Anne Mctaggart MSP Delivers Christmas Cheer to Postal Workers at Royal Mail’s Knightswood Delivery Office

With Delivery Office Manager Paul Turner

With Delivery Office Manager Paul Turner

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has visited Royal Mail’s delivery office covering G13 and G14 to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Ms McTaggart was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Paul Turner, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the G13 and G14 area in the run-up to Christmas.

Ms McTaggart said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail’s G13 and G14 delivery office and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver Christmas for many people and families in our area. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

Paul Turner, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, commented: “Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across G13 and G14. We are grateful that Anne visited the office to see our operation and to support the team during our busiest time of year.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings.”


The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Thursday 18th December

First Class – Saturday 20th December

Special Delivery – Tuesday 23rd December

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.
  • Use a postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit: or call 03457 740 740.

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

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Glasgow MSP Backs National Road Safety Week Campaign

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart is backing road safety charity Brake’s national campaign. The campaign calls on road users to look out for each other in order to help prevent someone dying every two days and five people being seriously injured every day on Scottish roads; and to protect people on foot and bike.

The call comes at the end of Road Safety Week (17-23 November), coordinated by Brake, during which thousands of schools, employers and community groups will be raising awareness about road safety. Police across the country will also be stepping up traffic enforcement to deter and catch drivers putting others at risk.

The ‘Lookout for Each Other’ campaign is about everyone, especially drivers, showing patience, consideration and responsibility towards other road users, especially the most vulnerable. To help avoid tragedy, Brake is urging drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. People on foot and bike are also being encouraged not to take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

Ms McTaggart was pleased to sign the motion lodged by her Scottish Labour colleague David Stewart MSP at the Scottish Parliament which backed the campaign.

As part of the campaign, Brake and partners RSA and Specsavers revealed statistics showing shocking numbers of drivers senselessly risking lives by flouting traffic laws. 105,807 fixed penalty notices were issued for ‘careless driving’ and speeding offences in Scotland in 2013 – one every five minutes. 102,320 were for speeding and 3,487 for careless driving

Ms McTaggart said: “I’m pleased to be able to back this important campaign that will hopefully help save lives. Far too many people die on our roads in avoidable road crashes, causing pain and anguish for thousands of families across the country. By taking just a little more care on the road, many road crashes are preventable and I would encourage as many people as possible to engage with this campaign and help avoid tragedy.”

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive, Brake, said: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness. At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury. And there are wider consequences if we don’t look out for each other on roads – people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles. That’s why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate. Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, not competing tribes.”


Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. They do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country. Road Safety Week 2014 takes place 17-23 November, with support from the Department for Transport and headline sponsors RSA and Specsavers.

Find out more about Road Safety Week and Brake’s ‘Lookout for Each Other’ campaign. Tweet your support: @Brakecharity, #RoadSafetyWeek, #LookOutForEachOther.

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Glasgow MSP backs CHILDREN 1ST

Children 1st edit
In response to the publication of a report by children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST, Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has resolved to help Scotland’s children’s wishes come true in 2015.

The report gathered nearly 600 wishes from children and families, supported by the charity and its staff and volunteers who presented them to MSPs and decision makers. Wishes range from everything from “stopping abuse” to having “a flying pony” and highlight the difficulties and threats facing children, as well as their hopes and dreams.

When asked what would make Scotland a better place to live one 11-year-old girl said: “I wish there is no violence.” Another said: “I wish to win the lottery so there’s enough food for my family.” Many of the children simply requested opportunities to play.

Ms McTaggart said “When I first read these wishes of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, I felt saddened, then angry and finally, determined. How can Scotland claim to be the best place for children to grow up when in the 21st Century when children still wish to be safe from violence, to do something as simple as visit a park or play a board game with their family and to have enough to eat?

“The report also showed how aspirational and thoughtful our children are. They want to help the world to be a better place, wishing for world peace and for children and animals to be treated better.

“Everyone should read this report and think about what more they can do to help the wishes of Scotland’s children come true. Every child deserves the best start in life. No child should be growing up in fear of abuse and violence. We can help by supporting children’s charities like CHILDREN 1ST and by doing small things ourselves for children we know or who live in our area. I’ll be thinking hard about what I can resolve to do in 2015 to make Scotland’s wishes come true”

Wishes for Scotland’s children can be downloaded here.

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Parliamentary Motions and Questions

New Motions
Motion S4M-11538: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014

That the Parliament congratulates the management and staff at Glasgow Central railway station on it being named Europe’s station of the year at the European Rail Congress Awards 2014; understands that, with over 38 million visitors each year, it is Scotland’s busiest station and, with an estimated 350,000 people using it, was the main rail transport hub at the Commonwealth Games; praises everyone at the station for the completion of the comprehensive refurbishment programme that it undertook ahead of the Games, and wishes them and the station every success.

Motion S4M-11528: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Airport on its 21st consecutive month of growth in terms of the number of passengers passing through the airport; notes that numbers are 2.7% higher than in October 2014, making this the busiest October in six years; understands that the airport has started 20 new routes in 2014 and has invested more than £20 million in refurbishing large parts of the terminal building; recognises that the success of the airport supports 7,300 jobs across Scotland, and wishes it continued success.

Motion S4M-11508: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014

That the Parliament welcomes the return of Rock the House Scotland, the annual parliamentary showcase for live music supported by MPs of all political parties; considers that the event celebrates the very best of Scottish musical talent; understands that the aim of the event is to raise the political profile and importance of intellectual property rights and copyright among UK parliamentarians and key opinion formers; acknowledges that Rock the House Scotland is now in its third year and that Rock the House Scotland 2015 will take place on 8 March at the Oran Mor in Glasgow, hosted by John Robertson MP, the founder of Rock the House Scotland; further understands that the overall final will take place with a live music showcase at the residence of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and hopes that MSPs will encourage their colleagues from the UK Parliament to make a nomination and help promote the music industry in their own constituencies.


