As well as representing her constituents on the wide range of issues that they raise with her on a daily basis, Clare has also identified key priority areas that she is working on:
Helms Action Group
The Green Deal was a scheme operated by the UK Government to incentivise people to insulate their homes and install green technologies such as solar panels. This scheme was marketed by a local company HELMS, who targeted many ordinary people with potentially misleading information about the scheme, before the business went into liquidation. Many people in the constituency – and across Scotland – have had solar panels installed in their homes that are now actually costing them money and have had insulation work done that is not up to standard. Clare is fighting for people who have been mis-sold works based on this scheme so that they can be compensated, and you can find out more about the campaign over at the HELMS Action Group Facebook page.
On the back of this campaign, Clare has recently established a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament – the CPG on Consumer Protection for Home Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Broadband in Newton Farm
Many constituents have contacted Clare regarding the poor broadband provision in Newton Farm. The speeds some residents are receiving mean they are often unable to stream TV and movies; video-call family and friends; or even work from home.
Clare has been pushing all relevant bodies – in particular Openreach – to ensure superfast broadband will become accessible to all affected constituents as quickly as possible.
Over the last several months, Clare has been working closely with Blantyre Community Council regarding the plans to build a waste-to-energy recovery plant at Whitehill, which is on the town’s border with Hamilton. The local community has strongly-held views on the subject, and they have run a great campaign in ensuring their voices are held.
South Lanarkshire Council rejected the proposal on the 26th June 2018, however this is subject to appeal.
Halfway and Newton schools
Housing developments in the constituency – while welcome – have put increasing pressure on the provision of schools in the area, and on transport links to the existing schools.
It is essential that the areas of Halfway and Newton have adequate provision for primary and secondary schools, so Clare will continue to work on this with the local council.
Minister for Mental Health:
Clare is the Scottish Government’s Minister for Mental Health. As such, she cannot take part in debates that do not fall within her remit, nor can she table or sign parliamentary motions.
To contact Clare in her role as Minister for Mental Health, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Minister for Mental Health, The Scottish Government, St. Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.