This month, whilst the Parliament has been in recess, Ruth has:

  • Met with representatives of Family Friendly Working Scotland to prepare for the Breakfast Briefing Event on ‘Flexible and Innovative Ways of Working’ which Ruth is co-hosting with the organisation on Friday 8th All local employers are welcome and there is still time to sign up here!

 

  • Made a site visit to the Merck Pharmaceutical Plant in Irvine for the ground-breaking of their new development in Irvine, which will increase production capability

 

  • Had a great evening attending the Senior Prize-Giving ceremony atGreenwood Academy, which was impressively chaired by the pupils

 

  • Met with Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent, Mike Flynn, to discuss animal welfare issues

 

  • Attended a Poverty and Social Security Policy Panel in Glasgow organised by the Disabled People’s Organisation, Inclusion Scotland. The event brought together disabled people and policy makers to discuss issues relating to poverty, disability, and social security as control over new social security powers – including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance – is devolved to Holyrood. The Social Security (Scotland) Bill was introduced in June and consideration at Stage 1 will begin when Parliament returns from recess in September. Ruth sits on Holyrood’s Social Security Committee, which will be the lead committee considering the Bill

 

  • Enjoyed being part of the annual Marymass festival and celebrations in Irvine, including the Crowning of the Marymass Queen and the Parade

 

  • Held a street surgery in Springside, as well as normal surgeries at Cranberry Moss Community Centre, Dreghorn Library, Bourtreehill Library, Kilwinning Library, Stevenston Library, Fullarton, Castlepark, and the Irvine office

 

  • Met with Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council, Elma Murray, to be updated on and discuss a range of local issues

 

  • Attended the Opening Ceremony for Cheviot Gardens in Irvine. The former primary school site has been transformed to create 34 new social homes