Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell is running a fact
finding survey to hear from constituents in Argyll and Bute on their
experiences of our local Mental Health services in order to provide feedback to
Scottish Government Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey MSP along with key
local organisations at a summit in Dunoon later this year.
The survey has now been accessible online for just over a
fortnight but has already had hundreds of responses from constituents with a
great range of backgrounds including service users, staff working in the
services and friends and family who have helped loved ones gain access to the
support they need.
Commenting on the survey, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael
“It has been excellent to see so many people getting
involved and providing feedback on their experience of our mental health
services. Mental health care is an absolute lifeline to so many of us and it is
crucial that the services provided are as good as they can be. By contributing
to our survey you are ensuring that your voice and your experience is heard by
those who will shape the future of the services.
I would encourage anyone who has not yet taken part to set
some time aside and complete our survey.”
The survey will remain available online until Friday 23rd
of August at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JYKKRHK
Paper copies can also be made available on request.
Michael Russell MSP – TORY
GOVERNMENT MUST SCRAP “HEARTLESS” POLICY
17% of children in Argyll and
Bute could be affected by the two-child cap, according to new research –
prompting more calls for the UK Government to scrap the “heartless” policy.
The “two-child policy” allows low-income families to claim
child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.
New research from the Child
Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has revealed that 160,000 families have had their
income slashed by the two-child limit to-date.
The charity estimates that
more than 3 million children could eventually be affected by the benefit cap.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael
“Social security should be a
safety net for all of us, but the two-child limit is having a devastating
effect on families up and down the country, with 17% of children in Argyll and
Bute set to be affected by it.
“All families are valuable
and worthy of support, but this heartless policy turns people away when they
most need support, and leaves children to grow up in hardship – which can have
lifelong consequences for their health and wellbeing.
“The SNP government has been left to pick up the pieces,
investing over £125 million to mitigate callous Tory welfare policies.
“In addition, it is introducing a Scottish Child Payment to
tackle child poverty. Without the two-child cap, this payment could go so much
“The next Tory Prime Minister should make it a priority to
tackle poverty and enable children to thrive, starting with reversing the
two-child limit and horrendous ‘rape clause.’”
Argyll and Bute MSP has raised
serious concerns with Transport Scotland regarding the temporary traffic
Having received a number of
representations from concerned constituents, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael
Russell has written to Transport Scotland asking that the traffic lights on the
A83 are adjusted as soon as possible.
The issue at present, is that the
interval between lights changing is shorter than the time it can take cyclists
to travel through. This has led to traffic attempting to travel in both
Commenting, Michael Russell MSP said:
“After being informed of this issue
by constituents I immediately contacted Transport Scotland and have asked that
this is given their urgent attention. Whilst I am aware the lights are due to
be removed for a period of time, it is vital that a solution to this problem is
found before they are reinstated.
I will continue to update those
concerned and expect that this matter will be resolved timeously now that it
has been raised.”