Constituent policy

Lanarkshire MSP welcomes policy announcements to help people of all ages

An MSP in Lanarkshire has welcomed announcements aimed at helping people of all ages in Scotland.

Neil Gray MSP welcomed the changes that will see Anne’s Law put into practice while the legislation is being prepared.

Anne’s Law aims to ensure that people who live in adult care homes have the right to see and get support from those who are important to them.

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There will be a phased approach to its introduction which follows a public consultation which found overwhelming support for Anne’s Law and for a change in the standards.

These new standards will be supported by the body that represents care homes, Scottish Care.

Airdrie and Shotts MSP also welcomes a major plan containing 80 actions to improve the lives of children, young people and families in and around care boundaries.

The ‘Keeping the Promise Implementation Plan’ aims to drastically reduce the number of children in care, with at least £500million this term to help families stay together.

Mr Gray said Lanarkshire Live “Once again, the Scottish Government is putting the people of Scotland at the very heart of decision-making and policy.

“Many constituents have contacted me during lockdown about their fears about what losing contact with loved ones in a care home could do, so seeing Anne’s Law become a reality is fantastic for them.

“Any change to help families stay together should be welcomed, which is why I’m especially pleased to see the 80 actions of the ‘Keeping the Promise’ implementation plan.

“Caregivers and foster carers are doing a fantastic job and I’m glad to see a new allowance is on the way to help them.”

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