News from Patricia Ferguson

Ferguson responds to Scottish Government FAI consultation launch

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has commented on the recent launch by the Scottish Government of a consultation on proposals to reform fatal accident inquiries legislation.

The Labour MSP launched her own proposal and consultation to reform the legislation almost a year ago and will shortly be publishing the analysis of the responses to that.

 


Ferguson welcomes launch of Consultation for Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation Bill

Patricia Ferguson MSP has welcomed the launch of a consultation on a proposed Bill to introduce a "soft opt-out system" of organ donation.

 

The Maryhill & Springburn MSP is encouraging her constituents to have their say on the proposal being brough forward by her Labour colleague, Ann McTaggart MSP.

 

The Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill suggests amending the law on human transplantation from the existing opt-in system, including by authorising (in certain circumstances) the posthumous removal of organs and tissue from an adult who had not given express consent.

 


Ferguson blasts Scottish Government for Fair Rent failure

Patricia Ferguson MSP has blasted the Scottish Government for failing to back plans to make private rents in Scotland fairer.

 

The Maryhill & Springburn MSP supported Scottish Labour proposals to limit rent reviews to once a year and to cap how much rents could rise by.

 

The proposals were voted down by the SNP and Conservatives during the passage of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

 


Ferguson argues for more Cashback funding for Glasgow

Patricia Ferguson MSP has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the communities most affected by crime benefit most from the cash seized from those convicted of committing crimes.

 

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 requires that when people have been apprehended and convicted of a crime, the money that they have obtained through their criminal activity can be taken from them by the courts.  This cash is then distributed to fund good causes in communities throughout Scotland – often this is sporting and diversionary activities for young people.

 

Speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the 12th June the Maryhill & Springburn MSP pointed out that Glasgow, which has the highest level of child poverty in Scotland and some of the worst crime statistics, doesn’t rank in the top five local authorities to which Cashback funding is allocated, with Scottish Borders, Angus, Shetland and Orkney all getting more money per 10,000 population.

 


Ferguson supports campaign for fair rents

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has renewed her support for the campaign for fair rents by supporting recent calls demanding that the Scottish Government clarify its position.

 

The Labour MSP is supporting amendments in the Housing (Scotland) Bill to limit rent reviews to once a year and capping rent increases to stop tenants being ripped off by unscrupulous landlords.

 

There are around 42,000 private renters in Glasgow and the Maryhill & Springburn MSP believes it is time the system was reformed to work for tenants.

 


Maryhill Park Summer Fair

The Friends of Maryhill Park will hold their 2nd Summer Fair at Maryhill Park Tennis Courts and Bowling Greens on Sunday 22nd June from 2pm to 4pm.

 

There will be tennis coaching and fitness taster classes; live music and a Scottish Mask and Pupper Centre workshop; Home baking; Face painting, tomobola and plant sale.



Official opening of the Pinkston Watersports Centre
Official opening of the Pinkston Watersports Centre

Patricia Ferguson MSP has welcomed the official opening of the new Pinkston Watersports Centre at Port Dundas in her Maryhill & Springburn constituency.

 

The new £3.25m facility was opened on the 19th May and is Scotland first and only competition-standard paddlesports centre, providing a customisable white-water and slalom course, a clean water basin and canoe polo pitches.



Extending the Living Wage is vital

The living wage should be more actively promoted says Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson after figures showed that 90% of Scots think that companies should pay the living wage.

 

There are more than 50,000 people in Glasgow paid less than the living wage, currently set at £7.65 an hour. It would mean an annual raise of £2,600 to a full time minimum wage worker.

 

Patricia Ferguson MSP is a long time campaigner for the living wage and says the time has now come to actively promote the payment of it in the private sector, and has urged the Scottish Government to back a tax rebate for firms who pay it, as well as establish a National Living Wage Strategy.

 

Last week proposals from Scottish Labour to deliver the living wage to workers on public contracts were defeated as the SNP and Conservatives voted to block amendments to the Procurement Reform Bill.

 


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