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The Caley. Update from Bob Doris MSP about the railway works at St. Rollox

Update about the railway works at St.Rollox - 26 July 2019

By Bob Doris MSP

The Caley Rail Works sadly closed on Friday (26th July 2019). Despite repeated representations to the owners Gemini, the company were determined to centralise all their works at their larger site in England. A commercial decision they implemented despite a powerful and passionate campaign from Caley workers and Unions.

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Home Office

'Appalling' treatment of Glasgow family highlights need for devolved immigration

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The Prime Minister today told the House of Commons that she would ensure that the Home Office “looks again” at the plight of the Umeed Bakhsh family, who face being deported from their home in Glasgow.

Areeb Umeed Bakhsh, 13, and his brother Somer, 15, have lived in Glasgow since their family fled from Pakistan in 2012, however the Home Office has repeatedly rejected the family’s plea for asylum, because officials believe that they would not be at risk in Pakistan.

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SNP calls on Tories to avoid hard Brexit and hels save Glasgow jobs

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Research by a leading think-tank has revealed that exports to countries within the European Union support around 40,000 jobs in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Research by the Fraser of Allander Institute, which was commissioned by Glasgow City Council ahead of a Brexit summit, considers the impact Brexit will have on companies in and around the city, as well as highlighting the potential impact of Brexit on investment in Glasgow.

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DWP work coaches could see their workload quadruple as Universal Credit rolls out, expert witnesses warned Holyrood.

Univeral Credit

Currently each work coach supports 85 claimants – with that figure expected to rise to 373 by 2024-25.

The startling figure adds to fears over the impact of the Universal Credit roll-out which has been plagued by problems.

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DWP errors more than double in five years


The SNP has lambasted the Tories over their mismanagement of welfare, after figures showed that the number of Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants who have been underpaid has more than doubled in five years.

New analysis shows that the proportion of JSA claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen from 0.8% to 2.1% since 2011/2012.

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Tories treating migrants with contempt - time for powers to be devolved

The Home Office’s continued refusal to answer questions on immigration matters from MSPs is completely disrespectful to the constituents who have gone to their parliamentarian for help, SNP MSP Bob Doris has said – after he received a dismissive email saying they would not speak to him about young orphan Giorgi Kakava.

Bob Doris wrote to Sajid Javid last month asking for him to grant Giorgi Kakava permanent citizenship in the UK – after the Home Office only granted him right to remain for two and a half years. Giorgi is a 10-year old orphan from Georgia, who had to flee the country with his mother when he was a toddler. His mother sadly passed away during the asylum process earlier this year – and Giorgi is currently being cared for by his grandmother.

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