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Visit to the Drumchapel Citizen's Advice Bureau

This past week, I visited the Drumchapel Citizen's Advice Bureau. I had the opportunity to sit in on a case with an advisor and I was very impressed with their dedication and professionalism. I met with Laura McMahon, the Centre Manager, pictured below. I would like to take the opportunity to again congratulate our local CAB for being awarded a grant from the Corra Foundation, and to thank all the staff for their continued support to our community.

Mandela Centenary Charity Dinner - 24th August

Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner

Friday, 24th August 2018

6.30pm – 12.30am   Glasgow Hilton Hotel

 The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation is holding a fundraising gala dinner to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in this centenary year of his birth, and to raise funds both for a permanent memorial in Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow and for the educational activities which the statue is designed to promote.

2018 sees also the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's visit to Glasgow in 1993 to receive the Freedoms of 9 UK cities, districts and boroughs, and the dinner will mark that historic occasion too. The Glasgow Hilton was where he stayed during that visit to Scotland.

The evening will feature a panel of special guests, including Sir Alex Ferguson, who will share their "Memories of Mandela". There will be footage of Nelson Mandela's visit to Glasgow, entertainment, a raffle and auctions. The price of £99 per ticket includes a pre-dinner drinks reception, a three-course meal with half a bottle of wine per person, tea/coffee and a superb evening of celebration of Nelson Mandela and his historic links with Scotland.

For anyone wishing overnight accommodation following the dinner the Hilton offers a 15% discount to ticket holders booking at least 10 days in advance and quoting an event discount code. Contact the Foundation for details.

Dress code:  Lounge suit or traditional dress.

The Foundation has been set up  to promote knowledge of Scotland's links with Nelson Mandela and the struggle for freedom in South Africa, not least the fact that Glasgow was the first city in the world to give him its Freedom, followed by several other Scottish authorities. More information, including their full charitable objectives, can be found on their website at

Tickets can be booked now. 

Cheque by post, or bank transfer:   Click    for the booking form and address, or reply to this e-mail to ask for one to be e-mailed or posted to you.  

Online by card via Eventbrite:

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Donations to the Foundation are also welcome and needed.            (The donation channels cannot be used to purchase tickets)

To keep in touch with Foundation news and activities, follow on Twitter   @mandelasmf  or Facebook  @MandelaScottishMemorial  or check the website

Bill Kidd MSP supports £2 stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals as £150 million is lost on the machines in Scotland

Bill Kidd MSP has pledged his support to see the maximum stake reduced to £2 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminal machines (FOBTs) at a drop-in event in the Scottish Parliament; organised in conjuction with the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs.

Bill heard about the staggering amount lost on FOBTs all over the country and in particular Scotland, as campaigners call on the UK government to reduce the stakes to £2.

The highly addictive machines which have been dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ allow punters to stake £100 every 20 seconds on electronic versions of casino games such as roulette, but in a low supervision high street bookmaker environment.

New research shows that FOBT problem gamblers could be imposing a cost of £1.5 billion on themselves, their families and their wider social networks. The report published by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), found that those on lower incomes or in deprived areas are the main beneficiaries of a reduction to a £2 stake. It showed Glasgow City and the City of Edinburgh are two of the worst affected local authorities in the country, with problem gamblers in the areas suffering to the tune of an estimated £27.06m and £13.71m, respectively.

This is supported by Landman Economics which suggests that £150 million is lost on the machines in Scotland, and has cost the Scottish economy more than 18,000 jobs over the past eight years.

The Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs, led by Carolyn Harris MP and Ronnie Cowan MP, has called the Government to reduce the stakes on these machines to £2 since 2015. Last month, the Group also launched a FOBT Loss Tracker on its website, which shows how much has been lost on the machines since the DCMS review started in October 2016. Over £57 is lost every second. The tracker currently shows that over £2.5 billion, has been lost since 2016 of which over £1 billion would have been from at-risk and addicted gamblers.

The campaign is supported by the General Synod of the Church of Scotland and England, 93 local authorities, the Royal Society for Public Health and politicians from all parties, across the country.

Lending his support to the campaign for a stake reduction, Bill said:

“The devastating effect FOBTs are having on families, individuals and communities in Scotland cannot be right.

“The amount lost in Scotland alone is staggering. This is money that could put to more productive use in the Scottish economy but instead goes straight into the pocket of bookmakers.

“The UK Government needs to take decisive action and cut the stakes on FOBTs to £2. At this level the harm to families and individuals is significantly reduced.”

The Government is seeking to reduce the stake on FOBTs from £100 to between £50 and £2. It launched a 12 week public consultation on the stake options, which closed on 23rd January and is due to make a decision imminently.

The FOBT APPG is supported by groups including Bacta, The Hippodrome Casino, Novomatic, Praesepe and the Royal Society for Public Health.

SP Energy Networks Warriors Rugby Championship 2018

UPDATE: Jordanhill School Reaches Semi-Finals!

Congratulations to the team and rugby coach, Evan Rae.

The SP Energy Networks Warriors Rugby Championship has launched and I wanted to let you know that St Thomas Aquinas and Jordanhill School are taking part!

Support our local schools on Twitter- @SPEnergyNetworks and @GlasgowWarriors and using #SPENrugby or come and cheer them on in person during the tournament!

The championship aims to showcase the rugby stars of tomorrow, provide new opportunities to raise awareness of the sport at grassroots level and promote active and healthy lifestyles to young people.The competition is the result of the partnership between SP Energy Networks and Glasgow Warriors and is aimed at growing grassroots rugby.

Each participating school will take part in qualifying rounds at Scotstoun, beginning at the end of February, and will have teams competing at S1 and S2 level boys teams as well as an under-15s girls’ team.

Winners will progress to a semi-finals stage then a final which will be played on the main pitch at Scotstoun.

Throughout the Championship, pupils will get an opportunity to meet and learn from members of the Glasgow Warriors squad who will be attending each day of competitive action.

The 2018 champions will take home the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship trophy and brand new rugby kit for their school.

At the beginning of this season Glasgow Warriors announced a landmark three-year partnership with SP Energy Networks which saw them become the club’s Official Community Partner.

SP Energy Networks, that operates across central and southern Scotland, are working with Glasgow Warriors on a wide-range of community initiatives, including the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.

Building on the successes the previous championships, this year’s tournament will see the number of schools increase 25, involving over 1,000 young people.

Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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