10 Nov 2011

Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, has tabled a parliamentary motion in Holyrood to mark 1000 days until the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The MSP who represents Parkhead, Dalmarnock, Tollcross, and Glasgow Green where the bulk of the competition will take place, lodged the motion as the 1000 day mark passed with news that the Commonwealth Games facilities are on time and on budget.

Speaking from the East End, John Mason MSP, said:

“I am very enthusiastic about the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the East End to the rest of the world and I have every confidence that we will do that well.

“It is particularly encouraging to hear that the facilities currently being built are on-time and on-budget. It is already clear from walking around the East End that the building work is coming along well. I myself recently visited the velodrome and indoor sports arena in Parkhead and was very impressed with the progress.

“The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a real boost to the economy of Glasgow and will provide a lasting legacy for East End folk. Over the next few months I want to pin down more details as to how East End residents will benefit directly from the games. For example, I want to know what using the facilities will actually cost local residents.

“The Commonwealth Games – which are 80% funded by the SNP Government – is just the latest in a number of projects which will regenerate the East End. These capital projects come in addition to the recently completed M74 motorway extension and the new Edinburgh rail link via Airdrie, both of which were on time and on budget.

“It’s an exciting time to live in the East End and that excitement will only continue to grow as we approach 2014”.


31 Oct 2011

Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre in Glasgow’s East End has received a donation of £5,680 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, took the opportunity to meet Reidvale Youth ‘N’ Action to find out more about how they will use the award to develop areas of the community and its youth programme.

Local MSP, John Mason, said:

“Paul McIlvenny and his team already do a lot of great work in the community and this donation will help them to continue to provide invaluable support.”

The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity working with charities across Scotland supporting people and their local communities.

Kate Guthrie, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and HR Director, Insurance, Lloyds Banking Group said:

“We’ve had a fantastic response to the Small Grants Programme and are delighted to make these awards to very deserving organisations such as the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre.”

The Foundation receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund the Foundation’s Small Grants Programme and Employee Matched Giving Scheme.

The Foundation aims to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community and is particularly interested in helping: –

• initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded;

• working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation; and

• improving the standard of local facilities

Building the confidence and competence of everyone about finance is also a particular priority for the Bank of Scotland Foundation and in order to achieve this, it is committed to supporting financial literacy and financial inclusion initiatives right across Scotland.


26 Oct 2011

Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, has added his voice to this year’s Scottish Youth Work Week campaign that aims to highlight the many positive contributions that youth work makes to Scottish society.

In particular this year, the youth work sector aims to underline the preventative nature of both targeted and universal youth work services.

Youth unemployment is currently at a record high with around 1 in 5 young people in Scotland unemployed and 14% of 16-19 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET). This means that up to 36,000 young people are wasting their potential.

The youth work sector in Scotland positively engages with more than 300,000 young people every year, helping them to realise and achieve their potential through a range of exciting and challenging activities.

Commenting, Shettleston MSP, John Mason, said:

“As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, I understand how important preventative spending is. That’s why I’m delighted to be backing the Scottish Youth Work Week.

“The East End is fortunate to have so many youth projects, such as Fuse Youth café, and I pay tribute to the volunteers and staff who lead the projects and ensure our young people play a huge part in their community”.

Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, added:

“Simply put, youth work is prevention. For society, communities and young people it is the ultimate form of preventative spend.

“In its many different forms, youth work helps to develop skills, opportunities, self confidence and a sense of community cohesion for all our young people and reaches many who are faced with disadvantage and deprivation in their lives.

“Sustained investment in youth work is vital in developing a nationwide infrastructure that offers wholly positive options to our young people. It is an essential service in helping prevent another lost generation of young people and should never be regarded as an optional extra.

“Youth work also offers incredible value for money, with the latest research showing a social return on investment of up to £13 for every £1 invested.”

Scottish Youth Work Week runs throughout the first week in November and will see a range of special events and activities take place across Scotland, from a variety of youth work organisations, to celebrate the strength and value of the sector.


18 Oct 2011

The Scottish National Party have selected their team for Shettleston ward in the forthcoming elections to Glasgow City Council.

Local SNP members met in the East End recently and unanimously backed sitting councillor, Bailie John McLaughlin and Sandyhills man, Adam Miller, as their team to face election in ward 19 at next year’s local government ballot.

Commenting on the SNP’s selection, SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, said:

“We have a great team going into next year’s council elections and I look forward to campaigning with Adam and John. We have the experience in Cllr John McLaughlin and the energy and ambition in Adam Miller who I’m sure will make a fine addition to the SNP’s team in the East End”.

Sitting councillor for ward 19, Shettleston, Bailie John McLaughlin added:

“As an established councillor here in Shettleston, I have the knowledge and experience to get things done. I will continue to work tirelessly for Shettleston if re-elected and I look forward to putting forward the case for electing an SNP controlled Council at next May’s election.

“The Labour Party have been in power for too long and it’s time for a change in the City Chambers”.

SNP candidate for Shettleston ward, Adam Miller, also said:

“Working with John McLaughlin, I believe I have the energy and ambition to stand up and fight for the area I’m proud to live in and call home. Shettleston has its challenges but I pledge that, if elected, I will work as part of a hardworking SNP team to fight for local people and services which the Labour Administration has badly let down”.