Here you’ll find updates on my activities in East Lothian, representing you in the Scottish Parliament, as well as my work with the various parliamentary groups and committees I serve on.
My office team and I are here to help constituents with a wide range of issues, from healthcare and education queries, to championing the interests of East Lothian residents and businesses at Holyrood.
You are welcome to contact the team and myself at any time. You can do so here.
- Scotland’s National ParksDuring the election in May 2021 I spoke about the potential for making the Lammermuirs a National Park. I was pleased to be able to…
- EAST LOTHIAN MSP ENCOURAGES OLDER POPULATION TO ‘CHECK IN: CASH OUT’ Paul McLennan MSP has teamed up with Age Scotland to raise awareness of the financial support available to older people in Scotland and help more…
- Paul McLennan welcomes increase in support for families in East LothianShona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, announced last week an increase of a further £5 to the ‘game-changing’ Scottish Child Payment – bringing the total payment to £25 per week per child at the end of the year, following the increase to £20 this year. This move will see the SNP Government’s package of five family benefits for low income families, including the increased Scottish Child Payment, now totalling over £10,000 to low income families by the time a first child turns 6, and £9,700 for subsequent children. This directly benefits 2075 children in East Lothian already in receipt of the payment. This package of measures to tackle child poverty is hugely welcome and the impact it will have on households in East Lothian cannot be underestimated – increasing the Scottish Child Payment even further, to £25 per week per child, will make such a difference to families struggling to cope with the Tory cost of living crisis right now.
- Paul McLennan MSP backs Marie Curie Great Daffodil AppealI’m delighted to back the Great Daffodil appeal. Health inequalities exist due to poverty and related issues, so the work of Marie Curie is so important in addressing palliative care needs in the community. I want to applaud the Marie Curie nurses and hospice staff who have provided care throughout the pandemic, in East Lothian, and across Scotland. Over the past two years, the difficulties of the pandemic have meant that so many people have lost loved ones. The impact of bereavement has been felt so keenly across all parts of society, and re-inforced the need for compassionate and personal end of life care. from left to right is Susan Lawson (Marie Curie Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Edinburgh Hospice), Paul McLennan MSP, and Nicola McGuire (Marie Curie Nurse at the inpatient unit at the Edinburgh Hospice)
- Visiting PureMaltIt was great to visit PureMalt last week. PureMalt is an East Lothian business who are global leaders in the manufacture of malt ingredients, and a valued part of East Lothian’s world class food and drink production industry. It was great to meet with Ross & the team to hear about PureMalt’s commitment to East Lothian, and their passion for using the highest quality ingredients as part of a tradition of malting in Scotland that stretches back centuries.