ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES PASSAGE OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE BILL FOR SURVIVORS SEEKING JUSTICE

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Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East has welcomed the passage of the Limitation Childhood Abuse Scotland Bill in the Scottish Parliament.
 
The Bill, which will have retrospective effect, removes the three year time limit in which victims of childhood abuse can bring a civil action against their abuser – meaning that survivors can pursue justice later in life.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
 
“This Bill is a big step forward in ensuring that survivors of childhood abuse are able to access justice later in life.
 
“While bringing a civil action may not be the right solution for all survivors of child abuse, it is vital that survivors have the choice to come forward as and when they feel ready to do so.
 
“Those who have suffered abuse as a child may delay disclosing the trauma for a whole host of reasons, including a difficulty processing what has happened to them, feelings of shame, suppressed memories or indeed pressure from the abuser. And it’s important that they have the choice to take the time to come forward.
 
“While it remains the case that the courts will weigh up the available evidence in each individual case, these changes to the law will give survivors the all-important choice about what actions they can legally take to seek justice.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP URGES EXPECTANT MOTHERS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT TO SIGN UP FOR BABY BOX

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SNP MSP Angus MacDonald is encouraging all expectant mothers across Falkirk district, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.

These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

This comes on top of the SNP Government using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances, the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, said:

 “The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.

“For mothers in Falkirk district looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters.

“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, to help low income families via our new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances- replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.

“The new Best Start Grant will be introduced in 2019.”

MACDONALD WELCOMES FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT

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INITIATIVE RUN BY NHS FORTH VALLEY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STROKE ASSOCIATION

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the provision of free blood pressure checks on Tuesday 20th June at the Council Chambers of the Municipal Buildings in Falkirk, being provided by NHS Forth Valley in conjunction with the Stroke Association.

The Stroke Association has said that up to 80% of all strokes could be avoided if people were aware they were suffering from high blood pressure. Over 100,000 people are affected by strokes in the UK every year, and by recognising the warning signs early enough, strokes can be avoided.

Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East constituency commented saying:

“I welcome this initiative and would encourage everyone in the Falkirk district to get along to the Municipal buildings in Falkirk on the 20th of June to take advantage of this free blood pressure check.

“All too often in Scotland, we see the issues arising by conditions which may be preventable if we recognise the causes, and rectify them sooner, rather than going through treatment after it has happened.

“Even if one person is given the opportunity to find out they are at risk, and start on a path to prevent stroke or another condition later on in life, will be worth the effort of providing free blood pressure checks. So ensure you take time out of your day to go along, even if you are in fine health.”

More information can be found here:

https://nhsforthvalley.com/free-blood-pressure-checks-for-falkirk-residents/

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