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GLASGOW’S CHILD POVERTY CHALLENGE HALF of the children in some areas of Glasgow are growing up in poverty according to new figures released this week. A child poverty map, created by the End Child Poverty campaign, reveals a huge divide between rich and poor districts. Based on Council level wards, Springburn has the highest level with 51% of its children growing up and living in poverty. Other parts of Glasgow are badly affected with Calton (49%), Canal (42%), East Centre (42%) and Drumchapel/Anniesland (40%) all registering high levels. Local MP William Bain, whose constituency includes Springburn Ward, reacted to the news. He said: “The news that 43% of children in Glasgow North East are growing up in poverty is profoundly shocking in a wealthy country. Government policies such as

slashing the real value of benefits and tax credits for low-paid families with children will make things much worse in the coming year. “With the average wage in the area being less than £17,600 a year, and falling by around 4% a year in real terms, we need to see urgent action by both of Scotland’s Governments on improving access to affordable childcare, more apprenticeships and college places for local people, introducing a living wage in more parts of the economy, action to cut energy bills given soaring fuel poverty, and creating better-paying skilled

jobs.” The survey by the End Child Poverty campaign says one in five children in the UK are living below the breadline. And experts are predicting the number will rise from 400,000 to 800,000 by 2020 because of the government’s benefit cuts. Enver Solomon, chair of the End Child Poverty campaign said: “Far too many children whose parents are struggling to make a living are having to go hungry and miss out on the essentials of a decent childhood that all young people should be entitled to. “The huge disparities that exist

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Depute Lord Provost Bailie Gerry Leonard and local Councillor Sohan Singh joined local kids Fern Hart, Ben Smith, Ava Glen and Olivia Kuta to officially open a new play area for youngsters in Ruchazie. Pictured here cutting the ribbon, Bailie Leonard said: “This will be great for the local youngsters. Having a brand new play park will really increase what’s on offer for people to do and improve the whole estate. Cllr Sohan Singh said:

“There is a high demand for activities for kids and young families. The developers have done an impressive job with the new park and I know it will be well used when the weather improves.” Ruchazie Housing Association Director Bill Nicol was also present at the opening with some local children from Elmcroft Nursery. The nursery will be just one of the potential new users at the site in Elibank Street. The play area, part of the Asso-

ciation’s New Build development programme was designed by MAST Architects and installed by HAGS Construction. Ruchazie Housing Association secretary, Mrs Ann Macdonald said: “We know our tenants want play facilities particularly for younger kids and we are happy to do our bit to help”. Ruchazie Housing Association own 214 houses and is planning a further newbuild scheme in their area.

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WORK BEGINS ON NEW SARACEN STREET SITE £10M POSSILPARK PRIMARY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE A major milestone in the construction of the new £10 million Possilpark Primary and Community Health Centre took place yesterday when Health Secretary Alex Neill cut the first sod at a special ceremony. The new modern, stateof-the-art health and care centre for the people of Possilpark will incorporate four GP Practices, general dental practitioner services, physiotherapy, podiatry, community dental services, community consulting rooms, district nursing, health visitors, social work and health improvement teams offering smoking cessation support and sexual health services. Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “Having the right facilities in the right place is important to people across Scotland and that is why we

are determined to ensure both staff and patients the length and breadth of the country can work and be treated in the best possible surroundings. “I was delighted to cut the turf on the new Possilpark Health Centre, which is a fantastic example of how the local community will benefit from a new purpose-built facility, providing high quality healthcare close to home. The Health Centre is part of phase one of a new regeneration process underway for the area, and at the heart of a new civic centre being created which will transform the area’s physical environment and improve health and healthcare facilities. Speaking at the ceremony NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Andrew Robertson said: “The building of this new health

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CONCERNS GROW FOR MISSING MARYHILL MAN Appeal over Ross Ramsay after leaving Glasgow casino Police have appealed for help to trace a man Maryhill man who went missing after leaving a casino in Glasgow city centre. Ross Ramsay, 30, was last seen at the Gala Casino on Sauchiehall Street at midnight on Thursday last week. Police are now seeking information to help piece together his movements and trace him. There are further worries for Mr Ramsay’s wellbeing as he requires daily medication. His family said his disappearance is out of character and they are worried about his safety. He is described as 5ft 10in in height and slim. He has auburn, shoulder length hair. He was wearing a grey, bomber style jacket with black lining and hood, light blue bleached jeans, which were ripped at the bottom, and grey hi-top trainers. He did not have his medication with him and has no money or mobile phone. Insp John O’Neill from Strathclyde Police said: “We know that when Mr

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PEOPLE are almost 50 per cent more likely to survive bowel cancer compared to 30 years ago, according to recent figures. The statistics, from ISD Scotland, have been revealed to coincide with the launch of the Scottish Government’s groundbreaking bowel cancer campaign. They show that the five year survival rate for bowel cancer increased from 38 per cent between 1983 to 1987, to 55 per cent between 2003 and 2007. From April 2013, the bowel screening programme will be extended, and those over the age of 74 will be able to selfrefer every two years. Currently, men and women aged 50-74 are invited to participate in screening every two years. Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “These statistics are encouraging and show that today people are far more likely to survive bowel cancer than they were 30 years ago. “However, there are still far too many people being diagnosed with bowel cancer at the later stages. “That is why, as part of the Detect Cancer Early Programme, we are launching our bowel cancer campaign tomorrow, to raise awareness of the bowel screening programme. “Participating in the bowel

screening programme gives the best chance of detecting bowel cancer early. When bowel cancer is detected at an early stage it is treatable and nine out of 10 people beat it. “From April 2013, those over the age of 74 will be able to request a screening kit through the Scottish bowel screening helpline every two years.” The campaign comes on the back of the Scottish Government’s widely successful breast cancer campaign, featuring Elaine C Smith, which has received over 130,000 views on youtube – the most for any Scottish Government video. In 2010, only 15 per cent of bowel cancers were detected at the earliest stage, but cancer was almost twice as likely (28 per cent) to be diagnosed at the earliest stage through screening. The bowel cancer drive will focus on the importance of bowel screening in increasing the early detection of bowel cancer, and encourage all men and women aged between 50 and 74 to participate in the screening programme.

MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY ‘GOLD’ STANDARD £50m to help improve GHA estates Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is launching a £50million blitz to bring every one of its communities up to scratch. Tenants are being asked to help raise environmental standards by grading their communities and agreeing how they can be improved. It is hoped all GHA communities across Glasgow will reach the new ‘Gold’ standard – and become some of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the city. Residents are being invited to join panels – called Local Environmental Action Forums (LEAF) – to score their neighbourhoods Gold, Silver or Bronze and build an action plan to reach the highest standard. The new forums will be looking at issues including the cleanliness of back courts, closes and foyers and the state of grassy areas around homes. Environmental Teams will then take action to bring communities up to scratch. The aim is to make every GHA neighbourhood reach the

Gold Standard, as rated by their own residents, within three years. GHA Chair Gordon Sloan said: “Our investment work has already improved tenants’ quality of life in our communities, but we want all our neighbourhoods to be safe, clean and well-maintained. “The new groups will grade neighbourhoods and agree an action plan on how they can be improved. “Tenants will play a central role in helping us raise standards all over Glasgow – and make sure we maintain them.” Jacqueline Norwood, GHA’s

Assistant Director Neighbourhood Services, said: “Our new Gold Standard will be a mark of excellence – a consistent standard everyone is entitled to. “That means landings and foyers kept spick and span, rubbish removed from back courts and grass and hedges are trimmed regularly. “We want people to be proud of where they live – and proud to have friends and family visit.” Any GHA tenant who wants to join the LEAF groups should talk to their Housing Officer or phone 0800 479 7979.


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PATRICIA FERGUSON MSP: TIME TO IMPROVE BUS SERVICES Change Needed as Scottish Government Cuts Threaten More Local Services DECISIONS about bus services, like the axed No 31 bus, could in future be subject to the decision of a regulator if a new Bill is successful in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill is being proposed by Labour MSP Iain Gray and will force bus bosses to consider social circumstances when planning bus routes. And now Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has welcomed the announcement. She said: “I have long campaigned for better regulation of the bus industry in order to improve local services, so I welcome the decision by my colleague Iain Gray to bring forward this proposal. Some years ago thousands of local people signed my petition calling for better buses, and I supported an attempt by former Labour MSP Charlie Gordon to legislate. Unfortunately this fell because the SNP, Tories and Lib Dems refused to

support the move.” The Bill would give local authorities the power to “bundle” profitable and loss making (but socially necessary) routes together – including powers to specify routes, timetables, fares and vehicle quality. Ms Ferguson added: “Local residents in Milton and Springburn know only too well the failures of the current system following a decision last year to axe the service 31 which provided a vital link to local schools, shopping facilities and the Royal Infirmary. If the SNP is serious about encouraging the use of public transport it’s time for them to provide adequate funding and to support this proposal to improve local bus services when it comes before Parliament. “We can’t continue as we are with private companies creaming off the profit from popular routes whilst cutting other less popular,

but socially necessary, services. At the same time the SNP government has cut the grant given to bus operators and frozen the funding for their free travel scheme, meaning that the burden for paying for this falls on the travelling public through increased fares and reduced services.” IN OUR OPINON The news that a Bill is being proposed to regulate bus services has to be welcomed. The lack of action by the Scottish Government on this has seen vital services cut and fares rise. Buses are extremely important for people who need to go to work, visiting friends or families and accessing local services. Only with this kind of change in the law will we be able to make bus bosses think about communities instead of purely about profit.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GLASGOW’S EDUCATION SUPERSTARS PEOPLE in Glasgow are being urged to enter local schools, nurseries or individuals into the Scottish Education Awards 2013 before the deadline on Friday, 22 February 2013. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, have attracted hundreds of nominations so far but many more schools and individuals are worthy of acknowledgment. Last year, three schools and one teacher from Glasgow took home top prizes at the Scottish Education Awards. Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People at

Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow always features well in these awards and I certainly hope we will again this year. “We have some amazing schools and fantastic teachers all working hard to make a difference in the education of Glasgow’s young people and I urge everyone to make sure they get their nominations in for this year’s final as soon as possible.” The Scottish Education Awards are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication

of teachers, head teachers and support staff across the country. Nominations are currently being invited from across all 17 categories including Teacher of the Year, Global Citizenship, Literacy and Numeracy across Learning and Sustainable Schools. A specially selected panel of judges will select three finalists in every category. The finalists will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on Monday 10 June 2013. The Scottish Education Awards 2013 is managed by the Daily Record and delivered in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government.

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Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign which enlists current and former professional footballers to promote a message of antiracism and anti-bigotry, held their event in the Scottish Parliament.

The event was hosted by Bob Doris MSP. He said: “Bigotry in sport needs to be tackled, and it’s great to hear from professional footballers about their efforts to achieve this. Football gets a hard time

when it gets things wrong, but Show Racism the Red Card is a powerful example of how football can play a crucial role in tackling these kinds of social problems.”


February 2013

Wear your DAFFODIL this March and help the Marie Curie Nurses continue caring for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses Marie Curie Nurses

• The charity is best known for its network of 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes. • Last year we cared for more than 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in our nine hospices. • There is a Marie Curie Nursing Service available to 96 per cent* of the UK. • We mainly care for people with cancer but we also care for people with other life-limiting illnesses such as dementia, Motor Neurone Disease and heart failure. • While four in five (79 per cent)¹ of the UK population are aware of Marie Curie Cancer Care, a survey² commissioned by the charity last year revealed the same percentage doesn’t know if there is a Marie Curie Nursing Service available to them locally. • Few also know how to access the service - just under half (48 percent) responded ‘don’t know’ when asked how they would go about getting a Marie Curie Nurse. • To access a Marie Curie Nurse, patients and/or their carers should speak to their GP or District Nurse.

Marie Curie Hospices

• Marie Curie has nine hospices • It is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS • Marie Curie Hospices provide care for patients with cancer and other illnesses and provide support for families and carers, all completely free of charge.

Funding

• Around 70 per cent of the

charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS. • We spend more than £83 million a year on our care and research activities. • For every £1 we receive, 70p is spent directly on providing end of life care and research, 22p is invested to generate future funds and 8p is spent on support, governance and raising awareness. • Our services are always free of charge to patients and their families, which means that in 2009-10, we will need to raise more than £127 million. Research • Marie Curie’s pioneering programme of palliative care research is showing how we can better care for cancer patients. • The charity has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Unit in London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool. • It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer. • Following Marie Curie Cancer Care’s decision to change the emphasis of its research activity away from cancer cure and prevention, the charity has invested an additional £1million into a new fund for end of life care research across the UK. • This is part of a collaboration with Cancer Research UK which will provide expert advice on applications, grant funding and the peer review process.

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Campaigning on behalf of terminally ill people and their families

Marie Curie Cancer Care campaigns on behalf of people with a terminal illness and their families across the UK. We are passionate about ensuring that people at the end of their lives and their loved ones are able to access the high quality care they need at the time they need it the most. Wherever possible, we work in partnership to make this happen.

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Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games

IT’S NOT JUST ATHLETES AT THE HEART OF THE GAMES We’re looking for up to 15,000 of Scotland’s friendliest people to help at the Games. Applications open in January but you can register your interest now at glasgow2014.com or by calling 030 3333 2014.

Sign up to be a Glasgow 2014 Volunteer. ng homes is offering support for those wishing to apply, Thursday 28th February, 7pm-9pm –Ron Davey Enterprise Centre, 10 Vulcan Street, Springburn. For more information find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ ngsportslegacy

ng homes as Legacy ng homes have announced a series of activities for residents in North Glasgow as part of its legacy series culminating in a mini commonwealth games event later this year. The social landlord has run a variety of different community activities as part of the on-going

Job Vacancy Concierge/Maintenance Assistant (two posts) Salary: £26,147 (including shift allowance) 42 hours per week (working shifts 4on – 4off) Permanent Contract ng2 is a social enterprise and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ng homes (North Glasgow Housing Association) one of Scotland’s leading social landlords with a 36-year track record for delivering highquality proactive services. ng2 delivers a range of services to ng homes including close cleaning, void property repairs, day-to-day property maintenance and concierge services for its multi-storey flats in North Glasgow. We are now looking to recruit two highly motivated, experienced and skilled Concierge/Maintenance Assistants to provide a customer focused service to ng homes tenants. Reporting to the Head of Estate and Property Services you will work closely with colleagues in the team to take a proactive approach to the management and maintenance of the Association’s properties ensuring a prompt and effective response to enquiries. This will include responsibility for managing minor repairs including pre and post inspections, infestations and TV systems, liaison with Technical Officers on major works, and providing back-up for ng homes onsite concierge services. The successful candidate will be a strong team player with good communication skills and will posses a flexible approach to work and will have experience of working in a busy customer focused work environment. It is essential that you have a good understanding of workplace health and safety and have a trades background and/or the ability to demonstrate an all round knowledge of minor repairs issues. You will be committed to achieving continuous improvement in service delivery and will have a proven track record of delivering results in a similar dynamic business environment

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“HANDY PERSON” FOR GHA TENANTS TENANTS of GHA have rated the Handyperson Service with top marks.

The service – which helps older and disabled tenants with odd jobs around the home such as

window cleaning or hanging curtains – was given a glowing report from tenants who took

part in a survey carried out by BMG Research at the end of last year.

Of the people who responded, researchers found that:

• 98 per cent rated the service as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ • 95 per cent said the Handyperson was always polite and courteous • 96 per cent said they would recommend the service to a relative or friend More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) agreed the Handyperson service ‘helped them feel that GHA cares about its tenants’. The survey revealed that 95 per cent of respondents also found the Handyperson to be polite and courteous. The report stated: “GHA should be proud that virtually all respondents

state that the Handyperson staff displayed these strong elements of customer care.” Betty Johnstone, 75, from Pollokshaws, said: “I couldn’t do without them. They help me by cleaning my windows, putting curtains up, even plumbing in my washing machine. They’re always nice and polite and always turn up

on time. It’s a terrific service.” GHA Chair Gordon Sloan added: “I know how much tenants appreciate the service because I’ve used it myself! It’s one of the best services GHA provides. “The Handyperson will do everything from replacing smoke alarm batteries to putting flat pack furniture

together. “It’s important our older and disabled tenants feel safer and more independent at home, and the Handyperson service helps them do that.” To use the Handyperson service, GHA tenants should talk to their Housing Officer or phone 0800 111 44 04.

GLASGOW SHORTLISTED FOR YOUTH OLYMPICS Showdown with 2 other cities in bid to host 2018 event The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has shortlisted Glasgow in the race to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), praising the city’s record of hosting international sporting events. The 2018 YOG Working Group report stated that Glasgow’s Bid would also build on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games creating a powerful and impactful YOG, appealing to athletes and young people across the globe. Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Medellin (Colombia) were shortlisted along with Glasgow and the three cities will now go forward to be assessed by the IOC Evaluation Commission in April before the final IOC vote in July. Young people from Glasgow and across the UK celebrated on hearing the news Glasgow had successfully made it to the next stage. Olympic athletes and politicians also hailed the decision and pledged to continue to work to win the vote in July. Glasgow 2018’s robust venue plan and proven eventhosting capacity are the solid foundations of an ambitious legacy vision: to empower young people worldwide to be champions in their own lives. The Bid Team, a strong partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the BOA, has pledged to continue the journey started by London 2012 for the UK and the Olympic Movement and seize a historic opportunity for a guaranteed legacy from last summer’s Games. Sir Craig Reedie, Vice President of the IOC, said: “This is a proud moment for me as a

Scot and a Glaswegian. To have my home city shortlisted is a tremendous honour. “With London 2012 our vision and our promise was to inspire a generation. What a unique opportunity we now have with a city that has both the facilities and the expertise to concentrate on the vision of the Youth Olympic Games and to give back to the youth of the world. From day one we promise to work in partnership with the Olympic family to reach out to young people across the globe.” Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is extremely proud to have been granted the privilege of being shortlisted by the IOC. We will continue to work hard to show how this city can be a valuable partner of the Olympic Movement to better the lives of young people both here and across the globe. “Glasgow’s commitment to its young people is unwavering as we continue the journey to transform our city and its economy and so create opportunities that can help our young people to become champions in their own lives.” Shona Robison, Scotland’s Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “Having the opportunity to host the Youth Olympic Games is hugely exciting for Scotland. Glasgow 2018 will put the aspirations and talents of young people at the centre of the Games, and my congratulations go to the young people at the heart of the Bid. “Being shortlisted by the IOC is a great honour that cements Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for world class

sporting events. We look forward to further contact with the IOC as they continue to assess our bid ahead of the final vote in July.” Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson has Sighthill in her constituency, an area of the city that will be transformed as the Athlete’s Village should the Games come to Glasgow. She said: “I am delighted at the announcement that Glasgow is now on the shortlist of three cities for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. “Here’s hoping that everyone involved puts forward the best possible case to bring the Games to Glasgow and we manage to hold off the competition from South America. “We will all be hoping that Glasgow crosses the line first and that we have another reason to celebrate sporting achievement in our biggest city. “Sighthill would make a wonderful venue and the Youth Games would bring a lot of energy and investment to the North of the City. “I would like to pay particular tribute to all the young people who have worked so hard at the heart of this Bid from the beginning and who have embraced it as their own. They should take immense pride in their achievements and use this journey as the catalyst for further success for the Bid, themselves and for their city and country.”

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

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AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WELFARE REFORM

CHANGES ARE COMING – ARE YOU READY?

Milnbank Housing Association 53 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 3DQ THE dramatic changes to 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.

welfare are nearly upon us, and here at the ReGEN as part of our Welfare Reform Awareness Campaign, we are asking are you ready for the changes? From April this year how benefits are paid and what people will be entitled too will be changing. As many as 46% of those in the social rented sector and 54% in the private rented sector will be affected. This issue we will be looking at how families will be affected. Our thanks to Citizens Advice Scotland for their help in putting together this article.

