As I have highlighted before, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families need to apply to the free of charge EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of the 30th June 2021 – only a month away. However much I don’t like the system, it is important that people are aware of what action they must take in order to be able to remain in the UK.
The Scottish government has funded support services offered by Citizens Advice Scotland, including a free and confidential helpline on 0800 916 9847 and a factsheet detailing your rights can also be found here.
IIt has undoubtedly been a very difficult time for retail and hospitality businesses – I’ve been doing my best to visit a wide variety of local businesses across the constituency to offer my support and hear about any challenges they are facing. It was a real pleasure to meet Michele, owner of Civerinos – Prom Slice which has opened on Porty prom and already seems to be a great success.
It was great to meet Amanda, Nic and Chrissie at The Pavilion Cafe at the Meadows. Exciting plans to takeover and develop it as a community hub. Find out more here.
Back in April I met with Edinburgh Food Social who have teamed up with the White House Kitchen to offer superb low cost food made by apprentices Liam and Ally. I visited during a trial week but they are now putting in place a summer schedule as lockdown eases.
Thanks to lead consultant Alex MacGruer and Edinburgh Futures Institute director Jude Henderson for a tour of the new Edinburgh University site at Lauriston. Extremely impressive. Not just a massive development but one of the biggest restoration projects in Europe.
Thanks to Martin Gray and Gary Love from Historic Environment Scotland for showing me behind the scenes at Holyrood Park. Stone surveys complete and the fencing is due to be removed next week.