Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

It’s time for a wellbeing economy – but what does that really mean?

By Sarah Deas, WEAll Scotland Trustee Imagine an economic system which delivers social justice on a healthy planet: a system in which the economy works for the people, not the other way around. This is a wellbeing economy. At WEAll (Wellbeing Economy Alliance) Scotland, our goal is to work with governments, organisations, and individuals to …

Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

Tory betrayal on food standards

A report from Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Last week, I challenged Tory MP John Lamont in the Commons on National Farmers Union (NFU) fears and those of consumers, about the threat to food standards and safety.  I was astounded when he responded that the NFU “is spreading misinformation” about this important …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …

The Animals and Wildlife Bill

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 June I was pleased to vote in favour of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. Acting to stop animal cruelty is important to many people and I received hundreds of emails from constituents urging me to support specific amendments to the Bill. …