Midlothian SNP reflect on their year in office

Saturday May 6th 2023


The Midlothian Council SNP group in the council chamber.

This View has been written by the Midlothian SNP Council Group

Today marks the one year anniversary of the election of 1,227 Councillors across Scotland. In Midlothian 18 councillors were confirmed as elected to serve on Midlothian Council across 6 wards, with 8 SNP Councillors elected.

In that time, Midlothian’s SNP councillors have been working hard to make a real difference in their communities, tackling the pressing issues of child poverty, the cost of living crisis, and delivering essential public services in very challenging circumstances.

Since taking office, SNP councillors have given a laser like focus to tackling poverty and helping residents through the Cost of Living Crisis. This has included funding initiatives such as establishing a Heat and Eat fund, warm and well hubs providing warm space, hot drinks and soup and funding the Woodburn Pantry and supporting other foodbanks.

The SNP team have also been working to address the day to day issues affecting Midlothian residents, like repairing our roads, increasing affordable housing options, and supporting local businesses. A really important part of that work has been building relationships across our communities, and across the Council Chamber, now more than ever that’s what our residents expect us to do.

Reflecting on the progress made over the past year, SNP Group Leader Cllr Kelly Parry said: “I am incredibly proud of what our SNP councillors have achieved in just one year, in incredibly difficult circumstances. They have worked tirelessly to make a real difference in the lives of people across Midlothian, from tackling child poverty to addressing the cost of living crisis and delivering essential public services.

“SNP councillors’ commitment to eradicating child poverty, addressing the cost of living crisis, and delivering high-quality public services has made a real difference in communities across Midlothian, but we know we have much more work to do. As we mark this one year anniversary in office, we remain committed to building a fairer and more prosperous Midlothian for all.

“I want to thank each and every one of our Councillors for their hard work and dedication to build a better Scotland for all.”

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