05 Jan 2010

The SNP MP for Glasgow East, John Mason, today urged people across the East End to respond to the current cold weather by looking out for vulnerable people in their communities.

The East End MP, who is also the SNP spokesman on Work & Pensions said:

“With conditions forecast to remain very cold for some time to come, it seems likely that the City Council and our emergency services will be at full stretch trying to keep major routes open and attend to the most pressing emergencies.

“If you are able to, it would be an ideal time to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, make sure they have heat and that their pre-payment meters are topped up. If you are in an area where the footpaths are still affected by snow and ice, you may be able to help clear paths.

“There is clearly frustration from people at the condition of roads and pavements and I have no doubt that the City Council will want to make sure that lessons are learnt so that they can be prepared in future years.

“That being said it is very important to recognise the hard work being put in by council workers, who have been working many long hours over the holiday period and continue to do so.”

John Mason concluded:

“It’s also important to remember the Scottish Government Energy Assistance Package is available and can be accessed by calling the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 or visiting”