Failed demolition a symbol for housing policy failure

by Jack Ferguson Last year, Glasgow City Council and their partners announced the bizarre plan of demolishing Glasgow’s Red Road flats during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. It was meant as a celebration of the end of social housing, but was prevented by a storm of public protest. When the demolition finally did come, it was a spectacular botched job, which was a much better symbol of the failures of decades of Scottish housing policy. Since the Thatcher years, publicly owned housing has been systematically sold off, given away and deliberately run down. We have been encouraged to think …

Benefit cuts link to deaths | Scottish Socialist Voice

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Scottish Socialist Voice by Sandra Webster, SSP national co-spokesperson All deaths impact on the family and friends of the person who has died. Especially so when it is by someone’s own hand. Frequently, suicide is accompanied by the guilt of those left behind while they wonder if they could have helped. Coroners rarely comment on the reasons for a suicide but for the first time a British coroner laid the blame of Michael O’Sullivan’s suicide at the benefits system that had failed him. In previous tragedies, the failure of the DWP and the Kafkaesque benefits …

Street stall – September 26th

Our branch had a very busy and successful street stall today We pitched up next to some lovely Jehovah’s Witness people just outside the main doors of the Big Co-Op at the bottom of Clyde Shopping Centre. Benn Rapson, Liam Jamieson, Rikki Reid and Stevie Anderson raised their voices in support of a £10 minimum wage for all ages. Bankies were four square behind our petition to support TUC policy to raise the minimum wage to a basic level above the poverty line so that work pays and workers are less likely to be dependent on benefits that are being …