I hope this finds you safe and well. I know things aren’t easy just now and the arrival of the dark nights are making it that bit more difficult for some. Today the new Scottish regional restrictions take effect. As you are probably aware, Edinburgh has been placed at level 3 and you can find out more about the restrictions in place at level 3 here. I would urge everyone to do their bit and follow these, as difficult as it may be.
As a reminder, the best place to get the most up to date advice remains the government and council websites:
Scottish Government: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
UK Government: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Edinburgh Council: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also find a list of further helplines including those for parents, older people and those concerned about their mental health on my website. And while my office remains closed to the public, you can still contact me and the team on 0131 661 8023 or by emailing email@example.com.
As I said last month, my team and I continue to see a very high volume of work so please be patient as we prioritise – we will get back to you though it may take a little longer than we’d like. I am also running virtual surgeries so if you need my help, I’m doing all I can to be available.
I’m still meeting constituency organisations either remotely or in a socially distanced manner as appropriate and there’s some information about a few of those I met during October below.
It was really good to meet Marina from the local ONE campaign – we had a useful discussion about the need to at least reschedule, if not cancel, debt from the poorest countries. Loan debt is a stranglehold on developing countries at the best of times but in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic it’s a death sentence as it prevents expenditure on health services.
Huge thanks to Nick for showing me round Covid secure Edinburgh Castle earlier this month. I was really impressed by the lengths they have gone to to keep their 1400 daily visitors safe.
Good to catch up with Mark at Thistle at the start of the month and hear how they’ve been coping during the pandemic. They’ve done a fantastic job maintaining nearly all services and now getting ready to hopefully reopen their doors and welcome folk back next month.