Colin Beattie MSP has today urged football fans in East Lothian to make their voices heard in how the game is run by responding to the Scottish Government’s new consultation.
The Scottish Government has launched the consultation to inform potential future legislation to protect the rights of football fans. The consultation, which will run until 15 January 2016, is to look in to the best ways of increasing the involvement of supporters in football clubs.
Commenting, Colin said:
“Football clubs play an important role in our community and their fans should have the chance to be involved in the way clubs are run wherever possible. It’s good for supporters, clubs and the game as a whole.
“There are a range of views on how fans can most effectively play a role in the running of their clubs and this will be a valuable exercise in making sure that supporters’ voices are heard throughout the entire process.
“This new Scottish Government consultation is an important step in ensuring that local football fans have their say in how their clubs operate. I’d urge as many local supporters as possible to get in touch and give their views on the future of our national game.”
SNP MSP Colin Beattie has today backed the Scottish Government’s calling on retailers to source Scottish products in support of local farmers during difficult economic times.
The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead has already written to major high street coffee retailers urging them to commit to using Scottish milk and other produce as Scotland’s agricultural sector copes with volatile global markets.
Commenting, Colin said:
“With poor weather conditions and low prices, farmers here in East Lothian and across Scotland have been going through tough times. It is our responsibility to do what we can to support them – which is why I’m calling on major retailers to commit to sourcing Scottish products.
“Scotland’s food and drink sectors enjoy an unparalleled reputation worldwide – and it’s time that retailers here at home recognize and support the high quality of our local products. We need to ensure that this success filters down to primary producers here in East Lothian to ensure a fairer deal for local farmers.
“There are already inspiring examples of retailers in Scotland committing to local produce in support of our farmers – and I hope that many more businesses in East Lothian will quickly follow suit.”
Scotland Welcomes Refugees
New website to help co-ordinate Scotland’s response to the refugee crisis.
A new website www.scotlandwelcomesrefugees.scot has been launched today to help co-ordinate Scotland’s response to the international refugee crisis.
Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf made the announcement of the new website following the 2nd meeting of the refugee taskforce, where it was reiterated that the UK Government should do more immediately and that Scotland is willing to accept its fair share of whatever number of refugees the UK takes.
Mr Yousaf, said:
'Scotland is firm in its commitment to helping the most vulnerable people in crisis and to accepting our fair share of whatever number of refugees the UK takes. The First Minister has made it very clear that 1,000 refugees coming to Scotland should be seen as a minimum and very much an initial, immediate figure – it is not a cap or a limit, nor is it spread out over five years like the announcement made by the Prime Minister last week.
“Scotland is happy to take a 10 per cent share of the total number that come to the UK and we again urge the UK Government to do more and increase their numbers.
“We have been overwhelmed with practical offers of support from ordinary people across Scotland all wanting to help alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable people caught up in this humanitarian emergency.
“Scotland’s response has been amazing so far. There are people from all walks of life in different parts of Scotland wanting to do what they can to help. There are many groups and organisations already taking practical steps and we really welcome this enthusiasm and energy. This new website will provide an important addition in marshalling Scotland’s efforts in our concerted and organised response to this refugee crisis.
“The work of the Taskforce is well underway and we will make sure that Scotland is ready to give the very best of Scottish welcomes to the refugees who are fleeing their homes and seeking protection, safety and security.
“Scottish Government Ministers will continue to make representations to the UK Government advocating our position that we must and should do more now because we know that it is the right thing to do.”
Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has today in the Scottish Parliament received a petition for a 20 mph speed limit to be set within Fala Village.
Jenny Grahame, as a representative for all residents of Fala Village, collected local support for this blanket limit taking in the entire village, most importantly around the local nursery and children’s play park.
The residents are fully behind the petition for a 20 mph speed limit, being very concerned about the lack of footpaths within Fala Village and the risk that speeding cars pose to children and other walkers along the roads in the village.
Colin Beattie MSP commented:
“I’ve been involved with this campaign for some time and as early as the end of June I wrote to council to urge them to look into the possibility of establishing a speed limit for Fala Village.It is important to establish safeguards like speed limits to protect the welfare of everyone in our community. We know that many children cross the road to get to their play park, and that one of the busiest roads runs right past the nursery.
"We must enact precautions such as these to allow our young children a safe atmosphere as they begin to develop road safety awareness.We are also aware that Fala Village has a large elderly population, who may not be as mobile as they used to. A speed limit would give these residents the freedom to be out and about without the fear of oncoming drivers. Setting a speed limit will reduce the risk of injuries and accidents while increasing driver awareness, creating a safer environment for the residents of Fala Village.
"I look forward to handing over this petition to the council and I strongly hope that they will respect the needs of the residents of Fala Village and take the sensible step in securing their safety.”
Today, Colin Beattie MSP welcomed the First Minister’s speech announcing the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland.
The speech was made on 1st September at the Scottish Parliament, and covered the themes the Programme will be based on. These include:
• Building a Stronger and Fairer Scotland
• A Strong, Sustainable Economy
• Protecting and Reforming Our Public Services
• Strengthening Our Communities
The Programme will also introduce a series of new bills, including:
Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill
Bankruptcy Consolidation Bill
Burial and Cremation Bill
Private Tenancies Bill
Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill
Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill
Colin remarked: “This is a Programme designed to help people the length and breadth of Scotland. We should rightly be proud of it.
“The new Bills are going to help tackle some of the most contentious issues of our age. For example, ‘revenge porn’ can cause tremendous damage to people – the new Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill will take major steps to address this issue.
“The Private Tenancies Bill will bring unfair rent increases under control and ensure that tenants’ rights will be enshrined in law.
“Much has been said of the Government’s fiscal projections and tax forecasts. The Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill will put the Commission on a statutory basis, embedding and strengthening its role in independently scrutinising these projections and forecasts.
“We will use the powers in the forthcoming Scotland Bill to ensure that the negative effects of Universal Credit and the ‘bedroom tax’ are minimised as much as possible, while at the same promoting business through extending our Enterprise Areas, reducing Air Passenger Duty, creating a £40 million holding fund for small-and-medium enterprises, and implementing the SCALE initiative to support entrepreneurs.
“The steps we are taking in Education, including developing and implementing the National Improvement Framework and the introduction of standardised testing to inform teacher judgement, will give us objective feedback that we will use to reduce the attainment gap.
“These, and the many more steps outlined in the Programme, will underpin our vision of a fairer,
more just Scotland and I’m excited to be a part of it.”