New Questions

Question S4W-23129: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the (a) production and (b) use of counterfeit money, and whether it plans to introduce any special initiatives in the run-up to the festive season.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/11/2014

Question S4O-03704: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote the benefits of organ donation.

Current Status: Due in Chamber on 19/11/2014


Answered Questions

Question S4W-23016: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported increase in Glasgow of purchases of illegal tobacco.

Answered by Michael Matheson (12/11/2014):Our most recent Tobacco Control Strategy, Creating a Tobacco-Free Generation, recognises that enforcement continues to have a key role in our overarching ambition for a smokefree Scotland.Under the Enhanced Tobacco Sales Enforcement Scheme all Scottish councils receive funding of £1.5 million per year to rigorously enforce tobacco sales law, including test purchasing and joint working with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Each council decides how their allocation of the £1.5 million funds are spent.

Trading standards determination to tackle this important safety issue has involved the service working with partners including the police, and HMRC. To date, in Glasgow, trading standards have carried out a number of operations at markets and shop premises that have resulted in the seizure of illicit tobacco products. These seizures have then been the subject of reports to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Anne McTaggart MSP – “Welfare System Must Protect Most Vulnerable”


Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called on both the Scottish and UK Governments to do more to ensure that people with disabilities receive sufficient welfare benefits in order to live a dignified and fulfilled live.

She made her calls during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 12th November on welfare benefits for people living with disabilities.

The Tory-led coalition Government at Westminster’s welfare policies have been extremely controversial, attracting criticism from many disability rights charities regarding their impact on people with disabilities. Some households and individuals, notably sickness and disability claimants, are hit by several different elements of the reforms. Combined with the sanctioning of claimants and the subsequent delay in welfare payments, this has resulted in many people with disabilities being pushed into poverty and forced to rely on hand outs such as crisis grants, food banks, and financial assistance from friends and family.

Ms Mctaggart said “I was pleased to be able to contribute to this debate as this is an on-going matter which is of great concern to many of my constituents in Glasgow. As a society, we are responsible for looking out for those who are in need, including people with disabilities. In the past few years, the Tory government has done little to protect this group of people and has threatened their wellbeing in the name of budget cuts and new policies.

“The Scottish Government has yet to offer a comprehensive solution to fixing this issue. The most frequent suggestion for mending the broken welfare system is to simply have the powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament. This solution is simplistic and unworkable, as it would put an already strained system on shaky, un-tested, grounds. Simply waving the wand of devolution is not going to work here either.

“Instead, we should support the existence of the UK-wide welfare state where a social union exists and where we work together to protect the basic entitlements enjoyed by all British people.”

The Labour Party has made 5 pledges for disabled people:

  • Scrap the bedroom tax
  • Devolve control over the Work Programme to Scotland
  • Transform the Work Capability Assessment
  • Get a grip of the huge Personal Independent Payments backlog
  • Make rights a reality for disabled people in Scotland



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Anne McTaggart MSP – “Have Your Say on Community Empowerment”

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called on members of the public who have experience of allotments and community food growing to have their say on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill aims to empower community bodies through ownership of land and strengthening their voices on decision making, and by increasing the pace and scale of public service reform.

It is currently being scrutinised by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee, which Ms McTaggart is a member of. They are paying close attention to the community growing aspects of the Bill and Ms McTaggart is taking the lead on this issue. She is therefore keen for individuals and groups who have experience of allotments and community food growing, including those who have found it difficult to acquire an allotment, to come forward and voice their views on the Bill.

Ms McTaggart said “This Bill is a real opportunity for the public to become more involved in the futures of their local communities, giving them the right to make changes for the better at grassroots level. It’s really important that people provide feedback to the Committee on the issue of allotments and community food growing as it’s a key part of the Bill so I would encourage as many people as possible to do so.”

The questions the Committee would like feedback on are:

  1. What are the benefits of having access to an allotment?
  2. What other types of spaces could be used to grow food and plants?
  3. How could a food-growing plan assist you?

You can let the Committee know your views using the following methods:


Telephone: 0131 348 6040

Address: Local Government and Regeneration Committee
Room T3.40,
The Scottish Parliament,
EH99 1SP


Twitter: @SP_LocalGov #spgrowingcommunity


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Parliamentary Motions and Questions

Motion S4M-11460: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014

That the Parliament welcomes what it considers the continued success of the affordable warmth dividend for Glasgow’s older citizens; notes that, for the fourth year running, Glasgow City Council is offering every resident aged 80 and over money to help heat their homes during the winter; acknowledges that the affordable warmth dividend was introduced in 2011 by the council leader, Gordon Matheson, as part of the council’s efforts to eradicate fuel poverty in the city; recognises that around 44,000 of Glasgow’s most vulnerable older people have taken up the offer and received the £100 payment since it was introduced; understands that Glaswegians struggle to heat their homes adequately and the older residents are most at risk, and hopes that Glasgow City Council will continue to help older people to keep warm without worrying about how they can afford their heating bills.

Motion S4M-11424: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/11/2014

That the Parliament welcomes the online petition system that has been introduced by Glasgow City Council; understands that it is very similar to that used by the Public Petitions Committee, allows the public a voice in the legislative process and will help citizens to take action to help improve their communities, and believes that, with only 25 signatures required for them to be considered by the council, many petitions will be able to be successfully brought forward.

Question S4W-23016: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported increase in Glasgow of purchases of illegal tobacco.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 19/11/2014

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