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Greens call for private rent controls in EK to tackle poverty

News date: 
12th Feb 2017
Kirsten outside housing construction site in St Leonards

Responding to last week's News spotlight on East Kilbride's housing crisis, local Green candidate Kirsten Robb (East Kilbride East) is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to introduce private sector rent controls to help tackle poverty. The Private Housing (Tenancies) Act, introduced last year, permits local authorities to do this by declaring areas as 'rent pressure zones'.

Council Debt: McClemont calls for right off

News date: 
18th Nov 2016

David McClemont, Green campaigner for Cambuslang, is calling for local authority debt to be written off after a report revealed the scale of the problem.

Greens welcome extra funding for local services but unfair council tax must be scrapped

News date: 
7th Nov 2016

 
Last week the Scottish Parliament backed a Green MSP amendment (1) which supported raising £100 million extra for public services by tweaking the council tax bands of those who can most afford it. The amendment also, however, put on record the serious concerns about the council tax expressed across the political parties, local government itself and the public service unions.
East Kilbride Green campaigner, Kirsten Robb, said

Greens welcome extra funding for local services but unfair council tax must be scrapped

Release date: 
7th Nov 2016
Source: 
South Lanarkshire Green Party

South Lanarkshire Greens are calling on the council tax to be scrapped and replaced with a system that helps build a fairer, more equal community and hands power back to local government and local people, here in East Kilbride.
Last week the Scottish Parliament backed a Green MSP amendment (1) which supported raising £100 million extra for public services by tweaking the council tax bands of those who can most afford it. The amendment also, however, put on record the serious concerns about the council tax expressed across the political parties, local government itself and the public service unions.

Withdrawal of face to face social work assessment services is a cause for concern

To: 
Lanark Gazette
Written by: 
Janet Moxley
Wed, 2016-06-22
Lanark Council Office, South Vennel St

South Lanarkshire Greens are worried that cuts to frontline social services could leave vulnerable people at risk. From 20th June, Social Work reception teams will be pulled out of the South Vennel area office and relocated to a call centre in Hamilton. This means that people needing to contact social services for the first time will no longer be able to have face to face contact with the a social worker and social work staff will not longer be able to make home visits as part of the initial assessment process.

Public meeting on Opencast Coal Extraction.

Place: 
St Brides Centre, Douglas (ML11 0PT)

 Malcolm Spaven, of the Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance will speak on Opencast coal extraction. This is an issue of particular concern in the area as Hargreaves Services lodged an application with South Lanarkshire Council to extract up to four million tonnes of coal from a site at Glentaggart East. 

Big Action Days: Ayr - South of Scotland Campaign

Place: 
Meet at Wallace Tower KA7 1

 The idea behind the Big Action Days are so that we can all rally round and help each other. It also makes it more fun and gives us a presence on the
streets. It's hoped that at least a car full of members from each branch can
attend and every branch will get involved in hosting one too.

Upcoming Big Action Days, all welcome:

- Sat 20th Feb, 10am | Ayr, Ayrshire | Stall and leafleting
Meeting at Wallace Tower, KA7 1

Fairtrade Cofffee Morning

Place: 
Gillespie Centre Biggar

 There will be a Fairtrade Coffee Morning at the Gillespie Centre Biggar from 10 - 12 on Sat 19th Mar to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.

Micro-renewables - drop in event.

Place: 
Biggar Corn Exchange

 Home Energy Scotland will be holding a drop in event on micro-renewables at Biggar Corn Exchange from 10 - 3 on Sat 20th Feb.

Clydesdale Group meeting

Place: 
Wallace Tea Rooms, Lanark

There will be a meeting for of the Target to Win group on February 3rd  at 7 pm in the Wallace Tea Rooms. 
All members welcome to come along and help with our South of Scotland Holyrood and local council election campaigns
 

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