This week, Ruth has:

  • Officially launched Play Scotland’s new ‘Play Types Toolkit’ at Scotland’s first ever play convention

 

  • Been re-elected as convenor of Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Credit Unions

 

  • Met the Dogs Trust to discuss their new report on puppy smuggling

 

  • Joined other parties, with the exception of the Scottish Tories, to condemn the UK Tory Government’s damaging roll-out of Universal Credit and call for an immediate halt

 

  • Welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that fracking is to be fully banned in Scotland

 

  • Questioned the Scottish Government on what role NHS boards can play in ensuring that young people receive information at school that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV

 

  • Used a parliamentary motion to welcome the first UK Libraries Week, and highlight some of the great work that goes on in North Ayrshire libraries

 

  • In Social Security Committee, took evidence from a range of organisations on the development of Scotland’s new social security agency, including Inclusion Scotland and the MS Society

 

  • Asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education about the principles behind new routes into teaching

 

  • In Education Committee, took evidence from a range of organisations on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill, or the ‘Named Person’ scheme, including the Scottish Guidance Association and the National Day Nurseries Association

 

  • Used a parliamentary motion congratulating Springside Primary School on completing the Malawi Walking Challenge

 

  • Held MSP advice surgeries in Stevenston and Fullarton