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@theSNP MSP for Dunfermline and West Fife. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People

781 Following   8,287 Followers   5,146 Tweets

Joined Twitter 11/25/10


Over 50,000 people have signed up as part of the Scotland Cares campaign. If you can volunteer safely then why not… https://t.co/Vw0yy67qs5Hats off to the guy jogging round town today dressed as a T Rex. Didn’t get photo as driving back from weekly shop… https://t.co/1gPXeBtalS
4/4
2020
A heartfelt thanks to Emma and all the other NHS returners. They and thousands of others are working to save lives.… https://t.co/OR0T9FJPqJ
4/3
2020
@librarydigress @SocSecScot @scotgov That’s very kind of you to say so. 🙏Cabinet Secretary @S_A_Somerville updated @ScotParl yesterday on efforts to maintain our critical service through t… https://t.co/fwmKBq24c2
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @hoagie_1 Yes. The staff there are working hard to deal with the huge increase in demand in UC and I thank them for… https://t.co/7e7Qkl6rpMJust had call with over 1000 @SocSecScot and @scotgov Social Security Directorate staff to answer their questions a… https://t.co/fhUUIzd1UL
4/2
2020
Over 43,000 volunteers have signed up through https://t.co/979QFuJkw5. Plenty of room for more though so if you can… https://t.co/oVPkH07nXfMy statement on the difficult decisions I have had to take on social security due to the impact of Covid-19 on our… https://t.co/HqL6fcuAvG
4/1
2020
We are funding specialist organisations to ensure women and children at risk of experiencing violence can access vi… https://t.co/SCsk7CDttg
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3/31
2020
. @ReadyScotland is great! My parents (70+) have been volunteering by calling and FaceTiming old people who are lo… https://t.co/gRL3G608f9
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleAn amazing first day response for volunteers. Thank you! Plenty more opportunities for people to help at… https://t.co/bKaotec6q1 @jamboross @NicolaSturgeon @ReadyScotland Hi Ross there may be opportunities for you to volunteer from home eg tele… https://t.co/qbGZzoiH16Three movie nights so far in lockdown and the girls have made me watch Descendants 1, 2 and 3. Not sure I can cope… https://t.co/qVVsHPxFkBMore than 21,000 people have signed up to volunteer during the #coronavirus pandemic through the new Scotland Cares… https://t.co/sRCufycr3A
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @Southsidegrrrl @DaniGaravelli1 We’ve set up national portal which links behind scenes to all volunteer centres and… https://t.co/hBScQlEzULLooking for volunteers! Can you help? Find out more and sign up 👇 https://t.co/HhALgxQzK3 @lynnmcf2 @BBCGaryR @BBCScotlandNews The scheme allows not just the NHS but local authorities and other public serv… https://t.co/quHpyNhHhM
3/30
2020
A beautiful rainbow to match the thousands in homes across Scotland. In these darkest of times there is always ligh… https://t.co/tUzn0OPGhXWe have been coordinating a Prescription Delivery Service alongside @FifeHSCP & @nhsfife , where our volunteers are… https://t.co/LK6nh3lge1
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @Southsidegrrrl It's not the same as the approach in England exactly because we want to support what is already in place.
3/29
2020
If ever there was a time for @Number10cat it's now. Love the tweet and loving some of the replies. Well done Larry!… https://t.co/u3MT6A6VnAFirst time out the village for five days to get messages for ourselves and my mum. Was a bit weird leaving our wee… https://t.co/4whal9uRnGVery high call numbers to @NHS24 today. Please only call 111 if your symptoms are worsening and you need help.… https://t.co/d902hpmpBQ
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @ruchirlives @KennyFarq That’s something I’m very conscious of as we move forward with this. Communities and charit… https://t.co/ZCvJcGgNjK @KennyFarq Couple of days as per what FM said at press conference on Friday. @KennyFarq There will be very soon.
