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On Friday 12th of May, along with Patrick Grady, I met with First Glasgow’s Paul Coupar to discuss the ongoing threat to the M4 bus service through Kelvindale. At that  meeting I outlined the findings of the significant parliamentary consultation that I have undertaken within the community in relation to bus services. I made it clear that the M4 service was particularly fragile because it had been detached from the previous 4A service, leaving Kelvindale exposed in terms of a commercially viable service.

Indeed unless part of a wider route, most sections of any bus service would not be financially viable as a stand-alone service. That is why my consultation focused on trying to reconnect Kelvindale to a wider route. I also stressed the various points made in the consultation responses such as the hourly service, the start time of the M4 service not being early enough, reliability issues and mirroring the route / timetable of the 94 bus too closely.

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Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Maryhill and Springburn, is dismayed at news from First Glasgow that they are to axe the M4 bus route serving Kelvindale.

First Glasgow had agreed to trial this route on a six month basis following previous representations from Bob, but have now decided to axe it with no consultation, only four months into the trial, despite statistics provided by First indicating a 4% increase in passenger numbers over the previous 10 weeks.

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Bob Doris, as convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities Committee, took the committee on a visit to organisations supporting homeless women in Glasgow. The committee visited both Govanhill Women's Service and the Simon Community, and the discussions will help in the committee's consideration of policy in this area.

The visit is reported in the Evening Times.

Jobcentre MaryhillTories selling out Scotland yet again

The Scottish Government is to lead a debate on the recently announced closures of job centres across Scotland – with SNP members set to condemn the callous Tory government cuts that are set to hit some of Scotland’s poorest communities.

The proposed closures, which are going ahead without prior consultation as part of an ideologically-motivated campaign by the Tories, are set to have a deeply damaging impact on the most vulnerable people across Scotland – raising travel costs and making services less accessible.

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Schools in Maryhill and Springburn will benefit from a £3m funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.

The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

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Bob DorisRuth Davidson has been challenged to put her constituents first after the Edinburgh MSP's embarrassing silence on jobcentre closures.

In a letter to SNP MSP Ash Denham, Ruth Davidson this week said she was "sympathetic" to the DWP's aim of reducing costs through closures, offering only a mealy-mouthed promise to "engage closely" with the DWP on the potential impact on claimants.

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ScotRail meetingBob Doris is hosting a public meeting on rail issues on Wednesday 1st February, at 7.30pm in Ledgowan Tenants Hall, Shiskine Drive, Summerston.

ScotRail's Communications Director, Rob Shorthouse, will be there to hear peoples' views on rail travel and their suggestions of how it can be improved, particularly with regard to local services.

All are welcome to attend the meeting - it would be helpful if you could email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance.

Jobcentre MaryhillConcern that proposals are just 'tip of the iceberg'

SNP MSP Bob Doris has condemned the UK government for "unacceptable and dangerous" cuts to job centres in Glasgow – following the news last month that the DWP was planning to close 50% of the city's job centre estate.

The DWP has been guilty of taking a callous and ideological approach to welfare since the Tories took office in 2010, and shows no signs of letting up – with the proposed closures of 8 of Glasgow's 16 job centres part of a nationwide cut of 20% of the job centre estate and simply the tip of the iceberg.

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Jobcentre Maryhill Tory SantaDWP hints that closures could be tip of the iceberg

Maryhill and Springburn MSP Bob Doris has called for an urgent halt to the DWP’s ideologically-driven closure of Job Centres across Glasgow.

The Tory plans to scrap half of existing services – relied upon by a huge number of people for vital welfare support – have come up against overwhelming opposition from local representatives.

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