Se­ri­ous ac­tion is needed to tackle the dis­tress­ing is­sue of nui­sance calls

Rutherglen Reformer - - Working For You -

In the last week, a busi­ness based in Cam­bus­lang In­vest­ment Park was handed the big­gest ever fine from the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner for nui­sance calls.

On the very same day, I hosted a Scot­tish Par­lia­ment de­bate on the is­sue.

We will all be fa­mil­iar with these calls dis­turb­ing our evenings and time spent with fam­ily.

For those liv­ing alone, es­pe­cially older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, re­peated calls can be in­cred­i­bly dis­tress­ing.

Read­ing com­ments made by those suf­fer­ing from this ha­rass­ment, it is clear that se­ri­ous ac­tion is needed.

Sto­ries about el­derly peo­ple wait­ing for a call from the hos­pi­tal or fam­ily can feel very scared from an­swer­ing their own phone.

In Holy­rood, I called on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to pub­lish an ac­tion plan to high­light ex­actly what they can do to tackle this is­sue which af­fects a huge num­ber of my con­stituents.

Michelle Thom­son

It goes with­out say­ing that the Gov­ern­ment should be do­ing all that they can to stand up for the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety.

That’s why I was so dis­turbed by al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing Michelle Thom­son, an MP who un­til last week was a mem­ber of the SNP.

Ms Thom­son’s lawyer was re­vealed to have been struck off for per­sonal mis­con­duct in­volv­ing her prop­erty deals.

Sto­ries of vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies los­ing out for the fi­nan­cial gain of oth­ers deeply trou­bled me, not least given the prom­i­nent po­si­tion the MP held within the SNP, set­ting their pol­icy for busi­ness.

Vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple were taken ad­van­tage of as their homes were snapped up at knock down prices: that sim­ply is not right.

T in the Park

In front of com­mit­tee last week was the cul­ture sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop, who faced ques­tions sur­round­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to award T in the Park £150,000 of state aid.

Not only is this a stag­ger­ingly high sum of money, the com­pany which owns DF Con­certs who run the fes­ti­val, is hugely prof­itable.

At a time when right here in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang we see our coun­cil’s bud­get be­ing slashed and the most vul­ner­a­ble suf­fer­ing a re­sult, I con­tinue to be as­ton­ished by the SNP’s at­ti­tude to giv­ing out money to suc­cess­ful mu­sic fes­ti­vals while vot­ing against Labour’s pro­posal to raise taxes to pay for ed­u­ca­tion.

In­ter­est­ingly enough, Ms Hys­lop’s per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with the PR of­fi­cial be­hind the bid for state aid has come un­der ques­tion.

Not least be­cause the in­di­vid­ual in ques­tion is a for­mer ad­viser and was a prospec­tive can­di­date for the SNP in next year’s elec­tion, who has re­ceived en­dorse­ments from Ms Hys­lop.

Ques­tions re­main as to why public money was handed over to an event that runs at a profit and also how this ar­range­ment was set up.

Macmil­lan Cof­fee Morn­ing

Credit must go to the bak­ers who de­liv­ered a de­li­cious cof­fee morn­ing at Stonelaw Church last week.

It was an im­pres­sive line-up of yummy goods and great to see the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether for such a worth­while cause.

I cer­tainly needed the energy from the cakes for this week­end. On Sun­day I ran the Half Marathon in Glas­gow.

Hav­ing missed the event for the past two years it was good to put the run­ning shoes back on again.

Born to run James Kelly MSP com­pleted the Great Scot­tish Run at the week­end

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