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Volunteers are being asked to shape Scotland’s new, fairer social security system, and I am encouraging Clydesdale residents to participate.

Applications are open to people from any background with experience of the current benefits system to join the Scottish Government’s Social Security Experience Panels.

Those living in rural communities, ethnic minorities and people under 25 are being particularly encouraged to apply to make panels as representative as possible.

Members are regularly asked for their views in a number of ways, including workshops, interviews and surveys that can be carried out face-to-face, on the phone and online.

The Experience Panels have been incredibly valuable and put people with the lived reality of the current benefits system at the heart of helping to shape Scotland’s new, fairer social security system.

With those in rural communities, young people and minority groups being particularly sought to ensure the panels are representative of Scotland as a whole, I would strongly encourage people in Clydesdale to consider taking part and giving their input on how we can ensure dignity, fairness, and respect are at the core of our new Social Security system.

Information on how to join the panels can be found here:



The SNP’s Fuel Poverty Bill, world-leading legislation passed with the unanimous backing of MSPs this week, is a massive step in tackling fuel poverty and will help make a real difference to the lives of people in Clydesdale.

Under the plans no more than 5% of households in Scotland will be in fuel poverty by 2040 – ensuring families in Clydesdale who struggle to heat their homes are given the right support.

By the end of 2021 the SNP Government will have invested over £1 billion to tackle fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency of Scottish houses.

The SNP is fully committed to tackling fuel poverty across Scotland – this world-leading legislation will go a long way in helping to support low income households here in Clydesdale.

This bill is designed to work for everyone regardless of where in Scotland they live. Scotland is now among only a handful of European nations to have legally defined fuel poverty – linking the definition to household incomes and the higher cost of living in rural and island areas.

This will help make a real difference to the lives of people in Clydesdale.



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Traditional agricultural skills are important, but skills are also needed in other sectors such as energy and tourism

I welcome the launch of a new strategic approach to support the skills needs of rural Scotland.

The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland aims to address skills shortages, help retain and attract new talent, and address demographic challenges. The Plan aims to achieve this through enhanced work-based learning, and increasing access to education and skills provision.

The Plan, launched by the Scottish Government, builds on the activity already underway across rural Scotland, to produce a range of actions which will meet the skills required for jobs in rural areas both now and in the future. Its priority actions include:

• taking a collaborative approach to delivering skills provision
• providing accessible education and skills provision
• upskilling and reskilling the current rural workforce

Recent years have seen a renewed focus on the importance of rural Scotland to the overall economy, and this plan is an important addition to work already underway.

I very much welcome the Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland, as it identifies actions and commits the Scottish Government to supporting people to remain in, and return to, rural communities in which they can live and work.

We want to ensure we have the right people with the right skills in order help the Scottish rural economy flourish by providing opportunities for training, development and entrepreneurship”.

*The Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland can be read in full here -

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New MEP Aileen McLeod, MSP Aileen Campbell and Councillor Julia Marrs  (Photo John Prior)

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Lining up ready to join the Lanimer Procession. 

Lanark's traditional Lanimer Day fell during Volunteers' Week this year, and it is a phenomenal example of what ordinary people can do. 

My colleagues and I were delighted to take our places in such a procession.

The procession entries were stunning, and it was good to see almost 1000 children taking part, costumed in vivid tableaux and pageants dreamed up by voluntary groups or schools. The weather was kind too for the crowning of this year's Lanimer Queen Olivia. Congratulations to all involved.






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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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