Motion S5M-08262: Wheel of Misfortune

19 Oct 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the report from the think tank, ResPublica, Wheel of Misfortune: The case for lowering the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, which suggests that the UK is the only developed country to have high street betting shops that allow people to bet £100 every 20 seconds; notes the report’s calls for the UK Government to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) from £100 to £2; agrees with its assessment that the present maximum stake can lead to job loss, damage to communities and the breakdown of families; understands that, over the last year, FOBTs have been responsible for losses of more than £1.7 billion, which is almost £12,000 on average, with one third of players considered at risk of serious addiction according to the Gambling Commission; believes that action must be taken to tackle what it sees as the scourge of FOBTs in Scotland’s communities, and calls on the UK Government to take action when it publishes its review of stake levels, by lower the maximum stake to £2 at most.

Motion S5M-08254: World Food Day 2017

19 Oct 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the activities around World Food Day 2017, which is being marked on 16 October and aims to show ongoing commitment to ending world hunger; notes that the awareness day was first held in 1945 to commemorate the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); understands that the day is celebrated in over 150 countries, making it one of the most recognised days of the UN calendar; notes that this year’s theme is, Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development; understands that FAO works with governments and other stakeholders to generate evidence on migration patterns and helps to build countries’ capacity to address migration through rural development policies;, and calls on all levels of government to do what they can to invest in food security and rural development and to work to take their fair share of the burden from the refugee crisis.

Tenement Maintenance

19 Oct 2017

Update on Loch Laiden and Bield Housing

18 Oct 2017

Following on from the news that Bield Housing would be closing some of their care homes John wrote to find out more about the future of some of the Care Homes in Glasgow Shettleston Constituency.

He received a phone call from Bield stating that Loch Laiden is classified as a Retirement Plus home and as such it will not be being closed.

John said: “I was glad to hear that Bield would not be closing the Loch Laiden home, as I’m sure the many residents who live there will be.

“If anyone has any further concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.”