As your MP, I work to ensure the needs of constituents are met and that you receive the support and services you need.
This has been particularly important in recent months, facing challenges of the increased energy costs, fuelled by Putin’s barbaric war in Ukraine.
Most people across the UK have been receiving this support automatically and I have sought information from Government on the financial support for those using heating oil and other off-grid fuels.
Last week I met with Energy Minister, Graham Stuart who told me that £200 payments are planned to be made in January and that the majority will be paid automatically to those who are eligible.
For anyone who is not covered by the automatic payments, a web portal will be opened for applications.
Of course, I will be making sure that those without internet access will also be served appropriately.
As always, I encourage constituents to contact me directly with specific individual cases and queries.
I was saddened to see a sixth case of avian flu in my constituency earlier this month.
I have met with the Chief Veterinarian Officer in Scotland to find out more about what measures The Scottish Government istaking to mitigate the spread of this disease.
Unfortunately, some quarter of a million birds have had to be culled so far, which is a major blow to the poultry farmers involved.
I have also discussed with NFU Scotland on the matter – who have expressed similar concerns.
After the recent winter bite across Banff and Buchan, with temperatures plummeting and roads blocked by snow and ice, it is a timely reminder of how important it is to be ready for winter.
It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the utilities in your home, such as the fuse box and gas meter. Knowing where they are and how they operate can be helpful during an emergency.
Make sure your car is ready for winter by checking and topping off essential items like fuel, oil, battery and windscreen washer fluid.
A good supply of essentials should be kept on hand in case you need to stay home for an extended period of time.
Sign up for flood and severe weather alerts online and download the MyAberdeenshire mobile app for information about potential winter disruptions.
You can also sign up for the Priority Services Register, which provides extra help to those who need it during power cuts or other disruptions to electricity, gas, or water supply.
If you experience a power cut, you can use the Power Track app to get local information and updates.
You can also contact SSEN Distribution by calling 105.
In case of any emergency, don't hesitate to call 999 for the emergency services.
The police can be called on 101 for less urgent situations – e.g. fallen trees or other road blockages
As we look ahead to the new year, I would like to wish all of my constituents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Despite the challenges we have faced this year, I remain committed to serving Banff and Buchan and addressing the issues that matter most to you.
My office will be closed from 23 December to 3 January inclusive but for any urgent matters, please do email email@example.com which will be monitored throughout the festive period.