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Scottish Government 'well on the way' to delivering on affordable homes commitment

The SNP has today welcomed new figures showing an increase in the number of new homes completed in Scotland, as the Scottish Government is on track to exceed its commitment to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016 – in stark contrast to the record of the last Labour administration in Scotland.

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on housing today, the SNP has highlighted new Scottish Government figures showing that 16,281 new homes were completed across the private and social sector in 2014/15 – an increase of nine per cent on the previous year.

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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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Bob with Cllrs Letford and Scally and Maryhill parents examining the dangers on Maryhill RoadGlasgow SNP Council Group have committed to re-introduce free school buses across Glasgow that have been axed by the ruling Labour administration. With the north of the city, and Maryhill and Springburn particularly affected, the announcement will be some rare good news for parents currently struggling to find safe walking routes to get their kids to school or to afford the cost of commercial bus travel.

Commenting on the announcement SNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris said: “I am thrilled my SNP council colleagues, the official opposition to Labour run Glasgow City Council, have said a future SNP Council would reinstate the bus provision that has been axed by Labour. With kids now back at school following their summer holidays, the timing will be a boost for worried families.

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Bob Doris alongside Scott Crawford and some of their volunteersSNP MSP for Glasgow, Bob Doris, recently met with staff and volunteers at Possilpark based food charity Fareshare to see first-hand the work they are doing to support community groups. Bob was joined on the visit by Margaret Ferrier MP and met Fareshare co-ordinator Scott Crawford along with a dedicated team of volunteers.

Fareshare receive surplus food from supermarkets such as Tesco and bakers such as Greggs and distribute it to local organisations. The food which would otherwise find its way into landfill, allows community groups to use the surplus food for good causes such as addressing growing food need and lowering catering costs allowing them to do more and for their own funds to go further.

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