Maryhill Job CentreNew DWP Minister has chance to change course

The SNP has made a last-ditch call for the Tories to halt their plans to close job centres across Scotland – with the Maryhill site set to shut its doors for the final time on Friday.

The chaos of Theresa May's bungled cabinet reshuffle has led to Esther McVey becoming the new DWP Secretary and Alok Sharma become Minister for Employment – and cross-party representatives across Glasgow have united to call on the new Ministers to halt the planned cuts of their predecessors with a joint letter to Mr Sharma.

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Christmas Card 2017

Artwork for Bob's 2017 Christmas card was produced vy Samuel Ogbeiwi, from Primary 4 at St Blane's Primary School.

Additional images were submitted by Primary 7/6 at Elmvale Primary School, only a couple of which could be used on the final card. The other submissions are posted below.

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Figures show English councils could lose 250,000 homes by 2020

A staggering 250,000 homes could be lost by English councils between 2012 and 2020 under right to buy, the UK government have revealed – showing how important it was for the SNP to end the council housing sell-off in Scotland.

The SNP abolished Right to Buy in Scotland in 2016 in order to protect existing council-owned housing stock from being sold off. The Tories have taken a different approach in England – which saw 18,110 social houses sold under Right to Buy this year. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has committed to building 50,000 affordable homes in Scotland by the end of this Parliament.

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Crucial support disappearing as Tory austerity continues to hit most vulnerable

Tory government cuts are robbing Scotland's councils homelessness services of at least £20 million a year, it has emerged – showing once again the Tories' callous approach to society's most vulnerable people.

The cuts were highlighted in COSLA's response to the Local Government and Communities Committee's call for evidence on Homelessness, and will have a devastating impact on homelessness services across Scotland – with COSLA's evidence suggesting that the shortfall in funding is likely to be "considerably higher" than the predicted £20 million.

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