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Families Families have already been affected by a freeze in Child The payments, restrictions two organisations are currently in discussions to find out what Benefit a partnership could mean and the benefits it could bring to tenants. in the Sure Start Maternity Grant, and the abolishing of the Child Trust Fund. Changes in the Welfare Reform Bill will further impact on families, particularly lone parents, households claiming Housing Benefit, and families with disabled children. “Providing the best homes, services and communities for our tenants” For General Enquiries

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If you would like any more information on the proposed to go back to work when their 0844 892 0321 partnership with Gentoo please call us on: 0141 550 www.westscot.co.uk 5600 or send an email to partnership@ youngest child enters school The age threshold of the westscot.co.uk

youngest child for lone parents claiming Income Support moved from 16 to 7 years old in 2008 and will be further reduced to 5 years old in 2012. This change will affect around 75,000 lone parents across the UK who will experience a £620 million reduction in benefit payments.8 While the Government argues that this will be mitigated by increased employment, the change will also increase the child care costs of lone parents. The new child maintenance scheme will be unaffordable to many single parents The Child Support Agency is to be phased out and replaced by a new system which would include a compulsory gateway service. Single parents would have to show they had taken ‘reasonable steps’ to set up an arrangement with their former partner or they would need to pay an application fee of £100 (or £50 if in receipt of benefits), as well as an ongoing charge of between 7% and 12% of the money collected by the service. A survey by the charity Gingerbread found that 72% of single parents would be unable to agree private arrangements

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with their former partners and almost half would be unable to afford the application fee. This suggests that many children could go without maintenance support. Families with disabled children and people who care for their partner will receive a reduction in support Inclusion Scotland estimates that families where at least one person acts as a carer for disabled children or partner will face a reduction in benefit support. Families with disabled children stand to lose over £3,000 each in total by 2015, while couples where one partner acts as a carer also stand to lose £3,000 as a couple by 2015.10 Housing Benefit changes will impact on households containing children The Scottish Government estimates that around 10,000 children under the age of 18 are in a household claiming Housing Benefit that will be more than £10 worse off per week.11 Alongside other benefit changes, this is likely to cause an increase in child poverty. If parents decide to move into different accommodation to lower costs, this could lead to children moving school which can have a negative impact on educational attainment and wellbeing.

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GHA tenants urged to get in touch as new ‘bedroom tax’ looms GHA are urging tenants to get in touch for advice on coping with the UK Government’s benefit changes. With the first major change – the ‘bedroom tax’ - now just around the corner, GHA’s Money Advisors and Welfare Benefits Advisors can help – and also give advice on budgeting and managing debt. The new ‘bedroom tax’ – due to be introduced in April - means the help tenants get with their rent will be reduced if they are of working age and they are considered, under the UK rules, to have a spare room. It’s estimated 7,669 GHA tenants alone – out of a total of 41,400 - will be affected. Staff are talking to everyone affected to offer advice on their personal circumstances and explain their options. To get advice or make an appointment with an advisor, tenants should talk to their Housing Officer or call the dedicated Welfare Benefits Helpline which is open to GHA and Cube tenants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 597 37 77 at any time.

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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

Benefits-are you sure you’re on the right benefits, 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

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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.

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Surgery Details

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

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

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If you’re using a mobile, call 0141 444 0110 for a cheaper rate. Chief Executive Martin Armstrong said: “We are doing everything we can to help our tenants with the impact of welfare reforms. We are talking faceto-face with those directly affected, particularly those affected by the bedroom tax, and offering personalised support and advice. ”We’ve also set up a special helpline where customers can get information or arrange an appointment with our staff and we have a team of specialist money and benefits advisors on hand to give advice. “Meanwhile we are continuing to work closely with all of our partners and stakeholders to press for changes to this unfair legislation.” October will see the introduction of Universal Credit – where people who are working age and on benefit will receive one lump payment each month into a bank account. Many people in Glasgow don’t yet have a bank account

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


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February 2013

GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL SETS ANNUAL BUDGET THE annual meeting where Glasgow’s 79 councillors make the year’s spending decisions took place amid the worst financial back drop for years. The Labour administration passed a budget that they said would protect the most vulnerable in the face of having to make £70m worth of cuts. Despite facing a huge reduction in funding from the Scottish Government, measures approved include an £80 million capital investment in the city’s primary school estate. Members also agreed an £11 million boost for care, including increased support for Kinship Carers and two new care homes for children. And the budget will spark

Glasgow’s biggest ever blitz on potholes, with total funding for road, pavement and infrastructure improvements set at more than £36 million. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Our budgets are under huge pressure; but we can’t afford to let that limit our ambition and our commitment to communities. “We are focusing on our priorities, which we share with our fellow Glaswegians - investing in education and in care, in jobs and in roads and transport.” Education will see an unprecedented £250 million spent to rebuild or refurbish every primary in the city in the five years from 2013 to 2018. Meanwhile, it is planned

to roll out a package of investment in child care - supporting more young people in a family setting, or in local residential care, rather than through expensive out-of-town placements. This includes more than £750,000 to support Kinship Care and almost £1 million to recruit additional staff to support young people and their families. More than £5 million is being committed to the building and running of new residential care homes for children over the next two years. And it is planned to free up more than £4 million to increase the number of Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents in the city. Members also agreed

ENERGY GIANTS “STILL CASHING IN” DURING WINTER GAS and electricity customers have been shocked by revelations that one of the biggest energy providers in the UK has increased its profits by another 7.5% in 2012. EDF Energy announced the profits despite being criticised for prices increases just before winter started last year. Commenting on the announcement, Glasgow Provan MSP Paul Martin said: “People in Scotland will not understand how the energy giants can get away with inflation-busting price rises this winter when they are already making huge profits. “Energy companies always blame price rises on wholesale costs, but with prices and profits both up, customers have the right to ask whether EDF is really playing fair. “The time has come for a complete overhaul of our energy market. We need a One Nation Labour government to break the dominance of the energy giants,

continued funding for the £25million Glasgow Guarantee - a pledge to provide all 16 to 24 year olds seeking work with support in terms of an apprenticeship, training or employment. Cllr Matheson said: “Glasgow’s children will be educated in 21st century buildings that provide an environment in which every child can achieve their potential. “Our investment will not only benefit children in every community across the city, but also provide a significant boost to the local economy. “Education and jobs are both priorities for the council and we are committed to delivering on them. “Savings have to be

made, but they do not have to come at the expense of the opportunities we create for Glasgow’s young people.” Council Tax bills will again be frozen at 2006 levels, with a Band D rate of £1213. Total savings, including £16.3 million already approved, are £70.3 million over two years. Opposition groups were quick to point out the flaws in the budget, with public sector union UNISON warning about a loss in front line services. Brian Smith, Glasgow branch secretary of Unison, said: “We are disappointed an-

other 600 jobs are going to go on top of the 3000 taken out over the last couple of years. “To say that is not going to have an impact on frontline services is a joke, because it clearly is. “As well as cuts to jobs and services, there has been a bit of a step change in terms of charging, with increases in school, leisure and parking charges against a background of people not getting wage rises. “If you have a couple of children, drive your car into the city and go to the gym it will have an impact on you.”

