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CALL FOR REMPLOY INQUIRY The scandalous way the workforce at Remploy in Springburn have been treated must be investigated as far as the Re-Gen is concerned following the Government’s handling of the whole fiasco meaning that the place must close. We still believe that a secret deal with a private company earlier this year meant that the manufacturing of wheelchairs would cease at Springburn thereby throwing almost 50 workers jobs on the scrapheap. Cross party support ,(apart from the Tories), last Thursday was evident as a debate on the “shambles at Springburn” was held in the chamber at Holyrood and local MSP Patricia Ferguson who has led the campaign to keep Remploy open spoke stating, “For months the workers have struggled to make sense of this process, as we all have. In fact nothing about this process has been either open or transparent. In any other business situation it would be regarded as a scandal.” Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing is furious about the way the whole thing has been handled with sites all over the country being closed after the UK Government decided to withdraw financial support to Remploy. Bob Doris MSP is another who has campaigned against the closure at the Atlas Industrial Estate and he told the Re-Gen, “I’m very disappointed for the workers and their families at this announcement, but I’m frankly not surprised. The way the UK Government has run this bidding process has been an absolute shambles.“There is a real sense of anger that the sales process for Remploy Springburn has been flawed and I have previously written to the UK Government demanding an

investigation. They refused and just directed me back to Remploy. This is just typical of how the UK Government have completely washed their hands of any responsibility toward the workers.“Plans to close Springburn in January must be put on hold pending an investigation into the whole process. I am convinced these jobs could, and should have been saved; and if the UK Government act now they still can be. “It would appear that the Springburn plant will be closed and that one of the potential bidders may be able to walk away with the order book. If true, that is simply wrong, and the Tories should be ashamed of themselves.” The Remploy factories were set up after the second world war to give employment to those who were left disabled through injuries sustained during the war. The workers have maintained a proud record of manufacturing since then and to see them discarded through no fault of their own is shameful and must be looked into. Fergus Ewing who met with Remploy chief Tim Matthews prior to the debate said, “ There is a persistent lack of clear information about what the future holds. Some workers are completely confused about whether they are going to be made redundant, this month, next month, early next year or whenever. That kind of lack of clarity has characterised this whole matter and is something I think that is of profound concern to us all irrespective of which political party we represent”. It was revealed that a Middlesbourgh businessman had wanted to take over the Springburn operation but had his bid blocked. The Tories n the other hand

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Willie Bain MP Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East

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Third Friday of each Month: Milnbank Housing Association Headquarters, 53 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, G31 3DQ at 3.30pm Riddrie Library and Learning Centre, 1020 Cumbernauld Road, G33 2QS at 4.15pm sprincgburn SC background ad.pdf 06/01/2011 11:15:29 Molendinar Community Centre, 1210 Royston Road, G33 1HE at 5.00pm

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson recently joined local residents and Councillor Martin Rhodes planting bulbs in Maryhill Park. The event was organised by the newly established Friends of Maryhill Park group, set up by local volunteers to help improve the area.The bulb planting was the first organised activity undertaken by the new group which has been working with the City

Council to bring forward plans for investment to improve the play area and encourage greater activity within the park. It will see the first signs of new life in the park when the spring bulbs burst into colour next year. Patricia told the Re-Gen, “I am pleased to support the work of the new Friends of Maryhill Park group. Since it was established it has been working hard to bring forward ideas to improve the park

which is a valuable green space for local residents. I am sure that by working alongside the Council it can ensure work is carried out in the park to make it more attractive for young and old alike. “The bulb planting is a great first step in bringing visible signs of improvement early in the new year. It was good to get my hands dirty helping out, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of our labour when the Spring flowers burst into life.”

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December 2012 It is December and Christmas is coming FAST. North Glasgow College are holding some events that might be of interest to you and your friends and family. These events are open to everyone so please send out an open invitation. Christmas Craft Event taking place and it is really going to be worth a look – please see below. Again please feel free to invite your friends and family in to the college to take a peek Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December 2012, 10am – 7pm in Winter Garden.

RENT MATTERS FOR YOUR LOCAL AREA Your rent pays for the roof over your head and for the essential services in your neighbourhood, like repairs to your home, tackling anti-social behaviour, cleaning your close and being here 24/7. It’s important that you keep up with your rent payments. If you’re concerned about falling behind or about being in debt – speak to us before it’s too late. Remember, your home is at risk if you do not keep up your rent payments.

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Customer service judges acclaim GHA as ‘Amazon or Google of the public sector’ Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) staff have won a major UK customer-service award for going the extra mile to help tenants. Scotland’s largest social landlord was named this week “Best Housing Association” at the 2012 WOW! Awards in London. WOW! judge Akin Thomas said: “GHA were so far ahead of the rest of their group. They are like the Amazon or the Google of the public sector – so forward-thinking and customer-service focused. They were the obvious winners.” The other shortlisted finalists included Homes for Haringey, City of Edinburgh Council, Warwickshire County Council and Family Mosaic, one of the south east of England’s largest housing providers. Other WOW! members include major UK and international companies, ranging from Cadbury and British Gas to Scottish Power and the Green Bay Police Department in Wisconsin in the United States. GHA, who joined the prestigious customer-service recognition scheme last year, were also finalists in the “Best Newcomer” category. Wheatley Group Chief Executive Martin Armstrong said:

“This is an incredible achievement by GHA staff, who take a real pride – day in, day out - in the work they do for tenants across Glasgow.” The “Best Housing Association” award was picked up

by GHA’s Assistant Director of Neighbourhood Services Jacqueline Norwood, Business Excellence Manager Graeme Hamilton and Internal Communications Officer Wendy Jordan.

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EVERY year the problem of Domestic Abuse comes to the fore and every year those who have never experienced it glance at stories like these, shrug their shoulders and then forget all about it, while those who experience it on a day to day or week to week basis, just pray that it would end and let them live a normal life without being Beaten, Verbally Abused, Sexually Assaulted and everything else that goes along with Domestic Abuse. This scourge on society can occur in any walk of life, from the person living a great lifestyle in their £1 million home through to the wee woman who has to make ends meet every week with hardly any income. Domestic abuse crosses all walks of life and the excuse that drink brings it out more, is a fallacy, in fact the perpetrator who actually carries out Domestic Abuse

while sober can be far more vicious as their brain is calmly telling them to carry out acts of violence which terrifies their partner and only ceases when they want it to. Very often in these cases children are exposed to the violence carried out or hearing it from another room and it can affect them for the rest of their life. Slogans like “Domestic Abuse-There’s No Excuse” literally mean next to nothing now as everyone knows there is no excuse but “Abuse your Partner and We’ll Jail You” doesn’t trip off the tongue with quite the same ease, although now Strathclyde Police mean exactly that as they have changed the way they treat Domestic Abuse and have done so for the past couple of years now. If you are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse or are being intimidated or by I Want

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This”threatened by a current or previous partner, you are being subjected to domestic abuse. You may be feeling frightened, isolated and ashamed. Remember You are not to blame for what is happening to you, it is NOT your fault. Above all, you are not alone and you don’t need to suffer in silence. Help is available to you. As we’ve previously stated, Domestic abuse exists in all sections of our communities. Domestic abuse can exist in all types of relationships between partners and ex partners. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background. What we want is to eradicate this horrible, horrible crime once and for all but we already know that this is impossible because some youngsters who have witnessed their parent being abused may think this is the norm in a relationship or, and this is one of the main reasons it continues, the abused partner reports it to the Police then refuses to press the charges and goes back into the same cycle of abuse for years to come. Anyone abusing a Partner should be punished severely by the courts and that shouldn’t reflect on the abused partner. If you are subjected to

