John Mason MSP supporting Scotland’s money charity

24 Nov 2017

John has pledged his support for Money Advice Scotland and the development of free, impartial and confidential money advice and financial inclusion.

Money Advice Scotland is a registered charity and in addition to training money advisers and delivering financial education, the organisation has launched a new Helpline offering access to free, impartial money advice services across Scotland.

The new helpline was launched on 1st October 2017 and members of the public can call the helpline between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday on 0800 731 4722.

76 MSPs signed the pledge supporting Money Advice Scotland at an exhibition sponsored by the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, in the Scottish Parliament, earlier this week.

Yvonne MacDermid, the Chief Executive of Money Advice Scotland, said:

“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to exhibit our work at the Scottish Parliament. We are grateful to each and every Member of the Scottish Parliament who pledged their support in promoting the development of free, impartial and confidential money advice and financial inclusion, and in particular to the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP for sponsoring this event.

“With personal debt climbing to levels not witnessed since the financial crisis, it is crucial that people have somewhere to access help both in times of need, but also at an early stage to help guard against problems in the longer run.

“The Money Advice Scotland Helpline is the first point of contact for people with worries about money or debt and we urge anyone looking for help to contact the helpline, as we strive to continue to be the driving force towards financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland.”

 

John said:

“I am delighted to support Money Advice Scotland in its work to promote financial health and wellbeing for the people of Scotland.

“Total household debt has increased to its highest level since November 2008 as rising prices for essentials and falling real incomes threaten to stretch household budgets to breaking point. The Money Advice Scotland Helpline is a vital resource for people living in Constituency/Region and I would encourage anyone facing financial difficulties to get in touch with the team at Money Advice Scotland.”

If you have debt or money worries, please contact Money Advice Scotland Helpline on 0800 731 4722.

 

Glasgow Shettleston MSP meets homelessness campaigners in Holyrood

23 Nov 2017

 

John Mason has met with campaigners from the charity Shelter Scotland in the Scottish Parliament this week.

 

The charity brought its campaign Homelessness: Far From Fixed to Holyrood to highlight the human cost of homelessness and to call for urgent action tackling both the causes and the consequences.

 

Shelter Scotland campaigners highlighted how a household becomes homeless every 19 minutes and gave each MSP local figures for their area showing how the shortage of housing and support is affecting every part of the country.

 

Scottish Government figures show the number of children in temporary accommodation is at a six year high and in the last full year for which figures are available there was an increase in people sleeping rough before applying for help from their local councils.

 

John said:
“Shelter Scotland and the other groups involved in tackling homelessness do a tremendous job. In this day and age however, the scourge of homelessness should not exist. That is why I am throwing my support behind “The Far From Fixed” campaign.”

 

When the campaign launched 12 months ago it sounded an alarm, warning that if action wasn’t taken the progress on tackling homelessness during the last ten years was at risk of being undone.

 

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:

 

“I am heartened to see MSPs, including John show support for our campaign by taking the time to talk to us in parliament and find out more about how the issue is affecting constituents.

 

“We are seeing new steps being taken, including the Scottish Government’s creation of a £50 million ‘Ending Homelessness Together’ fund and the launch of an action group on homelessness but we really need MSPs from across the political spectrum to work together with us to make an even bigger difference.”

 

Shelter Scotland has submitted its recommendations for action to the Scottish Government Action group on homelessness and rough sleeping.

 

The Far From Fixed campaign’s four main aims are:

 

  • A safe and affordable home for everyone
  • Help is available for everyone to keep or find a home
  • A strong housing safety net to catch people if they do lose their home
  • And, that no-one should ever have to sleep rough on Scotland’s streets

John Mason MSP calls on entrepreneurs to enter chance to be crowned Scotland’s leading small business

22 Nov 2017

 

 

Entrepreneurs and businesses in Glasgow Constituency are being urged to enter the search for Scotland’s startup Business of the Year.

 

Virgin Startup10: Scotland is open to startup businesses and entrepreneurs, the competition will offer ‘startup can’t buy prizes’ including mentoring and support from a leading Scottish law firm.

 

The top ten finalists will be shortlisted in February and recognised as Virgin StartUp’s 10 Scottish ambassadors. The overall winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in March and will receive a mentoring session from an all-star judging panel of leading Scottish entrepreneurs.

 

 

John said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and I want to see a finalist from Glasgow Shettleston showcase the talent that we have here. I encourage local entrepreneurs to take the challenge and download the entry pack as soon as they can, and I wish them the very best of luck.”

 

Judging the process is four of Scotland’s most renowned entrepreneurs, who will also mentor the overall winner as part of the ‘money can’t buy’ prizes on offer to all ten finalists. They are:

 

  • Jackie Waring – the founder & CEO of Investing Women and leader of Scotland’s only all-female business angel group
  • Leah Hutcheon – the founder and CEO of Appointedd, an Edinburgh-based tech company revolutionising the way bookings are made online
  • Bob Kieller CBE – Chairman of Scottish Enterprise
  • Cally Russell, Founder and CEO of Mallzee, the UK’s leading multi-retailer shopping app

 

To find out more and submit an entry, visit www.virginstartup.org/10-scotland . The closing date for entries is 8th January 2018.

Motion S5M-08916: Scottish Interfaith Week

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the celebration of Scottish Interfaith Week 2017, which was officially launched on 13 November; notes that the week aims to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Scotland’s religious heritage and diversity; understands that Scottish Interfaith Week has been celebrated since its inauguration in 2004; further understands that the theme for this year’s week is “creativity and the arts”, which aims to highlight the positive impact that the arts can have in breaking down barriers between people; wishes the event every success, and hopes that it will achieve its goal of helping foster a more tolerant and connected society.