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Bob Doris MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow

parliamentary surgeries open up the energy market, protect vulnerable customers from being ripped off and create a tough new energy regulator with the power to force energy companies to pass on savings to consumers.” HELP FOR BILLS AVAILABLE FOR OVER 80’S Glasgow City Council has made available £100 for people over 80 in the “Affordable Warmth Dividend” for the second year running. The fund is expected to help 11,000 of the city’s most vulnerable residents this year. Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “This winter we will give a £100 affordable warmth

dividend to every Glaswegian over 80 “It’s money to help these people so they don’t have to worry about putting on heating and ensure they can keep healthy and warm during the winter. “This initiative is a measure of our commitment – a green future, social justice and leaving no one behind. The Warm Glasgow project will tap into savings and income generated by future sustainability projects to ensure that affordable warmth becomes a reality for all our citizens.” To find out if you may be eligible for this support, then you can contact Glasgow City Council on 0141 287 7961 for an application form.

1st Monday of the month

3rd Monday of the month

5.30pm Springburn Library Kay Street, Glasgow, G21 1JY

6pm King Street Council Offices Rutherglen G73 1DQ

2nd Monday of the month

4th Monday of the month

5.30pm Kelvindale Primary School 11 Dorchester Place, Glasgow G12 0BP

5pm Lambhill Stables 11 Canal Bank North, Glasgow G22 6RD

7pm Maryhill Burgh Halls 10-24 Gairbraid Avenue, Glasgow G20 8YE

6.30pm Bellcraig Community Centre 10 Gorstan Street, Glasgow G23 5QA

‘Drop in’ surgeries - Glasgow City Centre Call for details on 0141 353 0784

Contact Bob Doris MSP Constituency office: 3rd Floor, Empire House 131 West Nile Street Glasgow G1 2RX

Please always call ahead to confirm surgeries in case of cancellation. Constituents with appointments will be given priority. No surgeries will be held during public or school holidays and they may be subject to change during parliamentary recess.

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Cube HA welcomes Energy and Climate Committee to Wyndford A Westminster Select Committee visited a housing estate in Glasgow to hear how a new £27 million energy system is helping cut residents’ fuel bills. Members of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee were given a tour of the district heating system in Wyndford yesterday (7 February) as part of an inquiry into fuel poverty. Cube Housing Association is transforming the Maryhill estate by installing a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine and overcladding 17 multi-storey flats. Staff and tenants from Cube met with Committee Chair Tim Yeo MP, Peter Lilley MP and John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West. Tim Yeo, Chair of the Committee, said: “The Committee was interested to see the district heating scheme in place at Wyndford and to hear firsthand from residents and developers about how the project was delivered. Energy efficiency schemes are

4. Scouring solution – make your own scouring powder by mixing 2 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part of soda crystals. apply to stubborn stains with a damp microfibre cloth. Store in a clearly labelled airtight jar. 5. Limescale free – do you dislike floating flakes of limescale in your tea or coffee? Descale the kettle by boiling a solution of water and white vinegar – extremely effective and so easy! (left to right) Cube Board member Bill Carroll, Peter Lilley MP, Cube Chief Executive Lynn McCulloch, Cube Chair Liz Ruine, Cube Board member Linda McGrory and Tim Yeo MP overlook the regenerated Wyndford estate. one of the keys to helping people manage their bills whilst also cutting carbon emissions.” The energy system – one of the biggest of its kind

in the UK – was officially opened in November last year by First Minister Alex Salmond. Cube Chair Liz Ruine said: “We were delighted to

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1. Sparkling sinks – sprinkle good old fashioned bicarbonate of soda over the base of the sink and add some white vinegar – watch the white fizzing bubbles do their magic – use the washing up brush to scrub the sink and leave for 10 minutes. Simply rinse off with boiling water. Great for getting rid of nasty drain smells too.

3. Toilet troubles – for stained toilets sprinkle neat borax into the bowl and allow to soak. Follow up with a good scrub with the toilet brush. Adding a drop of tea tree oil will freshen up and disinfect.

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2. Brush and bake – get to grips with oven cleaning without using extra elbow grease! Brush oven surfaces to loosen any burnt on dirt. Add some bicarbonate of soda to hot water in a shallow dish and place in the bottom of the oven. Close the door and bake at a low heat for approximately 1 hour. The residual dirt should have peeled away without any effort. If there are any stubborn stains left try scrubbing with a paste of bicarb and white vinegar.

(left to right) Cube Chair Liz Ruine joins Peter Lilley MP, SSE Project Manager Neil McDonald, John Robertson MP and Committee Chair Tim Yeo MP at the Wyndford estate.

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welcome members of the committee to Wyndford to see the CHP in action and to hear how we have transformed the estate. “Our district heating system is leading the way in providing affordable, green energy.” The CHP uses gas to produce both electricity and hot water in a highly efficient way. The energy centre provides hot water and heating for 1527 tenanted properties and up to 360 privately owned homes. The project, which Cube carried out in partnership with SSE and British Gas, saw every tenanted home fitted with a new modern, energy-efficient central heating system. The new insulating overcladding on the multi-storey flats maximises the warmth in each home. Cube is part of the Wheatley Housing Group. The group also includes GHA, Lowther Homes and YourPlace Property Management.

6. Clear views – wipe down windows with a solution of white vinegar and water, polish off with a microfibre cloth – we use this method in our log cabins so you can sit back and enjoy the views!

7. Lemon fresh – give the inside of your microwave a makeover. Simply fill a small bowl with water, add half a lemon and microwave on full power for 1 or 2 minutes. The water vapour and steam will loosen dirt and grim so that it wipes off easily and you get the added bonus of a fresh zingy lemon smell. 8. Polished to perfection – just mix 2 parts olive or jojoba oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply it to your furniture using a soft cloth. The combination gives your wood furniture a nice smell and a sparkling shine. 9. Removing rings – When a hot serving dish or glass of water has marked the surface of a wooden table, you can quickly get rid of ring by making a thin paste of salad oil or lemon oil and salt. Simply wipe the paste on, then lightly buff the area as you wipe it off with a soft cloth. 10. Buff up brass – Do you have tarnished copper or brass antiques? Bring back the shine without doing any damage by using salt and vinegar and adding one more ingredient from your kitchen cupboard – flour. Make a paste using equal quantities of all three ingredients; rub the paste onto the brass or copper item with a soft cloth. Cover the entire surface and let the whole thing dry out, this will take about an hour. Wipe off the dried paste with a clean, soft cloth. Lemon can also be used for lightly tarnished brass or copper pieces. Slice one lemon and dip it in salt, then rub the item with the salted lemon. Afterwards rinse and dry thoroughly.


