St Conval’s Primary and Eastwood Nursery are among the first buildings to benefit from Glasgow Labour’s pledge to rebuild or refurbish local schools.
Work will begin as early as next month at 59 schools and nurseries across the city. It will make an immediate impact by upgrading roofs, walls, playgrounds and paths; improving paths, fences, drainage and decoration; addressing asbestos control and removing pigeon droppings.
The £40 million investment agreed in last month’s Council budget begins a five-year programme committing £250 million to improve Glasgow school buildings through the Education Estate Strategy 2012-17 – 4Rs for Glasgow.
Headteachers are being informed this morning before parents receive letters in each school. Also among the first year’s work is Hollybrook Academy, a secondary in Govanhill for south side pupils with additional support needs.
Detailed surveys are being carried out across the education estate. Schools not included at this stage but requiring major refurbishment will be considered later this year. This allows time to plan detailed arrangements for school decants and minimise disruption to learning and teaching while substantial work is carried out in future years.
From April, 13,000 millionaires are getting an average tax cut worth £100,000 while over 600,000 households – including disabled people, carers and armed forces families – have to find £728 a year to pay a new Bedroom Tax.
The new over-occupancy rules are a growing cause of local concern and could affect two-fifths of Glasgow tenants receiving housing benefit with 15,000 homes hit
according to Anas Sarwar MP
A tenant deemed to have a “spare” bedroom will lose 14% housing benefit, if there are two or more “spare” bedrooms the cut will be 25%.
Glasgow’s Labour-led Council is opposed to the UK Government’s welfare reforms and has called on Tory Ministers to reconsider.
We are also asking the Scottish Government to do more with its existing powers to protect the people of Glasgow from these cuts. This should also include SNP Ministers considering changes to legislation as proposed by Mike Dailly of Govan Law Centre in his online petition calling on Section 16 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to be amended, preventing eviction where rent arrears are due to under-occupancy deductions.
If you are a housing association tenant, you should have been contacted by your landlord if you face this issue.
Glasgow Housing Association has a handy calculator to see if you are affected by the Bedroom Tax with tenants able to call a free new helpline 0800 597 3777.
You can also call the helpline on 0141 444 0110 from mobile phones at cheaper rates or 0800 479 7979 to get in touch with your local GHA office:
- New Shaws, 24/34 Shawbridge Arcade – Pollokshaws, Mansewood, Hillpark, Eastwood, Auldhouse
- Parkview, 590 Nitshill Road – Carnwadric
- Kennishead Avenue Local Management (KALM), 70 Kennishead Avenue – Kennishead
Southside Housing Association tenants can phone 0141 422 1112 and Merrylee tenants contact Govanhill Housing Association on 0141 636 3636 for advice if it is difficult to pay the rent or you are looking to move home.
Please call the City Council on 0141 287 5050 to ask if you are entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment. This can help if you are a foster carer or your home has been substantially adapted to meet needs due to disability.
For more advice and support on welfare concerns, GAIN (Glasgow’s Advice and Information Network) can be reached by freephone 0808 801 1011.
You can also contact Labour’s local team or meet us at our regular advice surgeries: