Cairngorm Mountain Ltd in administration

Re this media release put out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise today:
 
“The community has raised serious concerns about the running of the resort under Cairngorm Mountain Ltd and Natural Retreats over a long period of time and I am sure they will feel tremendously let down that it has come to this.
It’s now important that HIE is allowed to step in to give stability and to ensure that the remaining staff are paid at this difficult time of year with Christmas just around the corner.
The Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust and the Save the Ciste campaign have both been pushing for community ownership of Cairngorm to allow for new developments and expansion.
The company’s collapse should open the door for a very serious discussion about how local people can take this forward.
The unknown quantity is the future of the funicular and the cost of repairs and I await that with interest. It’s important for the local economy that the resort can still be open for business as soon as possible.”

Job Opportunity – P/T Caseworker – Stornoway

Parliamentary Caseworker

 

Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP (Highlands & Islands Region)

 

Parliamentary Caseworker – Based in Stornoway

 

The post of Parliamentary Caseworker is an interesting and varied appointment based in our regional office in Stornoway.

 

The post holder will be the first point of contact with local constituents and will be required to have good communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain information in relation to casework arising out of issues/concerns raised by constituents, conduct research and then progress enquiries by utilisation of the caseworker system.

 

The ideal applicant will be well organised, flexible, self-motivated, a good team player and able to work on their own initiative.

 

They will have demonstrable basic research skills along with strong written and oral communication skills.

 

Some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish media is desirable along with some experience of working with journalists.

 

They will need an awareness of the Scottish political scene, be IT literate and have experience of new media, including website content management.

 

Salary will be £21,633 per annum (pro rata) rising by increments to £23,673.

 

Hours are 17.5 per week.

 

Holiday entitlement is 30 days per annum (pro rata).

 

Closing date is 5pm on 17th December.

 

Successful candidates will be interviewed early in January 2019.

 

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified.

 

To apply, send a copy of your CV, along with a single A4 page supporting statement, demonstrating how you meet the requirements set out above to David Stewart MSP at david.stewart.msp@parliament.scot or to: David Stewart MSP, 3 Gordon Terrace,Inverness,IV2 3HD.

 

Informal queries may be directed to David Stewart MSP or the Manager, Douglas Mackenzie at the above address. Telephone contact 01463 716299.

 

As an employer we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment and to eliminating unfair discrimination in our employment practices.

 

 

 

 

Person Specification Job Title – Parliamentary Caseworker

 

Responsibilities will include:

 

  • Gathering rapid, accurate and detailed information in relation to casework and other issues locally for inputting and progression via the caseworker system.

 

  • Assist in the preparation and delivering of briefings and updates for the MSP to assist in the preparation of speeches and Parliamentary Questions.

 

  • Assist in the preparation of press releases and have ability to undertake other media responsibilities.

 

  • Assist in the drafting of letters to interest groups and responding to enquiries, as required.

 

  • Liaising with other elected representatives in the constituency and beyond and with  colleagues in the Scottish Parliament and elsewhere.

 

  • Liaising with internal and external groups. Arranging appointments and diary management. Deputising for MSPs at meetings with groups or individuals.

 

  • Other duties in support of the MSP carrying out their parliamentary duties as required.

 

KEY SKILLS AND COMPETENCE ESSENTIAL

 

Essential:

 

  • Some knowledge and understanding of different research methods

 

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political scene

 

  • Flexible approach with the ability to work unsupervised whilst working as part of a small team

 

  • Proven communication skills, both written and verbal

 

  • Strong organisational skills

 

  • The ability to form and nurture effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

 

  • IT literate with a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlookpackages

 

Desirable:

  • Local knowledge

 

  • Understanding of local issues

 

 

 

Marion Wallace Dunlop – Inverness born Suffragette recognised

Motion Number: S5M-14757
Lodged By: Rhoda Grant
Date Lodged: 14/11/2018

Title: Marion Wallace Dunlop

Motion Text:

That the Parliament acknowledges the role played by Inverness-born, Marion Wallace Dunlop, a key member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), and the first suffragette hunger striker; notes that Marion was arrested in 1909 after using a rubber stamp to print the words “Votes for Women” on a wall of St Stephen’s Hall in the House of Commons; understands that she was jailed at Holloway Prison for her actions and went on hunger strike for the suffragette cause; acknowledges her strenuous work in securing women the vote, and is pleased to note that she is being remembered this week as part of Parliament Week at Westminster.

Mary Ramsay launches petition – please sign

You may remember Inverness constituent Mary Ramsay who has Essential Tremor and is campaigning to get ground breaking technology brought to Scotland – ideally to Ninewells Hospital.
The Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) technology uses MRI imaging to guide high powered, focused ultrasound to a very small point to alleviate conditions with tremor.
Molecules are vibrated extremely quickly, which creates intense local heat. The equipment allows clinicians to target a very specific focal point – with very little heating produced in front of and behind that point, so only the targeted tissue is affected.
A surgery team at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, London, already uses the equipment and has performed this procedure on 16 patients successfully reducing their tremors in every case.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has assessed this technology. It has been approved for the treatment of essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease in the USA and in Europe.
Mary has now launched a petition (see link below) and is currently lodging another petition with the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.
Please sign this to help bring this to Scotland.

Photo shows Rhoda with Mary

https://tinyurl.com/yaugwzhx

Statement about DeeAnn Fitzpatrick from Rhoda Grant MSP

“I am absolutely appalled by the treatment of DeeAnn Fitzpatrick over the review into her case,” said Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant.
“There are no two ways about it, it is an absolute cover up and no member of staff should be treated in this way.
“At the very least the First Minister should have invited DeeAnn to a private meeting to discuss the review and the conclusions, but what happened was that a public statement was issued before consulting with DeeAnn.
“I’ve written to the First Minister on a number of occasions asking for a meeting with her and with DeeAnn and I have requested that once again.
“The behaviour that DeeAnn experienced should be called out and not buried and the chapter closed without her seeing the full report.
“DeeAnn’s treatment by the Scottish Government is just abysmal.”