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February 2013

Parliamentary Patter Bob Doris MSP This month has seen the Scottish Budget discussed in the parliament – a budget that has seen the capital element cut by almost 26% by the Tory-led UK government. Scotland’s income is fixed by Westminster, and it is against this backdrop that tough choices had to be made. Luckily, the Scottish Government have not shirked from the responsibility of protecting the Scottish NHS, protecting free prescriptions, protecting the council tax freeze, protecting free concessionary travel and protecting free education. In contrast, Ms Lamont’s Labour party, whose failed London-centric policies would have seen the Scottish capital budget reduced by a whopping

35%, have produced nothing but hot air. Ms Lamont wants the Scottish Government to spend extra money on many, many things simultaneously – but she’ll never say where the extra cash should come from and all the while her Labour backbenchers bleat out for more cash. They want more cash for further education, more cash for housing, more cash for councils and more cash for the NHS, yet propose not one amendment to the Scottish Government’s budget – what a bunch of chancers! Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Scottish Government has announced an extra £61 million over two years for

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Making sure we have a strong college sector is vital if we are to see a strong economic recovery in Scotland and Glasgow. The chance to get a decent qualification means that when jobs are available, our young people will have the skills to take on employment. However, thanks to the SNP’s budget last week, the Edinburgh Government has cut college funding by £25m. It is astonishing to think that SNP MSPs applauded as this cut was put through the chamber in the

Scottish Parliament. I have real fears about what will happen to our Further Education sector. Colleges like John Wheatley and North Glasgow have built up a reputation for first class, flexible learning. They have been serving the local community for years but this has been jeopardised by the SNP’s decision to slash the money that our colleges get. The opportunity to go to college is not only about getting good qualifications. They offer convenient courses, many levels and

Further Education, an additional £38 million for housing, additional funding for town centre regeneration and an extra £10 million for transport. This budget was a triumph of pragmatism over fantasy, and I am delighted to support it. Perhaps those politicians, who are so quick to lend their support to the present system of devolved government, might wish to reflect upon the advantages of building our own nation, in the months and years ahead. Sadly, many local people who rely on housing benefit will see the money they get to pay their rent, cut. Anyone with an ‘extra’ bedroom (even if for a carer or for their children to visit) will get less. Across

types of learning and accommodate some of the people who are furthest from the education system. A weaker college system will harm our young people’s chances for the future. Recently I visited Ashcraig School in my constituency who have a longstanding relationship with colleges in the local community. Some of the pupils have very complex education needs and it is only because of the flexible nature of college that some of these kids will be able to enhance their education. Something that is put at risk because of the anti-college

Scotland this will see up to £65m stripped away. Constituents have contacted me requesting I oppose this. I do oppose this cut, as does the Scottish Government, but like other benefits these decisions are taken in Westminster. This means MP’s not representing Scottish constituencies are imposing their will on Scotland and damaging our most vulnerable in the process. Thankfully, the Scottish Government is providing over £5 million extra to advice providers and I would urge everyone to seek a benefits check, either from the welfare rights officer at their Housing Association, or through their local CAB.

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agenda with the SNP. I want to pay tribute to the staff, students and lecturers at my local colleges. This SNP cut is a huge blow to how they will be able to operate in the future. I will keep reminding the Education Secretary and others in Parliament that the Scottish Government has to see sense and reverse the £25m cut. If you would like to speak to me about this or any other issue then please do not hesitate in getting in contact with me on paul.martin.msp@scottish.parliament.uk or by telephoning my office on 0141 564 1364.

Patricia Ferguson MSP RECENTLY there have been a number of very welcome developments which will see substantial investment made in our area. Work is now underway on construction of the new Health Centre and Saracen Exchange Hub in Possilpark. I was pleased to attend the official sod cutting at the Health Centre site on the 18th February, which was also attended by local community representatives, Sadie Gordon, Bill Rossine and Ronnie Rodden, who have worked hard on pushing forward the plans. The new developments will provide the local community with the most modern health facilities alongside a hub building offering a base for the Glasgow Regeneration Agency, conference facilities for ng home and units

available for new businesses and community use. The City Council is also making progress with its plans to invest around £450,000 in Saracen Street which will be complemented by upgraded street lighting. Close entrances will also be improved by ng homes. Toward the end of January it was announced that £4.6m. will be invested along the Canal in our area providing new pavements and towpaths, residential moorings at the Firhill basin and the construction of a new footbridge at Speirs Wharf. This funding will also bring about the creation of a new paddle sports centre at Pinkston - a project that I have long supported and am delighted will now go

ahead. Local youth group leaders have already passed their Level 1 coaching and are all set to make sure that youngsters from our area will benefit from this sporting facility in north Glasgow. This investment will complement the planned £250m. regeneration of Sighthill which continues to move forward. This will not only provide new homes for local people but will also serve as the Athletes’ Village if Glasgow is successful in its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics – a goal which moved a step closer with the announcement on the 13th February that the City has made it on to the shortlist, alongside Buenos Aires in Argentina and Medellin in Colombia. Winning the games would be a great boost for Glasgow,

particularly our area, and I know local people are right behind the bid. Finally, those wishing to apply for the 15,000 volunteering opportunities at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 could do so until the 28th February. I know there has been a lot of interest locally and ng homes, and the ng sports legacy project which is connecting residents in the north of the city with the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy initiatives, have been encouraging residents to sign up and helping them to complete the application process. My application is in and I look forward to finding out whether I have been picked to help make Glasgow 2014 the most successful Commonwealth Games ever.

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

Willie Bain MP WILLIAM Beveridge’s searing report on the nature of poverty and unemployment in 1942 was critical in sparking the national debate which led to the creation of the modern welfare state in post-war Britain. The ambition of tackling ingrained joblessness and poverty through a range of universal and targeted benefits, some paid for on a contributory basis, and others by general taxation has been pursued with passion by the British left since then. This week, the new poverty map of the UK shows that 43% of children in my constituency live below the poverty line, in an area where the average wage is below £17,600 a year. We know from our own history in the 1960s and early 2000s that the best path to cut poverty is one that has a

full employment society at its heart, believes in the role of the tax system to redistribute wealth, and also uses welfare transfers to support family incomes in jobs which are relatively low income. Countries like the Netherlands, being visited by Ed Miliband this week, have adopted the same approach with successful results, and have also strengthened the role of collective bargaining through social partnership between employers and unions in the workplace to get ordinary workers a bigger share of the wealth that they create through their work. In Britain, this is urgent, given that the share of national income finding its way into the pay packets of workers in the lower half of the income scale has declined by a quarter in the last three decades. Last week the Resolution Foundation published new data showing that in 2011, the top 1%

ended up with 10% of post-tax income in Britain, whereas the bottom 10% were left to fight it out for only 18%. This study bears out thousands of individual stories being experienced throughout the UK at the moment as the squeeze on living standards really bites, with real wages still falling by as much as 4% a year for workers on average incomes. The contrast between the Tory vision of social division through measures like the bedroom tax and the 4% real terms benefits and tax credits cuts, and Labour’s ambition to increase wages, and get people back into work, is clear. The Tories believe the only way to improve productivity is to take on average £7 a week away from low-income people through the bedroom tax, and as much as £5 a week on average from 800,000 through the other welfare cuts. Instead

Labour would introduce a jobs guarantee starting with those out of work for two years or more, immediately helping 600 people in this area into work. We would introduce a 10p starting rate of tax, giving immediate help to 37,000 income taxpayers in Glasgow North East, paid for by progressive taxation of the wealth of those with high value properties worth over £2million. There may be two years to go before the next UK General Election, but the last week has shown the distinction between a divisive politician in David Cameron, and the One Nation Prime Minister the UK needs in Ed Miliband.

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


February 2013 FOOLS SPEED

DOG ATACKS TODDLER

On 8 February 2013, an 18 month old female child was bitten by a family pet within Hawthorn Street, Glasgow. The child sustained significant injuries to her face and neck and was treated in hospital. Following police enquiries, a 52 year old female has been charged in connection with the incident under Dangerous Dogs legislation. The child is in a stable condition.

AN UNCHARITABLE ACT

Thieves taking advantage of people’s generosity have again targeted charity donation clothing banks in the North of the City and East Dunbartonshire. Over the last few months, several sites have been targeted, most recently the clothing unit situated within Tesco car park, Gavins Mill Road, Milngavie was broken into and the contents stolen. The surge in the number of premises offering money for kilograms of clothes provides an easy opportunity for crooks to turn stolen clothing into quick cash. Strathclyde Police have recognised the spike in these crimes and are providing extra attention to clothing units across the city. We would urge our communities to take note of anyone acting suspiciously around these clothing bins and contact us or staff within the store.

FEMALE ROBBED IN POSSIL

Around 3pm on Wednesday 30 January 2013, a 27 year old female took the number 75 bus from Hope Street, Glasgow to Possil. When she got off the bus, she made her way home along Hamiltonhill Road, Glasgow listening to her iPod. As she approached the junction of Hamiltonhill Road and Cleghorn Street she was struck on her face and her handbag was grabbed from her arms. The female attempted to hold on to her bag but was dazed and the male suspect made off into Ellesmuir Street. The suspect is described as white male, 6ft, stocky build, wearing blue cotton tracksuit top and bottoms. The female was left shaken following the incident but suffered no serious injury. CID from Maryhill police office would urge anyone who saw the incident or who may have seen someone matching this description either on this route or on the bus to contact them on 0141 532 2000.

ATM SCAMS

Over the last fortnight, Strathclyde Police have been made aware of a number of ATM scams across Glasgow East and North East. Enquires are being undertaken to establish where and how cards are being cloned. Despite these scams often being sophisticated, involving electronic equipment – scanners, cameras,

computers and more; simple steps by savvy consumers can seriously disrupt these scammers! When attending at an ATM machine to withdraw cash • Be aware of your surroundings – 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 Joanne Matulevicze 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-tech the scam may be – these simple steps render these scams almost useless. Keep this in mind and protect your hard earned cash!”

HELP US, HELP YOU!

Serious and organised criminal gangs exist to make money and gain influence and power. They are involved in a variety of crimes including drug smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, armed robbery and fraud. Serious and organised criminal groups will use anything at their disposal to protect their criminal activities including violence, intimidation and corruption. The threat they pose is real. Their activities threaten communities, businesses and jobs. They sap money from our economy and make profit from the misery of others. Strathclyde Police work with our partners to divert people away from getting involved with, or buying the products of organised crime, and deter gangsters from infiltrating businesses and organisations. Our aim is to target, dismantle and

disrupt each and every one of these crime groups, ensuring they fear detection and arrest. We target their active members and associates in many ways; only a few of which are known to the public. You can help us tackle serious and organised crime by letting us know if you see or hear anything suspicious. Any information, even if it is a small detail, will help us build a case against these individuals and their corrupt businesses.

Operation League

Operation league is a highly successful initiative which aims to disrupt those involved in cultivating cannabis in residential properties and to dismantle their operations. Cannabis is the mostly widely misused controlled drug in Scotland and its sale is used to fund other types of serious and organised crime. The money raised can be staggering. In the last three months, police in the north and east of the city made 34 arrests in connection with the production of cannabis and dismantled 30 separate cannabis cultivations. The plants seized from these drug busts equated to in excess of £100,000. This money would then have been channelled into further criminal activities. Large scale cultivations are also a serious threat to communities in other ways. For example, they carry an extremely high risk of fire. The greenhouse style conditions needed to grow cannabis generate a great deal of heat. Converting a normal house into a greenhouse can also require bypassing the electrical supply to feed directly from the mains.

What can you do to help You can play a role in helping to remove drugs and drug dealers from your community by looking out for signs of a cannabis cultivation. If you suspect this activity is going on, phone police or Crimestoppers straight away. This could save your life and the lives of family and neighbours. Here are some signs to look out for: • Windows of property permanently covered from the inside • Visits to the premises at unusual times of the day or night • No one living in the premises and only visiting to maintain them • Cannabis or by-products such as used fertilisers removed in black bin bags or laundry bags • Compost bags or gardening equipment left outside • Vent protruding through a roof or window • Pungent smell coming from premises

There is overwhelming evidence which shows that the frequency of road traffic collisions rises disproportionately with speed, and that for every one mile per hour reduction in average speed there is a 5% reduction in the frequency of collisions. Consequently, early February will see officers across Strathclyde Police focus efforts on the enforcement of speeding legislation as well as tackling inappropriate driving. Officers will reinforce the casualty reduction benefits of driving at an appropriate speed and in an appropriate manner for the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions. This plan of action comes from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and will be highly visible on our roads over the course of next week. Strathclyde Police’s B Division, who cover the North and East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire have demonstrated their sustained effort to making our roads safer through campaigns focussing on road safety and drink driving. This ACPOS strategy will compliment the ongoing drive through education of motorists and enforcement of legislation. In the last month alone, 16 drivers were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for speeding offences across B division. This equates to 48 penalty points or the equivalent of four people losing their driving licence.

ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO ROB BALORNOCK

On 9 February 2013, two males armed with glass bottles, entered the Hong Kong Take Away, Red Road, Glasgow and demanded cash. The males were extremely aggressive towards staff, however, left empty handed. Staff at locus quickly contacted police who attended from a short distance away and carried out a search for the males. Following enquiry, two males were identified and arrested in connection with the crime. No persons were injured during the incident.