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MSP for Glasgow Region (SNP) Parliamentary Surgeries All Welcome 1st Monday of the month Springburn Library, Kay Street - 5.30pm Roystonhill Recreation Centre, 15 Forrestfield Street - 7pm 2 nd Monday of the month Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place - 5.30pm Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10 - 24 Gairbraid Avenue - 7pm 3 rd Monday of the month King Street Council Offices, Rutherglen

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At this time of year we would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the local community about the dangers and risks surrounding “Bogus Callers” and “Cold Callers”. The following advice is given in an effort to help people prevent doorstep scams: TOP TEN TIPS. 1. Be aware when an unexpected caller attends at your door. 2. Think before you open the door – if a spy-hole is fitted USE IT, if not then look out a window to see who is there. 3. Do NOT open the door to

strangers. 4. Treat every stranger with caution. 5. Ask who they are before opening the door. 6. DO NOT let them in unless you are expecting them. 7. Be wary of special offers or anybody warning you that there are problems with your house. 8. DO NOT agree to work unless you have spoken to somebody else regarding it I.E. a friend or neighbour. 9. NEVER hand over money. 10. IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT. Consideration should also be given to using the password scheme provided by many domestic service

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providers. This scheme allows residents to choose their own unique password which would then be used by staff from the domestic company calling at your house to read meters, etc. Below are the telephone numbers for the major domestic service providers which can be called to set up the password scheme. SCOTTISH GAS – 0800 072 8625, SCOTTISH POWER – 0141 272 6044 (Colin Miller), SCOTTISH HYDRO – 0800 622 838 Telephone numbers for the police are: EMERGENCY – 999, NON-EMERGENCY – 0141 532 4300

Trainee posts offer jobs lifeline and help keep gardens spick and span Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and City Building are creating job opportunities for people in the East End – and helping residents keep their gardens spick and span. GHA is doing everything it can to help Winget residents in Carntyne while major refurbishment work is carried out on their homes. As part of that process, tenants are decanted from their home – and contractors City Building have now taken on eight environmental trainees to work on the upkeep of their gardens. The Carntyne Wingets – built in the 1920s using a reinforced concrete design – were first designated ‘structurally defective’ in 1987 due to their construction type. GHA agreed to save and upgrade the Winget homes in November 2009. The new environmental trainees are helping out by tidying gardens, cutting grass and trimming hedges

to make sure gardens are ship-shape in time for residents moving back into their Winget homes. The project has been so successful two of the trainees have already been offered jobs on other City Building projects. As well as offering vital employment opportunities for young people, the environmental initiative is making a big difference to Winget tenants and homeowners. Tenant Margaret Sharp, 79, was delighted after moving back from into her home to find her garden transformed. Margaret said: “The lads have done brilliantly. The garden looks fantastic. They cleared away the moss, cut back some of the

trees and even put a new fence round the garden. “It looks a hundred per cent better and it means I’m getting much more light into my house too. “It’s a really good thing for people to get these job opportunities too.” Gordon Sloan, GHA Chair and himself a Winget tenant, said: “It’s great that, with our partners at City Building, we can offer local people employment opportunities in these tough times. “The trainees themselves have really responded well to the chance to learn new skills and residents have told me how much they appreciate the improvement in the environment. It’s a winwin situation.” Graham Paterson, Executive Director of City Building, said: “Partnerships like this add to the communities where we work by creating these jobs. We are delighted to be able to offer these trainees this chance.”


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December 2012

YOUNG CYCLISTS FROM NORTH GLASGOW VISIT SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME AS THOUSANDS GET ON THEIR BIKES Scotland’s only world-class indoor cycling facility – the stunning Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow – has got off to a racing start with thousands of people riding the boards since it opened in October. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the £113 million Emirates Arena has already played host to a number of major events including last weekend’s sell out UCI Track Cycling World Cup. As well as staging international events, the state-ofthe-art venue, which will host the track cycling events during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is also open to local people. And in the seven weeks since Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, became the first person to ride the venue named in his honour, attendances by the public have now topped 4,000th. Demand has been so high that track sessions are almost fully booked till Christmas, with very limited availability. For further information on sessions customers are asked to check www.emiratesarena. co.uk or telephone 0141 287 7000. And while some of the world’s top cyclists have graced the boards it was a group of school children from north Glasgow who marked the x,xxxth visit as part of a Commonwealth Games legacy project being delivered by Glasgow Life, ng Homes and the Winning Scotland Foundation. The North Glasgow Sports Legacy Project will connect residents in the north of the city with the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy initiatives. A Sports Co-ordinator has been appointed to drive the project forward with the specific aim of increasing participation in sport and improving health

Entrepreneur Re Tackle Re-offend and Employmen THANKS to a £4,468 award, Patrick Clark can take forward Open Gates, an employability initiative

for prisoners and exoffenders in Possilpark. Funding comes from the Millennium Awards Trust

Elmvale Primary

and wellbeing. The project is the first of its kind in the city. Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was built for the people of Glasgow and since opening the response from experienced track cyclists to those wishing to give the sport a try for the first time has been nothing short of incredible. “The velodrome will of course be home to many world-class sporting events, not least the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We are determined to make sure that the Games leave a lasting legacy for communities across the city and projects such as this, which are helping to increase participation, are doing just that. “It was fantastic to see young people from the north of the city riding on the very same boards as some of the world’s greatest cyclists including our very own Olympic gold medal winners Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott. We want this venue to inspire the next

generation of cyclists.” Chief Executive of ng homes, Robert Tamburrini, said: “The London 2012 Olympic Games showed just how inspirational sport can be. For young people in our area to be given the chance to cycle on the same track that Sir Chris Hoy himself rode on just a few weeks back is very special. “The partnership behind the North Glasgow Sports Legacy Project is creating additional opportunities for residents in the north of the city. We want to see people of all ages become more involved in sport and opening up world-class facilities such as the velodrome to the public will help do that. Glasgow is leading the way in this regard.” Glasgow City Council announced in 2008 that the velodrome would be named after Sir Chris Hoy following his outstanding performances at the Beijing Olympic Games that year. Construction of the venue commenced in January 2010, with the internationally renowned designer Ralf

Schuermann starting work to build the velodrome track in March this year. Schuermann is regarded as one of the world’s top velodrome designers. To date he has built over 140 velodromes including the 2008 Olympic Games cycling venue in Beijing. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is his latest creation. It has a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators, which can be increased to around 3,700 seats during major events. Built on a 10.5 hectare site next the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Celtic Park, the Emirates Arena is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe and is already home to a world-class sporting events programme. In its first four months of operation the Emirates Arena will play host to no fewer than eight Scottish, European or World level sporting events Further information on the Emirates Arena and events being held there can be found at www.emiratesarena.co.uk

Springburn (East)

Ned Donaldson House, 50 Reidhouse Street Springburn, Glasgow, G21 4LS Tel: 0141 560 6000 Fax:0141 560 6005

The New North Cup Final took place on 30th November at Milton Campus between Elmvale Primary from Springburn and St Martha’s Primary from Balornock. Although St Martha’s played some great football and had some lovely passing moves it was Elmvale who ran out the winners on the day with a goal from Ryan Irwin and the perfect hat-trick from Mathew McLevy. Mathew said: “I scored one with my left foot and a chip with my right and the last one was a header, I was really pleased with my performance.” You would think scoring a hat-trick would be enough to net Mathew man of the match but he was denied that accolade by the performance of Elmvale Keeper Callum Law who had and outstanding match between the sticks for the Springburn side. Callum said: “Whilst it’s nice to pick up the man of the match award I thought we played re-

ally well as a team to win the New North Cup.” A mention too must be given to Central Midfielder Lee Gemmell who setup two of Elmvale’s goals, Lee said: It was great to win the cup and play my part for the team. The winning team were: Callum Law, Calum Reidman, Jay O’Neil, Reece Samson, Mathew McLevy, Lee Gemmell, Subs Mason Jasper, Aaron Ros. Mr Ronaldson was their coach and Miss Donohue was also there from Elmvale to cheer the team on. St Martha’s were cheered on by Mr King and Kai Kennedy scored a great goal but it wasn’t to be their day on this occasion as Elmvale celebrated with the cup. The primary schools that took part in the competition this year were Saracen, St Teresa’s, Elmvale, St Monica’s, Balornock, Barmulloch, St Catherine’s and St Martha’s. The venues were Springburn

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ceives Cash Award to ing Through Training delivered by support organisations Scotland UnLtd, Firstport and ng homes.

Open Gates will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme

with the aim of reducing re-offending and stopping the revolving door back into prison. Individuals

win New North Cup Park and Milton Campus. ng homes Chairperson John Fury who presented both teams with their medals and Elmvale with the cup said: “Its great to see young people from primary schools in North Glasgow enjoying themselves and keeping fit and active through sport. We were delighted to be able to support the New North Cup again this year.” Greg Cann, ng sports legacy co-ordinator said: “Well done to all the teams who took part in the competition, the final was a great match to watch. We have been delivering a range of free sporting

activities for people of all ages over the past few months and we will continue to work with local schools to provide free access to sport in North Glasgow.” Active Schools Co-ordinator Joe Brannan who organised the tournament said: “This is the third year that

ng homes have supported this festival of football and it provides a fabulous opportunity for the pupils from all the local primary schools to be involved in a friendly football festival . A big thank you should also go to all the school staff who support this event.”

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who have managed to break the cycle will use their experience to mentor and support other offenders to do the same. Operating as a social enterprise, the organisation will manufacture, recycle, and upcycle furniture and white goods and sell to the general public. Patrick has firsthand experience on the struggles of breaking the re-offending cycle. After turning his life around, he set up successful sandwich businesses, eventually employing over 70 staff. His new venture will see him working with a team of volunteers who are helping to set up the enterprise. Many of the volunteers are ex-prisoners or have an interest in supporting offenders. On receiving the award Patrick said “As a new social enterprise we found it difficult to get on the first rungs of funding. Scotland UnLtd listened to our aims and goals, their advice and understanding in what we are doing was invaluable. The grant itself not only helps us to move our project along, but it

also gives our team of volunteers a boost and has encouraged us to move forward quickly to the next step. I would like to add that Scotland UnLtd have offered their expertise as we move forward, they have a team that cares”. Thomas McAlister, Award Manager of Scotland UnLtd, said: “Pat’s idea is a fantastic example of how our awards programme can help individuals who want to tackle society’s most pressing issues. Overcrowding in prisons is a real concern and the Government recently highlighted the importance of reducing re-offending and supporting prisoners’ rehabilitation. Pat’s idea could not be more relevant and we are delighted to be able to support him.” The award was made through a partnership initiative run in conjunction with ng homes, Scotland UnLtd, and Firstport. The partnership is part of a strategy to encourage social entrepreneurs in North Glasgow to test out ideas that can make a big difference to peo-

ple and communities. The initiative offers access to free support and advice in addition to start up awards to help individuals turn ideas into reality. Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: “This is another great initiative that ng homes are supporting to help local people make a difference in our communities.” Regeneration Coordinator for ng homes Margaret Layden, said “We are delighted to be part of such an important initiative and we congratulate Pat on achieving this award which will support the development of this vital programme in North Glasgow.” If you have an idea to address a problem in your community or would like further information please contact: Margaret Layden, Regeneration Coordinator at ng homes on 0141 560 6000 or email: mycommunity@ nghomes.net Thomas McAlister, Scotland UnLtd Award Manager on 07545933798 or e-mail: thomasmcalister@ unltd.org.uk

Possilpark (West)

252 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow, G22 5LF Tel: 0141 336 1300 Fax:0141 560 6005

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Carbon Footprints Nursery is a brand new child care facility in central Glasgow. It’s custom built facility has the latest green credentials, that coupled with experienced staff makes it great environment for your children. Mission: Caring for the planet and the next generation! We are committed to providing excellent quality childcare in an environmentally sustainable way. We look after the environment your children are in today, and protect the environment for them for tomorrow. Description: We have a number of childcare places available for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. The facilities are brand new and designed to care for your children and the environment at the same time.

OUT OF SCHOOL SERVICE We run an Out of School Programme at £15 a day subject to there being an evidenced demand. We believe that this needs to be varied in order for children to want to come and not to feel that they have been “sent”. Our activities , dependant on age, include : · access to a sound lab · access to computer graphics · access to a Childrens gym · access to football coaching · homework support · board games · art materials · computer games · mealtime snack (including support to make it ) · collection from school if needed (depending on school)

REM, Project Managers on the delivery of the new nursery, wish “Carbon Footprints” every success for the future. Carbon Footprints Nursery is a Milnbank Housing Association enterprise.

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Thanks to substantial support from the Big Lottery Fund our custom built nursery is now open. A building with outstanding green credentials it is the perfect environment for offering quality childcare.

Highly competitive rates and all food, bottles, nappies and wipes included. 0-2 £160 2-3 £150 3-5 £140 Example:- a 3 year old attending full time just £2.80 per hour for all care and meals.

• Focus on High Quality Education • Support from a Qualified Teacher • Fully trained staff team with a variety of skills • Not For Profit Organisation

Tel: 0141 548 6500 Carbon Footprints Nursery 10 Duke Street, Glasgow G4 0WX

Email: marie@carbonfootprintsnursery.com Website: www.carbonfootprintsnursery.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarbonFootprintsNursery


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BLOCHAIRN MARKET AS BUSY AS EVER Patricia Ferguson MSP announces Christmas Card Competition Winner. Patricia Ferguson, in conversation with the ReGen announced that Rebecca McMurray of St Blane’s Primary School had won the competition to design Patricia’s Christmas Card. Over 400 entries were received this year and the judges had a tough time deciding on an overall winner. Rebecca’s design has been printed and the card will be sent to individuals and organisations throughout the constituency.

On the run up to Christmas one place in the North of the city is looking forward to hectic week-ends from now until the big day. Blochairn Market has always been a magnet for bargain hunters since it opened, taking over from the “Famous Barras” which has gone right downhill over the past couple of years. With loads of parking places you can leave your car and take a dander round the many market stalls at your leisure. Whilst there are undoubtedly many great buys on offer beware there are also few “dodgy presents” to be had. Counterfeit goods such as Perfumes, tracksuits, training shoes, designer clothes and even tea bags can be picked up from certain locations within the market area and although the organisers and the police try to clamp down on these it still goes on. If you are intent on visiting Blochairn Market we hope you have an enjoyable day but be aware you might end up with something that turns out to be “a pig in a poke”. ALWAYS REMEMBER – IF IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.

HOW SICK IS THIS?

Shelter, the homeless charity which carries out great work not only in this area but also throughout Britain should feel free from worry especially in the Charity shops they run but unfortunately even these are targets for sick thieves. The Charity shop in Great Western Road was the subject of an attempted break-in early last Monday morning and police were called to discover the metal security gates that pull down to protect the front of the shop had been interfered with. This is a CHARITY shop which gets donations of second hand goods from ordinary people to sell at much reduced prices and any money made goes to help the homeless people who need assistance. The majority of people who work in the Shelter shops are volunteers and to think that someone would try and disrupt the running of the shops and the well-being of the volunteers by trying to steal some second hand goods is way beyond a joke. Is this the way someone wants to be remembered, by breaking into a Charity Shop? Get a Grip of yourself whoever you are.

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Patricia Ferguson MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn For advice or assistance please contact: Constituency Office, 43 Atlas Road, Glasgow G21 4TA Tel: 0141 558 9483. Email: Patricia.ferguson.msp@scottish.parliament.uk Website: www.patriciaferguson.labour.co.uk Working hard for the communities of Acre, Ashfield, Balgrayhill, Balornock, Cadder, Carron, Colston, Cowlairs, Gairbraid, Germiston, Hamiltonhill, Kelvindale, Keppochhill, Kirklee, Lambhill, Maryhill, Maryhill Park, Milton, Parkhouse, Petershill, Port Dundas, Possilpark, Royston, Ruchill, Sighthill, Springburn, Summerston and Wyndford.

