20 June 2019

Scottish Government leading the way again

Since 2007, the Scottish Government has delivered more than 2,000 homes in the North-East of Scotland.

This is a commendable figure, with more than 1,500 of these properties being created for social rent.

This achievement clearly illustrated the Scottish Government's commitment to building affordable and social housing.

It has always been a crucial part of the Scottish National Party's aim to create a fairer Scotland and improve communities through inclusive growth.

Developments like this are also important because they make a real difference to people's lives, not just in terms of having a property in the physical sense but the sense of identity and belonging that goes with it.

Organ Donation

I was also delighted the Scottish Government passed a very important,long-await ed piece of legislation around organ donation.

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill received a majority backing by MSPs following a debate by full parliament.

Prior to that, donors have been required to 'opt-in' for their organs to be donated, with many people carrying a donor card.

Now, Scotland will move to a new system of presuming consent for organ donations.

The Minister for Public Health, Joe Fitzpatrick said it was a "momentous day for Scotland" and I very much agree with this statement.

It is the biggest change in organ donation legislation in Scotland since the Scottish Parliament came to power.

A similar system was introduced in 2015 in Wales and has been successful.

I wholeheartedly support the hard work done by all on this and which shows the Scottish Government leading the way again.

Stewart Stevenson
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