Hello again. I hope you and yours are well and coping with the changes coming out of this seemingly never ending worldwide pandemic and the stress and strain it is still putting upon us all.

In the last few weeks the office has been kept busy with the a variety of constituency issues: from people asking for advice on the changing rules on international travel, where to get their vaccine top-ups (the 70 year old cohorts are being invited to attend vaccine centres just now) or the hiccups in the first couple of days of the vaccine passports, which NHSGGC have now got on top of, to the more usual, anti-social neighbour, health and transport type issues. And we are managing to get through lots of these.

We are not going to start back my face-to-face surgeries until the Covid situation settles down more and everyone across the generations feels equally safe.

In the meantime, please feel free to either email me directly Bill.Kidd.MSP@Parliament.Scot; or call the office on 0141 339 3277. We now have two members of staff working there pretty regularly, so leave a message and one of them will get back to you.

There has also been a lot going on within the constituency. I or my staff have attended the AGMs of LINKS in Lincoln Avenue and Kingsway Community Connections, and a couple of meetings at the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.

With my Scottish Government colleague Shona Robinson MSP, I visited the G15 Youth Project at their new home in Ladyloan Avenue, and the office was also represented at the Citizens Advice Bureau’s AGM.

I know they are going from strength to strength having represented 4,000 clients in their last year and saved those clients just north of £3million. What a great dedicated mix of staff and volunteers they have. Unfortunately I see much more work coming their way after the Universal Credit cut by the Westminster Tory government with no thought to the impact on so many of my constituents.

The Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund has reopened for individuals and third sector and community groups. If your group needs financial help, find out more at glasgowairport.com/community.

Finally, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is conducting the second phase of a consultation (I wasn’t aware of the first – who was?) on strategic and local flood risk management plans for the next five years.

Please have a look at their proposals at consultation.sepa.org.uk. Let them know your thoughts – I certainly have mine – by emailing FRMplanning@sepa.org.uk.

Bye for now.