Pollokshaws Carnival 2013

Pollokshaws Carnival takes place tomorrow, Saturday 22 June in Greenbank Park.

Celebrations begin with a colourful parade along Shawbridge Street, starting at 11.30am from the Townshouse.

The Carnival main event then takes place from 12noon to 4pm in Greenbank Park on Nether Auldhouse Road.

The tenth year of this annual celebration of Pollokshaws’ diverse cultures is organised by Pollokshaws Area Network as part of Refugee Week Scotland 2013.

There will be live bands, stalls, games, bouncy castles, arts’n’crafts, gardening, cooking, therapies and keep fit sessions.

Pollokshaws Carnival is supported by a range of local organisations and backed by Comic Relief, Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow City Council through Newlands/Auldburn Area Partnership and Police Scotland.

Come and enjoy the parade, performances, interactive workshops, taster sessions, games and more in this wonderful carnival atmosphere!

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Bedroom Tax information

Bedroom TaxFrom 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: