MAXWELL URGES CONSTITUENTS TO GIVE BLOOD AND SAVE A LIFE

IMG_2945Stewart Maxwell MSP is encouraging constituents to help save a life this summer by donating blood before they go on holiday.

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must maintain up to a week’s supply for all eight blood groups in Scotland and supplies often see a drop during the summer months, particularly as people travel overseas.

Stewart Maxwell MSP said,

“The people of Glasgow and the West of Scotland have always been generous blood donors. This generosity has ensured that blood stocks remain at a healthy level and that our health service is getting the support that it needs. (more…)

NEW INVESTMENT IN RAISING ATTAINMENT FOR DEPRIVED CHILDREN

Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to raising attainment in Scotland’s schools – as the first allocations of funding from the Attainment Scotland Fund were announced by the Education Secretary this morning.

The first allocations from the fund – designed to drive forward improvements on educational outcomes in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities – will see £11m allocated to Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire councils, as the local authorities with the highest concentration of primary school aged pupils who live in deprived areas. (more…)

WESTMINSTER MUST FOLLOW SCOTLAND’S LEAD ON VOTES AT SIXTEEN

amp20150119StewartMaxwellMSP3Stewart Maxwell MSP has welcomed the historic decision of the Scottish Parliament to extend the voting franchise to 16 and 17 year olds.

The new measures introduced in the Scottish Election (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill mean that 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland will now be able to vote in all Scottish Parliament and local government elections. (more…)

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ENDS AUTOMATIC EARLY RELEASE FOR SERIOUS OFFENDERS

A bill to end automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Under the new laws, long-term prisoners in Scotland will not be eligible for automatic release after two thirds of their sentence and there will now be a mandatory period of supervision for the most serious offenders. (more…)

STEWART MAXWELL MSP PRAISES WORK OF HILLSIDE VIEW CARE HOME

001 - CopyStewart Maxwell MSP was recently invited to visit Hillside View Care Home in Paisley as part of the nation wide Care Home Open Day.

Hillside View Care Home, which has 55 rooms for residents and over 70 staff, is located near Paisley’s Glennifer Braes Country Park. It specialises in care for patients suffering from dementia, or those who have had previous difficulties with alcohol addiction. (more…)