The Future of Brodick Castle

Written by Kenneth Gibson, MSP On 11 May, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the country’s largest and oldest conservation charity, announced a series of emergency actions designed to ensure its survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unfortunately, this announcement included placing 429 staff from its permanent workforce of 751 at risk of …

Further action needed even as furlough extended

By Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Two months have now passed since the lockdown began and all our lives have been impacted by measures introduced to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and protect our vital NHS services. For almost everyone, this has caused huge disruption to our lives. We have been …

Easing the lockdown – a report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has set out the route map for easing Scotland out of the lockdown imposed to minimise deaths from COVID-19. These are difficult times and will continue to be so, but if we comply with rules as we ease out of lockdown, the sooner we can move to the next phase. …

£75 million boost for Scottish universities

Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, reports on the £75 million  boost for Scottish universities announced by the Scottish government to help with their recovery after Covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on people, institutions and society. Scottish university income has been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly the loss of international student income, …

Arran MP Patricia Gibson reports on some of May’s political issues

North Ayrshire and Arran MP, Patricia Gibson, has been kept busy during the weeks of lockdown, and here reports on several issues on which she has continued to press the UK government:  UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO BACK CONSUMERS AMIDST TRAVEL INDUSTRY TURMOIL Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson, SNP spokesperson Consumer Affairs, has urged the UK Government, …

A Predictable Pandemic

A PREDICTABLE PANDEMIC by Sally Campbell  Just like the economic crash of 2008, this crisis will shape our country for years to come. There were no conditions on how public resources were directed to repairing the Economic Crisis of 2008 but vast fortunes of our money were delivered to support the financial institutions. In 2008 …

Helping Scotland’s Creative Sector through the Pandemic

An article by Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North In these strange and difficult times the SNP Government is working hard to support our creative practitioners. Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak. • A Bridging Bursary Fund will help freelance creative professionals who …

Two reports from Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has sent two reports, one concerning the job retention scheme and the other urging the Chancellor to act quickly in the current crisis to help save small businesses. Jobs retention scheme must include support for seasonal workers Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has urged the Chancellor to amend the Jobs Retention Scheme …

Government must act as banks hike the cost of borrowing

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling on the UK Government to step in as high street banks raise overdraft charges and lending rates for customers, while failing to pass on interest savings to borrowers. This is despite the Bank of England cutting the base rate …

Putting culture at the heart of government

Putting Culture at the Heart of Government by Kenneth Gibson MSP. The SNP Government has published A Culture Strategy for Scotland, focusing on culture’s ability to transform lives and empower people. The document was developed through public engagement and consultation and outlines the SNP Government’s commitment to strengthening the sector in order to value, protect …