Make Renting Right

20 Nov 2014

John Mason MSP - Make Renting Right Shelter 15.11.2014

Shelter Scotland wants to Make Renting Right and work towards a modern and dynamic private rented sector which meets the needs of today’s renters and makes for a professional market where landlords can make reasonable returns on their properties.

Stability for people wanting to make rented housing their home. Flexibility for people to stay in their home as long as they need. Modern Tenancy that gives security and flexibility for tenants and landlords. Fair system for sorting out renting problems when they occur. Predictable rents for tenants and landlords.

John was pleased to sign their petition calling for changes and to lend his support to their aspirations. You can find out more through the following document; Make Renting Right.

Money for Life challenge

03 Nov 2014

The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition that provides £500 grants to help empower teams of 16-24 year olds in further education, work-based learning, adult community learning or a training organisation to develop innovative money management projects that impact their communities.

For more information on the Challenge please visit www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk

SHETTLESTON MSP SEEKS ANSWERS ON 310 BUS SERVICE

31 Oct 2014

SNP MP John Mason for Glasgow East.Glasgow Shettleston MSP, John Mason, has written to SPT bosses seeking clarification about the future of the 310 bus service.

The 310 bus service was operated by Henderson’s Travel who dramatically announced on Wednesday that they had ceased trading with immediate effect, a move that is reported to lead to over 100 job losses.

Commenting, John Mason MSP said:

“First and foremost, our thoughts go to the families and staff who stand to lose their jobs at what is understandably a difficult time of the year. I know my SNP colleagues have raised the issue with the First Minister, and the Scottish Government will be doing all it can to help the workforce.

“Turning to our own situation here in the East End, the 310 – which serves many communities in the East End, including Shettleston, Mount Vernon, Broomhouse and Baillieston – surely now has questions hanging over it. I have therefore written to Gordon MacLennan, Chief Executive of SPT, seeking an urgent update on the future provision of the service.

“My understanding is that the 310 has still been running but on a much disrupted and delayed service. We want to see a solid and dependable service restored in the quickest possible timescale. For some folk this is a lifeline service, not a luxury.

“It is no secret that car ownership in the East End is perhaps lower than other parts of the city, therefore reliance on bus services is greater”.

JOHN MASON RAISES BELLGROVE CONCERNS AT LICENSING COMMITTEE

22 Oct 2014
Concerned: MSP John Mason has been a consistent campaigner for better regulation at the Bellgrove

Concerned: MSP John Mason has been a consistent campaigner for better regulation at the Bellgrove

Glasgow Shettleston’s MSP, John Mason, today (Wednesday) took the unusual step of appearing before Glasgow City Council’s Licensing & Regulatory committee.  The committee was meeting to consider the Bellgrove Hotel’s application for an HMO licence.

Mr Mason has made the Bellgrove Hotel one of his top priorities since taking office as an MSP in 2011.  The East End MSP is concerned that the hostel, which houses up to 160 vulnerable men, is subject to the same regulation as a student flat.

Careside Hotels Limited, who had applied for a three year HMO licence, were only granted a one year licence by the committee today.

Commenting after appearing in the Burgh Court Hall to speak to the licensing application, Mr Mason said:

“Although I did not technically object to the HMO, I did want to place on record my very serious concerns about the Bellgrove Hotel and the complete lack of regulation in place for the men staying there.

“My concern or gripe is not with the Licensing Committee, who can really only follow the licensing laws of the day, but rather with the loopholes in the legislation which mean that this hostel – which provides accommodation for some of the city’s most vulnerable men – is subject to the same regulations as a student flat.

“My aim today was to keep this issue high on the agenda and to ask the licensing committee to raise any concerns with the relevant authorities.  One option would be for the DWP to impose more conditions when they write the cheques for housing benefit payments.

“It is really disappointing that the Bellgrove has been in the back of folk’s minds for many years – including as far back as the year 2000 when the BBC did a shocking “Frontline Scotland” documentary on it – but we’ve seen such little action in all these years.  Whilst this is an intriguing story, it is ultimately the safety, care and wellbeing of the 140 residents of the Bellgrove that I care most about.”