Surgery Details 1st Saturday of the month 10am: Kelvindale Primary School, 11 Dorchester Place, G12 0BP 11.30am: Maryhill Hub 186 Wyndford Road, G20 8HF

1st Monday of the month 4pm: Springburn Alive & Kicking Project, 94 Red Road, G21 4PH 5.30pm: St Monica's (Milton) Primary School, 200 Liddesdale Road, G22 7QH

2nd Monday of the month 4pm: Lambhill Stables, 11 Canal Bank North (off Balmore Road), G22 6RD

4th Monday of the month 4pm: Roystonhill Recreation Centre, 15 Forrestfield Street, G21 2HG

5.30pm: Ledgowan Tenants' Hall 1 Ledgowan Place, G20 0JZ

5.30pm: Elmvale Primary School 712 Hawthorn Street, G22 6ED

3rd Monday of the month 4pm: K.A.T.S, 1 Fountainwell Square, Sighthill, G21 1RB

•There will be no surgeries on public holidays and no surgeries in schools during school holiday periods.

5.30pm: Possilpoint Community Centre, 130 Denmark Street, G22 5LQ

•Those unable to attend a surgery can be visited at home by arrangement.

Report the dirty dog owner to our Enforcement Officers who will be in your area or phone

0800 027 7027 Pick it up or pay the price - £40 fine

•For further information, or to make a surgery appointment, please contact the constituency office on 0141 558 9483.

The Scottish Parliament has legislative responsibility for: Health, Education, Transport, Housing, Economic Development, Enterprise, Culture, Environment, Rural Development and Justice

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Milnbank Housing Association 53 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 3DQ Tel: 0141 - 551 8131 www.milnbank.org.uk

Springburn (East) Ned Donaldson House, 50 Reidhouse Street Springburn, Glasgow, G21 4LS Tel: 0141 560 6000 Possilpark (West) 252 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow, G22 5LF West of Scotland Tel: Housing Association 0141 336(WSHA) 1300is currently exploring the benefits of a partnership with Gentoo Group.

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WELFARE REFORM

Welfare Reform

Changes to Housing Benefit If you claim Housing Benefit to help pay your rent you may be affected by changes from April 2013. The changes mean that some people will get less Housing Benefit than they did before. This information will help you find out what’s happening and how you can prepare as many tenants will be concerned about the changes to Housing Benefit. How many bedrooms do you have? From April 2013 if you rent a Housing Association property and have one or more spare bedrooms your Housing Benefit may get reduced.

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You could be affected if… • You are 16 to 61 years old The• If you are working and only two organisations are currently in discussions to find out what a get a small amount of Housing partnership could mean and the benefits it could bring to tenants. Benefit • Even if you are sick or disabled What is classed as a “spare” bedroom? If you have more bedrooms than the Government says you need, under the new rules you will lose part of your “Providing the best homes, services and communities for Housing Benefit. our tenants” For General Enquiries

please call:

If you would like any more information on the proposed The new rules state you will 0844 892 0321 partnership with Gentoo please call us on: allocated one bedroom for: 0141 550 www.westscot.co.uk 5600 or send an email to partnership@ • Each adult couple westscot.co.uk

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• Any other person age 16 or over • Two children of the same sex under 16 • Two children under the age of 10 regardless of sex • Any other child • A carer (who does not normally live with you) if you or your partner need overnight care. It doesn’t matter who uses the spare room, the new rules will even apply if: • You and your partner need to sleep apart because of a medical condition • The main home of your children is another address, but you have a spare room for when they stay over with you eg. Access to children What happens if you have a spare bedroom? If you have one spare bedroom your Housing Benefit will be cut by 14% of the rent you pay weekly. If you have two or more spare bedrooms you will lose 25% of the rent you pay weekly. You will have to pay to your landlord the difference between your Housing Benefit and your rent if your benefit is cut.

Limit on Benefits From April 2013, there will be a cap on the overall amount of benefit you can receive. The Government will add up how much money you get from a range of benefits including: housing benefit, jobseekers allowance, employment support allowance, child benefit, child tax credit and carer’s allowance. If the amount of your benefits add up to more than the maximum allowed your housing benefit will be reduced. From April 2013 the maximum amount of benefit you will be entitled to is: • £500 per wk for single parents • £500 per wk for couples with or without children • £350 per week for single people without children This will not apply if…. • You get pension credit or working tax credit • A member of your household is claiming disability living allowance, attendance allowance or the support element of employment support allowance.

What is Universal Credit? It’s a benefit that will replace working tax credit, child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, job seekers allowance and employment and support allowance. All of these benefits will be paid as one “Universal Credit”. Who will receive Universal Credit? Single people or a couple jointly of working age can get Universal Credit. However, it won’t be payable if you have savings of £16,000 or more and to qualify you have to accept a “Claimant Commitment”. What is a Claimant Commitment? All claimants must agree to meet requirements related to finding work. There will be sanctions for failing to meet any of the requirements under the Claimant Commitment. What is Working Age? Anyone over 16 and under the age of 61 at the time Universal Credit is introduced in October 2013. How do you apply for Universal Credit? Applications must be made to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The expectation is that you will apply on-line using a computer rather than filling in a form or going to an office to make a claim. How will Universal Credit be paid? It will be paid monthly in arrears and anyone receiving

For General Enquiries please call: 0844 892 0321 www.westscot.co.uk

Gemap Scotland News

GHA Shop,173 Trongate , Glasgow ,G1 5HF Tel: 0141 274 6460 www.gha.org.uk

Here are some frequently asked questions in relation to Welfare Reform and the introduction of the new Universal Credit.

Log onto www.cas.org.uk to find your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau

do you know your ESA from your JSA-if not, we can offer a free, impartial & independent benefit check for you and help you to apply for them-remember this is money you could be due.

Financial Capability- we offer a range of tailor made financial capability workshops, available in your community. We offer advice on budgeting, banking, debt and the cost of credit. We can help with bank accounts, savings strategies and goals.

Legal Advice-Are you in danger of losing your home or face becoming evicted. Do you need legal assistance, advice or court representation-we can help. We offer a free, independent & impartial legal service.

Fuel Poverty we’ve all seen the massive price increase from the power companies recently, are you struggling trying to pay your fuel bills- are you on the right tariff and the best supplier, we can help, we can arrange a home visit for you for advice

From April 2013, the UK Government will cut Housing Benefit paid to people of working age who are deemed to have spare bedrooms in their homes. If you’re a GHA or Cube tenant - we’re here to help. If you think this change could affect you please talk to your local Housing Officer or call our Welfare Reform Helpline on Freephone 0800 597 3777* anytime. Remember, these changes are coming - we’ll help you get ready.

*If you’re calling from a mobile 0141 444 0110 might be cheaper

Is there anything I should do now? Yes. If you receive benefits and think you’ll be affected by these reforms, you should seek advice right away. Contact a Welfare Advice centre immediately or speak to your landlord. The worst thing you can do is ignore the fact that changes are going to be introduced.

Surgery Details

1st Friday of the Month* Cranhill 11.00am Cranhill Community Project, 109 Bellrock Street, G33 3HE

Under Occupancy

What about my housing benefit? Under the new system, any help you receive with your rent will be part of Universal Credit. You will have to pay rent yourself as there will no longer be direct payments to your landlord as happens under the current system. Failure to pay your rent will result in arrears and housing providers may have no option but to take court action and seek eviction.

