All the latest news from Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan and the Scottish Parliament.
Allan Urges Expectant Island Mothers to Sign up for Baby Box
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP is encouraging all expectant mothers in the Western Isles, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 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.
Allan Welcomes New Convenor for Crofting Commission
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the appointment of Rod Mackenzie as the Crofting Commission's new Convenor.
The appointment follows on from the election of Commissioners in March and the appointment of a new Chief Executive earlier this year.