Gail Ross, the SNP’’s Member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross is encouraging all expectant mothers in the north whose babies are due on or after August 15th 2017 to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.

These boxes, containing various essential items for a child’s first weeks and months, signal the SNP Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

This comes on top of the SNP Government using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances, the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.

Speaking today (Thursday June 22nd) Gail said:

“The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.

“For mothers in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after August 15th this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, while also providing a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless their background, matters.

“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP Government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, to help low income families via our new Maternity and Early Years’ Allowances- replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.

“The new Best Start Grant will be introduced in 2019.”

Kirsteen Currie –- Office Manager to Gail Ross MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross (SNP)

Address: 106 High Street, Invergordon, IV18 0DR

Telephone: 01349 888 201

Results of the Broadband Survey

Total Interested 33
Total Not Interested 4
Unknown Interest 2
Total Respondents 39
Broadband Survey Pie Chart – 02 07 2017

There will be a special meeting of Edderton Community Council on Tuesday, July 11th in the Community Hall at 7.30pm to review the survey and decide on whether to support the provision of a Community Broadband Network for Edderton and the surrounding area.

Ted Venn – July 2nd, 2017

Broadband Survey

A survey is currently being carried out by Edderton Community Council and Highland Wireless & IT Solutions Ltd to gauge local interest in a project to provide a faster, better and more reliable broadband service for Edderton and the surrounding area.

The survey can be found in the latest edition of Edderton’s Community Newsletter – June 2017.  Please complete the tear-off slip and return to me using the contact details provided as soon as you can.

A coloured version of the newsletter can also be found on this website under Community Newsletter.

Ted Venn – 25th May 2017