Your constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament

If you would like assistance on more information on anything above please contact GEMAP Scotland Ltd on 0141 773 5850

Big changes will be made to benefit payments next year

Will Benefits be capped? Yes, from April 2013 no couple or single parent can receive more than £26,000 per annum and single claimants can’t receive more than £18,000 per annum.

Paul Martin MSP

Money Advice-are you having problems with money & managing your debts, are companies writing/ phoning you. Are you unable to pay them, we can help-Gemap Scotland offers a free, independent & confidential service

Are you ready?

When does Welfare Reform begin? The reforms will begin next October and anyone in receipt of the benefits covered by Universal Credit will be placed on the new system by the end of 2017. However, if you’re circumstances change, you will move to the new system right away.

Westwood Business Centre Unit 2 /31, 69 Aberdalgie Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow G34 9HJ Phone: 0141 773 5850 Fax: 0141 781 1777 Email: info@gemap.co.uk

Are you worried about debts or your fuel bills, maxed the plastic. Bills, Bills and more Bills, as we shudder from our festive financial hangovers and bills not yet paid. Maybe it’s time to get some help.

GEMAP Scotland ltd Phone:0141 773 5850 Email: info@gemap.co.uk Benefits-are you sure you’re on the right benefits,

Universal Credit must have a bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, you REALLY need to get one before Universal Credit comes into force.

2nd Monday of the Month* Barmulloch 5.15pm Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21

Wellhouse 12 noon Wellhouse Hub, 49 Wellhouse Crescent, G33 4LA

4th Monday of the Month* Garthamlock 4.00pm GESH, 1 Redcastle Square, G33 5EG

Easterhouse 1.00pm The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, G34 9DU

Craigend 5.00pm St Rose of Lima Primary School, 295 Mossvale Road, G33 5QS

Budhill 2.00pm Budhill Family Learning Centre, Hallhill Road, Springboig, G32 0PR

Carntyne 6.00pm High Carntyne Church (Carntyne Square), 358 Carntynehall Road, G32 6LW

* No Surgeries on Public Holidays

Constituency Office: 604 Alexandra Parade Glasgow G31 3BS 0141 564 1364

Open Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Closed for Lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Email: paul.martin.msp@scottish.parliament.uk Website: www.paulmartinemsp.org.uk


December 2012

PARTY SAFE

With the Festive Season now upon us, many will be venturing to restaurants, pubs and clubs to celebrate with loved ones, friends and colleagues. The advice from Strathclyde Police is to enjoy this period but do so safely. There are a few key safety points to remember when out socialising. • Plan ahead and be prepared – know how you are getting home and remember to keep enough cash for your return journey. If you are not using public transport pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift to get you home safely. Never accept lifts from cruising cabs or touts. • Make sure your mobile is charged and has credit – keep it safe and do not leave it unattended. • Don’t leave your drink unattended, even if just going to the toilet. If you begin to feel excessively drunk after just a small amount of alcohol, seek help from a trusted friend or a member of the club/pub management. • Have your keys ready when approaching your car or house. • Never drink and drive. Festive road safety campaigns have already commenced to educate motorists of the dangers of drink driving. How alcohol affects us can change on a day to day basis depending on varying factors, the safest option when even having one drink is to leave the car at home.

SAFER SHOPPING

Shopping during the holiday season can present a unique danger. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and where possible avoid carrying a purse or wallet at all as these are prime targets for

thieves. Instead carry cash in front pockets where it is far more difficult for criminals to remove without you noticing. • If you leave items in you vehicle at any time, ensure they are locked away in the glove compartment or the boot and out of sight. Items such as gifts, cash in the centre consol or satellite navigation systems make your vehicle attractive to thieves looking for a quick and easy opportunity to get their hands on goods or cash. • If shopping at night, park in a well lit area where you and your vehicle are less vulnerable.

POLICE SCOTLAND UPDATE

Strathclyde Police, along with the seven other police forces in Scotland, are in the final stages of preparation for the merger to the single Police Service of Scotland. The message that the Chief Constable, Stephen House, wants to send out to our communities is that local policing will remain at the heart of everything we do. In a recent article for Police Scotland News, Mr House said; “Local policing in the heart of our communities is the bedrock on which we keep our communities safe. Every multi-member ward in Scotland will have a plan which will shape local policing. It will be based on what people regard as priority areas for action. Keeping our communities safe is not just something that we can achieve by having local policing priorities. The single service will also be a key player in UK terms as well as in international context. The threats to our communities come from within our communities as well as further afield. Serious organised crime and counter terrorism are two examples of threats we face which impact locally but have roots further afield. I have long been a champion of a single force. Simply, it is the best way to deliver policing at all levels in a modern Scotland – locally, nationally and internationally.”

TIME FOR CRIME TO PAY UP On 16th November 2012 plain clothes officers from Strathclyde Police’s B

Division who cover North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire seized £4,400 in cash during a house search within the Milton area of Glasgow. The cash, which is suspected to be linked to a robbery in the city, was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is another deft blow to the criminals who derive benefits from ill-gotten gains. The Proceeds of Crime Act aims to hit criminals where it hurts – in their pockets – by stripping them of illegally obtained assets. Since April 2012, millions of pounds of cash and assets were seized in the East and North East of the City through arrests and restraints by officers within the Financial Investigation Unit based in London Road

Police Office. Chief Superintendent Wayne Mawson, the Divisional Commander of B Division said, “The Proceeds of Crime Act is a fantastic piece of legislation which we utilise to its fullest potential in B Division. Our communities regularly tell us about the local drug dealer who runs around in flash cars and seems to be living the high life. Well we aim to put a stop to this. We will take their cars and their cash; and if someone else has been living off their illgotten gains then we’ll take their cars and cash too.”

ATM SCAMS

Across the country each year at Christmas time, police forces see a massive increase in the number of scams involving cash machines, which more often than not leave unsuspecting shoppers out of pocket at one of the most expensive times of the year. Despite these scams often being sophisticated, involving electronic equipment – scanners, cameras, computers and more; simple steps by savvy consumers can seriously disrupt these scammers and help to make Christmas that bit more enjoyable! When attending at an ATM machine to withdraw cash • Be aware of your sur-

roundings – ensure no one is looking over your shoulder that could see your PIN number. •Look for anything unusual on the cash machine – including any parts that don’t look like they belong there, different colours from the advertising on the machine. If the device looks like it’s been interfered with in any way, don’t use it – contact the police and the bank. • When entering your PIN number – make sure you cover the keypad with your other hand. Thieves rely on getting your PIN number to marry it up with card details they have obtained from the ATM machine. If you keep this hidden – they cannot withdraw cash. • At night, try to use ATMs in well lit busy public places – they are less likely to be targeted by thieves using high tech cloning equipment, as there is less time and privacy available for them to set up their equipment. • Check your bank statements – and be sure that what is on there – you have spent! • ALWAYS keep your bank card and PIN number separate from each other. • NEVER give anyone your PIN number – the bank or the Police will NEVER ask for these and YOU SHOULD never provide it to anyone.

Speaking at London Road Police Office, Constable Ryan Curran said “This type of crime is high tech, has low set up costs and can literally make criminals tens of thousands of pounds in a very short space of time. Because of the electronics involved the perpetrators can be some distance away – but no matter how hi-tec the scam may be – these simple steps render these scams almost useless. Keep this in mind and protect your hard earned when shopping this Christmas!”

STRATHCLYDE POLICE WARNS ABOUT A POSSIBLE TELEPHONE SCAM IN NORTH EAST GLASGOW. Information has been obtained by Strathclyde Police in relation to a potential phone scam in which individuals are contacted via their telephone and informed that a virus is about to hit their home computer and for a fee a test can be carried out remotely on the

computer to locate the virus and software installed to prevent corruption. It is then requested that money be transferred into a Western Union bank account. If you think you may have been affected by this or a similar scam please contact

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wool hat, light blue jeans, bright blue trainers. Nobody was injured as a result of the incident. CID officers in East Dunbartonshire are following a line of enquiry, however, if you have any information please contact Kirkintilloch Police office on 0141 532 2000.

