled from April 2022 - in just four months time. This will see around 19,000 eligible children across Glasgow receiving £20 per week per child from spring next year. Across Scotland, more than 106,000 children will be benefitting from the increased payment.


Young people in Scotland under the age of 26 are now eligible for free NHS dental treatment, after the SNP Scottish Government fulfilled its election pledge to scrap dental charges.

Around 600,000 young Scots will now receive free dental care, with Health Secretary Humza Yousaf confirming that this is the first step in the SNP Scottish Government's plans to scrap dental charges for everyone in Scotland.

MBH AfghanSol

Thank you to Maryhill Burgh Halls for hosting our important meeting with constituents from Glasgow’s Afghan community on Monday 23 August. We were joined Ian Blackford MP and parliamentary colleagues from both Westminster and Holyrood.

Most importantly thank you to Afghan families for sharing their often harrowing stories.


saveMaryhill Library

Glasgow Life have stated they have no plans to reopen Maryhill Library. They have made the wrong decision.

Maryhill Library must reopen at its current location. Glasgow Life must urgently review their position and bring forward plans for re-opening our library as soon as possible.

This is an essential service for the people of Maryhill. Any talk of a new community hub cannot be used as a reason to keep Maryhill Library closed.


When constituents made me aware of the abandoned cars at Cadder Woods, I urged the Council to move them as soon as possible and they moved swiftly to do so. Since posting on facebook about Cadder Woods I have been hugely encouraged by several local residents contacting me and the affection they have for the woods. They hugely value that space and want to play their part in ensuring that the area is well safe, well maintained and a welcoming open environment.


Planned phasing 

2 April 

lifting the ‘Stay at Home’ requirement and replacing it with a ‘Stay Local’ message (retaining the current, Local Authority-based travel restrictions for at least a three-week period) 

Graphic that says "The Scottish Government has paid out more than £860,000 to eligible young carers since the Young Carer Grant opened in October 2019"

Over the past year with the coronavirus crisis, the pressure on young carers has been even greater than normal . As today is Young Carers Day and I’d like to take the opportunity to praise Scotland’s young carers and encourage them to take advantage of the Young Carer Package and Young Carers Grant – the first of its kind in the UK.


A number of constituents have been in touch about the work on the new bridge at Stockingfield Junction. I have had an update from the project team which I wanted to share with you. 

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