HOUSEBREAKING MILNGAVIE

Between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 9 February 2013, a house in Craigmore Road, Bearsden was subject to a housebreaking where an extensive list of property was stolen including TV and computer equipment. A suspect vehicle was seen in the area at the time of the incident and two white males, aged 18-20 years were seen nearby. Officers from Kirkintilloch police office who are investigating the incident are urging the public to come forward if they have information with regards to the identity of the males involved or saw anything suspicious.

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APPEAL FOR INFORMATION – ASSAULT BARDOWIE STREET

Around 2am on Thursday, 31 January 2013, a partially sighted 48 year old male was making his way along Bardowie Street, Glasgow. He was approached by two males wearing dark clothing who, unprovoked, struck him to the head with a sharp implement. The victim fell to the ground where the unknown suspects continued to hit him to the head and body. The full incident lasted only a few minutes, however, the male sustained some serious injuries. CID in Maryhill are investigating the attack and are seeking help from the public to identify the perpetrators. If you have any information regarding the incident or the identity of those involved please contact Strathclyde Police on 0141 532 2000.

DRUGS AND WEAPONS SEIZED IN BISHOPBRIGGS On 7 February 2013, officers from a plain clothes pro active unit acted on intelligence received from the public and attended at an address in Bishopbriggs in possession of a search warrant. Following a search of the premises, a quantity of controlled drugs were recovered as well as a canister of CS spray and drug paraphernalia. Due to the circumstances of the search a four figure sum of money was also seized under the proceeds of crime legislation.

APPEAL TO TRACE RELATIVES

Nottinghamshire Police is appealing for help in tracing anyone who knew Alan James Easton. Mr Easton, 50, is believed to have recently moved to Conisborough, South Yorkshire, from Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, in Scotland. His body was discovered on Saturday 2 February 2013 and it was thought he was murdered in North Nottinghamshire. Three people have been charged with his murder. DCI Leigh Sanders said: “We know Alan was adopted although his adopted parents are deceased. We are now looking to trace any next of kin or friends that we haven’t already spoken to. “If you knew him you may be able to help with our enquiries.” If you have any information you believe to be of relevance please contact the incident room on 101 ext 817 1520 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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CITY FOSTER GRASSROOTS TALENT GLASGOW City F.C. are laying the foundations for discovering home-grown talent at grassroots level, writes TOM SCOTT. Over the past five months, club coaches Rob Taylor and Ciara Daly, have been working with girls ( aged 5-11 years) during free one-hour Wednesday afternoon sessions at Petershill Park. Up to 18 girls have attended, and if overall numbers are maintained the programme could run into the summer. Speaking exclusively to ReGen North Sport, Rob Taylor revealed: “We are trying to incorporate all the different age groups because there is not much happening for girls in football. “There is a spin-off from this aimed at our first time. I know that a couple of the girls have become massive City fans, and

been mascots for the first team.” The club’s new Under-9 team will link-up alongside community group areas of development, fun and participation. Women’s football is set to introduce a Development League in place of the Reserves, which will provide more game time for the first team players who don’t feature on a Sunday afternoon. Rob Taylor, who will be involved with the development squad, added: “This year is the first time we’ve got strength from the Under-13s up through all the different age groups, and it is good to see. “It is slowly filtering right through up to the first team. “The development team will be closely linked with the first team. It’s also about trying to get players from our Under-17s up to the same speed as the first team.

PLAYERS WANTED ANDERSTON Victoria Amateur Football Club seeking experienced, adult players to join their set-up for season 2013-2014. Team will play in West of Scotland League (Saturday). For more information,call 07507657789. GLASGOW CITY F.C. have started an Under-9 team and are holding

CLUBS WANTED

WEST of Scotland Amateur Football League are accepting applications from new and existing clubs for season 2013-2014. As the oldest amateur set-up,

trials for girls. The club have also re-started free coaching sessions at Petershill Park every Wednesday( 4pm-5pm). Contact Amy McDonald, Head of City Youth, via email: sportymed@aol.com MARYHILL 1998 require players (all positions). Telephone 07713047449.

officials must have entries by February 28. Call secretary Terrence Harding on 0141 946 7903, 07732965319 or email: terrenceharding@hotmail.co.uk.

SEASON TICKETS GLASGOW CITY F.C. are dealing with Season Tickets, Adults (£40) and Concessions (£25), for the new term (starting March). These will be available from

the gate or club shop on match days, and more information is now available via email: clubmanager@ glasgowcityladiesfc.co.uk

“The Development League will be played on a different day. Other teams’ home games will be played throughout the week, and that will vary quite a lot to what suits them.” Glasgow City F.C. will play Arsenal Ladies in a pre-season friendly at Petershill Park on Sunday,February 24. Kick-off 2pm. This should be a great game against the English Champions. Meanwhile, City’s international striker Jane Ross (23), part of the club set-up for seven years, has signed for Swedish outfit Vittsjo. Emma Mitchell(20) ended a five-year stay and has landed a professional contract with German side SGS Essen. Said Jane: “To play football professionally has always been an ambition, and when the opportunity arose I felt it was one I could not turn down.”

FREE one-hour Glasgow City F.C. coaching sessions are proving popular with youngsters every Wednesday at Petershill Park.

FLOODLIGHT WIN THREE second half goals gave Petershill Juniors a comfortable Monday evening floodlight win against Kilsyth Rangers at Spring-

burn. On target were David Gault (46 mins), Stephen O’Keane(60), and Sean McKenna(76).

COACH WANTED ANDERSTON VICTORIA AFC are looking for an experienced coach to join their backroom staff next season. The team will train twice

a week, and have been accepted into the West of Scotland Amateur Football League. Telephone 07507657789.

GOALIE SESSIONS GLASGOW Club Petershill is the venue for specialist, goalkeeping coaching sessions every Monday evening until late March. North-area Boys’ Club man-

agers are being invited to register their goalkeeper, and the age groups are 1417 years. To pre-register, call 07772237185. The coaching takes place from 7pm-8pm.

TALBOT TORTURE NINE-man Petershill were left shellshocked by a 7-0 Emirates Scottish Junior Cup fourth round defeat against Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood Park. Peasy co-manager Willie Paterson said: “We just didn’t see that coming. “We had a really good support down there, and they were let down badly. A couple of big decisions went against us - including the sending off of Ross McCabe - but that doesn’t hide the fact the final scoreline could have been much worse.” The visitors, who also had Stephen O’Keane

dismissed, trailed to first half goals by Latta and Pope. Within 20 minutes of the second period, Gormley and a Hyslop double made it 5-0. McCann and Wilson raised the tally to seven. Meanwhile, Peasy knocked holders Clydebank out of the Euro Engineering Central League Cup with a 1-0 victory at Holm Park, Yoker. Stephen O’Keane netted their 81st minute winner. Striker Joe Barclay, signed last summer, has returned to his former club Kilsyth Rangers.

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