APPEAL TO TRACE RELATIVES

your local police office for advice and assistance either in person or telephone 0141 532 4300.

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION

About 0700 hours on Wednesday 28 November 2012, a male armed with a knife entered the premises of Five in One, 564 Broomfield Road, Glasgow. He threatened a 33 year old male staff member and robbed him of a bracelet and a watch. No persons were injured during this incident. Two male suspects are described as; 1. Male Scottish accent 5’8”, black hooded jacket green and black scarf over face, grey tracksuit bottoms 2. Male grey tracksuit CID officers at Baird Street Police Office are currently following several lines of enquiry in respect of this incident. If you have any

information please contact DC Neville Oliver at Baird Street Police Office on 0141 532 2000.

ROBBERY WOODHILL ROAD, BISHOPBRIGGS

On 30 November 2012, two males entered the Post Office, Woodhill Road, Bishopbriggs, presented a knife to staff and robbed the premises of a four figure sum of cash. The suspects are described as; 1. White male, slim build, wearing a high visibility vest, black and red ‘Nike’ top, black wool hat. 2. White male, slim build, wearing a high visibility vest, grey hooded top, dark

Strathclyde Police is seeking the assistance of the public in an effort to trace the relatives of a man who dies in Bishopbriggs on Wednesday 28 November 2012. Raymon Sharpe (80) was found dead within his home, a caravan within Cairngorms Caravan Site, Woodhill Road, Bishopbriggs. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Officers have been carrying out enquiries but have been unable to trace any relatives. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Divisional Coordination Unit at London Road on telephone number 0141 532 4676.

MARYHILL OFFICER FOILS ROBBERY……. WHEN OUT SHOPPING

We’ve all been in the position of having to run to the shops for odds and ends, but few of us having ended up in a violent struggle with a hammer wielding robber. That’s exactly what happened to B Division’s Constable Nic Harper, when he went to his local Coop off duty for some shopping. Unknown to Nic or the villain of the piece, the off duty community officer had walked into the middle of the shop being robbed! Immediately he realised what was taking place, and calmly walked to the masked and armed man; identified himself as a cop and took him to the ground. After a violent struggle, the assailant was arrested when local on duty officers arrived and has been held in custody to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court charged with Robbery. Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Wayne Mawson Said “Nic displayed an incredible sense of duty and courage in tackling this man. A dangerous offender has been taken off the streets and thankfully no one has been hurt. We are extremely proud of Nic’s actions.”

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14 December 2012

Parliamentary Patter Willie Bain MP

As we approach the end of 2012, we think back to what has been a great year in sporting and cultural success for Scotland and the UK, but also to another brutal year for the economy and for working households. I recently commissioned research from the House of Commons Library which shows that average wages have slumped in real terms by 7.4% in Scotland since George Osborne became Chancellor, and by even more in the UK overall. People across the UK earn less in real terms than they did a decade ago. Added to this, full-time employment in Scotland fell by 17,000 during the first two years of the Coalition, and under-employment – people who want more hours at work to pay the bills but can’t get them – has risen 39% in the last four years, to some 271,000 in Scotland according to the TUC. In his Autumn Statement, the scale of the disastrous collapse in economic demand under the policies pursued by the

Tories and Liberal Democrats became clear – an economy operating with an output gap of nearly 13%, austerity measures planned for a further year, the deficit £63bn higher between 2013 and 2017 than forecast at the time of the March Budget, the Chancellor failing to meet his rule that debt would be falling as a share of GDP by 2015 – missing the target by nearly a quarter of a trillion pounds. With borrowing rising, the UK Green Investment Bank will not receive borrowing powers in 2015 as planned, costing Scotland millions in terms of lost investment possibilities in renewable energy. The respected international organisation the OECD predicts economic demand will grow only half as much in Britain as in America next year, and by only a third as much the year after. Most harmful of all, is the way that the Government has made the wrong choices in the people it expects to pay the costs of this failure. Benefits and

tax credits will suffer real terms cuts for the next three years, while 8,000 people earning over a million pounds a year get income tax cuts as high as £107,000. As the Resolution Foundation showed after the implications of the Chancellor’s statement sunk in, although his rhetoric was targeted on so-called scroungers, some 60% of the scale of the new welfare cuts will be met by households in work whose incomes face pressure not witnessed for decades. The Chancellor is attempting to turn the focus of the working poor who strive to make ends meet on the unemployed, while the ultra-wealthy laugh all the way to the bank. I raised with the Chancellor after his Statement why no measures were adopted to deal with soaring childcare costs, already rising at twice the headline inflation rate. 115,000 lone parents in Scotland are set to lose out substantially next year when Universal Credit is introduced, meaning it will leave them better off working part-time than fulltime, and massively reducing their incentives to work. 182,000 second earners in couple households in Scotland

will suffer as the earnings disregard on Universal Credit makes it more worthwhile for a second earner to work 10 hours a week rather than 25 or 35. The refusal to address these looming inequities in the tax and benefits system makes a mockery of the Chancellor’s promise to make work pay. Locally, I have been seeking more efforts from Government at all levels on long-term joblessness. In Glasgow North East, it now stands at 1,320 people, and the Work Programme has proven a disastrous flop, placing only 2.5% of local long-term jobless into sustained work, while £436million in taxpayers cash has already been handed to private companies such as Ingeus and Working Links as a reward for utter failure. I am also campaigning hard to keep open Springburn’s Remploy factory. I have been utterly appalled at the mess Remploy and the Government have made of the tendering process for the sale of the factory, and the distress it has caused to nearly 50 disabled workers, who face the threat of the dole early next year. Ministers should be

bringing together a working group to save these jobs, given the revelations that only 129 of 1,021 sacked Remploy workers have found new jobs this year, and that unemployment among the disabled has surged by 63,000 in the last year to over half a million – a record high. Throughout the next year Scottish Labour will continue its work on policies to help households with the rising cost of living, boost wages, tackle long-term unemployment, and increase investment in skills and productivity. The answer to the austerity creeping across the whole of Europe is not to turn to nationalism and failed economic orthodoxy from the 1980s, but to offer people hope by aiming for a higher wage, higher skill, higher productivity, and higher investment society, achieved alongside people right across the United Kingdom. Around the world, there is a growing sense that equality and higher growth are interdependent. Let’s make 2013 the year when that message wins more and more support among the British people.

Christmas. I have previously called on the Scottish Government to play its part in assisting the Remploy workers. Remploy Springburn makes wheelchairs and there is a backlog of people waiting for wheelchairs to be provided by the NHS in Scotland. I have urged the Scottish Government to give serious consideration to the idea of bringing the two together and in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the 29th November I called for the establishment of a Task Force to work towards delivering a strategy to secure the future of

supported workplaces in Scotland and to consider ways of working with Remploy factories such as Springburn to find alternatives to closure. The Scottish Government agreed to this and I hope this means there might still be a positive future for our local factory. The second bit of bad news came on the 27th November when the Scottish Government announced the funding that it will give to local councils next year. Yet again, Glasgow will see its share of the local government budget cut by the SNP. In 2008 Glasgow received 13.91% of the available cash, next year it will receive

just 13.19%, with a further cut expected in 2014. This means that not only is Glasgow experiencing Tory cuts, but it is also suffering because of SNP cuts. If the SNP Government gave Glasgow the same share of money that is available to Councils to our city as it got in 2008 there would be an extra £75m to spend on local services next year and a further £78m in 2014. Instead the Council is having to make savings of £49m. The SNP usually blame the Tories for cuts, but it is their decision to reduce Glasgow’s share of the budget and they must accept responsibility for their decisions.

