Scottish school literacy rates decline over four years (video)

The standard of literacy among Scottish school pupils has declined over the last four years according to new figures.

The findings, released by the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy, show a drop in the performance of 13 – 14 year-olds in writing skills with pupils from the most deprived areas performing worse than those from the least deprived. Continue reading “Scottish school literacy rates decline over four years (video)”

Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)

Over 300 protesters took to Glasgow’s George Square last night to demonstrate against the UK government’s changes to child tax credits.

The reforms would introduce a ‘family cap’ to the benefit meaning women can only claim welfare for two children unless it can be proven that any subsequent children are a result of rape or an abusive relationship. Continue reading “Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)”

From Kilpatrick to Kampala: how social enterprise unites vulnerable children in Scotland and Uganda

Through the art of jewellery-making, children who attend a Scottish school enjoy an international partnership with young people in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

Kilpatrick is a school for children and young people from birth to 18 years with physical, sensory, behavioural or medical additional support needs, located in Clydebank, west of Glasgow. Continue reading “From Kilpatrick to Kampala: how social enterprise unites vulnerable children in Scotland and Uganda”

More health visitors needed on the ground to combat lack of specialist care for post-natal depression

More health visitors on the ground visiting houses are needed to help women suffering mental health issues during or after pregnancy according to a Glasgow health visitor.

Alice O’Toole, an NHS health visitor in the East Renfrewshire area, said improvements must be made in the amount of home contact professionals have with women in the pre-natal stages. Continue reading “More health visitors needed on the ground to combat lack of specialist care for post-natal depression”

Council’s homeless housing plan labelled a ‘disaster’

The use of B&Bs and other private businesses as temporary accommodation for homeless people is ‘not sustainable’ according to leading charities.

The Invisibles, an organisation based in Glasgow, call the approach of local authorities towards temporary accommodation a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as money is spent on short-term solutions such as hotels and B&Bs as opposed to investment in public housing. Continue reading “Council’s homeless housing plan labelled a ‘disaster’”

Clydebank betting shops to face regulation from council

New powers could allow Councillors to limit the number of betting shops in Clydebank.

The law currently allows bookmakers to open branches with the understanding that they provide a “financial service”.

This could be set to change however, as local authorities will receive the right to consider each individual planning submission for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) on an individual merit. Continue reading “Clydebank betting shops to face regulation from council”

Clydebank hosts historical photography exhibition

Clydebank’s history is being displayed in a new photo exhibition to commemorate the town’s past.

The exhibition, named Clydebank: 130 Years, is free and will tour the town’s main libraries across October. The photographs track the town’s history from its conception as a borough in 1886. Continue reading “Clydebank hosts historical photography exhibition”