3/28
2020
@VonnSand Eldest made Swiss roll. Ate that instead! @Southsidegrrrl @burdzeyeview There’s funding available for small community based organisations too if they need it. @MilesBriggsMSP @murdo_fraser And you will see something. Very soon.I have (literally) dusted down the exercise bike which has for some time been proving very useful for putting coats… https://t.co/q7vRUbYqhcWhat you can do this weekend to help? https://t.co/STkvs2XGapThe government is supporting self-employed people whose income has been affected by #coronavirushttps://t.co/4fYuNJK1iZ
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @Carer49 @MonicaLennon7 @NicolaSturgeon @agcolehamilton @scotgov Hi Lynn, I'll take all the points on this thread a… https://t.co/NcL5GIiRgV @susanas4321 Aaaggghhh! Sorry was supposed to be gir post about cancelled children’s gala!! @susanas4321 So sorry to hear this but it’s the right decision. Looking forward to seeing everyone back next year. @MonicaLennon7 @Carer49 @NicolaSturgeon @agcolehamilton @scotgov There wasn’t a statement on social security only b… https://t.co/QP2mM4asfw
3/27
2020
I really hope the media don't travel up to Balmoral to cover this. This can't count as essential travel surely. The… https://t.co/rxSR7xCZz8Unexpectedly got some time on your hands? Fantastic charity looking for kindness volunteers. https://t.co/vWg2hb9PW4
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleVery much welcome this decision by the UKG given growing level of concern on accessing an MOT centre. https://t.co/AubkblFcsY
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3/25
2020
Many businesses have been required to close (eg pubs, restaurants, non essential shops), others are critical to res… https://t.co/i73L140MLs
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleThis 👇! I have had a lot of e-mails in from concerned workers. Employers do the right thing for your staff and your… https://t.co/nod99kHxiR
3/24
2020
@lauramcintosh7 I’ve seen a few tweets like this tonight since the announcement. I’ll be honest and say I don’t kno… https://t.co/0kcj5kfALKFollowing this will save lives. It’s a simple as that. Look after yourself and each other. https://t.co/F9QjnNZjYTPLEASE STAY AT HOME - except for these limited reasons: -To shop for basic necessities -For one form of exercise a… https://t.co/LtSRN9lO9d
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @kayleighmqu So HMRC say that people can still apply without registration under current circumstances so people sho… https://t.co/XmCarva0ja
3/23
2020
@holyroodmandy Best Mothers Day present ever. Virtual hugs all round. @ChristinaSNP @gsc1 Oh it’s definitely in there already.So hubby and I have agreed a routine with the kids for the first day of us working from home and them home schoolin… https://t.co/khJfuznndmURGENT update for all parents and carers. Following advice there will be NO school meals this week. Schools will be… https://t.co/KLGBtHKtCC
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleI any pubs bars restaurants are not following advice regarding closing because of #COVID19 I hope this is considere… https://t.co/isSj1rzbdu
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleImportant news for S4-S6 pupils. DO NOT go to school to complete assignments. @WoodmillHigh @stcolumbasfifehttps://t.co/xJdL3Tj4B0 @kayleighmqu @theresecoffey Officials looking into what can be done. It’s another unintended consequence of a decis… https://t.co/FS2OnzFiJK @VerdiMurray But on reflection the fact that I needed to go so she and my over 70 stepdad have food supplies wasn’t clear in initial tweet. @VerdiMurray @ScotGovFM My mum has problems with her immune system. I’ve dropped off food so she doesn’t have to go… https://t.co/QectEdnfrt
3/22
2020
Mother’s Day advice…. @scotgov @scotgovhealth #Covid19 https://t.co/ckIoILEi38
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleLots of people asking about Mothers’ Day. It’s going to be different this year and here’s our advice. @scotgovhttps://t.co/rphtwCtxsw
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3/21
2020
Big announcement at scale to keep companies in business, employees with income and some support for self-employed.… https://t.co/TF5rro9Sq7
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @C_CWarrender Can't get through but it's a yes to photo if you can get someone there. @C_CWarrender That’ll be me. Kid in P7.Is this something that could help our #carerscentres and #youngcarers services to provide, for example, virtual emo… https://t.co/ysPlSd7Cz5
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3/20
2020
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Retweeted by S-A SomervilleWell done #Dunfermline 👏👏 https://t.co/d0LKXwvw7oAbsolutely! @carrielnds I hope you would encourage all P7s and S6s if Fife to have their chance to do the same. https://t.co/3c6eS5N1hVWe are more than doubling the current Scottish Welfare Fund, which offers crisis grants to those facing emergency.… https://t.co/KkzksJCjMz
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleThe companies making these charges should support the national effort that is critical to addressing the challenges… https://t.co/QiEKyC9D3h
