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Debt charity reports 75% increase in calls from people in Glasgow since 2012

Glasgow SNP MSP Bob Doris has urged constituents who may be struggling with debt to get advice as soon as possible:

Bob’s call comes as new figures from StepChange Debt Charity show a 75% increase in the number of calls for help from people with debt problems in the area between 2012 and 2014. The charity offers free debt advice to people across the UK and helped over 2,000 people in Glasgow in 2014 – up from 1,164 in 2012.

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The SNP has today welcomed new findings from the 2014 Scottish Household Survey showing a record number of people rate their neighbourhood as a “fairly” or a “very good place to live”, and 86 per cent of people in Scotland are “fairly” or “very satisfied” with the quality of local health services.

The Scottish Household Survey also shows show 75% of people were satisfied with public transport in 2014 - an increase of four points from the previous year.

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Bob Doris MSP with Carol Monaghan MP and Chris Stephens MP supporting MacmillanSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, visited Macmillan’s isolation booth in Central Station recently. The booth presented limited vision of the outside world and whilst inside Bob heard of the experiences of two women facing cancer. Bob spoke to a number of volunteers about the impact that cancer has on the lives of those facing the illness as well as their family and friends.

Having already helped over 1,000 people in Glasgow, their volunteers provide an in depth knowledge about cancer and they provide support for patients and relatives alike.

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People with mental health conditions save £4.8m on prescriptions

The SNP has today welcomed new figures, obtained through a Parliamentary Question, which show that people with long-term and mental health conditions are saving millions as a result of the abolition of prescription charges in Scotland.

The figures show that in 2015-16 it is expected that people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will save £2.6 million as a result of the policy and people with cardiovascular conditions will save £4.6 million. In England, people with long-term and mental health conditions face prescription charges of £8.20 per item, following a further increase in April.

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