Alloa Athletic Football Club Promoted to the First Division

Motion S4M-06668: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/05/2013

Alloa Athletic Football Club Promoted to the First Division

That the Parliament congratulates Alloa Athletic on being promoted to the first division of the Scottish Football League; notes that this follows a 3-1 aggregate win over Dunfermline Athletic in the recent play-off final; acknowledges that this is the Wasps’ second successive promotion and will see the team in the first division for the first time in 10 seasons; commends the manager, Paul Hartley, on securing back-to-back titles in only his second year of management; believes that the chairman, Mike Mulraney, has played a major role in bringing stability and a platform for the club to progress; wishes the team all the best in the first division, and hopes for continued success.

SNP Council threaten to evict those hit by Bedroom Tax

SNP Council threaten to evict those hit by Bedroom Tax

Local Labour activists are responding swiftly to lies and threats from the SNP run council, to protect victims of the bedroom tax from eviction.

Resident’s in Clackmannanshire who are deemed to be ‘under-occupying’ their council homes are having their benefits cut, and thus the payments expected from them increased, under the new ‘bedroom tax’.

In March the SNP leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Gary Wormersley, stated that no evictions would be made in the coming year due to the effects of the bedroom tax, and yet letters are now being sent to residents in arrears threatening them with legal action to repossess their homes.

Dr Richard Simpson, Scottish Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife said:

“The story of a local Granny has hit national headlines this week, as Clackmannanshire Council has threatened her with legal action to repossess her home. They are likely not to be the only Clackmannanshire residents being faced with such action.

“Often policies such as the bedroom tax and the subsequent effects are hitting low income households and the most vulnerable the hardest, where this extra money is most difficult to come by.

“To then threaten people with eviction and the loss of their homes seems a callous move by the SNP led Council. Further to that, their promises for no evictions are apparently meaningless as they are threatening residents with legal action regardless. I feel for my constituents left in this worrying position, and hope the council stand by their word of no evictions for victims of the bedroom tax. It also leaves us to consider the question of what other lies the council leader has told us, if his no evictions policy is proving to be fictitious.”

In response to the SNP council’s actions local Labour activists are creating a petition to urge for an end to evictions for victims of the bedroom tax. Anyone wishing to sign this, or get involved in campaigning, can contact Labour councillors for more information.


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