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Voter ID

In the UK you are legally required to show photo identification (ID) when voting at a polling station at the UK General Election on 4 July 2024

You can check which elections require photo ID on the Electoral Commission website.

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Offpeakfares

The trial of scrapping peak-time ScotRail fares has been extended by further 3 months until the end of September - this will mean off-peak fares all summer.

The scheme has seen the cost of a rush hour ticket between Glasgow and Edinburgh being nearly halved, from £28.90 down to £14.90.

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I met with Gibson Engineering last year to learn of their plans to re-open The Caley and was greatly encouraged by what I heard.
 
 
Therefore the recent announcement that they hope to employ 1,000 workers over the next 5 years, and potentially 5,000 over the next decade, is wonderful news. See more at https://gibsonsengineering.co.uk/
 
I intend to meet Gibson Engineering again in the near future to see how we can work together to help make these ambitions a reality.
 
The Scottish Government has ambitious plans to enhance and decarbonise our railways. I look forward to discussing with the Scottish Government how Gibson Engineering and The Caley can be key partners in that journey.
 
 

Bob Doris MSP inside the Scottish Parliament speaking at the MND Scotland awareness event.

It was a privilege to host MND Scotland's annual parliamentary event in The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday night (16 April). The annual event is always hugely powerful, particularly meeting those living with MND, their families and their friends. As well as all those working to improve care.

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The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme has funding and more help available for households to install energy-efficient home improvements.

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Everyone who receives support from Social Security Scotland will see an increase in the amount of assistance they receive from the start of April. All devolved social security payments will be uprated in line with inflation.
 
In the 2024/25 Scottish budget the SNP prioritised helping those who need it the most, despite real-term cuts being imposed on our Scottish Parliament by the UK Government.
 
Vital supports such as the Scottish Child Payment, the Winter Heating Payment and the Young Carer grant will all go up by 6.7%.
 
To apply or find out more, visit www.mygov.scot/browse/benefits
 
Or, if I can help in any way, please get in touch with my office at www.bob-doris.scot/contact

maryhillroad

Maryhill Road will be closed for 4 days 8am on Saturday 30 March until 6pm on Tuesday 2 April, between Queen Margaret Drive and Kelvindale Road.

Glasgow City Council are advising drivers to avoid the road during the works if they can, and there will be a diversion in place.

The road is being closed for resurfacing. I have made a number of representations to the Council on behalf of constituents about the condition of the road. As such, I am delighted work is now being made to provide a long-term solution – not just patching the road.

While I know this will cause delays, I do hope all road users will benefit from this significant investment by Glasgow City Council.

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I continue to be contacted by residents regarding regeneration plans for the Wyndford estate. These plans include demolishing 4 high rise flats in Wyndford and building around 300 modern, energy-efficient homes for the community. This will include a mixture of housing types and also contain a significant number main door properties with gardens. This page has my updates.

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St Mary 50

This week has been a week of celebration for staff, pupils and families at St Mary’s Primary in Maryhill. They have been marking their 50th anniversary at their current site. I was lucky enough to attend a celebratory mass at the Immaculate Conception Church on Monday and to pop in today (Friday) to see Head Teacher Madeline McGeachie and chat with some of the pupils during ‘non-uniform’ day. I was also pleased to commemorate the 50th anniversary by submitting a parliamentary motion marking the occasion.

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Great to see Cadder Primary secure over £9,000 of Scottish Government money for its school library. Part of a £200,000 Scottish Government fund for school libraries. I am sure the funds will be put to excellent use.

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I had a productive site visit at Springburn train station on Friday last week (2 Feb) with partners including Network Rail Scotland, ScotRail and Helen from Spirit of Springburn, where I had good discussions around how to improve station accessibility (including lifts!) and other improvements, as well as greater connectivity to Glasgow Kelvin College and Springburn centre.

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It was great to host Early Career Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University at The Scottish Parliament recently. Most of those attending were involved in health research and are seeking to have their research influence public policy and improve health outcomes.
 
 
I am keen to ensure that research influences public policy and does not simply ‘gather dust’ on a shelf. This is the third such event I have hosted over the years and the event ensures that GCU research academics are able to meet with parliament researchers, Government ministers, senior civil servants and fellow MSP’s.
 
Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

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