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleMore info about eligibility for Scot Gov rates relief and small business grants due to impact of #Covid19 now avail… https://t.co/nH0rfCyF6y
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleA huge thank you to the senior team in Social Security Directorate and @SocSecScot and all the staff you support. T… https://t.co/42ftKY2FHP☎️ HMRC have set up a help line specifically for self-employed people and businesses who may be struggling due to C… https://t.co/NgIomyzO5v
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleCan I say thank you to @carrielnds and teachers at @NQueensferryPS. My kids have been reassured over past few weeks… https://t.co/bHqzdUNc38The power of words. This by Australia’s Children’s Laureate is lovely. https://t.co/LSfs9PM8zE
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleThese are worrying times but they can also bring out best of us. In 24 hours 2 groups been set up in my village to… https://t.co/bIIevbasye @ClydesdAileen today said "we will require everyone – to work together and step up to this challenge" . This is it… https://t.co/tkMUhbG012
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3/19
2020
New welfare and wellbeing measures announced by @ClydesdAileen are hugely welcome. The investment in the Scottish… https://t.co/0h7Sc9EmFt
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleThe importance of social distancing on a page. This reduces the spread of #COVID19 ensuring that health and emergen… https://t.co/lPxOZFcUTP
Retweeted by S-A SomervilleThis afternoon, @ClydesdAileen and I announced critical support for communities, charities and families #COVID19 👇🏽 https://t.co/BpJvesWDyy @Carer49 @LaserMike @JustinTomlinson @theresecoffey @theresacoff @patrickjbutler @10DowningStreet @BorisJohnsonhttps://t.co/r0wLRxastQ.@NicolaSturgeon visits @agescotland to announce @scotgov support for scaling up of their helpline. More announceme… https://t.co/DJM75CZajw @SalWitcher Scottish Government announcements on support for third sector and financial vulnerable groups to follow… https://t.co/z6YEEbpVOz @Carer49 @LaserMike @JustinTomlinson @theresecoffey @theresacoff @patrickjbutler @10DowningStreet @BorisJohnsonhttps://t.co/X3VnzsIDIw @dfotagc96 Scotland already has an expansive Council Tax Reduction Scheme. There are many exceptions available but… https://t.co/mwpTaOJQe5 @jillblair @kezdugdale @DavieGreig @scotgov No we don’t have powers that could make that happen.
3/18
2020
People financially affected by coronavirus may be eligible to apply for Universal Credit or Employment and Support… https://t.co/oCo9sL2GQ4
Retweeted by S-A Somerville @rahul_ldn That’s a matter for Parliament but to be honest given the current Coronavirus situation it may change. I… https://t.co/OrP6WNZtHXWell done Iceland. I’d encourage other retailers to do the same. https://t.co/3DbIDLUr9J
3/17
2020
Fancy a chat? Maybe you just want to hear a friendly voice? Many thousands of older people in Scotland feel lonely… https://t.co/VdCrySIivy
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3/16
2020
A number of #Dunfermline businesses have emailed/phoned today concerned about the impact on Covid-19. The Scottish… https://t.co/lYFNEHfPcdCoronavirus advice for unpaid carers ⬇️ https://t.co/zw3TAis9sPOne of the big challenges of the coronavirus is for all of us to look beyond our instinctive allegiances and to swi… https://t.co/bTyMExACAB
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3/13
2020
People getting their knickers in a twist about the choreography of press announcements are seriously missing the po… https://t.co/uTvbtyTHK5
Retweeted by S-A Somerville1. FM is entitled to go straight to press conference after COBRA + not a surprise. If it annoys you you could sugge… https://t.co/tjWO0QQIEz
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3/12
2020
@jamieszymko @NHSScotland @JeaneF1MSP The key is doing measures at the ‘right’ time. Too early will in the end make… https://t.co/W2SaMPStyn @jamieszymko @NHSScotland @bopanc .@scotgov is following scientific advice. We are listening and being led by them… https://t.co/Tdp5EP9995
3/11
2020
Are you receiving UK Government Healthy Start vouchers? Then you need to make your move to Best Start Foods now 👇 https://t.co/zXuO3xnqEZ
3/10
2020
@Emilytest12 That's so very kind of you to say. Our meetings made a big impact on me. No-one should ever underestim… https://t.co/qd6e1AR9GMA blog for #InternationalWomensDay on some of the women who inspire me - astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnett,… https://t.co/ccWQql7sbwOne of my favourite views en route to a place very dear to me. So many happy child memories of camping in Glenelg w… https://t.co/aV5jzBvIcd
3/9
2020
“This International Women’s Day is on the theme “Each for Equal”, recognising that all of us have a role to play to… https://t.co/GafhIZ4cjn
3/8
2020
😢Gutted to be losing my friend and colleague @ClydesdAileen from Parliament. Proud to have served alongside such a… https://t.co/l0tnYyxYlO
3/7
2020
Finishing #ScotAppWeek20 with a visit to @LBGplc in #Dunfermline demonstrating Apprenticeships are supporting peopl… https://t.co/tGkVq3pf3o
3/6
2020

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