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Jobcentre MaryhillCall for halt to closures which will harm vulnerable people

SNP MSP Bob Doris has called for the DWP to halt its planned closures of 8 job centres in Glasgow – arguing that going through with the cuts would be deeply harmful to already hard pressed families in his constituency.

Mr Doris raised the concerns at Portfolio Questions at Holyrood this afternoon, noting that such changes would mean claimants travelling further to attend a job centre and slamming the DWP’s suggestion that this would act as an “incentive” into work.

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Bob Doris is today leading a debate on the Year of the Dad 2016 and celebrating the importance of fathers in their child’s social and emotional development.

The SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn will highlight the important advice and support that Home-Start Glasgow North provide to dads in his constituency, as well as the work of the wider Home-Start network across Scotland in areas such as south Glasgow, Dundee, Fife and Argyll and Bute.

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Week of housing action as SNP provides homes for Scotland

A number of Scottish Government announcements this week have shown the positive action that the SNP Government is taking to provide Scotland with a stock of warm, secure, energy efficient homes.

The Scottish Government has taken decisive steps this week on housing – announcing additional funding for fuel poor households to increase energy efficiency of homes; providing the first loan from the Housing Infrastructure Fund which will build more than 90 affordable homes in Aberdeen; Housing Minister Kevin Stewart spoke at the Homes for Scotland annual conference; and a housing association development was officially opened in West Dunbartonshire following support of £3.8 million from the Scottish Government.

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counciltaxbillSNP secure £100m for education

Labour and the Green Party have tonight teamed up with the Tories to put political point-scoring ahead of fairer taxation as the SNP put securing £100m for education ahead of party political games.

In an important vote on the SNP’s progressive council tax plans, designed to protect low income households and generate £100 million of additional revenue to invest in schools, opposition parties Labour and the Greens voted with the Tories against plans for further reform of taxation to be fair and progressive.

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I wish to update you on the current situation regarding bus routes serving Kelvindale. The new M4 service is clearly of little benefit, but following the representations both myself and Cllr Letford have made on behalf of constituents, First Glasgow have now put two options on the table to reconfigure the route to be served by the M4.

Following our suggestions, the new route proposed through Hyndland, Byres Road and on to either Glasgow University or Partick, would appear to better reflect the needs of local travellers compared to the current flawed M4 service.

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The withdrawal by First Glasgow of the 4A bus service connecting Kelvindale directly with the city centre is proving to be a big issue locally, and a considerable number of local residents have now been in touch with me about this. I wish to provide an update on my efforts to halt the service changes in the first instance, and to secure a commitment from First Glasgow that meaningful consultation with bus users should be a pre-requisite to developing an efficient service which will better serve the needs of Kelvindale residents.

UPDATE 21/10/16 6pm: First Group MD Giles Fearnley has responsed to me advising the proposed cuts will go ahead on Sunday, but the alternative route proposals I had sent him will be considered "in due course".

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