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Scottish Parliament: Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football (16 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank the minister for that detailed response. As she alluded to, the report is very detailed. It contains 97 recommendations, all of which are substantial. They include a proposed raft of measures to improve and enhance safeguarding, wellbeing and protection policies and procedures at all levels of the game. There are also specific recommendations. One is to consider setting up a fund to...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football (16 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: As the minister said, some of the testimonies recorded in the report are harrowing to say the least. They include that of Mr Malcolm Rodger , who is from my constituency. Those involved were children who were forced to experience the most horrific abuse while playing the game they loved. Most of us will never be able to imagine the permanent scarring that that will have caused to survivors....

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: The independent review is an important step towards the creation of a national care service for Scotland, which will ultimately enable us to improve the experiences of everybody who uses social care support, their carers, their families and the workforce. Covid-19 has changed the way that we think about many aspects of our lives and has made us think about the sort of country that we want to...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Social Care (Independent Review) (16 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: Okay. On the one hand, we have been dealing with a horrible virus that disproportionately affects our older generations and those in care homes, and on the other hand we have the most extreme restrictions, which are necessary to prevent the virus but which impact on isolation, loneliness and the dignity of residents. That is an impossible choice. It is important that the creation of any...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report (11 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: I apologise to the cabinet secretary, because my question is very similar to Alex Cole-Hamilton’s. My question concerns babies. We all understand the pivotal role that early attachments play in the first year of a child’s development, including attachment to grandparents, aunts, uncles and others. We also understand the pressure on new parents, often mums, in that period. Is the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Measures (Community Resilience and Wellbeing) (4 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what measures in its draft budget will help build the resilience and wellbeing of Scotland’s communities. (S5O-04977)

Scottish Parliament: Budget Measures (Community Resilience and Wellbeing) (4 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: I particularly welcome the recent investment in North Lanarkshire Council, and across Scotland, from the regeneration capital grant fund. As well as mitigating the impact of United Kingdom Government welfare cuts, what other action is the Scottish Government taking to tackle deep-seated poverty and inequality?

Scottish Parliament: European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (4 Feb 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: As other members have said, the Scottish Government values the role of local government and is committed to supporting the bill. I am not a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee, but from what I can tell there is fairly broad cross-party support for and consensus on the bill. At this stage I should declare an interest, in that I was previously a councillor on North...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2021-22 (28 Jan 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: Nightclubs and soft plays are quite unique in that they have remained shut throughout the pandemic. If we are being realistic, we will know that they are the type of businesses that are likely to remain shut for a considerable time to come. I know from nightclub and soft play owners in my Coatbridge and Chryston constituency that the specific grants that were paid in November last year were...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Jan 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Justice Committee, it gives me great pleasure to speak about the bill. As we have heard, the bill builds on the important legislation that came into force last year, which gives the police and prosecutors the powers to ensure that those who participate in coercive or controlling behaviour are held accountable for their actions. Make no mistake: such behaviour is domestic...

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jan 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: It gives me great pleasure to speak in today’s historic debate. We often use the word “historic” in this Parliament, but we rarely use it as appropriately as we do today. I hope that at decision time we will come one crucial step closer to passing a groundbreaking bill that has the potential to improve the lives and life chances of Scotland’s children and young people. Until the...

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Plan (13 Jan 2021)

Fulton MacGregor: The JCVI list rightly sets out that front-line healthcare staff are a high priority for vaccination. What advice can the cabinet secretary offer to staff who support essential front-line NHS activity, for example through specialist work with vital equipment, but who are not themselves NHS staff? As a courtesy, I let the cabinet secretary know that I am writing to her on behalf of a...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccine and Testing Programmes) (23 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I have been contacted by constituents in the Chryston part of my constituency, which includes the small towns of Gartcosh, the Moodiesburn estates, Auchinloch and Chryston. There are worries that access to the vaccine will be difficult for vulnerable members of those communities who do not have access to a car. I am in contact with NHS Lanarkshire about the matter; we have had helpful...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Activity (Nursery-age Children) (23 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: What measures are in place to ensure that our nursery-age children can continue to enjoy learning and having fun outdoors in the winter months in the light of the current pandemic? I would like to take a cheeky opportunity to pay tribute to the absolutely fantastic and amazing Gaelic nursery at Tollbrae primary in North Lanarkshire, which serves kids across the council area and which my...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Instrumental Music Tuition) (23 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support schools in safely facilitating instrumental music tuition during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04875)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Instrumental Music Tuition) (23 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank the cabinet secretary for that very positive response. Music tuition has always played an important role in the secondary schools in my constituency, with St Ambrose, St Andrew’s, Coatbridge and Chryston high schools all having a proud history. Of course, music offers one route out of poverty for people in our communities. I have been contacted by pupils who have been impacted by...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I had a problem accessing the vote. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (17 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the First Minister provide an update on changes to legislation that would entitle all four-year-old children to access funded childcare when their parents choose to defer their place for a year? Will she join me in thanking the give them time campaign, particularly its founding members Patricia Anderson and Diane Delaney—the latter is from Stepps in my constituency—for their tireless...

Scottish Parliament: Newly Self-employed People (Support) (17 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available for newly self-employed people who have not been able to access other forms of support during the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04867)

Scottish Parliament: Newly Self-employed People (Support) (17 Dec 2020)

Fulton MacGregor: I very much welcome the additional discretionary funding that has been put in place. Because of the UK Government’s actions, which the cabinet secretary mentioned, some constituents who have contacted me—they include taxi drivers—have had next to no financial support since the pandemic started. When does the Government expect that people will be able to apply for and access the...

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