will bring forward proposals to help redundant workers get employment. On a brighter note, I participated in the Stage 3 debate of the Self Directed Support Bill. This legislation was successfully passed and once enacted will mean every person receiving care will be able to decide which kind of care best suits them. Each council will need to state clearly how much money is available for that care and if a person wishes to use that money differently that would be their choice. For instance, rather than an older person having a morning carer and a ‘tuck in’ service at night, they may decide to employ

their own personal assistant, or change the organisation that provides that service. It would be their decision. The principles of choice, empowerment and independent living are at the core of self-directed support. It is for this reason that I have written to Glasgow City Council to demand that it halts their move to close 3 day centres for adults with learning difficulties. The SNP opposition councillors also oppose the closures. Disappointingly, at no point did the Council discuss what any service restructuring may look like with the learning disabled or their families. This will impact 100’s of vulner-

able service users and flies in the face of the principles of choice and empowerment that self-directed support offers. This contempt for the learning disabled of Glasgow by the council administration is unacceptable. With Christmas around the corner and winter with us I have also been trying to ensure the elderly and those most at risk at this time of the year get all the support on offer to stay warm this winter. Please see my website for additional information - www.bobdoris.org Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and healthy Christmas.

These press reports eventually led to Margaret and Jim’s son Alan committing suicide in December 1992. At no point did any of the journalists or editors involved in the stories in the Glasgow Herald and Marie Claire magazine apologise for the untruthful reports and it is my opinion that this contributed to Alan taking his own life. Under the current press regulation system, newspapers know that individuals have little chance of being able to pursue justice and forcing publications

to print truthful and accurate accounts of stories. It is simply too expensive for many people to take newspapers to court. That is why I am supporting action now to ensure that a press regulator with real powers is established and that victims of press intrusion can expect to receive justice when they are treated as appallingly as Margaret and Jim Watson. Freedom of the press cannot be used as an excuse for the Scottish Government to do nothing about bringing about a fair

system so that normal people, and not just those with access to expensive lawyers, can have their concerns listened too. The Leveson Inquiry made some very clear recommendations that newspaper editors would do well to listen too. But the Scottish Government need to legislate to act as well, and that is what I will be campaigning for. If you would like to speak to me about this or any other issue then please contact my office on 0141 564 1364 or on paul.martin. msp@scottish.parliament.uk.

Patricia Ferguson MSP The end of November brought two lots of bad news. On the 26th November the Tory Government confirmed that the Remploy factory in Springburn is to close with the loss of almost 50 jobs. The future of the factory has been under threat since the Tories announced their decision to withdraw funding from supported workplaces. For months I have campaigned alongside the workers and the GMB to try to save the factory. The workers have been given false hope whilst a

buyer was sought for the factory but information that has emerged in recent days suggests that this process was seriously flawed and that it was never likely that the sole bidder could proceed with the purchase of the Springburn factory. Throughout this time the workers and their union were kept in the dark and deprived of information regarding the future of their workplace and their livelihoods – with the devastating news callously delivered just weeks before

Bob Doris MSP It is with real anger that both myself and local Remploy workers reacted to the news that Remploy’s Springburn factory is to close. The UK Government decision will mean that 47 disabled workers will now lose their jobs. I have been voicing significant and detailed concerns for some months now with both Remploy and the UK Government but these have been ignored. Because of confidentiality requirements, I am not allowed to go into all the details but the inquiry I have called for would bring any potential underhand dealings to the surface. What I can say

is that Remploy Springburn has a strong order book for wheelchairs from the NHS, and a skilled and motivated workforce. It should not be closing and I have called for the process to be halted. I believe there are still potential buyers out there and with political will from UK politicians, it could have been saved. Unfortunately that political will did not exist, but it does within Scotland and the Scottish Government has backed my calls for Remploy factory closures to be halted and for an inquiry. They have also worked constructively with other parties and

Paul Martin MSP

The report out last week by Lord Leveson into the conduct of the media has highlighted some very important issues about how newspapers treat the private lives of not just celebrities, but normal, everyday people. The inquiry looked at everything to do with the behaviour of the newspapers such as phone hacking and defamation. One person brave enough to

give evidence at the inquiry was Margaret Watson from Dennistoun in my constituency. Margaret and Jim Watson’s daughter Diane was stabbed whilst in the school playground by a fellow pupil in April 1991. What followed was a series of press reports done without proper research that bore no resemblance to the truth and attempted to blacken Diane’s character.

William Bain MP Shadow Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Minister Labour MP for Glasgow North East Westminster Office: 0207-219-7527; Constituency Office: 0141-557-2513 www.williebain.com E-mail: willie.bain.mp@parliament.uk Twitter: twitter.com/William_Bain Facebook: facebook.com/william.bain

Patricia Ferguson MSP 43 Atlas Road Glasgow G21 4TA t: 0141 558 9483 patricia.ferguson.msp@ scottish.parliament.uk

3rd Floor, Empire House 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX Tel: 0141 204 0199 email: bob.dorris@scottish. parliament.uk


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If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed. Remember to close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use most. Heating your home safely is really important. Remember to get your heating system checked regularly, and keep your home well ventilated. If you have open fires make sure they are properly ventilated. Use safety guards and don’t hang your washing near the open flames. If you use a fire or heater in your bedroom at night, always keep a window and the door open.

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instructed and get it tested every three years. Remember never to use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together. Switch your appliances (such as TVs and microwaves) off rather than leaving them on standby. Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home – it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keeping the heat in Insulating your home not only helps to keep you warm and healthy, but it will also help to keep your heating costs down. Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors. Make sure that your loft has at least 10–11 inches (270mm) of insulation. Any home with 4 inches (100mm) or less should have it topped up. If you have wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too. Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes. Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms. Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture. For more information on installing insulation and to find an approved National Insulation Association (NIA) installer in your area, call the enquiry line on 08451 63 63 63 or visit www. nationalinsulationassociation.org. uk Carbon monoxide poisoning Incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or poorly ventilated cooking and heating appliances which burn carbon containing fuels can give off carbon monoxide – a poisonous gas which you can’t see, smell or taste but which kills around 50 people a year in England and Wales. Low levels of carbon monoxide can cause serious harm to your health if breathed in over a long time. Have your cooking and heating appliances which burn carbon containing fuels, flues and chimneys serviced at least once a year by a suitably trained, reputable, registered engineer.

