I used my column for this week's (9th April) Rutherglen Reformer to discuss EU nationals and Brexit.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey caught up with a Burnside constituent in the Scottish Parliament for an event held to re-energise a women’s pensions campaign. Anne Potter set up the WASPI Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire group to urge the UK government to investigate transitional measures for 1950s-born women who have been hit by the equalisation of the state pension age, a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has stepped in to protect members of Parkhead Credit Union in the East End of Glasgow, which has stopped trading and is now in default. Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has been contacted by the FSCS to advise that some of her constituents are customers, however the FSCS have added that they will “compensate the vast majority” of constituents who were members of the Glasgow-based Credit Union “within seven days”.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has backed calls from MPs at Westminster for the UK Government to ensure the future of the Post Office network is secure. The calls come as new figures reveal that Scotland is being hit hardest by post office closures. Of 1,016 temporarily closed branches in the UK, 134 are in Scotland, representing 13 per cent.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has welcomed the news that the new maximum £2 stake on fixed-odds betting terminals has come into force, and congratulated the Rutherglen Reformer for their coverage of local problems associated with the machines.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is calling on businesses to “get ready for the challenges of Brexit” by looking into support made available by the Scottish Government. Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies have come together to launch the ‘Prepare for Brexit’ website which features a self-assessment tool that helps businesses identify how they might be affected by Brexit and what they can do to prepare.
As of April 1st, free personal care has been extended to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it. Free personal care for older people is one of the landmark achievements of devolution with nearly 76,000 people over the age of 65 currently benefiting from it in Scotland. With the expansion, known as Frank’s Law, at least 9,000 more families are now be eligible.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has urged the UK government to introduce split household payments of Universal Credit by default. Just 20 claimants were in receipt of split payments across the UK - despite almost 1.3 million claimants of Universal Credit, including 120,000 in Scotland – but not one person in Scotland received a split payment of Universal Credit last year.
MSP Clare Haughey has blamed the UK Government's Brexit rhetoric for a fall in the number of overseas workers coming to South Lanarkshire, and warned that this may cause damage to the local economy and public services.
I used my column for this week's (27th March) Rutherglen Reformer to discuss Brexit and its impact on people's mental health.