Christina McKelvie MSP visits Hamilton Central staff regarding anti-social behaviour
Scotrail staff of Hamilton Central have met individually with local MSP Christina McKelvie as part of their ongoing work to combat the anti-social behaviour at the station.
The station, which had recently been fitted with an anti-loitering “mosquito” device, has been the subject of anti-social behaviour and youth gatherings. The device, which is known to emit high frequency sounds aimed at dispersing large gangs, has been criticised for its disproportionate effect on young people.
The meeting comes after the recent Hamilton Central Parliamentary Summit, hosted by the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, which brought together Scotrail, The RMT, Police Scotland and British Transport Police to discuss the ongoing incidents.
Agreed from the summit was the intention of Christina to engage with every organisation individually over the parliamentary summer recess.
Commenting on the meeting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“The meeting I had with the staff of Hamilton Central was constructive and entirely positive. There were a range of items discussing, including safety, security and the installation of their anti-loitering device.
“I impressed upon them my strong discouragement of the device, including citing the Council of Europe Report which charts the disproportionate impact these devices have on young people.
“Whilst the rights of the child must be protected and maintained, I empathise and indeed support the rights of Scotrail to have a duty of care to their staff. I have received assurances that this device is a last resort measure and is only being used when there is an immediate danger to members of the public and staff at Hamilton Central.
“As part of my ongoing work with all stakeholders from my Parliamentary Summit, throughout the summer recess I will meet one on one with them all to check what progress we have made in eradicating the ongoing behaviour at Hamilton Central.
“I would again implore to those using our station as a vehicle for their behaviour to think of the impact and damage they are causing to our town.”
Schools in South Lanarkshire will receive over £2 million in 2017/18 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced this week.
More than £45 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2017/18 to help pupils from low-income backgrounds succeed at school.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty related attainment gap.
It prioritises improvements in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing of children adversely affected by poverty in Scotland’s Primary and Secondary schools. This funding takes the Challenge Authorities and Schools Programme into its third successive year.
Nine local authorities and an additional 72 individual schools have been allocated funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge, for education initiatives and projects targeting Scotland’s most deprived children.
Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:
“Improving the education and life chances of our children and young people is the defining mission of the SNP in government.
“The Scottish Government are providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap – and schools in South Lanarkshire will benefit to the tune of £2 million this year alone through our Attainment Challenge.
“This latest round of funding will ensure that schools where the need is greatest have substantial additional funding for the coming year to improve literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.
“I’m delighted that schools throughout my constituency are benefitting from this funding, which is targeted to improve the life chances of children and young people in Scotland.”
New GDP figures show that Scotland’s economy has grown 0.8% in the first quarter of 2017, four times the UK growth rate for the same quarter.
Production grew by 3.1%, accounting for most of the growth in Scotland, and the services industry grew by 0.3%.
Since 2007, productivity in Scotland – the key driver of economic performance - has grown by more than 7%. In the UK as a whole productivity growth has been close to zero (0.4%).
Commenting on the latest GDP figures, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:
“We are seeing an improving picture across Scotland – the economy is growing, the number of people in employment is rising and unemployment is at historic lows.
“Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has lots to be confident about. The SNP Scottish Government’s £6 billion infrastructure plan, £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme and record investment in Modern Apprenticeships and education will continue to support our local economy.
“However Brexit, and being removed from the world’s largest single market, poses the biggest threat to this progress and Scotland’s economy. A blind crusade towards a hard Brexit cliff edge could cost our economy around £11 billion a year by 2030 and result in 80,000 fewer jobs, and the fall in Sterling since the referendum is already pushing up prices and squeezing household incomes. This, accompanied by relentless Tory austerity, means we cannot be complacent.
“The SNP has a plan to grow our economy and we will continue to work hard to support it through difficult times ahead - determined to remain an open, European nation inside the world’s largest single market.”