Be Environmentally-Friendly During the Holiday Season Small changes make a big difference in striving for a more earthconscious holiday. With alterations to Christmas traditions, celebrating a green holiday is simple. Give Mother Nature a present by celebrating a green Christmas with these concrete steps to a more environmentally-conscious holiday. On the first day of Christmas, get a live tree. The smell of an evergreen tree is a strong part of many families’ Christmas traditions. A live tree can be re-potted in the yard to bring joy for the rest of the year. If a live tree is not manageable, at least recycle the tree at the end of the season. Many cities will grind them up for mulch and wood chips. On the second day of Christmas, limit gift purchases. How many new things does anyone need this year? Skip store-bought items and exchange home-made gifts, housecleaning or babysitting certificates, or go in together on a professional photographer for a family picture. Instead of a traditional gift exchange have a white elephant Christmas exchange, make a group donation to a charity of choice, or give the gift of time instead of things. Stick to the list and don’t get sucked into last minute must-have purchases. On the third day of Christmas, re-use wrapping paper. Instead of buying multiple rolls of wrapping paper, get creative with how to wrap presents. Try to re-use wrapping paper from previous years, use paper bags or sections of newspaper, or even cloth napkins or dish towels. If bright Christmas wrapping paper is an important part of holiday joy, then at least recycle the wrapping paper. On the fourth day of Christmas, decorate with natural items. Pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries make beautiful table décor and have the dual benefit of being both environmentally friendly and inexpensive. Forgo purchasing additional holiday decorations and use branches from the evergreen Christmas tree instead. On the fifth day of Christmas, burn beeswax candles. Burning candles at Christmas-time is both beautiful and energy efficient. Instead of traditional petroleum-based candles, purchase candles made of biodegradable and renewable materials such as beeswax. On the sixth day of Christmas, limit errand trips. Instead of driving back and forth, try to get as many purchases and holiday errands done on a single trip. Both the earth and your pocket book will thank you for limiting oil usage as the cost of gasoline skyrockets. On the seventh day of Christmas, get new lights. Ditch the incandescent bulbs for decorating the tree and house, and use light-emitting diode (LED) lights. In addition to using less energy than conventional bulbs, LED lights last longer and do not get hot so children won’t burn their fingers and the tree won’t get singed. On the eighth day of Christmas, give green gifts. Help make the rest of the year environmentally friendly as well, and give those on the Christmas list useful green items as gifts. Whether it is Burt’s Bees lip balm or Method hand soap, eco-friendly products are useful and good for the earth, and feel decadent at the same time. On the ninth day of Christmas, make a donation pile. Instead of throwing out old items that are being replaced during the holidays, donate them. From cell phones to winter coats, someone else probably needs it and the landfill does not. On the tenth day of Christmas, re-use holiday cards. In addition to getting back in touch with friends and family and providing table decorations, holiday cards can be recycled for the following year as name tags, place cards, or for gift cards. Cut out the pictures and put them away with the rest of the holiday decorations. Or use them with children for collages and decorating. On the eleventh day of Christmas, buy local. Whether it’s holiday crafts or local eggs, supporting local producers is a win-win for everyone. Local farmers have fresh meats and produce, and transporting supplies over a short distance burns significantly less oil and supports the local economy. On the twelfth day of Christmas, plan a jolly earth-friendly new year. Enjoy the Christmas holiday and think about ways to celebrate integrate green practices beyond the holiday season and into every day life.


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PEASY LAND EMIRATES CUP CRACKER PETERSHILL will represent local hopes in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup fourth round next year - and the Springburn club could not have asked for a tougher test as they attempt to reach the last 16 of the national tournament, writes TOM SCOTT. Auchinleck Talbot, eight-time holders and this season’s 6/1 second favourites according to bookmakers William Hill, will welcome Peasy to Beechwood Park on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Kick-off 1.45pm. Coming on the top of their 6-3 victory at Bonnyrigg Rose, last season’s beaten semi-finalists, Petershill co-boss Willie Paterson admitted: “Cup draws have never been easy for us! “There was never any chance of us pulling out a tie against supposedly lower-league opposition. Everyone within the squad and backroom staff took it for granted we would land another big-gun. That’s what has happened, so we will just need to get on with it. “We played Talbot earlier in the season. On the day, our performace was terrible and we were

missing several players for various reasons. We battered them in the second half, couldn’t put the ball in the net and eventually lost 1-0.” Paterson concedes Petershill can’t afford to start against Auchinleck the way they did at New Dundas Park, where Sean Grady put Rose ahead after only three minutes, and should have put the cup-tie out of sight before Paul Woods (36 min pen) and Richie Burke (45) changed the visitors’ fortunes. In a blistering second half, Stephen McGladrigan ( 58,70), Stephen O’Keane (81) and Sean McKenna (90) - alongside replies from Stuart Roseburgh and Kris Renton - completed an amazing afternoon. Added Paterson: “We could have been out of the competition inside the opening 30 minutes, and there is no chance with the strikers Auchinleck Talbot have our players will get away a second time.” Meanwhile, North neighbours ASHFIELD suffered a third round shock result at Saracen Park, where Ayrshire District League

CANDY SIGNINGS ST ROCH have added to their list of new signings since the departure of former manager Davie Greig. Left-sided defender Mike Enyon played with Surrey-based Coulsdon Town, while Graeme Highlands, Steven Brady and Ross McGhee have been called up from their Under-21 team. A second half goal

from Andy Moore gave St Roch a 1-0 win at Carluke Rovers in the first round of the sponsored New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup. Dougie McDuff, who won the Scottish Under-21 Cup with Harmony Row, is the new Candy Rock boss, with Frank Brady (ex-Petershill Youth) as his assistant.

visitors Ardeer won 1-0 thanks to a goal from former Partick Thistle signing David Wilson. Ashfield, who had a Gary McCann “goal” ruled out, sent on substitutes Shaun Fraser, Chris Hall and Paul Maxwell as both teams finished with ten men. MARYHILL JUNIORS, whose No 1 priority this season has always been Central District Second Division promotion, crashed out in a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Montrose Roselea. Ross gave the hosts a 20th minute lead. Scobie equalised 15 minutes later, but Reid (45) and Watson (55) sent Montrose through to another home fourth round tie against Jeanfield Swifts, who hammered St Roch 6-0 earlier in the tournament at Garngad. JUNIOR FIXTURES: Saturday, December 8. Super Premier Division - Petershill v Clydebank; Beith v Ashfield. Super First Division - Rutherglen Glencairn v Glasgow Perthshire. Central District First Division - Lesmahagow v St Roch. Central District Second Division - Forth Wanderers v Maryhill.

GAMES WANTED

PETERSHILL Youth co-ordinator Davie Gibson is on the look-out for games against Glasgow-based Boys’ Club teams. Previously involved with Barmulloch Community Development, Davie was approached by local players and adults to set-up age groups, 17-18 years, and 14 years. A club constitution has been finalised, and moves made to register with the SYFA. Anyone who can help or provide opposition for his teams should call 07826457736.

PLAYERS WANTED

NORTH-based Boys’ Club set-up looking for players born 1999. Must be prepared to attend coaching and training sessions with fully qualified staff, and play weekend games. Call 07772075018. MARYHILL Juniors 1998 want to strengthen their squad in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League. Contact 07879266725.

PETERSHILL goalkeeper Michael White, who established a new club shut-out record recently in their 2-1 win at Ashfield, looks set for a busy afternoon against Emirates Scottish Junior Cup opponents Auchinleck Talbot on January 19, 2013. Saturday, December 15. Super Premier Division - Ashfield v Pollok; Irvine Meadow v Petershill. Super First Division - Glasgow

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WEST DRAW

THREE North junior clubs have been paired away from home in the draw for the second round of the sponsored New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup. Ashfield travel to Blantyre Vics, Petershill head for Lanark United and Maryhill are at Wishaw Juniors. Glasgow Perthshire entertain Rossvale, and St Roch host Hurlford United at Provanmill Park. All second round games have been scheduled for Saturday, December 22. Kick-offs 1.45pm.

CHAMPIONS INVITE

GLASGOW CITY F.C.have received an invitation to compete at the “Meet the Champions” tournament organised by German hosts FFC Turbine Potsdam. The eight-team event will feature three former Women’s Champions League winners at the new indoor MBS Arena, Potsdam, on 2nd/3rd February, 2013. City Club Manager Laura Montgomery said: “To be able to take the girls to Germany for this level of competition in pre-season is an opportunity we could never turn down.”

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GOALS GALORE

TWO Scottish Youth Football Association National Development Squads netted 21 goals between them against Australian tourists South Queensland. The Under-15 age group won 11-0, and the Under-16s recorded a 10-0 victory. Several North Glasgow-based Boys’ Club players were involved with the SYFA West Region Under-17 Squad against Melbourne All Stars at the same venue. West led 2-0 with goals from Jack Dyer and Marc Wylie inside the last 20 minutes, but Melbourne scored twice in the final five minutes.

RECRUITMENT

CENTRAL Scottish A.F.L. have a limited number of spaces available for membership in season 2013- 2014, and are conducting a recruitment process. Established amateur clubs can contact Thomas McKeown at t.mckeown120@ btinternet.com. Interviews will take place this month as the process must be concluded by the end of February, 2013.

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