Congratulations to the University of Stirling’s Men’s Football Team

Motion S4M-09195: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/02/2014
Congratulations to the University of Stirling’s Men’s Football Team

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Stirling’s men’s football team on the club’s recent success in winning the British Universities and Colleges/Mars Premier League North; recognises that this is the second time in four years that the team has won what it sees as this tough competition and that it is the only men’s university football team from Scotland competing in British league competition; believes that sport is an important vehicle in promoting healthier lifestyle choices, and wishes the team the best of luck in the future.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP urges people with personal experience of mental health problems to get involved in ending stigma and discrimination

News Release

26/02/2014

‘see me’ – Scotland’s national programme for ending stigma and discrimination which can affect people with mental health problems is hosting a landmark two-day event on 3 and 4 April 2014 .  Dr Simpson is calling on people throughout Mid Scotland and Fife who have personal experience of mental health problems or are carers to attend and help shape the programme’s future.

The event, which is expected to attract over 180 participants from all over Scotland, is designed to give participants the chance to get involved, have their say, share ideas and help set the key themes for the next three years to further tackle stigma and discrimination in Scotland.   The event aims to attract people with personal experience of mental health problems, those who are close to or care for someone with mental health issues, those who work professionally in the field as well as people who work with young people and employers.

Keynote speakers will include Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson and Judith Robertson – Director of ‘see me’. 

Dr Simpson said: “I fully support ‘see me’ and the work it does to challenge the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. It’s great to see the programme moving forward and the fact that people with personal experience are being invited to get involved means we can all play a part in shaping the programme’s future.

“I’d urge people across Mid Scotland and Fife to apply to attend the event so that they can have their say about what we can all do to put an end to discrimination associated with mental health problems once and for all. It’s a great chance to be part of building a movement for change and get your voice heard.”

For more information about this FREE event in Dunblane Hydro or to register, visit eventbrite on  http://ow.ly/tOv7E , email events@seemescotland.org or call 0131 516 6819 / 0141 530 1111.  Closing Date for applications is 5pm, Monday, 17 March 2014.

 

ENDS

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About ‘see me’

  • ‘see me’ is Scotland’s national programme to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems.
  • The ‘see me’ programme is supported by a joint investment of £4.5million over three years from  the Scottish Government and Comic Relief and works collaboratively with a range of partners including the Mental Health Foundation, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Voices of Experience, Scottish Recovery Network, Highland User Group, and the Mental Health Co-Operative.

Stigma and discrimination

  • Stigma is an issue of basic human rights and can have an impact on people’s recovery from mental health problems.
  • The most common situations where people with lived-experience face stigma and discrimination are: by friends and family; in employment/at work; within the local community; within mental health or other health services. These are also the situations where people are most likely to have disclosed their mental health problems.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP in Living Wage Call

Dr Simpson MSP has called upon the Scottish Government to use their spending power to deliver the living wage for workers in Mid Scotland and Fife and across Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament is currently debating the Procurement Reform Bill, which will change the way public contracts are handed out to private companies; covering goods and services from the provision of stationary to the delivery of major capital projects.

Public sector procurement is worth at least £9 billion a year in Scotland and Dr Simpson MSP wants those employed in these contracts to be paid the living wage, set at £7.45 an hour.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP is a long time campaigner for the living wage, which is considered a priority for the bill by a number of organisations, including Enough Food for Everyone IF, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, the Scottish Trade Unions Congress and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said: The difference between someone in full time work on the living wage and the minimum wage in Mid Scotland and Fife could be as much as £2,223.00 a year, a drop in the ocean against the billions spent on these contracts, but a huge difference for people here and up and down the country facing a cost of living crisis.

Scottish Labour will be bringing forward an amendment to encourage the promotion of the living wage in the bill. We know that other parties, specifically the SNP and the Greens, have supported the living wage in the past and they should do so again.

The Scottish Government should put their money where their mouth is and take this chance to improve the conditions of working people here in Mid Scotland & Fife and across Scotland.

This is a chance to build a better, fairer Scotland, protect our communities, and strengthen our economy. It should not be missed.

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. Difference between f/t earnings on minimum wage and living wage
  Pay Per hour Hours per week Weeks per year Annual gross pay
Minimum Wage

£6.31

37.5

52

£12,304.50

Living Wage

£7.45

37.5

52

£14,527.50

 

  1. Civic Scotland priorities for the Procurement bill here –

http://www.stuc.org.uk/files/Document%20download/Procurement%20Reform%20Bill/Procurement-10asks-final.pdf